Behaviors, Addictions, and Helping One Another (Welch)

Scripture often calls God's people to help one another (1 Cor. 16:11, 2 Cor. 1:11, Phil. 4:16, 1 Thess. 5:14, etc.). One aspect of loving one another in a Christ-like way is giving others of our time, energy, and effort to help when and where help is needed. Speaking of this topic, here's how Ed… Continue reading Behaviors, Addictions, and Helping One Another (Welch)

Mentoring for Men

 While there are overwhelming numbers of Christian books on many topics (parenting, anxiety, homosexuality, Bible commentaries, etc.), I haven't seen too many on mentoring.  Sure, there are some mentoring books out there, but as far as I can tell it's not an area that has been covered as much as other areas.  Because I've not… Continue reading Mentoring for Men

On Not Burdening New Christians (Sibbes)

 When discipling and teaching new Christians it can be tempting to instruct them in our personal preferences, spiritual habits, and religious opinions.  For example, if someone really likes a certain translation of the Bible, she might want the person she's discipling to really like that translation too.  Or, if a person is very passionate about… Continue reading On Not Burdening New Christians (Sibbes)

Preservation, Perseverance, Persistence

I was reading Hebrews' comparison of Moses and Christ (Heb. 3:1-6) when I found the following helpful comments by Raymond Brown in his commentary on Hebrews (note: this is not the same Raymond Brown who has written Roman Catholic works and commentaries). Right before these comments, Brown noted the great balance in Hebrews between the… Continue reading Preservation, Perseverance, Persistence

Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back

"...[T]he Bible's teaching about material possessions is inextricably intertwined with more 'spiritual' matters."  So writes Craig Blomberg in his helpful Bible survey of money, wealth, and possessions: Neither Poverty Nor Riches (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1999).  Specifically thinking of Jesus' teaching and parables about wealth/possessions, it's important to note that stewardship is a big part… Continue reading Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back