Your Grandmother was Nothing…a Puritan Putdown?

I’m reading in Thomas Goodwin these days, and just can’t understand why my brain (and heart really) isn’t as impressive as his.  You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who can unpack in such beautiful and devastatingly logical ways BOTH the great depths of human separation from God and the soaring heights of God’s affection forContinue reading “Your Grandmother was Nothing…a Puritan Putdown?”

Psalm 45 – A Love Song Written by Dead Men

Friends, I hope you’re 2019 is off to a grand start.  And what better way to start the blog year than discussing a Royal Psalm.  Of course, this isn’t just any Royal Psalm.  Yes, the King is front and center like the other Royal Psalms, but Psalm 45 differs markedly in terms of author, tone,Continue reading “Psalm 45 – A Love Song Written by Dead Men”

Psalm 45 – The Love of Christ for His Bride the Church

I had the privilege to preach at my church twice this summer.  The first sermon was the last in a series on the Royal Psalms.  I was given Psalm 45.  After reading the title to this post, you may be thinking, “How can Psalm 45 be about Jesus and His love for the Church?”  Well,Continue reading “Psalm 45 – The Love of Christ for His Bride the Church”

Shaping a Men’s Ministry

I’m not a men’s ministry guru.  I’m not even a neophyte.  I have been able to, by God’s grace, serve with a small team to invest in the men at my church over the last several months.  Here’s a few of our decisions we’ve made about ministry to men. It should exist to help menContinue reading “Shaping a Men’s Ministry”

What does Jesus think/feel about you?

That’s a $1 Billion Dollar Question (actually, an eternal question!).  What does Jesus (and therefore the Father!) think/feel about you?  Lots of ways to answer this, but I’m going to totally steal an answer from 2 other people.  The answer will come from Thomas Goodwin, who I’ll introduce below.  But it will come through MikeContinue reading “What does Jesus think/feel about you?”

Does Jesus Rescue God?

We saw in our previous posts in this series (1, 2, 3) that what we believe about God, his character, his heart towards us, shapes everything else in our life and faith.  In this post, because of that, let’s draw our eyes towards the Lord and see what He is really like. Let’s see whatContinue reading “Does Jesus Rescue God?”

Christians who don’t know God

Of course, after the previous post, you may be thinking, “I’m not Muslim,” so my view of God is just fine. While I hope so, I wanna push back. Do you know God? And by KNOW, I don’t mean a superficial, Sunday school awareness of a few stories from the Bible. It’s not a “IContinue reading “Christians who don’t know God”

Your prayers to a false god

So, to help us understand how important it is to rightly understand our good God, we’re going to look at a false god.  We’re going to ask, “How does that god’s character affect the lives and prayers of his people?”  And what we’re going to see is that it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE. We’re goingContinue reading “Your prayers to a false god”

2 Writers/Speakers Who Are Influencing Me

OK, I felt compelled to write this entry for two reasons. First, to point you to a few wonderful folks that have had a lot of influence on me of late, whether authors, bloggers, speakers, etc. Second, I almost feel like I need to do this as a sort of disclaimer! Some of these folksContinue reading “2 Writers/Speakers Who Are Influencing Me”