Paul David Tripp has said, “You have never spoken a neutral word in your life. Your words have the power of life and death in them.” This morning, Proverbs 12:18, made that come to life for me: There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Lord, help me to speak words that are sweet to the ears of those around me. Let me speak life to people, and not death. Continue reading Do your words give life or bring death?
I often find myself forgetting that I am one individual member of an absolutely enormous body called the Church. Still more, I forget this Church is a Body that is incredibly diverse. Spending 2009 in South Africa helped me in this, but I’m still learning to think outside of my own little kingdom. This Body isn’t diverse just because it has hands and feet and ears. It’s diverse because the hands are African and the ears are Latino and the feet are Asian, along with a thousand other races, people groups, and languages. Wayne Grudem reminded me of this today … Continue reading The Church as the Ultimate Barrier Breaker
Session 2: Too often, I’m more concerned about the external tidiness my relationships, public ministry, and quiet times instead of being vulnerable, admitting that there’s a bigger mess underneath than I’d like to admit. Continue reading Pharisees (un)Anonymous
Sometimes when we are merciful toward others, we do it out of religious pride. Other times, we do it begrudgingly simply because it’s the “Christian thing to do.” But Jesus tells us that the foundation for our being merciful should be an overflow of love for how God has treated us: But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:35-36). God is … Continue reading Be a Pipeline of God’s Mercy
Paul Tripp shows the progression of how good things in life become bad things, and then proceed to ruin our relationships. (This isn’t an exact quote, just my paraphrase.) Desire is basically an “I want…” Jesus did this Gethsemane. But then he said, “Father, not my will, but yours be done.” Well, our desire then morphs very quickly into a demand: “I must…” Desire then morphs further into a need: “I will…I cannot live without it.” When you call something a need, you have made yourself unwilling to live without it. A need then morphs into an expectation: “You should.” … Continue reading Paul Tripp on How Good Things Become Bad Things
I don’t have time right now to really write down my thoughts, but maybe I will sometime. I’m not just “not perfect” at the truth and love combo. I’m not close, and nobody can really say they are. Anyway, in the meantime, I did want to pass along a few resources that have helped shaped my thinking. First, here is a short article by John Piper, in which he says the Bible teaches that truth is the foundation for love. And here is a 3-minute video from Desiring God where Mark Driscoll tells us about the art of speaking the … Continue reading Thinking About Truth and Love