Feel Awkward Being Expressive in Worship? Me Too

Two realities exist: (1) Scripture commands us to be expressive in our worship, and (2) many people feel awkward clapping, raising their hands, or saying “Amen” in public worship. Both of these realties are self-evident enough; they don’t need to be supported. But...

C.S. Lewis on Losing Faith

A Counselor Reflects on Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis “Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed. And as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how...

The Gospel for Sin, Suffering, and identity

Psalm 103 contains the words of someone who has been on an impressive journey with God. The cheerful introduction often diverts our attention from “all the benefits” (v. 2) that are being called to mind.  The next four lines rotate the gospel-gem in the hand of the...

Accidentally Plagiarizing Jesus

This post is meant to offer guidance to common “What now?” questions that could emerge from Pastor J.D.’s sermon on “Prayer and the Holy Spirit preached at The Summit Church Saturday/Sunday March 24-25, 2012. Here is one of the best definitions of spiritual maturity I...

NCAA Tourney, Fundamentals, and Counsleing

I thought it would be timely to do a blog post in light of the NCAA tournament. No, it’s not a grief post for Duke or Missouri fans. It’s not even a stress-idolatry post for those who get way too intense about their bracket. It is a post about fundamentals. What...