As 2022 fades into memory and 2023 begins, many of us will be thinking about our hopes and aspirations for the new year. Regardless of whether new year’s resolutions are your thing, it’s not a bad idea to set aside… Read More ›
Why I Haven’t Written Anything in a While
Goodness, has it really been since April that I last posted? Sorry, fellow travelers! If I’d had better foresight, I would have made some kind of “taking summer off” announcement. One reason for the absence is that, as frequently happens… Read More ›
Letting the Gospel Shape Our Year
In many branches of the Christian tradition, including the one I’m a part of, we follow what’s known as a liturgical calendar. This is a rhythm of seasons throughout the year in which various elements of the Christian faith are… Read More ›
The Earliest Church Handbook: The Didache
In this new video post, I’m giving a quick introduction to what is likely the oldest church handbook in history, The Didache (aka the “Teaching” or “Instruction”). This short, ancient text gives us a fascinating window into the everyday practices… Read More ›
Are You Spiritually Drunk? (1 Peter 1:13)
The first command in 1 Peter is for Christians to be “sober-minded” — a metaphor rich with meaning. Explore what it means to be spiritually sober.
What Are Spiritual Gifts, and How Do I Discover Mine?
“Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.” — 1 Peter 4:10 (CSB) “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be… Read More ›
Seeking Guidance When God Seems Silent
Sometimes it seems like God is ignoring our prayers for direction, but really what’s happening is not that he’s ignoring us, but that he’s doing work behind-the-scenes. We don’t always see the ways he’s busy making the path ahead straight for us.
Six Guaranteed Ways to Sabotage Your Prayers
Sometimes our prayers aren’t answered the way we’d like because of God’s plans, God’s timing, or spiritual opposition. But the Bible mentions several reasons why we ourselves are often the most significant hindrance to having our prayers answered.
My Five Favorite Books on Discipleship and Spiritual Growth
There is seemingly no limit to the amount of literature on discipleship and spiritual growth out there. But not all of it is created equal. Here are the ones I’ve come to consider the “cream of the crop.”
The Spiral of Spiritual Growth
The way you think about your spiritual growth can either help or hinder your progress.