Sometimes I Cuss

For honest Christians (Can there be another kind?), becoming like Jesus Christ—or what Scripture calls sanctification—can feel more like setback than it feels like progress. No matter how much better we become over time, no matter how much more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled we are this year compared to […]

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Sometimes Being A Traditionalist Is The Most Progressive Thing You Can Do

The Westminster Shorter Catechism states that the seventh commandment “requireth the preservation of our own and our neighbor’s chastity, in heart, speech, and behavior” (Q&A 71). Said differently, the seventh commandment calls for more than mere restraint from sexual activity outside the one-flesh union of marriage. It also calls for sexual purity in thought and […]

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Why Everyone Should Be A Serious Theologian

For women and men of faith, there can be a love/hate relationship with theology. We love theology because it provides an ordered, systematic, storied picture of the sixty-six books of the Bible. Theology packages the Bible—which can itself feel daunting—into a more digestible, less intimidating, easier to understand, cohesive whole. Theology gives us an interpretive […]

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Everything Is Better When Jesus Comes First

Tolkien’s character Gollum obsessively chased and clung to the Ring of Power, which he affectionately called his “Precious,” because he believed it would meet his every need if only he could only hold on to it. The longer that ring remained in his grasp, the more poisoned his soul. Like every idol, like every person […]

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