The Role of Laughter in the Christian Life

In the fourth century, a monk named Evagrius identified key temptations against living the Christian life. He named eight of them, and they became the eight deadly sins. Now we know that Pope Gregory the Great reduced them to seven to fit them in with the symbolic...

God’s Grace is not Indifference

Don’t confuse God’s grace and patience towards us as indifference towards our sin. I recently started a new Concentrating On the Majors Study—it is the foundational study that all new YBL groups use as an introduction to the Christian life. I have had the privilege of...

God’s Grace and Our Sin

I recently started a new Concentrating On the Majors Study—it is the foundational study that all new YBL groups use as an introduction to the Christian life. I have had the privilege of leading this study over 34 times in the last 16 years—and I can honestly say that...

Christians are to be Marked by Gentleness!

While this is probably not a theme we discuss much as believers—it is a virtue all Christians are called to exemplify. When I describe God, I often say that, like a coin–God has two sides (2 primary characteristics): He is Holy…and He is Love. When I think of...

God’s Perfection, Our Redemption

“My thoughts are not your thoughts…My ways are not your ways.”                                                                                                      Isaiah 55:8 I have used this verse many times to explain circumstances that haven’t made sense—I’ll bet...