Practicing Discernment


But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come… Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.”– 2 Timothy 3:1, 13 – Manipulation and deception have been part of the human story since the very beginning. Now the technologies that are shaping our culture make it easier than ever…

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The Continuing Evangelical Disaster – Part 2


In 2001 George Barna published Growing True Disciples: New Strategies for Producing Genuine Followers of Christ. Based on studies at that time, Barna had come to the conclusion that at the practical level of everyday life, there was very little difference between Christians and non-Christians. His conclusion: the churches were not producing spiritually mature followers…

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A Vision for Christlikeness

No book (besides The Scriptures) has been more significant in my spiritual growth than Dallas Willard’s Renovation of the Heart. What was so impactful for me is that Willard presents pursuing discipleship and spiritual maturity in a way that is attractive and desirable. All too often, following Christ is presented as a hard and dreary…

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The Continuing Evangelical Disaster – Part 1


In 1984, Francis Schaeffer mourned the compromises that Evangelicals were making in terms of standing for truth and morality in his classic work The Great Evangelical Disaster. He warned that the compromises of his day would have severe ramifications for the institutional evangelical churches if not corrected. Recently, Gallup – the global analytics and advice…

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The Hope of Jesus’ Resurrection

Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58 – The verse above is one that has come to mind many times this year. This exhortation and encouragement comes at the end of Paul’s magnificent defense…

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Getting Our Attention:
Jesus’ Scandalous Genealogy


When we come to one of the genealogies in the Bible, we will more than likely just skip past it and get on to the good stuff. The New Testament actually begins with a genealogy, the family tree of Jesus. Not many of us would put this text on our list of “life verses” or favorite passages.…

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The Lasting Impact of David Brainerd


Wayne Sneed (of Orphanos) recently sent me an article written by John Piper about David Brainerd. Brainerd is a name you might not even recognize. His impact on Christianity in the West has, nevertheless, been significant. Thought I would pass this link along as it is challenging and inspiring. His Suffering Sparked a Movement: John…

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