Last Friday, after two and a half years as foster parents, my wife and I finally adopted our five-year-old son. Surrounded in the courtroom by loved ones, fellow church members, and case workers, we felt the weight of paperwork and legalities dissolve away, replaced by peace in our veins and tears in our eyes as … Continue reading Three Ways Our Adoption Enriched Our Understanding of the Gospel
Why are we naming our daughter Lydia? Acts 16 has the answer—and contains the basis for our prayer for her.
The world is asking Christians some big questions. At least, that’s what I’ve found lately. Whereas most evangelicals have been trained to one degree or another to answer questions like “How can I have eternal life?” or “Who is Jesus?” I’ve found that much of the unbelieving world has a far more bulky set … Continue reading 7 Thoughtful Questions from a Humanist
Have you ever realized that everyone always, without exception, pursues what makes them most happy? Sure, we all do unselfish things from time to time. But at the bottom of all our motives, we chase after whatever satisfies us the most—what gives us joy. Is it possible to actually find that soul-satisfying joy? The … Continue reading The Plan for Your Ultimate Joy
When people write stories that represent bigger truths, it’s called mythology. When God writes stories that represent deeper realities, it’s called history. God has an incredible way of speaking to us through real events of the past. So when God raised up the brand-new nation of Israel to bring justice and invade the evil, twisted … Continue reading We Are the Prostitute
No one enjoys being told what to do. To those outside the Christian faith, the idea that God would lay claim to every part of my life—from what I do with my sex organs to where I spend my extra money—is oppressive and even repulsive. In the year 2015, obeying authority is uncool. But there was … Continue reading Why God Commands Obedience