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4 Wrong Answers to the Question, “Why Me?”

When I was diagnosed with cancer, the question “Why me?” was a natural one. Later, when I survived but others with the same kind of cancer […]

Augustine’s Four Rules of Prayer

Anicia Faltonia Proba (died AD 432) was a Christian Roman noblewoman. She had the distinction of knowing both St. Augustine, who was the greatest theologian of […]

Blemishes in Christian Character: A List for Self-Examination

For years I’ve been haunted by one of John Newton’s letters, which was later titled “Blemishes in Christian Character.” Newton was an 18th century Anglican minister who had […]

Blemishes in Christian Character, Part 2

18th-century pastor John Newton showed us that most Christians live with obvious character flaws that ruin both their joy and also their Christian witness. But why […]

Blemishes in Christian Character, Part 3, Change and Grace

Some Christians, in their effort to stress holiness of life, do not put a great deal of emphasis on God’s gracious acceptance of us despite our […]

Blemishes in Christian Character: Self-Examination

For years I’ve been haunted by one of John Newton’s letters, which was later titled “Blemishes in Christian Character.” Newton was an 18th century Anglican minister […]

Change and Grace: Part 1

For decades Kathy and I  have profited immensely from the pastoral wisdom of the converted slave trader John Newton. As an 18th century Anglican minister, Newton […]

Christianity and Homosexuality: A Review of Books

The relationship of homosexuality to Christianity is without doubt one of the main subjects of cultural conversation today. If you are a Christian in New York […]

Contentment

Are you experiencing contentment? Contentment, true contentment, is a rarity in today’s world. King David pictured contentment in the simplest of terms. David, the Warrior-King of […]

Counterfeit Gods-The Personal Story

Like many younger ministers I worked far too many hours, never saying “no” to anyone’s request for my pastoral services. When salary increases were offered to […]

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