Weekly Thoughts

The Day I Began to Follow Christ

It started one morning. Upon reaching my office in Manhattan, the phone rang. It was my grandfather. In a serious tone, he spoke a brief message: “It’s your Dad; come home.” Somehow I knew not to ask questions. It turned out to be a severe heart attack. The waterline of anxiety quickly rose above my[…]

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Impossible? Far From It

“We who have the greatest news in the world (the message of eternal salvation in Jesus Christ) should be the clearest and most compelling communicators of that message.” So said Dr. Lon Allison as we were drinking coffee one day reflecting upon the church’s calling in the world. Lon is one of those guys who has a[…]

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What Everyone Wants

After fifteen years of pastoral ministry, I have observed a common thread to the expressed desires of men and women. It’s not the accumulation of wealth, the pleasure of sex, or accolades from achievement. It goes much deeper. The Ubiquity of Despair The great English journalist and satirist Malcolm Muggeridge, reflecting on forms of despair in[…]

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Push & Pull of Christian Faith

Christian faith involves a push and pull. The former compels us to move away from an identity that is grounded in one’s self; the latter consists in the magnetic pull toward God’s beauty and grace. In what follows, we will consider examples of each, starting with the push that comes from our idolatry. Sixteenth century Reformer[…]

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Freedom from Your Anxiety

A beloved relative is dying before your eyes; the syncopation of an EKG monitor punctuates each heartbeat. Bleep… Bleep… Bleep…. It’s not the sound of hospital equipment, however, that is dragging your soul into despair; it’s the conflicted thoughts and emotions swirling within. Beautiful memories from the past, tender and most lovely, stand in contrast[…]

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Talking Mary with Timothy George

It was my privilege to join Julie Roys and Timothy George on Saturday to discuss the question of whether Protestants should give more attention to the Blessed Mother. Here is the audio recording, if you’re looking for something to pass through your earbuds when you’re exercising. Two takeaways. First, Protestants will find in Mary an inspiring[…]

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The Audacity to Preach

It happens every week—at the same time and in the same place. After Scripture is read and before preaching, I stand at the edge of the platform, look out upon the congregation, and proceed to sing the Doxology. Then, at that precise moment, the thought crosses my mind: “You are nuts, Chris, if you think your[…]

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7 Days to Change Your Life: Interview with Dr. Josh Moody

Most of our readers are familiar with Dr. Josh Moody, Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton. Many know Josh as an articulate preacher and author. I’ve personally had the privilege of knowing Josh as a colleague and friend, and we continue to enjoy ministry partnership together in our little corner of DuPage County.  Josh’s PhD is in Theology[…]

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Courage to Stand

In April 1963, the nation’s attention was transfixed on Birmingham, Alabama, as thousands of black citizens, led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, protested racial discrimination. Despite the non-violent principles of the movement, King was arrested on Good Friday and put in solitary confinement. Days later Eugene “Bull” Connor, the[…]

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The Fructification of Faith

Occasionally a congregant will give me tickets to the symphony. Such performances are impressive when you think that an orchestra consisting of so many individuals playing vastly different instruments can produce such a rhythmically coherent sound. It works because these musicians rely upon two crucial ingredients: a score, which explains the notes to play, and[…]

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