Friday Findings—March 4

Growth Is Not the Goal “Spiritual growth is a marvelous effect of spiritual discipline, but it is only an effect.” The Downward Spiral of My Discontent “Sometimes it’s not the huge trials of life that sink us, but the constant pressure of many small burdens that cause us to stumble.” Is Your Jesus Too Small?…

Ham•art•i•ol•o•gy

Hamartiology, coming from the Greek words hamartia (meaning sin) and logos, (meaning word) is the study of sin, and of mankind in its sinful state. God created mankind good and placed them in a perfect environment. Adam and Eve willfully chose to rebel, bringing the righteous judgement of God upon them, their descendants, and their…

Puzzling the Pieces

All writing is selective. No matter how many pages of prose an editing allergic academic manages to cram into an oversized tome, there will always remain aspects of the story that have been left out. If a book is well written, the inclusion or exclusion of a particular aspect of the story will be driven…

Upcoming Book of the Month!

This Saturday will begin a four-part review of Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges. It will be available in hardback at the church this Sunday and is also available in the Kindle and Nook stores. More details on this convicting book will be coming soon!

And I Quote—February 29

Worry is a form of pride because when believers are filled with anxiety, they are convinced that they must solve all the problems in their lives in their own strength. The only god they trust in is themselves. When believers throw their worries upon God, they express their trust in his mighty hand, acknowledging that…

Tempted and Tried—Part Four

This article concludes the essay posted last week. Yet after a seemingly endless string of triumphs, Satan met defeat in the wilderness near the Jordan River. The temptations that Jesus faced then are, at the core, the same temptations that we face today. You may never have been tempted to turn stones into bread—but all…

Friday Findings—February 26

I Feel I Think I Believe “[W]e as Christians must know what we believe and we must believe these things with strength and confidence. It is not wrong to feel, but it is not enough.”   Freedom of Expression in a Photoshop World: The Beauty of Understatement “Ultimately, it is the bigness and unsurpassed beauty…

An•thro•pol•o•gy

Anthropology, coming from the Greek words anthropos (meaning man) and logos, (meaning word) is the study of mankind. Unlike most theological terms, anthropology is widely used in other disciplines as well, (e.g. cultural anthropology, evolutionary anthropology). Theological anthropology is concerned with what the Bible says about the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings. God…