The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5:22–23) We all know this. We’ve all read this. We’ve all heard this from the pulpit, in small groups, and in Sunday School classes most of our Christian lives. Now…what does it mean?Read More

Terrance L. Tiessen has a pastorally sensitive and carefully crafted post on the importance of charitable responses to theological differences titled “Choose Your Theological Mystery or Conundrum“. In it he points to the ongoing discussions and lack of resolutions around monergism and synergism in salvation and sanctification, and he addressesRead More

Paul ran from Christ; Christ pursued Paul. Paul resisted Christ; Christ disarmed Paul. Paul persecuted Christ; Christ converted him. Paul was an alien; Christ made him a member of the family.” – Lewis B. Smedes, All Things Made New, p. 119 While it is true that “everyone who calls onRead More

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It is the content in our minds that drives the direction of our hearts. We live from the inside out. What we think (as well as how we think) matters. What goes into our minds comes out in our lives. YesRead More

Much is made of God’s armor when Ephesians 6 is read. Indeed there is a great deal to know about the tools that God equips us with in fighting our spiritual battles. The metaphor of the Roman soldier that Paul used is rich and we can learn some important detailsRead More

While recently speaking with a friend who is deeply grieved over a family member’s descent into sinful behavior, I was reminded of a section from N. T. Wright’s After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters in which he notes that the transformation of our character takes place over time and theRead More