• Where’s the Growth Chart?

    During the “Top Ten” series for pressing on to spiritual maturity, I had a dear friend email me with a few questions: What does this process of spiritual growth look like exactly? How is growth measured? Since there are no “growth charts” for young believers (as there are for infants: “failure to thrive,” “average,” etc.), how does one know if she is where she should be?

  • Getting Free

    How can we struggle against our sin when we’re trapped by our sin? How can we escape sin’s powerful pull? How do we climb out of the pit? If you want the darkness to lose its power, turn on the light. Darkness is where we enjoy hiding when we’re attracted to sin’s offerings: [box]And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so…

  • Recovering a Brother

    Yesterday, I shared with you that our church body is reeling right now. If you missed that post, I hope you’ll click over and read that now. One of our own, one of our respected leaders, has publicly confessed to hidden sin. We are reeling from the pain and sense of loss. How can one who appeared to follow God be leading a double life? How can that happen? Can he be recovered? I’ve been grappling with these questions as we’ve been walking through this shocking event. Through these past few weeks since this has come to light, I’ve kept mentally returning to a story I read decades ago. It has run…