If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you had asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this … Continue reading "Love, Selflessness, and Pleasure"
Instead of a long, complicated blog post about these different perspectives on predestination and free will, I’ll boil it all down pretty simply so you can try to find out what you identify with the best. Here are some questions and answers on different issues from each view. You can judge for yourself which statements … Continue reading "Are You a Calvinist, Arminian, or Molinist?"
If the sheep know His voice, then tell me what is the choice For the ones who haven’t heard and have no need to rejoice? Father, help me understand. “Hearts Safe”, Tenth Avenue North The Gospel is the power of God for salvation. “Amen!” we say. But what about those who have never heard the … Continue reading "The Island Savage: What about Those Who Never Hear?"
I was a latecomer to the party, but last week I saw Frozen, and I completely loved it. It is the best Disney animation I’ve ever seen (noting that I don’t remember at all some of the classics I saw when I was young). I really liked Tangled. I liked Wreck-It Ralph. But Frozen blew them both out of … Continue reading "5 Snowflakes for Frozen"
You cannot focus only on God. That makes no sense and is really impossible. You also must not focus only on people. That is also a serious error. What is the meaning of my blabbering? See, there are two extremes of error into which people are prone to fall. On one hand, there is the … Continue reading "Let Everything Be Cross-shaped"
God never demands as little from us as we are comfortable giving Him. We are always called beyond the normal and the natural to a higher life. The Biblical way of being human is especially challenging and especially rewarding. So what does God ask of us? Kill yourself. Forget you exist. Whoever finds their life … Continue reading "Learn to Forget You Exist"
Did you ever notice that the New Testament basically never brings up the failings of the Old Testament saints? Neither did I until now.God’s Commitment to Forgetfulness – Trevin Wax.
Some people, like myself, had a short and boring life before Christ. Most of the testimony comes after conversion. You, though, may be of those who have a painful and shameful past. To be honest, people like me tend to envy people like you. But that’s insane. That can be a burden. So this is … Continue reading "Utter Forgiveness: To Shatter the Guilt of Life before Christ"
Sometimes it can benefit us to go back to the basics of the Christian life. I recently got myself into some spiritual trouble trying to go deeper and deeper in mysterious parts of theology, and I started to drown. I thank God for the mature, godly advice I received that proved grace to get me … Continue reading "Christian Life 101: The Challenge of Christ"
God has a wonderful plan. But it’s not for my life. Well, to be more precise, the primary plan and purpose of God only includes me as a footnote. And I don’t know what my part in His plan actually is. In fact, to be honest, God’s plan for me might be, by all ordinary … Continue reading "What If God Doesn’t Have a Wonderful Plan for My Life?"