An Esteem Bigger Than Self

By scottsauls | April 28, 2019

The hunt for self-esteem is everywhere. Advice on how to achieve it can be found in parenting articles, business coaching, and the self-help section of every bookstore. According to the Harvard Business Review, “Self-esteem is…considered the bedrock of individual success. You can’t possibly get ahead in life, the logic goes, unless you believe that you are […]

Self-Loathing Almost Ruined My Easter — And I’m Glad It Did

By scottsauls | April 23, 2019

Many times, I’ve felt overwhelmed by the gap between my beliefs and my behavior. The week before one particular Easter, I did something that caused me to deeply dislike myself. On a dinner date with my wife, Patti, I expressed my frustration with a certain individual, and then started tearing the person apart with gossip. […]

Intelligent Atheists, Intelligent Christians: Who Gets It Right?

By scottsauls | April 21, 2019

Now that Easter is behind us, I’d like to respond to a very thoughtful, and I believe legitimate observation that skeptical people sometimes make about Easter: It seems that you Christians base all of your beliefs about God, Jesus, and things like Easter and the resurrection on the Bible. For religious skeptics, it’s odd how […]

Toward a Better, Healthier, More Life-Giving Faith

By scottsauls | April 10, 2019

These days, the word “Christian” seems to evoke as many negative reactions as it does positive ones. This bothers me. Does it bother you? Critics might summarize their feelings about Christians with these words attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your […]

Some Thoughts on Sin

By scottsauls | April 4, 2019

Today, I want to consider the contrast between the Gospel and self-actualization or moral autonomy — the idea that being a law unto ourselves is the key to freedom and happiness. The Gospel liberates us from moralism and the restlessness, insecurity, and distorted relationship patterns that moralism creates. But it does more than merely liberate us from moralism. […]