Getting Direction

Faith is what we believe.  But it is also what we do.  If we really believe in God, we will seek to follow God’s will. That’s not to say that we are faithless when we stray from God’s will.  We will struggle with sins and doubts as we grow in faith.  And we will be…

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Too Earthly Minded to Do Earthly Good

God’s chief desire for us is more than happiness.  Our earthly comfort and security and sense of fulfillment are gifts from God, but they are not what he wants most for us.   In fact, for the sake of our eternal relationship with Him and with all of His children, God is willing to make…

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More Than Happiness

God wants us to be happy.  Right? Well, actually, no.  Now, this doesn’t mean that God wants us to be miserable.  He wants more than happiness for us.  Not less.   Nevertheless, God can and does will disappointment and failure and frustration and even heartache for us for the sake of the good that He…

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God’s Big Love

“God is love.”  This is not just a foundational principle of the Christian faith.  It’s the basic assumption of what you might call American civic spirituality.  In other words, it’s what people who say they believe in God but profess no specific faith are likely to say about God. Christians are committed to forming our…

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Mercy Wins

People are still talking about Rob Bell’s book Love Wins.  This is a remarkably good thing.  While I think many of Bell’s arguments remain undeveloped and I disagree with what are at least his apparent sympathies with universalism, let’s give credit where credit is due.   Bell’s winsome style is captivating.  His pastoral sense of…

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Waiting for Bossypants

My wife Joy has been reading Bossypants, Tina Fey’s recent memoir about being a media boss.  I have no intention of reading the book, even though Tina Fey generally cracks me up. And yet, that is one great title.  Bossypants.  It still makes me chuckle.  It has given me a new nickname for my wife…

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