Free Indeed!

Have we really been set free from sin? Is that possible? The truth is, God has done far more for us than most Christians have ever heard of. We may have difficulty feeling free or experiencing freedom from the things that endlessly derail us (e.g. contempt; anger; lust; pride; self-rejection; regrets; unforgiveness; the list goes … Read more

Cleaning Our Lens

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If you eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light” (Lk.11:34+). What does Jesus mean by having “clear” vision? We all “see” through filters we have constructed over a lifetime of experience. If I have a solid bond with God and a strong sense … Read more

What About Sin?

From time to time, I am asked the question, “When teaching about spiritual growth, why don’t you talk more about sin? After all, the real problem people have is sin, and they need to confess, repent, and ask for forgiveness in order to be free of sin.” Now obviously behind this question there is a … Read more

Healing Our Past

Healing old wounds is an aspect of sanctification. “Nothing can be done about the past. Just get over it and move on.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that over the years. Perhaps we can sympathize with the sentiment that it is not good to be trapped in old experiences. But … Read more

Missing the Point of Spiritual Formation

In churches all across the country, office doors are getting updated with new job titles. Instead of “Pastor of Discipleship” we now see “Pastor of Spiritual Formation”; the Christian Education department is now called the Department of Spiritual Formation; the Leader of Adult Ministries is now known as the Minister of Adult Formation. But a … Read more

Why Trying Hard is Not Enough

One of the most persistent myths in the church today is the belief that salvation is God’s job and the Christian life is our job, as if the whole of the Christian life is something we do out of gratitude for getting to go to heaven when we die. Accompanying this myth are a whole … Read more

Why Do Christians Still Sin?

It is quite common today for Christians to be very unsure in regard to how they might overcome sin in their life. This article will attempt to present a coherent view of Christian growth and sanctification that can clear up some of that confusion. At the outset, we need to take seriously the multiple ways … Read more

The Wretched Man of Romans 7

I can’t seem to do what I know is right; and I keep doing what I know is wrong! (Rom.7:19, PAR). The great debate over Romans 7 – whether Paul is describing the experience of a saved or unsaved person – really misses the point. Paul’s real concern is the danger of placing our hope … Read more