Anxiety and Depression, My Strange Friends

I am one of those ministers who has endured a handful of seasons of anxiety and depression. Most of the time, thankfully, the affliction has been more low-grade than intense. On one occasion, though, it pretty much flattened me physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. 

Jesus Christ

Easter: Pathetic Or Genius?

Why did Jesus claim to be the truth, versus one single truth among many other truths? Why did he say that he would not share his glory with any other God or any other religious leader? Was the first Easter a pathetic joke?


When a Cussing Heroin Addict Shows Up at Church

One Sunday at a church I served as pastor, a woman named Ann showed up. From the start, it was clear that her life had been shredded up by hard living. Ann explained to our greeters that she was in recovery from a heroin addiction.

Spiritual Growth

Confronting and Repenting

We are living in a day when reports of abuse and evil are constantly surrounding us. What we need is a robust theology of peace-making and how to practically confront evil and abuse in our own hearts and in the lives of others.


A Personal Tribute to Tim Keller

I first met Tim Keller eleven years ago. I believed it then, and I still believe it now…that he is the best English-speaking Christian preacher, thinker, and visionary of our time.


Encouragement for Weary Leaders: What You are Doing Matters

Having now served for eighteen years in pastoral ministry, I still resist the professor’s advice that pastors should seek their primary community and friendships outside of their own church communities.


The Big Non-Negotiable

The Bible gives the answer when it tells us that God is love. It does not say that God is loving, but that God is love.