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Tolerating Dissonance

Tolerating Dissonance

Western-influenced evangelical Christianity tends to embrace a form of the faith that promises neat answers to life’s toughest questions. Everything must have a happy ending. All problems must be ultimately solved. There is little room in such Christianity for things...
The Rain Keeps Falling

The Rain Keeps Falling

Every so often, a song comes along that speaks so profoundly and personally that it warrants repeat play. The Rain Keeps Falling by Andrew Peterson is one of those. This brother has written a host of songs that self-evidently arise from both deep heartache and serious...
Tempest

Tempest

What expectations do you have of the Christian life? Are those expectations any different now than they were when you were first converted? Austin Miles’s famous hymn portrays the expectations we would like to have: I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still...
It’s All about You

It’s All about You

Matt Redman recounts the story of a time when apathy was widespread in his home church’s musical expression. Songs were sung, but the congregation was simply going through the motions. The pastor decided to get rid of the musicians and the sound system for a season...
More Than You Can Bear

More Than You Can Bear

Perhaps this might turn into a series, but this morning I want to address one of many sentimental errors that are rife in the Christian world. I don’t doubt the perpetrators mean well (and I stand among the guilty), but being sincerely wrong is still, well, wrong....
Delivered but not Delivered

Delivered but not Delivered

I’m increasingly begging God to kill the coronavirus. The impact of this disease is taking its toll on so many areas of life and death. I long for God’s merciful deliverance. The suffering of our church family in recent days has heightened my desire for God’s powerful...