Author: Brian Hedges

Five Motivations to Pray

For years, when I thought about prayer, I mostly felt guilty for my lack of a robust prayer life. Reading stories of great saints praying for two hours a day or more left me with a gnawing sense of defeat. I would often resolve to pray more. But the resolves didn’t last. One day I realized that something had changed. While not exactly satisfied with my prayer life, I knew that I had one. I’m sure that I still don’t pray as much as I should. But I pray a lot more than I used to. And I’ve tried to think...

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Three Ways to be Spiritually Minded

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.” Not many of us could be accused of this today. And, in any case, the statement is wrong-headed, for as C. S. Lewis observed, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” Being “spiritually minded” has always been a high priority among the masters of the spiritual life. In his devotional classic The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a’ Kempis said, “Set aside the things of...

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Walking in the Way of Jesus

A few summers ago, my three oldest kids and I discovered a great hiking trail just a few miles from where we live. It’s a trail through the woods that winds in and out of several parks just on the east side of the St. Joseph River, complete with a river shelter and several picnic areas and playgrounds just off the trail. The kids were enthralled, and our little hike led into a natural conversation about walking the right path or way in life. The word walk is one of the main biblical metaphors for living the Christian life....

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Three Tests of Balanced Preaching

In his classic book Preaching and Preachers, Martyn Lloyd-Jones described three different kinds of sermons that every pastor needs to preach: Sermons that teach or instruct. These are messages for the church with a more doctrinal or theological focus. Sermons that edify. These are also messages for the church, but with a more “experimental” focus. (By “experimental” preaching, Lloyd-Jones meant preaching that related to Christian experience.) Sermon that evangelize. These are messages that declare the essential message of salvation – the message of the gospel.[1] Lloyd-Jones wrote in an era when it wasn’t unusual for churches to have three services,...

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Rescue Your Prayer Life

What does the doctrine of the Trinity have to do with the practice of prayer? Well, the Trinity is something that all Christians believe, but often find difficult to understand, much less explain. And prayer is something that all Christians do, but rarely practice with the consistency and delight they know they should. In the realms of Christian doctrine, the Trinity ranks among the most difficult. Among the disciplines of Christian living, prayer tops the list as most challenging. The Trinity and Prayer But there’s another connection between prayer and Trinitarian theology that helps us better understand the doctrine...

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