Don’t Make This Mistake!

One of the biggest mistakes parents make is focusing on rules and obedience. As Elyse Fitzpatrick, author of Give Them Grace (the best book on parenting out there!), says, “One thing is for sure: we aren’t to give our children the law to make them good. It won’t, because it can’t.” Tullian Tchividjian agrees, saying,…

What Will Change Me?

“To see the Law by Christ fulfilled, To hear His pardoning voice, Changes a slave into a child And duty into choice.” ~ Love Constraining to Obedience, William Cowpwer, 1779

Do You Have Illusory Superiority Syndrome?

Psychologists have diagnosed a disorder that affects the vast majority of the human population and it is likely that you have it. I do. It is a dangerous and deceptive condition called “illusory superiority.” This simply means that we tend to inflate our positive qualities and abilities, especially in comparison to other people, and minimize…

Raising Empty Hands of Faith

These quotes comparing justification and sanctification are from one of my favorite books, True Spirituality, by Francis Schaeffer.  “In justification, the basis is the finished work of Jesus Christ; in sanctification, it [also] is the finished work of Christ. In justification, we must see, acknowledge, and act upon the fact that we cannot save ourselves….

Consciously and Continuously

Walter Marshall says, “By nature, you are completely addicted to [a] legal method of salvation. Even after you become a Christian by believing the gospel, your heart is still addicted to salvation by works.” After all, if the Apostle Peter could slip back into self-justification (Gal. 2), so can I. And I do. And so…

Exhaustive Sovereignty

Eusibius (265-339 AD) wrote the first post-apostolic history of the church. Until Eusibius’ day, the church had been under fierce persecution and the luxury to sit down in the ivory tower and write was not available. However, in 312 Emperor Constantine was converted to Christianity, and in 313, declared the Edict of Milan, granting religious…

Giving Your Kids a Safe Place to Wrestle with Tough Questions

In an interview with Marilyn Stewart in December 2013, Nancy Pearcy, author of Total Truth and Saving Leonardo, describes the importance of providing a place to doubt and wrestle through tough questions and how that relates to why many youth lose their once-affirmed Christian convictions after they leave home. In Saving Leonardo I describe a…