My speaking slides and helpful diagrams I designed to understand the interplay of faith and works in the Christian life.
The discouraging, damaging lie of “working out a muscle” of “spiritual discipline”
I’m not looking to pick a fight, but I will fight on this if I must. I believe the ideology, and more aptly put, theology, of needing to “work out a muscle” of a so-called “spiritual discipline” is a very destructive thing to believe or to teach people. What do I mean by this?
What does it mean to “work out your salvation”?
When Paul told his spiritual children that made up the Philippian church to continue to obey (Phil 2:12), with the added charge to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…”, he was speaking from a plane of spiritual understanding most of us don’t operate in. I cannot pretend to understand fully what this […]
Pondering the existence of emotions and the implications of calling them what they actually are
If we are what we believe we are as Christians—intrinsically intertwined physical and spiritual beings—then we must deal with what emotions are as well: spiritual and physical interworkings (and often, problems).
A few of the most vital topics currently being largely ignored by church leaders
This morning I woke up to do some writing for different blogs and purposes but couldn’t shake a few thoughts. When something is lingering like this, I tend to suppose it needs dealt with, and so, in my case, I need to write it down if I’m to move forward. I was and am feeling burdened and frustrated about […]
Timothy Keller on the difference between ministry and marketplace work and what the gospel does to both
First, if religious works were crucial to achieving a good standing with God, then there would always be a fundamental difference between those in church ministry and everyone else. But if religious work did absolutely nothing to earn favor with God, it could no longer be seen as superior to other forms of labor. The gospel […]