• 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?

  • Are You a Truth Speaker?

    “A man who loves you the most is the man who tells you the most truth about yourself.” —Robert Murray M’Cheyne Does anyone in your life have your permission to follow Galatians 6:1–2 when you need it? The text doesn’t read, “If anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual get in their face!” But I’m one who needs strong rebuke occasionally, so I’ve given a few people permission to be tough (in love) when it comes to encouraging me to godliness. I need to be told when my tone is harsh or I’ve opened my mouth too much or I’ve been insensitive. I want to have my eyes opened…

  • 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? What exactly is spiritual maturity? How is it quantified? Is it determined by the amount of time that one has believed? Her biblical knowledge? Her “spiritual” activities? How Christ-like one appears? (How much is enough?) Can one grow as she should without the privilege of a…