James: How Faith Works

James knew that the world detested Christians, but he also knew the Christian faith was an active world-changing faith. It was a faith at work. In other words, faith had fruits of faith (i.e. works). It was a faith that looked like Jesus, talked like Jesus, and served like Jesus. With millions of Christians suffering…

the best investment advice I ever received

“What set you on this course?” This was a question an aunt of mine recently asked. Since she was curious, others might be too. Therefore, I thought I’d share some of what I said to her along with insights from a little known prophet named Habakkuk. It is an encouragement to get emails from those…

I need a job

Q: My job offers are falling through. So I might have to move my wife and kids in order to get a job. What should I do? Here is my encouragement to you as the man, husband, and father of your home: First, lead your family to a season of fasting and prayer. Maybe set…

parenting is sanctifying

I am only 11-months into being a parent. Already my little girl is teaching me many things about God: 1. Giving up rights of sleep and other freedoms are just temporary sacrifices but big opportunities to invest in a new life. Parenting is a temporary stewardship, which I think also means a temporary loss of…

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My Problem with Love Recently, I read a Christian commentator, who had fallen heads and heels in love, trying to draw a connection between romantic love and divine love. The parallels are tempting to make, but are fundamentally erroneous. The main reason is that the modern/post-modern notion of romantic love as manifested in contemporary western…

myths regarding Christians and work

Myths regarding Christians and work: 1. Going to work in a standard job makes you a “missionary.” 2. Being a vocational Christian means you’re in “the center of God’s will” (which also means nothing bad will ever happen to you.) 3. Engaging the culture means opening a fair-trade coffee shop in your city (usually called…

concise biblical theology of work

Happy, Monday! Welcome back to work! With the long work week ahead, I felt it necessary to encourage all your labors. God loves work. Did you know God has set in His Word a theology for work? Working is a good and basic part of being human in God’s world. Ever since the Garden of…

extreme makeover: work edition

The Seven Dwarfs vs. The Office Millions of viewers enjoy watching the popular television show The Office. Could it be the show is much like a real life office? How does Dunder Mifflin make any money when so many people are not doing any work? The Office is full of characters that do not take…