The Gospel and the Christian Life

The Discipline of Serving Others in the Christian Life

It wouldn't be much longer until his death. The disciples were gathered together for supper with Jesus. As they were eating, Jesus got up, took off his outer garments, and filled a basin with water. The disciples sat and watched as the Son of God himself knelt down....

What John the Baptist’s Bullhorn Teaches us about the Good News?

When John came preaching “good news,” it may not have sounded like the good news we think of today. In fact, in our day it seems that any call to repentance, to deny self, or to do hard things is either dismissed as unloving or labeled legalism. And yet, to think...

The Battle for a Man’s Mind

Paul concludes his majestic treatise on the gospel of Jesus Christ in the book of Romans with a call for a renewed mind that is transformed by the gospel. He writes, “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may...

The Superiority of Grace

“The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Imagine...

Pray For Your Pastor

Pray for your pastor. Those four little words may not currently be on your radar, I pray they will be by the time you're done reading this. Pastoral ministry is difficult and demanding work. The pastor is expected to be on call 24/7, preach one to three messages a...

5 Ways to Minister to Someone With Dementia

Since graduating seminary in May 2012 with my Mdiv, a lot has happened in my life. At the top of that list is the return of my father into my life after a long absence. I discovered that Dad has frontal temporal dementia, which is leading to a gradual erosion of his...

Trusting God: Live Your Life as a Testament to His Grace

Thankfulness springs from the heart that has been captivated by the grace of God and ravished by a delight in the finished work of Jesus Christ. That sentence may be a mouthful, but it encapsulates what the Lord has recently been teaching me. In my flesh, I often...

Grace at work in dementia

It’s been almost a year now since I got a phone call from my older brother telling me that my dad was now back in my life. In that year, my dad and I regularly chat on the phone, and I’ve gone to see him a few times in Seattle. The past year has been a world-wind of...

The Christian Life is a Life of Faith

The Christian life is the life of faith. Faith is the issue on which the matter of salvation depends; it is the key that turns the lock on the door to eternal life. Faith is the channel by which Christians receive the benefits of Christ’s saving work; it is the cup...

Writing Well to the Glory of God

Writing has long been a passion of mine. I first fell in love with writing as a teenager. Since that time, writing has become one of the chief ways of growing in grace for me. Some of the greatest thinkers of human history were recognized as great writers. They wrote...