Accountability – Who Needs It?

PGA Tour golfer Bubba Watson is well known for his massive power, his pink driver shaft, his left-handed swing, and for twice winning the annual Masters Tournament (including this spectacular shot to seal his first win in 2012). But he is nearly as well known among die-hard PGA tour fans for having never taken an official golf lesson. When he has a problem with a shot, or a consistent problem with his swing, it’s up to him to diagnose it – and he is evidently very good at it, as his results demonstrate.
Bubba Watson Pink Driver

However, Bubba’s independence is not the norm for most professional golfers – or anyone else in almost any other area of life.… Continue reading

Looking Forward to My Obituary

A long, long time ago in …no wait that’s an entirely different story. Last year as I was working on furthering my theological education one of the classes I took had each student write an obituary of sorts. The goal of the assignment was to write a short biography of one’s life and ministry thinking forward to how one would like to end the race. As God’s providence would have it, I have been giving more thought to such things lately as I have been confronted repeatedly with evidence that I am not as young as I was or think I am now.… Continue reading

A God without Lines

Unknown-1Forgiveness can be hard. I mean, it’s easy to forgive you when you step on my toe and I know (or can chalk it up) to an accident. But throw habitual sin into the mix and forgiveness gets tough. Some of us have dealt with the same sin over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over . . . and over again (It’s annoying!). How does a believer respond? It’s tough. For many, we want to draw a line in the sand and say, “This is the line. When you cross it, it’s over and I’m out.”

Put yourself in his or her shoes for a second.… Continue reading

How a Believer Grows in Holiness

imagesSanctification is both a position and a process. “For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (Heb 10:14). The word “sanctification” could be translated, “made holy,” “set a part,” or “holy.” The Lord tells us the cross sufficiently sets a part a person as a perfect individual. “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48). Just as the Lord is perfectly holy and set a part, so is the believer. Hebrews emphasizes our change in character, through Christ’s sacrifice, allows us to enter into His presence. For a First Century believer who could never walk into the Holy of Holies, this would communicate our status changed.… Continue reading

The Self-Indictment of Conflict

Unknown-1Want to sell an idea or grow in popularity? Try creating conflict. Conflict sells. It’s unfortunate the blogosphere is known primarily as a conflict centered medium. During seminary a certain blog was popular primarily for railing against postmoderns. I’ve heard some preachers who spend the first forty-five minutes insulting and criticizing evangelicalism and the last ten minutes in the text. He’ll even say when in the text, “I wish we had time to explore this.” Well sir, you did, you chose to rail against evangelicals for forty-five minutes. Now, I’m not saying every popular blog is conflict centered, nor is every popular preacher conflict centered.… Continue reading