Rightly Seeing the Glory of Jesus’ Feeding the Five Thousand

Setting the Stage Recorded in Mark 6:30-56 are the trifold miracles of Jesus feeding five thousand men with five loaves and two fish, Jesus walking on water, and Jesus healing the sick. Oftentimes, this text, and its parallel accounts in Matthew, Luke, and John, are preached with the conclusion that Jesus is our Shepherd Provider…

Do Not Waste the Beauty of Your Singleness, Savor It

Singleness, What is it Good For? There is a song that emerged in 1970 during the Vietnam War with a catchy hook that becomes a singable anthem. The hook simply goes, “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!” The songwriter goes on to highlight that war brings nothing to benefit those involved but destruction,…

What is Personal Holiness?

Preface This article is a condensed and edited excerpt of my position paper On Personal Godliness from the chapter “What is Personal Holiness?” For the excerpt on “What Motivates Our Pursuit of Holiness?” go here. For “How Do I Grow In Christ-likeness?” go here. Introduction Before speaking in a more systematic fashion on personal holiness,…

Why Pursue Holiness?

Preface This article is a condensed and edited excerpt of my position paper On Personal Godliness from the chapter “What is the Motivation of Personal Holiness?” For the excerpt on “What is Personal Holiness?” go here. For “How Do I Grow In Christ-likeness?” go here. Introduction The gospel is the good news that man can…

How Do I Grow in Christ-likeness?

Preface This article is a condensed and edited excerpt from my position paper On Personal Godliness from the chapter “How Do You Grow in Personal Godliness?” For the excerpt on “What is Personal Holiness?” go here. For “What is the Motivation of Personal Godliness?” go here. How Do You Grow in Personal Godliness? To grow…

I Know of One

I prayed for one and his salvation And as I prayed, I thought of his estate As one who is enslaved to sin As one who outwardly lives, yet is dead within – I perceived him in his reality As that of a skull And I thought to myself, Is there hope at all? –…

The Beauty of Pain: Being Sweetly Broken

The Human Dilemma For many of us, we make it a priority to safeguard our lives from any and all forms of suffering, pain, and heartache. This may manifest in a plurality of ways based on what kind of pain we’re speaking of whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental pain. For instance, the…

Are We Praying With Our Hands Tied Behind Our Backs?

There was a moment the summer after my freshman year of college that completely transformed the way I perceived my prayer life. The occasion was a small prayer meeting for our city of Fort Wayne. Towards the end of the meeting, one of the young ladies in the circle prayed for us to grow in…

Have You Made Worship About You?

The staff person on stage finishes the announcements while you make haste to finish shaking hands with the older gentleman in the row behind you. You remember shaking his hand last week; he had that firm, strong two-pump Baby-Boomer handshake, whereas your hand was a limp lump of awkwardness barely making it halfway into the…