Are you a cynic or a friend of one?

I admit it. I can be pretty cynical at times. In some circles, this would be welcomed. I would even be embraced as one who has the right disposition to life. But being a cynic is at odds with my identity as a forgiven follower and child of God.  Paul Maxwell, in his insightful article “Putting Off Cynicism”, helps us understand what it means to be cynical, the dangers of being cynical, and the road away from it. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you should especially read it.

Prosperity Gospel Revisited

A few Sundays ago I mentioned the prosperity gospel in my sermon. A great ministry called 9marks just came out with their bimonthly ejournal, and it is all about the prosperity gospel. Most of the articles are short, but right on the money biblically speaking. You will be spiritually richer and biblically healthier if you read these.

Reading “Jesus Calling” with discernment

The devotional book “Jesus Calling” has become wildly popular, especially among women. And just like everything we read and watch, we need to read with biblical discernment. “Jesus Calling” is no exemption. So if you have read it, are reading it, or plan to read it, what things should you keep in mind? Kathy Keller, wife of Manhattan pastor Tim Keller, explains well why she cannot recommend it. If you are interested in more background, Christianity Today had an article on Sarah Young (the author of “Jesus Calling”) and the controversy surrounding the book.

If you don’t want to read those articles, here’s the main thing for you to keep in mind (something to keep in mind no matter what you are reading): if you are taking 5 minutes a day to read “Jesus Calling” but are not spending  5 minutes reading your Bible, then stop reading “Jesus Calling” and start reading your Bible more. The Bible is sufficient for all that we need for life and godliness.