The Value of Privacy

“Today value is increasingly measured by publicity, not privacy, and we are losing sight of the truth that genuine intimacy requires secrecy. This cultural desire to be seen makes us approve Jesus’ call to, ‘Let your light shine before others’… …but we forget that in the same sermon Jesus said, ‘Beware of practicing your righteousness […]

Show Them Through Our Love…

“Marilynne Robinson has observed, ‘The word Christian now is seen less as identifying an ethic, and more as identifying a demographic.’ In other words, being a Christian in our society is more about what you buy and how you vote, rather than how you care for people. Rather than showing the world our faith through […]

No Fruit, No Root…

“We tend to think of self-control as a strictly human enterprise, but Scripture describes self-control as a product of being connected to God. It’s something that grows when your life is rooted in divine reality. In fact, if it’s missing, your faith may be a ruse. No fruit, no root.” ~ Drew Dyck

All About Ourselves…

“The temptation of the devil was (and is) this: ‘Don’t risk yourself on God. Trust your own instincts. Live from within yourself. You need to take control, because you cannot trust God.’ Adam fell for this temptation. As a result, we are now born bent in on ourselves. It feels normal to rest our hopes […]

Think About It…

“Many people today, some well-intentioned and some not so much, are doing their best to soft-pedal the gospel in order to widen its appeal. But in reality, they’re doing the exact opposite. When we make following Jesus a tag line, or view it as just something we add on to our lives without sacrificing anything, […]

Think About It…

“There seems to be conflict with how some churches approach ministry. You have the ‘felt-needs’ crowd, who are all about appealing to where the surface level needs are. And then you have those who are totally against that, who say ‘We only preach the Bible over here.’ I believe there’s a third way…where the proper […]

Think About It…

“People love to sing the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. But you can’t really sing ‘Amazing Grace’ unless you consider your amazing mess. We can’t talk about how great His love is until we talk how horrible our sins are. We can’t just absentmindedly praise Him for His love and His grace without realizing what His grace […]

Think About It…

“Part of the issue with how we do church today is the way we’ve connected church leadership with the ability to sell books, to draw crowds, and to get invited to all the major conferences. We’ve essentially commodified ministry.” ~ Katelyn Beaty

Think About It…

“I think we have the wrong idea about God’s grace. God’s grace isn’t you seeing what you can get away with and still go to heaven. There are plenty of things you can do that you won’t go to hell for, but that your life will still suffer from.” ~ Tye Tribbett