Believing in Yourself

May 25, 2009

“Faith is not believing in yourself. You will not be a Christian until you stop believing in yourself.”  Kevin DeYoung, speaking at Next


No, Mr. President

May 19, 2009

Have you seen the powerful media clip excerpted from one of John Piper’s recent sermons?  I deeply appreciate the respect shown for our President while at the same time offering earnest opposition to a grievous social evil promoted by our President.

Father, thank you for pastors who have thought so carefully and spoken so clearly about the pressing moral issues of our day.  Please strengthen John Piper as he sticks out his neck for the truth.  Forgive us, your church, for fearing controversy more than we fear you.  Deliver us from the prevailing, wimpy view of love that sees love as permissiveness rather than truthfulness.  Open the eyes of our President and our nation to see the wickedness of abortion.  Help us to value rightly all life made in your image, whether that life be a tiny embryo or a powerful politician with whom we disagree.  To you be the glory through Christ Jesus, Amen.

Answered Prayer

May 19, 2009

One of our big prayers in preparation for the upcoming Peru trip was for a translator.  The prayer was answered today!  Thank God for Pablo Lujan (loo-HAN), who will accompany our team to Alis.  Colby would have been fine, Drew might have made it too, but Nick, Lisa, and I would have been dead in the water without Pablo.


May 14, 2009

Leaving for Peru in two weeks.  Who will be Concord’s first Epaenetus among the Yauyos Quechua?

Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia (Romans 16:5).

O, God, give us an Epaenetus…with many more following in his wake!

Just read this thought-provoking article by Al Mohler about why Mother’s Day is a bad idea.  Here’s a sample:

Mother’s Day is a bad idea because it subverts the reality of faithful mothering and robs faithful mothers of their true glory.  Mothers deserving of honor are handed cards and taken to lunch, when songs of praise should instead be offered to the glory of God.  Undeserving mothers, who abdicate their true responsibility, are honored just because they are mothers.  Children, young and old, who ignore and dishonor their mothers by word and by life throughout the year, assuage their guilt by making a big deal of Mother’s Day.

Mohler doesn’t suggest that we should do away with Mother’s Day.  Skim the whole article to see what he recommends.  And stay tuned for part two, which is sure to come out next month when Father’s Day rolls around!