Your Perfectionist Friend

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”—John 15:13, ESV Demands mark the lives of perfectionists. Since they only desire the “best” (however best is defined), they engage in a life-long mission of control—controlling first the situation around them and also the people in their lives. Because

Hell is for Good People

“Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.”—Matthew 21:31b (ESV) The chief priests and the elders of the temple, like many of us, ‘publically confessed’ a faith which they privately fought. In the eyes of the people, these were guys who spoke and taught

He gave us back to our Father

“And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him.”—Luke 9:39 (ESV) The story of this boy in Luke 9:37-43 is personal to me, not that I have been attacked by evil spirits, but that I

4 Reasons why you should Always Remember your Sin

“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.”—Psalm 51:3 (ESV) For the last couple of years I have had the privilege of teaching God’s people, many have come back to me with concerns. Concerns over my hermeneutic of preaching Law and then Gospel. (Hermeneutics is the study of the methods of

God climbed down into the Pit

“…at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.”—Jonah 2:5 (ESV) When Jonah talks about the ‘pit’, he is not referring to a literal pit that you can dig with your hands. In

Now Go and Be Faithless…

“For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;”—Romans 3:3-4 (KJV) Just before I sat down to meditate on the faithfulness of God, even amidst the meditation, there was a battle raging in my own

Sleep Until Something Happens

“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”—2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV) This past Sunday, Christians around the world, in unison, celebrated the ‘Day of the Transfiguration of our Lord’. The transfiguration is not that popular