“There’s a cruel irony that comes into play whenever we value something above God. If we prioritize happiness above all else, we will never find happiness. If we grant marriage or family or work the highest place in our hearts, we will end up hurting those too. These are all good things, but they were […]
Are issues of social justice always just a local matter?
“I think one of the great strengths of the church is when it serves as an oasis within the culture, and offers a distinctive alternative to the prevailing values surrounding it. Unfortunately, the attitude in many modern churches is, ‘No, we need to be just like the culture in order to draw as many as […]
“Some people do not like to hear much of repentance; but I think it is so necessary that if I should die in the pulpit, I would desire to die preaching repentance, and if out of the pulpit I would desire to die practicing it.” ~ Matthew Henry
“Every relationship we have that has any kind of intimacy or trust also has boundaries. Whether it’s within a marriage or a friendship, there is an agreement at some point, whether implicitly or explicitly, that there will be boundaries…because that’s what makes a relationship meaningful. So, the idea that I want to have a relationship […]
“The idea that service to God should have only to do with a church altar, singing, reading, sacrifice, and the like, is without a doubt the worst trick of the devil. How could the devil have led us more effectively astray than by the narrow conception that service to God takes place only in a […]
“How do we relate to God? Do we seek Him mainly in times of trouble, searching for answers in our distress…but ignoring Him during our seasons of celebration? Are we like the Israelites of old? Easily swayed by the idols of our age, including such things as busyness, success, and influence?” ~ Amy Boucher Pye
“I think the overriding value in a lot of evangelical churches is to set the bar as low as possible in order to get as many as we can to engage. And because we keep the bar so low, we never really expect much from church attendees. We don’t expect that they’ll be trained in […]