Servant of the Word

Mark Maddix writes about what should be, not necessarily what is. In so doing his exhortation brings a couple of things to mind. First, I am coming to believe with more certainty that our denominational backgrounds, culture, and personal desires play a much more profound role in our interpreting of Scripture than we would ever…

Exhausting our Most Willing Members

The Lord has been doing a good work in my heart and mind in reference to the work of the Spirit in the life of the church and its’ individual members. We’ve been working through 1 Corinthians for the last two and a half years on Sunday mornings and have just come to chapters 12-14…

The Cross Done By Us

Don’t allow Christ’s sufferings to be simply a theological concept . Too often we distance ourselves from the suffering’s of Christ. We place blame on Judas or the Jews or the Romans. True, Judas betrayed Christ. He was a zealot with a passion to see Christ take Rome by force and was motivated by greed.…

Spurgeon Against Levity

We must conquer, some of us especially, our tendency to levity. A great distinction exists between holy cheerfulness, which is a virtue, and that general levity, which is a vice. There is a levity which has not enough heart to laugh, but trifles with everything. It is flippant, hollow, unreal. A hearty laugh is no…

Slow Down

“Many people fail to make progress in the spiritual life because they are attached to activities that seem to be important . . . blinded by their desire for ceaseless motion, for a constant sense of achievement, famished with crude hunger for results, for visible and tangible success, they work  themselves into a state in…

When Character is Revealed

I have often thought and even verbalized, “I don’t want to assess someone’s character in the midst of their worst moments.” I suppose some of this was out of compassion for that individual and a desire to extend grace, but it likely included a healthy dose of wanting others to extend the same consideration to…