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Christian Hedonism for Beginners

John Piper didn’t invent Christian Hedonism. He just repackaged a long tradition of spirituality and made it accessible for modern Christians. What is Christian hedonism? It’s the conviction that God is not a joy-killer, that pursuing holiness doesn’t detract from human happiness, that – to use the memorable phrase of Piper – God is most…

Identifying Counterfeit Spirituality

Tozer once commented that the problem with modern Christianity is that it views the world as a playground instead of a battlefield. Fifty years later the comment is still true. In our pursuit of comfort, pleasure, and success, there are few Christians in the Western world who believe – and actually live – as if…

Esteem-Anxiety

‘Our ‘ego’ or self-conception could be pictured as a leaking balloon, forever requiring the helium of external love to remain inflated and vulnerable to the smallest pinpricks of neglect’ (ADB).   One of the strangest aspects of being human is our need for a peculiar type of love. Let’s call this unique form of love…

The Need for a Future-Present Mindset

Why are some countries better than others about saving money? This question has irked economists for decades. The Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, and Scandinavians are careful about putting money away for the future. Brits and Americans, on the other hand, hardly save at all. Recent research indicates that the language one speaks is an indicator of…

Why Don’t Christians Pray?

Josemaria Escriva once said, ‘Pray. In what human endeavor are there greater guarantees of success.’ In saying this he was referring to Jesus’ staggering words, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened’ (Matt. 7:7-12). Jesus’ point blank statement is astounding. More astounding,…

Heart-Ignition: the Call to Worship

You know the feeling. It’s a frosty day outside. The house is frigid. You sit in bed waiting to recharge sufficient warmth to go and turn the heating on. Finally you get out of bed. You walk down the hall with your arms wrapped around your shoulders like a shall. Ch-chuck…the boiler blasts. The heating…

Five Traits of a Christian Work-Ethic

Imagine being a slave in the Roman world. You have no political rights. Your sense of dignity and individuality can be measured by a teaspoon. You are somewhere between an animal and a full-fledged human being, at least in the mind of the ruling class. Oh yeah – and you don’t get a weekend. What…