Doubt, Faith, and Knowledge

Faith / Scripture

If you read the New Testament you will probably notice that some of the disciples of Jesus are mentioned quite often. Peter shows up…

On Being Misunderstood

Faith / Scripture / Spirituality

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good Oh Lord please don’t let me be misunderstood [Elvis Costello] Being misunderstood, especially by somebody you…

Discernment Exercise: Loving People

Community / Exercises / Scripture

On relationships, and all that The Bible makes it clear that God’s covenant people are to be characterized by love. He loves us and…

Reading the Word: Calvin on offense

Books / Scripture

When Christians offend Christians Several years ago I was speaking at a large weekend annual conference on the East Coast, leading several breakout sessions…

What Would Jesus Value?

Discernment / Scripture / Spirituality / The Skill

Surveys reveal there is apparently a marked disparity between the number of people—especially among males—who claim to believe in Christianity and the number who…

Understanding Scripture Correctly, Part 1

Scripture

It is a dangerous conceit to imagine that when we read the text of Scripture we do so from an entirely neutral vantage point.…

Understanding Scripture Correctly, Part 2

Scripture

Consider this thought experiment. You are attending a small group Bible study, and the discussion has been lively. Someone comments, “Jesus came into a…

A Practical Method of Bible Study for Ordinary Christians

Scripture

Consider the classic definition of “thinking Christianly” formulated by Os Guinness and notice the central relationship the Christian mind has to the Word of…

Hearing is Not Knowing

Ordinary Life / Scripture / Spirituality

I suspect that many of us grew up hearing, from an exasperated parent or teacher, “Just how many times do I have to tell…

Bible Reading Program for Slackers & Shirkers

Faith / Scripture

For the full interactive PDF of the reading plan click here. January 1st: Resolved to read through the Bible in a year. To pick…