For Your Consideration


I’ve come across some good articles and posts recently and what to share them with you.

Ben Zobrist plays for the Chicago Cubs (who just might win a World Series this year for the first time since 1908). He’s also a committed believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s a good piece about him from The Gospel Coalition.

Michael Kruger asks if the Bible is foundational to Christianity (which can be read here). It’s his response to a recent Andy Stanley sermon stating that Christians need to stop basing their faith on what the Bible says. Bottom line – Kruger’s answer is yes. But read his article anyway, it’s good.

The active obedience of Christ and the passive obedience of Christ: do you know the difference? We talked about it last Sunday in the adult Sunday School class. Justin Taylor gives a good explanation here.

If you like Chip and Joanna Gaines, and their TV show Fixer Upper, then you’ll enjoy watching this video with them produced by I Am Second.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a ministry on many a college campus, has upheld the biblical teaching regarding human sexuality (which includes homosexuality and gender identity). Naturally, not everyone is happy they’ve resisted the LGBTQ steamroller. John Stonestreet of Breakpoint comments on the story here.


Sermon in a Sentence


This morning I had the privilege of preaching on John 18:12-27. Here is a one-sentence summary of my sermon: When push came to shove, Peter denied everything while Jesus denied nothing – what will we do?


During our vacation last week, I had the pleasure of reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. He was born in Jackson, Kentucky and grew up in both Middletown, Ohio and Jackson. He tells his story of being born into an dysfunctional, but typical, Appalachian family, and his journey which has led him, so far, to graduate from Yale Law School, to highlight the culture and problems of the white, working poor. The subtitle is A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.

Vance makes the point very clearly that one of the major differences in America is not political (Left vs. Right), but rather Elite (the wealthy) vs. Non-Elite (working poor, but black as well as white). According to Vance, we live in two different worlds. He describes the culture of the white, working poor using his own extended family as a template of sorts.

Vance is convinced that neither political party has answers for the plight of this, often hidden, group. The compassion of the Left doesn’t end up helping anyone, and the exhortations of the Right to exercise personal responsibility fall on deaf ears. Why? The answer is the same one he gives when asked to explain his family: “It’s complicated.”

I read half of the book on the flight to Hawai’i, and the rest on the way back, which says more about Vance’s writing than my reading speed. Hillbilly Elegy kept my attention, in other words. I resonated with some parts of Vance’s memoir because they were similar to my own growing-up years.

Vance offers some solutions – none of them earth-shattering, but all necessary. The most important one, in my opinion, is that in order to succeed, you need a social network. You need a group of people around you (family, church, friends, schools, etc.) who can shepherd you through life. By and large, according to Vance, the white, working poor are on their own (which is a recipe for disaster).

I enjoyed the book. I was informed by it. I was challenged by it, too. I recommend it. If you’re thinking of reading it, you should be aware that it has a good bit of profanity in it.

Sermon in a Sentence


I had the privilege this morning of preaching on John 18:1-12. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: The betrayal and arrest of Jesus Christ gives abundant evidence that He is Lord of all – including His death.


There have been some good, thoughtful, and eye-opening articles recently – all of them worth thinking about.

Ligonier Ministries has produced another survey about what Americans believe theologically.  It’s worse than the results two years ago. You can read it here.

In the upcoming election, or any election for that matter, should you “vote your conscience”? Bryce Young provides us with his answer here.

Albert Mohler weighs in on Andy Stanley’s denial of the Bible’s authority in this article. If the Bible isn’t our final authority for faith and practice, then who or what is?

How may times have you heard a brother or sister in Christ tell you that they’ve made  a decision because they “had a peace about it”? Probably a lot. But is that idea supported by Scripture? Eric Davis has an answer here.

Do you love your reputation more than Christ? Jared Wilson explains why the answer has to be “no.” You can read it here.


RGB básico

As I sat in the chair in the examination room of the ophthalmologist’s office, I received a diagnosis that made official what I already knew – “You have a cataract, and it needs to be removed.”

In the past year, it’s become more and more “clear” that there was a fog-like substance, or “glaze,” growing on the lens of my eye. Trying to see out of that eye was like looking through a fogged-up window that I couldn’t wipe off. I couldn’t focus on anything when I looked out of that eye – nothing was clear.

It wasn’t long after that I realized cataracts have a spiritual application, too. After he recounted the “Hall of Faith” in chapter 11, the writer of Hebrews exhorts Christians, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2). We can only fix our eyes on Jesus if we have clear vision, and not cloudy vision. If we can’t “see” Jesus, and keep our focus on Him, we won’t be able to “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us” or “run with endurance the race that is set before us.” 

We can develop spiritual cataracts in quite a few ways, but ultimately they come from the same source – neglect of the spiritual disciplines God has given us that we might grow and mature in Him. When we stop reading and studying God’s Word; when the only time we pray  is to get a good parking spot; when we neglect fellowship and attendance at church; when we don’t truly worship from the heart; when we aren’t good stewards of the gifts God gives us; when we don’t evangelize; when we stop serving and ministering to others; when we see obedience to the Lord as an option and not an obligation; and when we stop learning, we can be sure cataracts will develop that will cloud our vision  of the author and perfecter of faith, Jesus Christ. They may come quickly or slowly, but the cataracts will certainly develop.

Cataracts, at least of the spiritual nature, can be avoided, therefore, by the regular and consistent practice of all of the spiritual disciplines. Only then will we be able to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus with vision that is clear and bright.

Sermon in a Sentence


This morning I had the privilege of preaching on principles of prayer taught to us by Jesus in John 17, Matthew 6:9-13, and Luke 18:1-8. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Jesus taught that we should pray for ourselves, other believers, and our churches, in a continuous and committed way.