“I Feel” Versus “I Know”

July 31, 2012Living 1 Comment

Right now, I feel tired. I also feel that I’m spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, and that I’m failing to meet the expectations of others. I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom largest in my life – be a great husband, a great Dad, and a … Read More

4 Attitudes You Can Choose Today

August 11, 2011Living

Sometimes God takes me back to kindergarten, spiritually speaking. I spend time reading theological treatises, but I sometimes forget the most basic and simple of truths. Here’s one of those basic truths I sometimes struggle with: We choose our attitudes. We don’t choose our circumstances. We don’t choose the weather, the direction of the economy, … Read More

Thank God for His Boundaries

October 31, 2010Living 2 Comments

Why is it that we, as humans, have such a problem with boundaries? Isaiah said that like sheep, we have all gone astray. We’ve turned every one of us to our own way. We don’t like boundaries. They feel like restrictions on our happiness. If I were just allowed to _____, I’d be happy, or so we think.

Choosing the Godly Response to Circumstances

November 15, 2009Preaching 1 Comment

In our journey through the Word (I’ve been preaching through the entire Bible on Sundays), we’ve come up to the bo of Ruth – one of my own favorites in the Old Testament. Ruth’s story takes place during one of the darker ages of the history of the Israelites. It’s a dark time in her … Read More

Bold Leadership: A Cost vs. Benefit Analysis

March 9, 2009Leadership 1 Comment

To be honest, the title of this post is a misnomer in some respects. Bold leadership sometimes requires we ignore any assessment of cost versus benefit. There are just times when the cost is worth it no matter what, such as when truth or integrity is at stake. At other times, we need to ascertain … Read More

Spurgeon on Preaching to the Will of the Listener

November 18, 2008Preaching, Theology 1 Comment

W. A. Criswell defined teaching (from the pulpit) as “instructing a man in the will and ways of the Lord,” and preaching as “seeking to drive a man’s will God-ward.” There is a raging debate today over how much freedom people really have. A renewed fascination with Calvinism has brought this debate to the forefront. … Read More