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Creating a Culture of Honesty

I was at the gym today and noticed this headline on one of the national news channels: “Epidemic of Dishonesty.” It was referring to a commencement speech given by former New York governor, Michael Bloomberg (you can read the article here). Though he was...

Creating a Culture of Honesty

Diagnosis and Treatment

During a routine checkup, the doctor detected a heart murmur in one of my daughters. I tried to alleviate her fears by telling her that I have one too, and they are rarely a cause for worry. I also told her she might need an echocardiogram, which would display an...

When Leaders Abuse, Your Response Matters

The subject at hand has been churning inside me at an ever-increasing speed and intensity. Every day brings to light another prominent leader who has done or said egregious things with little apparent remorse. One has to wonder if the Lord himself isn’t flushing...

Can We Handle the Truth?

A fire is burning in me, and I have to say that it’s an angry sort of fire. Outrage. Righteous indignation. Absolute horror and disgust at not only what has surfaced in the news lately, but the response to it by many fellow Christians. In the wake...

No Offense, But You Offend Me

Ever hear someone start off their sentence with, "No offense, but..." and you KNOW they're about to say something offensive next? It's a common opening line for a person who's already offended at you, armed and ready to drop some judgmental truth bomb. And before...

Offense

3 Sneaky Things That (Secretly) Become Idols

"I worship idols." Now there's a sentence I never thought I would utter. Yet, it's true--I do. It's probably true for all of us most of the time. I'm not suggesting that I have little statues I bow down to, or good luck charms in my pocket. I love Jesus, and I live...

Idols

Why Do I Always Want What’s Bad for Me?

I could hear its seductive call from Aisle 2. Buy me. You know you want to. What could it hurt? The past couple of years have been brutal and emotionally draining, and I've put on nearly 20 pounds. Last week, I finally decided I've had enough of that, and I'm ready...

sin, shame, and Romans 7-8