Listening Is the First Thing

Here is an encouragement to all who make it their regular rhythm to read and listen to the Scriptures. Not to mine it for religious information or obscure facts or historic controversies or proverbial nails in your friend’s doctrinal coffin. But for shaping. For transformation. For God. This comes from Eugene Peterson’s introduction to The Message. “Revelation” means that we…

Hear the Music, Don’t Learn the Steps

Part 5 in a 10 part series. View series intro and index. If you are anything like me (let’s hope not), your bent is to read the Bible to get information. You want to mine the peaks and valleys of Scripture for intellectual ascent, to out-wit, out-smart, or out-argue someone else in a theological debate. You want…

Without Change, We Won’t Last

I was listening to “Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)” by The All-American Rejects earlier tonight.  There’s a line that caught my attention in the first verse.  Tyson Ritter, the band’s frontman, sings: Without a change Our lives will never last ‘Cause we’re going fast This is such a small line in the context…

Jesus, not Santa, is Watching You

Has the thought sufficiently gripped my mind and begun to dominate my every action, producing the quality of transparency in my life? – Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone During this Christmas season, we sing about Santa watching us to find out whether we are naughty or nice.  Let us remember that Jesus is always watching…

Live the Real Gospel

Tim Lane and Paul Tripp have written a book called How People Change that I’ll need to read soon.  In the meantime, here are seven counterfeit gospels that Lane and Tripp outline in the book.  Let us pray we pursue the true gospel of Jesus so we may have a transformed life. Formalism. “I participate in…