Shame on you . . .

This realization should will displace shame wherever it is found. Like spiritual chemotherapy, the Gospel goes on a seek-and-destroy mission against shame.

For that I am grateful.

On the singing of old hymns

At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, I have to say that sometimes I miss the old hymns in our worship. I do not miss how the hymns were executed, but I do miss the lyrics.

Actual vs Aspirational

So while what we are singing may not describe what is actually true of us in the moment, it can be an accurate description of our desire. Our voice can express what is aspirational even though it may not be wholly or even partially true in the moment.

Assent versus Action

For now, I will continue to have a gap between my assent and my action, but it will not always be so.

One day, Jesus will return or I will go to meet him and all will be put to right. The gap will be eliminated. Assent and action will be simultaneous.

What a relief that will be.

Compassion and Conversion

Both the theology of compassion and the theology of conversion need to be operational for effective ministry to take place.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Prayer

Prayer, in many ways, is the supreme expression of our faith in God and our faith and confidence in the promises of God.

Additional thoughts on corporate prayer

So while there are pitfalls in praying in a corporate setting, it is something that still should be done. The rewards are much greater than the risks.