Are you (really) Enough?

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”—Colossians 1:19-20, ESV When Hollywood actor Jim Carrey appeared last year at the Golden Globe Awards to present an award, he

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

Do not be Over-righteous

“Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself?”—Ecclesiastes 7:16 (ESV) A few years ago, I was given the opportunity to preach in a worship service on Sunday morning. It was ‘Youth Sunday’ on our denominational calendar and I was preaching through Ecclesiastes. I remember re-echoing the words

Spiritual Super Heroism

“He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?””—John 9:36 (ESV) The Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther said that we need to hear the gospel every day because we forget it every day. One thing Luther got that all of us miss is where faith comes from. We do all sorts of

Religion You Wear Like a Coat

What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness (Mark 7:20-22). Lip-worship is as common in our day as it was when Jesus visited this world. People not only