9
Sep

a list for friday–25 things I can promise you I will never do

Wear my cell phone in a belt holster.

Watch a soap opera.

Stop eating carbs.

Appear in a local TV commercial.

Listen to Joel Osteen without rolling my eyes.

Revision: Listen to Joel Osteen.

Catch up on my email.

Run for office.

Get tired of talking to four-year-olds.

Dress up as a clown.

Eat blood sausage.

Skydive.

Voluntarily watch NASCAR.

Own a rat.

Say I love anything “to death.”

 

 

Date any man who wears a kilt. 

Shave my head.

Write “lol” after every any sentence on Facebook.

My child’s science fair project.

Host …

28
Jun

God does not have a plan for your life

I recently wrote this article for Christian Standard magazine, and I’m already getting lots of feedback on both sides of the issue. Click the link below to read the entire article on the CS site.

“God’s plan for your life isn’t a map you see all at once, but a scroll unrolled a little at a time, requiring faith,” Rick Warren recently tweeted.

“God will accelerate his plan for your life as you put your trust in him. God is giving you victory sooner than you think,” says Joel Osteen.

Less prominent Christians champion the theology as well. In …

9
Apr

new to you friday–a question

This post connected with many people, I think because it’s at odds with how so many of us have been taught to think about the Christian life.

Obedience, growth, faithfulness–these are hard, sacrificial things. So my follow-up question, a year after the original post, is the same: how can we read the Bible and expect an easy road?

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Noah was 600 years old when he began building the ark. After weeks of backbreaking work, he endured 370 days stuck in that airtight boat with an ornery family, hundreds of animals, and enough “fertilizer” for the rest of his grape-growing career.

Abraham waited a lifetime for God to keep the promise of …

1
Jun

a question

Noah was 600 years old when he began building the ark. After weeks of backbreaking work, he endured 370 days stuck in that airtight boat with an ornery family, hundreds of animals, and enough “fertilizer” for the rest of his grape-growing career.

Abraham waited a lifetime for God to keep the promise of a son, only to receive a command to murder that son in cold blood.

Joseph refused to have sex with Potiphar’s wife but still went to prison.

Moses put up with a million whiny Israelites for forty years.

Job lost everything because he had done nothing wrong.

Hosea faithfully loved an unfaithful wife and provided for the children of her affairs.

David ran …