The Prodigal Son…on day two

Hello, my name is Phineas…some people call me the “prodigal son.”  At least, they use to.  You see, yesterday, I came home.  It took me about 3 weeks to make the journey back from the far country, but I made it.  And honestly, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind.  You probably heard about theContinue reading “The Prodigal Son…on day two”

Sabbatical Reflections

Greetings, friends!  It’s been a long time, I know.  You may or may not know that I was on Sabbatical the last 3 months of 2019.  That’s why I disappeared here, but it’s also why I’m writing now. I’ve been in full-time ministry, essentially, since 2001.  During those 18.5 years, I’ve ministered to youth andContinue reading “Sabbatical Reflections”

Are We Too Heavenly Minded?

That is a question I’ve been spurred to think about recently because of reading a sermon by Richard Sibbes called The Hidden Life.  Of course, the question really stems out of the quote “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good,” which I probably quotes a number of years ago, but now seeContinue reading “Are We Too Heavenly Minded?”

Overcoming Sin through Holistic Discipleship

Sorry for the break, but here we are with the final installment of this series on overcoming sin.  The first part discussed the role of boundaries in our walk with Christ and the second talked about becoming fluent in the Gospel, seeing how the good news speaks to the specific heart idols with which weContinue reading “Overcoming Sin through Holistic Discipleship”

Fighting Sin – 2nd Layer

In our previous post, I started sharing about fighting sin.  I went on to unpack the role that boundaries play in overcoming sin.  In short, they are important in that they create opportunity and space for growth, but boundaries do not change the heart, so they are never the whole answer.  That brings us toContinue reading “Fighting Sin – 2nd Layer”

Three Layers to Fighting Sin

Struggling with sin is hard!  And we all want to feel like we are becoming more like Jesus.  That growth of character and heart is what Christians have called “sanctification.”  The Bible has much to say about sanctification, especially the letters of the New Testament to the new believers around the Roman empire who hadContinue reading “Three Layers to Fighting Sin”

What You Were MADE for…

Thomas Goodwin, when talking about God’s responsibility and man’s responsibility often employs words like due, meet, and suitable.  Perhaps “suitable” is the only one we still use as Goodwin would.  All are meant to communicate the idea of appropriateness.  For instance, if God created humanity with stomachs, it would be appropriate for Him to alsoContinue reading “What You Were MADE for…”

Man is a Worshiping Soldier

As we move, within our model, from the center to the 3 secondary roles, you’ll notice a few things.  First, we will discuss how each of these 3 secondary roles relate to the core role of worshipper.  That’s important because if any of these become unmoored from the center, then not only is our understandingContinue reading “Man is a Worshiping Soldier”

The Image of God and Real Masculinity

In the last post, we saw three things that help us understand masculinity: that God is real, that He created out of love and not out of need, and that He is intentional.  We saw that those things shape what a real man is and does.  Let’s dig into three others now. God remains involvedContinue reading “The Image of God and Real Masculinity”

Manhood in light of a real, intentional, and loving God

I ended the last post with this statement, attempting to clarify what the God of the Bible is like in contrast to the gods of this world, highlighting 6 things about the Triune God. However, if I believe in the God of Christianity, the Triune God, I have a God that is altogether different.  HeContinue reading “Manhood in light of a real, intentional, and loving God”