You don’t need very many.

Proverbs 10:19 is pretty famous in Christians circles, and for good reason: it’s very practical. It reads: In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. Other translations have it: When words are many, sin is not lacking....

What about sin in the church?

What does it mean when we say that the church is “holy”? I encourage you to press through some of this (kind of thick) language from Thomas Oden, to get to the meat within. The basic idea is this: though the church does not willingly love, tolerate, or...

How to make sure you make it.

The other night I read this sentence in Thomas Oden’s book Classic Christianity: “The Christian life requires simple surrender of the will to God on a continuing basis.” There is so much in that one sentence–so much that is true. How will you...

Bound into the Shared Reality

Here’s more gold from Alec Motyer. Reading Isaiah 56:1-12, he asks, what are the distinctive marks of God’s people? His answer: First personal decision, (“joined himself to the Lord”, v. 3, 6), and love of his name (v.6), the determination to...

Reasons to Not Trash People

The other day I ran into this article by Anthony Esolen, in which he translated an old teaching on why we shouldn’t speak badly about others, or, as the author puts it, why we shouldn’t “speak ill” of each other. He says: “The following...

You Don’t Have to Be Impressive

Who is the most important person in the Bible? Jesus, of course. Now—make a list of the other really important people in the story the Bible tells. I bet you won’t get too deep before you name David and Paul. Here’s an interesting fact about all three: It is...