Portfolio Category: Desiring God

Still Saints: Caring for Christians with Personality Disorders

ABSTRACT: About one in ten people suffers from a personality disorder, a deeply ingrained, long-standing dysfunction that forms part of the structure of someone’s personality. Although people with personality disorders often struggle to find long-term healing, the gospel of Jesus Christ, communicated by skilled counselors and patient friends, provides unique […]

I Take You: Our Vows for the Unknown Country

Today, we stand on the edge of an unknown country and make promises bigger than both of us. To have and to hold. For better or worse. To love and to cherish. Till death do us part. We stand here today, not mainly to say that we do love each […]

Disowned for Jesus: What I Lost and Found in Christ

When I left Islam to follow Jesus, I didn’t know what it would cost me. I hadn’t realized what it would take to deny myself, lay my life down, and take up my cross (Matthew 16:24). I wasn’t aware that even the precious relationships of my family should not come […]

How to Do Everything to the Glory of God

Explain this verse in your own words: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” If someone walked up to you right now and asked you how 1 Corinthians 10:31 worked — in eating, in drinking, in everything — how would […]

How Do We Know Jesus Is the Messiah?

When we say “Jesus Christ,” we should be thinking “Jesus the Messiah”: the promised Priest, King, and Prophet, the one God anointed to redeem us. Listen Now

What If I Never Get Better? How Not to Comfort Suffering People

I called her when I heard the news. Her husband has cancer. When the doctors first detected an irregularity, they were unconcerned. It was probably nothing. But they decided to run tests just in case. Despite what they had predicted, the tests came back positive. Malignant. She ran into a […]

Enter the Dragon Slayer: How God Took Satan’s Breath Away

There once was a great dragon, red like blood. He was a terrible serpent, ancient beyond human memory. His power and cunning were beyond human reckoning, and he was evil beyond all depraved human imagination. And the dragon was real. He did not inhabit the realms of fairy-tale or nightmare […]

Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?

Gift giving, done rightly, doesn’t distract from the meaning of Christmas. Pastor John puts Christmas gifts in biblical context. Listen Now

How to Love Hard People at Christmas

The annual run-up to Christmas crashes with waves of “joy” at every turn. Society balks at giving God credit for such joy, but has few qualms sending out generic positive vibes and wishes. Christians too celebrate joy at Christmas, but with a world of difference from the world. Our joy […]