“The Most Beautiful People…Have Known Defeat”

By scottsauls | July 31, 2020

According to world-renowned grief expert, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, “The most beautiful people…are those who have known defeat, known suffering, struggle, and loss, and have found their way out of those depths.” I remember my mentor and pastor, Tim Keller, saying something similar: “The strongest souls are the ones that have emerged out of suffering, and the most […]

Anxious Graduates, Work and Rest, and a Pastor Who Got Paid with 250 Gallons of Wine

By scottsauls | July 24, 2020

Recently, a group of educators conducted a survey of graduating high school seniors. Promising anonymity, the survey asked just one question: “What is one thing that you wish your parents knew about you right now?” Several seniors answered the question positively, expressing gratitude for a good education, unconditional love, parental attentiveness and provision, and more. […]

Internet Outrage, Public Shaming, and the Modern-Day Pharisee Phenomenon

By scottsauls | July 17, 2020

New York Times writer Tim Kreider coined the term, “Outrage Porn,” to describe what he sees as our culture’s insatiable search for things to be offended by. Based on hundreds of comments and letters to the editor, Kreider says that many contemporary people feed off of feeling 1) right and 2) wronged. “Outrage Porn” resembles actual […]

Dealing with Criticism in a ‘Cancel Culture’ Era

By scottsauls | July 10, 2020

I hate being criticized. Don’t you? Because everyone is flawed, everyone can also expect some criticism from time to time. But these days, a carefully timed, carefully placed call-out can have the effect of “canceling” the person being criticized socially, culturally, professionally, and in many other ways. Even when a person’s overall history, accomplishments, and […]

Four Barriers We Create That Keep People From Jesus

By scottsauls | July 3, 2020

According to Scripture, the work of Jesus is complete. Because of his life, death, burial, and resurrection, the good work of securing us as his beloved, forgiven, delighted-in daughters and sons is “finished,” just as he said. His sinless life secured for us a new and irrevocable status—holy and blameless in God’s sight. His sacrificial […]