You gotta love Mr. Bean! Each time I watch this guy, he cracks me up. All humor aside, it does illustrate a key biblical concept: Knowing how your skills, knowledge, experience, and desires fit into God’s kingdom for service is essential for building a spiritual community. You gotta find theRead More

Hindrances to Spiritual Health While we’ve overcome blatant sins and obvious moral weaknesses, attitudes of pride, anger, lust, indifference to the poor, and jealousy can remain. We may not be lazy or slothful, but we waste an immense amount of time watching television, shopping, chattering about sports, or surfing the Internet. ThoughRead More

I’ve read a great deal on, taught through, and, most importantly, practiced the spiritual disciplines over the course of my new life in Christ (some 35+ years). Though practicing the spiritual disciplines often churn and agitate slowly, they are without doubt the most important habits to help form and transformRead More

Does Scripture support two classes of Christians? A few observations: 1) Spiritual maturity is always a goal to be achieved, not a quality that we possess (Eph 4:13; Philip 3:12-16). Maturity is a process in you, not a character trait of you. Until we are glorified in Christ’s presence, weRead More


I’ve been thinking about a quote from Jerry Bridge’s The Pursuit of Holiness (pp. 25-26, 1st ed.). He writes: Many Christians have what we might call a “cultural holiness”. They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more orRead More

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Discussions continue around the departure of Tullian Tchividjian’s presence from The Gospel Coalition website. The reason stated by TGC involved a significant disagreement over sanctification (broadly defined as a a divine-human operation prompted, enabled, and ultimately completed by God the Holy Spirit). TGC states: In Tullian’s case, it was obvious to observers thatRead More


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