What Personality Tests Are and Aren't Good For

What Personality Tests Are and Aren't Good For

It never fails that personality tests have a way of pinning us. As they should, it tells us what we already told it by answering the questions. When I’ve taken these tests honestly, they’ve helped me understand why I’m sometimes unlikable. And, sometimes why I thrive in particular situations. They’ve shown me how I’ve responded to some things and circumstances I naturally avoid. 

In some ways, these tests can be helpful. They can also be detrimental. 

Reading the Bible and Praying More Won't Break Your Porn Addiction

Reading the Bible and Praying More Won't Break Your Porn Addiction

So you—yes, even and especially you, reader—are not alone when you trust in Jesus. You are not on your own when you trust in Jesus. No temptation was too great for him to bear, and through faith in him and in community with others—who like you, need him—you have already received victory over all sin.

Yes, even over your porn addiction.

Self Empowerment vs Wisdom Incarnate

Self Empowerment vs Wisdom Incarnate

Am I supposed to be more than I am or am I supposed to forget that I exist at all

I get the appeal of both sides. I like hearing that if I work as hard as Hollis, I can fly first class too. But Jesus really is better than first class. 

Truth is, there’s something to learn from both sides. 

The Blessings of Repentance

The Blessings of Repentance

It makes logical sense that we would be terrified to confess and repent of our sin.

What will people think? Can I bear the consequences? What will happen if I do? What will my confession destroy? What will I lose? Will it kill me? 

But Jesus threw a kind wrench into the sense of our flesh. 

Everything is Going to be Okay

Everything is Going to be Okay

I may not comprehend your suffering or the hardships around me, but this I know to be true: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end (Lam 3:22). I can’t see everything like he can. But one day, for the rest of eternity, everything will be made right.

Why I Go Into Strip Clubs

Why I Go Into Strip Clubs

It’s a privilege to spend time with these girls, my friends, at the club. I’m 100% convinced the only difference between “them” and me is they don’t know yet how they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a Savior (Ps 139:14).

Satan Isn't After the SBC, God Is

Satan Isn't After the SBC, God Is

In the wake of these scandals, much of the SBC history of spiritual and sexual abuse will no doubt be blamed on Satan. And by all means, let’s give him some credit, just not the bulk share. 

The blame lies with us. 

When We Don't Practice What We Preach

When We Don't Practice What We Preach

The truth is, every sin is hypocritical if we don’t simultaneously recognize our need for a Savior. Only Jesus is perfect but thank God his reticent grace points us back to his gospel to help us repent and change, repent and change, repent and change. 

Obnoxious Accountability

Obnoxious Accountability

We’re all weak, which means we all need one another to be steadfast in obeying Christ. How then should we seek to hold one another accountable? By relishing God’s grace, being realistic, offering kind correction and loving one another the whole time. 

God Delivers and Sustains Us When We Help the Vulnerable

God Delivers and Sustains Us When We Help the Vulnerable

When we care for vulnerable people, we are taking a risk. It may end badly for us—there are no guarantees. But that shouldn’t deter us from loving people. The psalmist wants us to know that even when we experience the sum of all our fears, God is still blessing us. Because like David on his sickbed, God will sustain us when we suffer.

God Uses Unlikely People

God Uses Unlikely People

With meticulous intent, organizing the opposite of what our hearts naturally expect, God uses what appears scandalous to accomplish the good and glorious. He uses the shocking and sinful to show glory and redemption. He chooses the unlikely and unassuming to achieve greatness. Why? So that through the failing appearances of others, God’s glory astounds.

How God Uses Kids

How God Uses Kids

God uses children to get our attention, to reveal our sin, and to save us for our good and his glory. Our children are gifts partly because God is faithful to use them in order to get us ready for heaven. If God has given you the role of parent, the point isn’t for you to nail it.

The role of parent isn’t so much for you to produce a holy child as it is for God to produce a holy you.

How to Love Mean People

How to Love Mean People

To be mean is to insist on your own way at the expense of others. It’s the opposite of Christ’s kind gentleness. It is to throw away God’s faithfulness and exert your own pride as means to achieve selfish ends.

With each experience of someone being hateful towards us, God is giving us an opportunity. Sure, we might be taken aback, but that’s simply because we have expectations greater than depraved souls can meet all the time.

Debt-Free Before God

Debt-Free Before God

So today, remember what Christ has done for you. He died to make you debt-free. Repent, believe the gospel, trust Jesus’ sacrifice on your behalf. And come before the Father who offers grace, hope and peace to all who believe. Christian, it is for freedom that Christ set you free! 

Be free, indeed.

I Only Cheated in Seminary

I Only Cheated in Seminary

I thought completing a work for God through ungodly means would be fine with Him. I thought the ends would justify the means. I underestimated the holiness and authority of the God I sought to follow, fearing failure instead of Him.

But don’t worry. I didn’t get away with it.

When in Darkness, Do the Next Faithful Thing

When in Darkness, Do the Next Faithful Thing

Dark seasons come in all different shapes and sizes. As unique people we tend to cope in different ways, both good and bad. We tend to struggle at different times of the day or week. If you’re like me, I’ve long expected dark seasons to pass quicker than they actually do. I want to learn the lesson, grow in whatever it is, get over whatever the ailment and move on, and quickly. But God doesn’t work my way. 

Should Christians Promote Self-Care?

Should Christians Promote Self-Care?

The best kind of self-care is to remember that it’s actually Jesus who perfectly cares for us. He never sleeps because he is always watching over us (Ps 121:4), he’s always praying for us (Rom 8:34) and he always understands us (Heb 4:15). When we are faithful to abide in him, he provides the rest, wisdom and energy needed to live well (1 Jn 4:16).

Jesus is Better than the Church

Jesus is Better than the Church

Jesus is better than his church and he always will be. He is the head of the church, the lover of the church, and so we can trust him with each other as we fail. We can trust that he knows the ins and the outs of his people. Because Jesus is faithful, the church can be faithful to know him better and therefore shout about him from the rooftops, not about each other.

Trusting God Without Reservation

Trusting God Without Reservation

The gospel is true no matter what. Jesus’ death on the cross is not moved by your lack of trusting God. Our sin is the reason for his sacrifice. To dwell on the good news of Jesus builds resilient faith. It reminds us that salvation has nothing to do with our finite selves and everything to do with our perfect Savior Jesus (Eph 2).

Questions Before Resolutions

Questions Before Resolutions

We make resolution after resolution, buy gimmick after gimmick. We follow whomever is doing whatever it is we think we want on whatever app we like the best. But unfortunately, we forget to ask ourselves the most fundamental question: why?