Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Books about heaven: Spurgeon's critique


There are so many books about heaven these days. Unfortunately, most of them don't have to do with what the Bible says about heaven -- they're extrabiblical experiences that sell like hotcakes and make people feel warm and fuzzy inside.

It's really too bad that they completely miss the point about God's heavenly kingdom.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Common Christian Complex: Repentance

In the inaugural post for this series, I discussed the idea of holy discontentment and how not being satisfied with our personal spiritual walks is key to pursuing holiness. 

Assuming you didn't click the hyperlink above, here is the gist of what I said:

"This is the thesis: Christians should never be satisfied with their Christian walk. There is always more work to do. There are ways to be more effective, more efficient, and more pro-active. By keeping a healthy holy discontentment at the forefront of our minds, we can sustain a fire for God that keeps us disciplined and in line with God's Word."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Common Christian Complex: No Discernment & Sinfulness

In the inaugural post for this series, I discussed the idea of holy discontentment and how not being satisfied with our personal spiritual walks is key to pursuing holiness. 

Assuming you didn't click the hyperlink above, here is the gist of what I said:

"This is the thesis: Christians should never be satisfied with their Christian walk. There is always more work to do. There are ways to be more effective, more efficient, and more pro-active. By keeping a healthy holy discontentment at the forefront of our minds, we can sustain a fire for God that keeps us disciplined and in line with God's Word."



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Common Christian Complex: Comfort & Apathy

In the inaugural post for this series, I discussed the idea of holy discontentment and how not being satisfied with our personal spiritual walks is key to pursuing holiness. 

Assuming you didn't click the hyperlink above, here is the gist of what I said:

"This is the thesis: Christians should never be satisfied with their Christian walk. There is always more work to do. There are ways to be more effective, more efficient, and more pro-active. By keeping a healthy holy discontentment at the forefront of our minds, we can sustain a fire for God that keeps us disciplined and in line with God's Word."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Common Christian Complex

Most Christians live in a never-ending cycle. In short, we fall, get up, and fall again. This has been expressed most commonly as "peaks and valleys" in the Christian walk. 

There will be times that we are on a spiritual "high" -- the Bible camp experience, a great conference, even a good sermon can get us excited to live for Christ. However, there comes a point when we hit a wall. We become complacent and we sin either by comission (doing things we shouldn't do) or omission (not doing things we should do; I believe that's more common). 

But there's more to the story than just being a sinful hypocrite. That's an accurate description, sure; but it's not the whole picture. To try to illustrate the full scope of what is actually happening, I made this chart: