Editor’s note: This post is Part 2 of 2 that look at David’s experience with biblical confession in Psalm 32. Part 1 lays out the blessings & consequences at stake for the sinner considering confession. Here in Part 2, we see how David highlights three further realities of confession: what makes confession genuine; God’s hope for […]

  Editor’s note: This post is part 1 of 2 that look at David’s experience with biblical confession in Psalm 32. Two of five realities of confession are considered here:  the importance of remembering the joy that comes from confession & forgiveness, and the consequences that come from avoiding confession.    At least according to […]

  Hebrews 12 is perhaps the most well known passage related to God’s spiritual discipline of his children. Notice all the things that the writer of Hebrews says about God and discipline in that passage: God will reprove his people (vv. 5-6 [3x]). God loves the people he disciplines (v. 6a). His discipline may involve […]

    Editor’s note: This post is part two of two that looks at four responses to trouble in our lives and four reasons to trust God found in Psalm 27. These responses or instructions reveal the “how” to trust God when we have trouble. This post looks at the third and fourth responses; part […]

    Editor’s note: This post is part one of two that looks at four responses to trouble in our lives and four reasons to trust God found in Psalm 27. These responses or instructions reveal the “how” to trust God when we have trouble. The first two responses are covered in this post, and […]

  As biblical counselors and disciplers, we speak often about living like Christ and being transformed into the image of Christ and cultivating godliness. Those synonymous ideas all reflect the need for the believer to grow in sanctification. But we might also ask, “what does the righteous life look like? How will we know when […]

  In seminary pastors learn many new skills. We learn how to study the Bible. We learn to read the Bible’s original languages and how to use them to more accurately study Scripture. We learn theology. We learn practical ministry skills — how to communicate the gospel clearly and accurately; how to administrate in a […]

  In the past few years I have read half a dozen books on the topic of homosexuality and Christianity. I have read many more journal and magazine articles and blog posts. I have studied extensively for preaching on the topic in Romans 1, reading somewhere between 15-25 commentaries on the significant passages. I may […]

  This post is a book review of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture, edited by Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert; B&H, 2015 (paper); 366 pp. $24.99 I’ve been pastoring for over two decades. I have a deep appreciation for my seminary training and the churches in which I was raised, […]

  Why doesn’t God immediately sanctify those he justifies? I like instant results, and I have been known to attempt to find an easy path to achievement. In college I accumulated an increasing collection of Cliff’s Notes that inevitably led to decreasing grades. I have vainly attempted to lose weight via the “sleep in, don’t […]

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