More Grace Is What We Need :: New Hope Digital

I wrote a guest-post for the New Hope Digital blog on my life verse. Here's a key quote: We think that if we come, like Cain, with our best works, that God will favor us. But pride—boasting of the goodness in us—invites the resistance of the Almighty. Instead, the way to God lies in humility. In brokenness we realize our need. Only the humble find their way to the Cross. And once we’ve received salvation, humility continues to be the path to intimacy with the Almighty. Read the rest here: More Grace Is What We Need :: New Hope Digital....

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Replacing War with Joy on Christmas

Around this time every year, some Christians get heated about the "War on Christmas." Political organizations churn out sharply worded press releases about a perceived attempt by the left to strip Christ out of Christmas. Bill O'Reilly will highlight one story every night, something like the town council in Podunk, USA that removed a cross from a water tower. The Drudge Report will take the most obscure case of Christmas secularizing and highlight as if its a dangerous national epidemic. And of course, the American Family Association will create its "Naughty and Nice" list of retailers who don't explicitly mention the story of Christmas in their promotions, forgetting the irony of using Santa Claus to beat up retailers who don't articulate the mystery of the Incarnation with their 40% off sweater sales. I'm not suggesting that there isn't a cultural push back against Christianity. I realize gospel-centered Christianity is increasingly becoming...

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10 Things I’m Thankful for in 2011

Today is Thanksgiving. This year (2011) I have much to be thankful for. I could fill pages. But I distilled them down to ten: Nine years of marriage to a beautiful and godly woman, Angela who has faithfully stood with me in ministry, trains our children in the Lord every day, and enjoys watching crime dramas with me. Four beautiful children, Grace, Daniel, Emma, and the latest edition, Lily. They are all beautiful gifts from God. I'm humbled to be their father. And I'm finally learning how to change diapers without passing out. A relationship with God through Christ. The mystery of God's love expressed in Jesus continues to amaze me, that He loved me enough to sacrifice His son, purchasing my redemption, satisfying His wrath, and displaying His glory. Parents who loved me enough to introduce me to Jesus, take me to church regularly, and be there when so many kids grow up...

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Children as Image-bearers

I ran across this terrific article at the Gospel Driven Life blog on parenting (HT: Trevin Wax). It discusses our children as image-bearers. The author says about our kids: They are image bear­ers.  They are crea­tures, made by God and for God.  They are given glory and honor by God.  They have inher­ent value, of greater worth than ani­mals.  How we treat the image of God is how we treat God.  The dig­nity of humans is built into the Law and the Prophets and the Gospel.  And we must see our chil­dren as image bearers. I encourage you to go and read the whole thing, especially as this theology is worked out practically in day to day live. Click here for the rest: Parents and the Image of God | Gospel Driven Life....

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