The Specifics of Conversion Experiences

The Specifics of Conversion Experiences

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

“How are people actually coming to faith today?” That title of an article caught my eye. When I interviewed 40 recent converts, I learned a great deal about how people became Christians. I’m not talking about the spiritual realities of the salvation experience. We can’t think too highly of the images painted in scripture about […]

The Power and Limits of Natural Beauty

The Power and Limits of Natural Beauty

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017

  Lately, I’ve had the privilege of standing in the presence of natural beauty. I have had my breath taken away. I’ve heard people around me use the words “awesome” and “amazing.” And I have added several “Amens.” Why does beauty, especially large displays such as mountain ranges, move us so powerfully? On one level, […]

God Spoke to Me – Through the Bible

God Spoke to Me – Through the Bible

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017

I’ve heard the phrase, “God spoke to me” a lot lately. This isn’t really all that new. People have been saying it for quite some time. It comes and goes. Recent expressions focus on dealing with problems or struggles. One person said, “I feel guilty that I don’t talk to more people about Jesus. So I […]

Multiple Blueprints

Multiple Blueprints

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017

I wrote previously about the need to have an overarching blueprint to help make sense of life. Actually we need more than one. Some call it a worldview or a world-and-life-view or some other term but, whatever we call it, we need a way of thinking about all of life that helps us interpret confusing […]

The Helpfulness of Blueprints

The Helpfulness of Blueprints

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017

Builders require blueprints. These carefully drawn diagrams guide decisions, energize work, inspire vision, and determine outcomes. All people need blueprints for their lives. But life-blueprints do more than guide. They interpret. We need mental frameworks through which to view, understand, and process the world around us. Sounds rather philosophical, doesn’t it? Here’s a less theoretical […]

Why do they hate us?

Why do they hate us?

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017

In a recent Q & A session, I was asked why Christians often get rejected by non-believers. The questioner sounded surprised or even a bit baffled at the illogic of it all. “People don’t seem to mind when non-Christians are inconsistent or hateful or immoral but they treat Christians with a different standard,” he added. […]

Spiritual Fitness Training, part 4

Spiritual Fitness Training, part 4

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017

When Cal Ripkin, the famed Baltimore Orioles’ shortstop, broke Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games without a day off, many people marveled that he went so long without an injury. When athletes tear a muscle or twist an ankle, they sit on the sidelines while the rest of their team plays on. They also […]

Spiritual Fitness Training, part 3

Spiritual Fitness Training, part 3

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017

I loved watching this past year’s World Series as the Chicago Cubs won their first championship in over a thousand years. (OK. That’s an exaggeration but it sure felt like that). I especially enjoyed the final out when third baseman Kris Bryant fielded a ground ball and threw out the runner at first base. As […]

Spiritual Fitness Training, part 2

Spiritual Fitness Training, part 2

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017

In the first part of this series, I discussed the need for spiritual conditioning to be in the kind of spiritual “shape” to handle challenges to our faith – temptations, trials, etc. We need regular practice of spiritual disciplines (Bible reading, prayer, worship, etc.) to be the kind of people who live out our identity […]

Spiritual Fitness Training, part 1

Spiritual Fitness Training, part 1

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017

A friend recently asked me to help him handle his anger. While waiting in a slowly moving line at the grocery store, he found himself fuming in a way that did not seem appropriate. “The response didn’t fit the crime,” he told me. “What do you do when you find yourself in those situations? What […]