What is a “weaker Christian”?

Several times in his letters, Paul explains how Christians should handle debatable matters—that is, areas of behavior that aren’t definitively addressed in Scripture. One example in his day was whether it was allowable for Christians to eat meat that had been used to...

Train for Godliness

For centuries, Christians have cultivated their relationship with God through the regular practice of several simple habits, sometimes called “spiritual disciplines.” Most of us know the main ones: Bible reading, prayer, and scripture memory. These practices are...

What Does the Journey Look Like

Life is, of course, a journey. Romans 8 indicates it’s a journey of hope from futility to glory: “The creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay...

Alert to Magnificence

“Pastoral work, in large part, deals with the difficulty everyone has in staying alert to the magnificence of salvation.” So says Eugene Peterson (Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work). I believe he’s right. Do you really know what it means to be “saved”? Read on....