Ministry is hard. It’s tiring. People can be frustrating, and walking in the midst of other people’s sins all the while dealing with your own seems like an endless process. It can often feel like you’re running hard and not even going anywhere… Ministry is also worth it. Seeing someone take that step of faith, […]Read more "Joy in Ministry"
Sometimes I think complaining is my love language. If something is not going the way I want it to, it’s not difficult for me to point it out. In times of hardship, in times of pain, annoyance, stress, or even just exhaustion, it is really easy to take a posture of criticism, cynicism, and complaining. […]Read more "Stop Whining"
I don’t like when people tell me what to do… Maybe it’s just me, but when someone gives me an order, a command, tells me I have to do something, my heart just pushes against it. There’s probably some sinful pride in my own heart there, but I don’t think it’s crazy or outlandish to say […]Read more "Obedience 101"
Everyone’s life is directed toward something. Everyone looks for life and purpose somewhere. Some find it in work, by accomplishing their goals and achieving what they believe will make them successful. Some people find it in relationships, in feeling wanted or getting approval from whoever will give it to them. Some look to things, or money, […]Read more "Glory"
Humility is hard. I couldn’t think of a more catchy or story-based way to start this one, sorry. Either way, the statement stands true: Humility is hard. If you read that and think to yourself, “No it’s not, I’m great at humility.” You probably don’t have a good grasp on humility, or irony. I think […]Read more "The Christological Model of Humility"
A while back there were these Liberty Mutual commercials on TV. I’ve always really liked them because they depict all these small random acts of kindness, and whenever someone else sees the kindness or receives the kindness, they pass it on to someone else. The basic premise is that people who have been shown love will […]Read more "Pass It On"
(I laughed when reading back over this post at how unpopular the ideas in it generally are. My prayer is that biblical truth and doctrine will stand despite unpopularity, and that these things will grow us in love and trust in God.) So far in the book of Philippians, the focus has been on response. […]Read more "Trusting in God’s Sovereignty"