Training in Godliness

Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living...

How To Tell a Disciple

Right now NFL teams are evaluating college players and deciding which ones they would like to select in a few weeks in the college football draft. Most of the college football players took part in the NFL Combine, where they were measured in how fast they can run 40 yards, how high they can jump, how long...

Let God Be God

In the story of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3, Adam and Eve committed the original sin—“original” not in the sense that it was The-First-Sin-Ever but rather that it’s the first sin that any of us take that leads to all the rest—when they ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. In other words,...

The Importance of Failure in Discipleship

William Cumpiano is a Massachusetts luthier, which is a general term for a maker of stringed instruments; someone who makes violins or dulcimers is a luthier. Cumpiano builds guitars. He is co-author of Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology, considered to be the Bible of guitarmaking. His guitars, if...

Do We Really Want to See God?

“Purity of heart,” Søren Kiekegaard once said, “is to will one thing.” That’s an interesting idea, isn’t it, since purity of heart is generally thought of as something approaching sinlessness, and to will one thing—and only one thing—seems, well, a bit obsessive. I mean, aren’t we all striving for balance...

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