JMAC and GCC: Further Thoughts and an Apology

Because I publicly shared my opinion about how Grace Community Church decided to gather on July 26th, I need to share a couple of follow-up thoughts. First, there is a colossal difference between carelessly disregarding recommended or mandated safety measures and developing a firm conviction in a clear conscience before God that gathering without adhering … Continue reading JMAC and GCC: Further Thoughts and an Apology

Might It Be Better To Suffer?

It’s right to ask God for relief from sickness, financial problems, loneliness, depression, and every other shape and shade of pain. We see people doing this throughout the Bible. Sometimes God grants relief (2 Corinthians 1:10), sometimes he doesn’t (2 Corinthians 12:9). But he never criticizes anyone for asking. I’d even argue that he’s pleased … Continue reading Might It Be Better To Suffer?

A Gospel For Failures

Last Friday the Washington Post ran an article entitled, “The ex-gay Christianity movement is making a quiet comeback. The effects on LGBTQ youth could be devastating.” A family member texted my fiancée and me to warn us that the article mentioned us—an already-stressed couple eight days out from our wedding.  “Several lesser-known leaders are ostensibly … Continue reading A Gospel For Failures

Grace in Unexpected Places

People sometimes applaud my bravery in being transparent about some sensitive dimensions of my life. But in all honesty, sharing about things like my experience of same-sex attraction hasn’t been too scary. I was riddled with nerves the first time I posted about it back in 2011, a mere six months after becoming a Christian. … Continue reading Grace in Unexpected Places

Where There Is True Holiness, There Will Be Love

“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” – 1 Peter 1:14-16 I have often heard God’s holiness defined as his otherness. Though … Continue reading Where There Is True Holiness, There Will Be Love

God Is at Work in Your Suffering (And Not Just in You)

We Christians talk a lot about God’s good purposes in our suffering. And we do so necessarily. We need to be constantly reminded of his sovereign kindness toward us in all things because the brokenness of this world is constantly sinking its teeth into our lives! If our faith is to survive discomfort, sickness, loneliness, hunger, … Continue reading God Is at Work in Your Suffering (And Not Just in You)

If God Has Already Forgiven Us, Why Should We Keep Asking for Forgiveness?

I have heard some say that Christians don't need to regularly confess their sins to God or seek his forgiveness. They argue that because we were cleansed from the guilt of all past, present, and future sins when we converted, it is unnecessary to ask for additional pardon. I understand these folks’ point. We received total absolution … Continue reading If God Has Already Forgiven Us, Why Should We Keep Asking for Forgiveness?

Do You Grieve Sin in a Godly Way?

Many of us are painfully familiar with the sorrow that follows sinful acts. Whenever the cheap thrill of a transgression wears off, our souls swell with regret, frustration, and maybe even despair. But this is a good response, isn’t it? Only regenerate hearts respond negatively to sin, right? Our grief certainly can be evidence that the … Continue reading Do You Grieve Sin in a Godly Way?