We Don’t Deserve Safety, Prosperity or Greatness

A powerful quote regarding abortion from Tony Woodlief in World Magazine: But I’ve come to believe that a nation that tolerates destruction of innocents deserves neither safety nor prosperity nor greatness. We’ve descended into barbarism, and it poisons how we treat the elderly, the incapacitated, even ourselves. We shouldn’t be surprised, having made life a utilitarian calculation, that more and more humans become inconvenient. John Piper recently stated that God will not judge us for abortion, abortion is the judgment. The judgment for sin is more sin and the increasing inability to distinguish between good and evil. America’s collective conscience has been seared to the point that “abortion fatigue” has set in and many seem unfazed by its the utter horror of abortion. As a result, we have elected a man who would not support legislation to require doctors to provide medical care to infants who survive abortion. And we…

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Of a Dangerous Prayer and a Meat Grinder

I’ve prayed on various occasions for God to reveal sin to me, that I might not sin against Him. This seems to be one of those prayers that God is always happy to accommodate. As a result, I have been shown new depths of sin in my heart over the last few weeks that can seem overwhelming at times. This is a good place to be, I suppose, as long as I don’t give in to despair. But I’ve been teetering on the edge of that for a little while.

Is Suffering a Virtue? A Question Regarding John Piper’s Theology

This is a bit of a manifesto, but something that I have been giving a lot of thought to lately. The questions that I have pertain to calling, gifting, and suffering. I am in the season of life where I am trying to determine specifically where God has called me to plant a church. I am seeking some bedrock principles that have thus far eluded me because I seem to be stuck with a contradiction. I will tread cautiously, because I’m about to disagree with one of my heroes.