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“Love ceases to be a demon only when it ceases to be a god.” (C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves, quoting Denis de Rougemont)

Lewis goes on to explain: “Every human love at its height has a tendency to claim for itself a divine authority. Its voice tends to sound as if it were the will of God Himself. It tells us not to count the cost, it demands of us a total commitment, it attempts...

Remember when church buildings had a cemetery right outside? It’s not so common these days, but many churches from a generation or two ago still have an old graveyard out back. When I was in college, I remember visiting an old church in New England one Sunday morning and meeting a wonderful elderly lady after the service. I almost jumped out of my skin a few minutes later when I spotted her...

J. I. Packer will turn 90 in July. (And so, by the way, will our own Ralph Whitlock!) Most who are familiar with Packer know him through his writing ministry, which totals 300+ books, journal articles, book reviews, and other published works spanning six decades. Perhaps his most popular work is the modern-day classic Knowing God, which I strongly encourage you to read ASAP, if you’ve...

Satan’s greatest physical weapon is not recession, bankruptcy, terrorism, or disease. It’s death. Death is our greatest enemy, and the Bible indicates that every one of us fears it, at least to some degree: “Only in this way could Jesus set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying” (Hb 2:15 NLT). Death destroys our body and terminates our earthly hopes and joys.

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Zechariah 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Five hundred years after Zechariah penned this prophecy of Israel’s coming king, Jesus deliberately and self...

Jerry Bridges, an author whose books I have recommended to counselees and church members more often than any other, died last Sunday at age 86. As Christianity Today put it, his “pursuit of holiness has come to an end.”

Along with tens of thousands of other people, I was first introduced to Bridges’ writing through his outstanding book The Pursuit of Holiness (which...

I’m sure you’ve seen the bumper sticker: “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” And everyone over 40 chuckles and nods sympathetically. (Parents of small children would smile and nod too, except they don’t have any mental energy to spare on bumper stickers.)

That little quip isn’t only true experientially. It’s also true theologically. The Bible teaches very clearly that...

Proverbs 22:13 furnishes us with profound insight about how our mind-heart connection works, but you have to look carefully to see it. It reads like this: “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!’”

Notice anything odd about that verse? Hint: it’s in the speaker, not his speech. Whom would you expect to protest about a lion in the streets and use...

How would you like to get outfitted for a 10-day hike through Yellowstone National Park, have all your maps and routes and campsites lined up, get dropped off at your trailhead, pull out your compass, and suddenly realize that this vital piece of wilderness equipment is broken. (Don’t tell me you always bring a backup. I’m the one writing this story, not you!) In that situation, nobody would...

Most of the biggest decisions in my life were determined by single, casual conversations along the way. Moments that appeared to be completely ordinary turned out to be life changing. Talks I hadn’t even planned turned to topics I hadn’t considered, and everything changed.

For example, one afternoon during my senior year of college, I stopped by the registrar’s office to confirm that I...

If we lost the Old Testament, would we lose anything in our understanding of Jesus Christ and the gospel? If the Romans Road is all we really need to know, why bother with all that other stuff like manna, the tabernacle, the Promised Land, genealogies, laws, kings, and prophets?

Apparently, Jesus Himself thought the OT was pretty helpful for knowing Him: “Beginning with Moses and all the...

I remember one particularly disturbing family dinner from years ago, when our kids were much younger. Not that it was disturbing to me. No, I was fine. It was the kids who were bothered. They couldn’t sit still. They kept turning away from their plates, twisting around in their chairs, and looking across the room behind them. They were utterly obsessed and perplexed by something over on the...

Last week, our elders published the draft of a new church constitution and asked all of you to examine it, pray over it, and prepare to discuss it with the elders over the next couple weeks before we (Lord willing) vote to adopt it.

A constitution is, of course, an extremely important document in the life of any church. It helps the church maintain order and preserve unity. It offers...

Today our elders are publishing a new church constitution for our members and friends to examine, pray over, and discuss with the elders over the next couple months. If this new governing document meets with strong approval from our congregation, on March 6 the elders will bring a formal vote to adopt it; and, if the Lord wills, we will begin to function under it on May 15. All of this (and...

Last week I wrote that the church exists to display the glory of God. I quoted Charles Bridges, the 19th century Anglican pastor, who wrote: “[The church] is the grand scene in which the perfections of Jehovah are displayed to the universe.”

Bridges goes on to mention another, equally important purpose of the church. He argues that the church and its ministers exist for, as he...

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