powerful. The tongue is a small but
influential instrument. And it is
incredibly difficult to use that little instrument in a good, beneficial, and
God-honoring way. Recently I spent some
time reflecting on James 3:2-12 and what it says about the use of speech in the
Christian life and found eight truths in that passage worth meditating
upon. In this post, I’d like to share
those 8 truths with you.
James is About Consistent Christianity
The letter of James is about the importance of living out
a consistent Christian faith and the sad tendency for all Christians to
contradict our faith by the lives we that we live. … Continue reading
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears
in your bottle. Are they not in your book? (Psalm 56:8)
Yesterday evening my heart was grieved to read the news of the death of Jarrid Wilson; a high profile, 30-year-old pastor from California, who took his own life Monday evening after a long battle with depression. News like this is as tragic as it comes. The darkness of depression is very real, and Christians are in no way immune from experiencing it. Neither are pastors, as Wilson’s death demonstrates.
I didn’t know Jarrid Wilson or
know much about his ministry, but I have experienced something of the darkness of depression
and deep discouragement in pastoral ministry, and I know that depressed and
discouraged pastors are far more common than many understand. … Continue reading
I have long “struggled with my weight,” as they say. For as long as I can remember, adjectives like fat or overweight or husky or big boned have accompanied the way I have thought about myself. Even in my more athletic days when I played sports year-round and could jog a couple of miles without feeling any pain in my knees and shins and lower back, I was still a big guy; chubby even. A chubby, more-or-less athletic guy, who loved to eat, and was highly self-conscious about the results that eating had on his physical body.
Additionally, for as long as I’ve thought of myself as an overweight person, I have also thought of myself as a Christian.… Continue reading
Later this month by God’s grace, I will reach my six-year anniversary as the preaching pastor of my local church. I realize that this is not an incredibly long time and that compared to many faithful pastors, I’m still a snot-nosed kid with all kinds of things yet to learn. Yet, I actually find it astonishing that I’ve made it this far. Truly, this is all of grace. I say that because I’ve come to realize that being in ministry poses a myriad of threats to a man’s spiritual health.
I remember hearing it said somewhere that ministry will either make you a better man, or a far worse one. … Continue reading
“We speak often of the wonder of being married till one of us
dies. It has not been trouble-free. So we imagine ourselves in our seventies or
eighties – when divorce is not only sin, but socially silly – sitting across
from each other, perhaps at Old Country Buffet, and smiling at each other’s
wrinkled faces, and saying with the deepest gratitude for God’s grace: ‘We made
it.’” (John Piper, This Momentary
“We made it.” Three simple
words that summarize the dream that one brother in Christ has for his
marriage. I confess that I have a
similar dream for my ministry as a pastor.… Continue reading