Reflections on Summer Teaching, Part Three: The Short-Term Missionary
Travel through any international airport in the world today, especially during the summer, and you will see them: in numbers large and small, youth, college, career, even senior citizens are headed to or returning from a short-term mission trip. Quite often, you can identify them from across the terminal by their pastel t-shirts that say “ABC Church Summer Mission Trip 2014.” These groups are as ubiquitous as ATMs! I have stood with them in [more]
Knowledge Puffs Up
Love edifies. It builds up others. When Christians love other believers, they take concrete steps to help them spiritually. When God loves his people, he acts on that love by transforming us into people who glorify him (through justification and sanctification and the other benefits of our calling in Christ). Love looks similar in our own lives. When we love God, we will want to see him glorified above all else. When we love others, [more]
Can a song that doesn’t mention Jesus be “Christian”?
I was recently made aware of an article on the Christianity Today web site about songwriter Melanie Penn. The following passage from the article is of particular note: “All the songs [on her album] are ‘Christian’ in some way,” Penn said. “I’ve never written a song with Jesus’s name in it. But all of my songs are about Jesus, and they are all for his name.” Penn says it’s a mantra she has learned at Redeemer [Presbyterian Church in New York City], from [Pastor Tim] Keller. “There’s no distinction between ‘Christian’ and ‘non-Christian’ art,” she said. “[more]
The Prompting to Worship: the Father’s Love for Us
On the whole, God's love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. - C.S. Lewis Who can commune with an angry God? Is God not 'angry with the wicked every day'? (Ps 7:11) Does God's justice not find us all guilty, and loathe our corruption? A crushing sense of accusing guilt, with the consequent fear of judgement, destroys the ability to love God. No one can enjoy God who worries that God remains his adversary. No one can love God ultimately unless he knows he is out of debt with God and [more]
How to Pray for Unbelievers – Instruction from 1 Timothy 2:1-2
How should we pray for unbelievers? 1 Timothy 2:1–2 helps answer this question. Let's get the context [more]
Reflections on Summer Teaching, Part Two: Church Planting, Theological Education, and the Great Commission
Last week, I shared some observations gained from a busy summer of teaching internationally. I [more]
Why gather for corporate worship?
Both Old Testament command and New Testament example demonstrate that God desires that believers lift [more]