Compliment Your Spouse

Who doesn’t thrive on a compliment and truly delight in a positive word of affirmation now and then? I mean, does anyone ever respond to praise with “I’ve had enough of your compliments for one day?” The power of praise is so strong it can keep a person doing the same thing over and overContinue reading “Compliment Your Spouse”

Shot or Not to Be Shot

About 3,000 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, hundreds of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And an Arkansas hospital has been swamped with so many such requests from employees that it is apparently calling their bluff. Religious objections,Continue reading “Shot or Not to Be Shot”

ELCA Moves Further Left

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has installed Rev. Megan Rohrer as the first openly transgender bishop to serve in the liberal mainline Protestant denomination’s history. For the next six years, Rev. Rohrer, 41, who identifies as both a male and female and uses the pronouns “they” and “them,” will head the California-based ELCA SierraContinue reading “ELCA Moves Further Left”

A Little Bit Further Along

No church can survive solely upon the labors of its pastors. No church can thrive when the expectation is that all ministry must be formal and must originate from the front of the room. No church can remain healthy when it falls to the elders to give and the members to consume. Rather, the workContinue reading “A Little Bit Further Along”

A Non-Woke Take on Racism

A lot is being written and stated these days regarding the church’s responsibility where the issue of racism is concerned. The torrent of views coming from within and without conservative evangelical circles is mind-boggling and at a minimum, disjointed and confusing. Somehow, the church has been saddled with the responsibility to end racism, and worse,Continue reading “A Non-Woke Take on Racism”

We Live in the Seconds

For nearly ten years now I have kept a prayer journal. My prayers are not organized like some people’s. Rather, my prayers are very disorganized. Only the dates at the top right corner of each page give me any context to previous prayers. It is in large part due to my general disorganization that IContinue reading “We Live in the Seconds”

And Now a Word About Holiness

Holiness is commanded by God. He wills it. Our Lord Jesus Christ requires it and the Word of God calls for it. The goal of our redemption is that we become Holy as God is Holy. Our Lord died on the cross in order that all of His people would be justified. This justification isContinue reading “And Now a Word About Holiness”

Afghan Christians Go Silent

FMI has lost contact with several partners in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover. Nehemiah talks about one man named Abdar, who became a Christian with his whole family while in Pakistan. “He was with us for the last few months. He is from Afghanistan, studying in Pakistan, and he said last month that he wasContinue reading “Afghan Christians Go Silent”

Jesus Moves Towards Us in the Moment of Our Shame

The unfailing love of Jesus is unspeakably glorious, sacred, and precious—especially right after sexual sin because our sexuality is so delicate and personal and our consciences are especially tender in this area of sin. So we are so grieved that the steep letdown after a visit to a porn site—after the short gratification—is so injuringContinue reading “Jesus Moves Towards Us in the Moment of Our Shame”

Did Jesus Go to Hell?

There is a great deal of confusion in regards to this question. The concept that Jesus went to hell after His death on the cross comes primarily from the Apostles’ Creed, which states, “He descended into hell.” There are also a few Scriptures which, depending on how they are translated, describe Jesus going to “hell.”Continue reading “Did Jesus Go to Hell?”