Portfolio Category: Desiring God

Men Under Fire: Why We Need Male Friends

She hardly knew what else to call it. Though more articulate than most, she could find no better word than homosexual. Jonathan loved David “as his own soul” (1 Samuel 18:3). Jonathan’s love for David surpassed that of a woman (2 Samuel 1:26). Jonathan gladly stripped himself of his position […]

Can I Have Assurance Without Joy?

Puzzled Faith: You put a lot of emphasis on new spiritual affections in people who are born again. In fact, as far as I can see, you treat them as essential to salvation, not peripheral. Doesn’t that make the experience of Christian assurance more difficult? Christian Hedonist: More difficult than […]

Oh the Places You Might Go: Watching the Fourth from Far Away

I have spent the last six July Fourths in the Middle East. Here I have planted and am pastoring a church in the northern part of the United Arab Emirates. Before moving, I worked for seven years in Washington D.C. and can wax nostalgic when I think about the fun […]

How to Discourage a Grieving Friend

What’s the best way to discourage a grieving friend? I can tell you what I’ve done. I’ve asked numerous questions, trying to fully assess the situation. I’ve mentioned others who are going through similar trials, extolling their bravery and faithfulness. I’ve freely doled out advice, even mini-sermons, to my friends […]

How the Catholic Church Became Roman

“I will build my church,” Jesus declared (Matthew 16:18). And what a magnificent and agonizing process has unfolded for two millennia. Essential to this work is the formation of living stones — men and women drawn from the quarry of sin, whose lives now testify to gospel grace. But how […]

What Science Is Really Teaching Us

The Scriptures tell us that “the heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1) and that God’s “invisible attributes . . . have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20). Yet many Christians today are fearful of studying science, and there’s more […]

The War for Inner Peace: How Desperation Fuels Contentment

Part of why inner peace is so elusive is because we expect it to feel more peaceful than it really does. And if we expect peace in this age to always feel peaceful, we’ll rarely experience real peace — the kind that meets reality and adversity head-on. If we never […]