Portfolio Category: Desiring God

Read the Bible with Someone Else: Four Benefits of Studying in Community

God has given us many good ways to read his word. You may have utilized several of them: studiously, devotionally, reflectively, Christologically. But what about communally? Communal reading is when two or more people gather to read, hear, and discuss a written text. It was a popular practice in the […]

How Do I Know If I Really Love Jesus?

How do we know if we really love Jesus? The Bible’s answer might surprise you. We know if we love Jesus by what we consistently (not perfectly) do and don’t do. We know this because Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). And the […]

No Love Lost: How Catholics (and Protestants) Go Wrong on Good Works

One way to approach the historic division between Roman Catholic and Reformation teaching about justification is to focus on how justification by faith relates to ongoing practical love and righteousness in the Christian life. Even though the Reformers affirmed that justification by faith alone would always be followed by practical […]

Who Can Find Her? Rethinking the Proverbs 31 Standard

When we look to God’s word to find guidance about how to be the best wife and mother we can be, we simply cannot escape Proverbs 31. Who wouldn’t want to be as talented, productive, strong, caring, and fearless as this woman? But as normal human beings, many of us […]

Don’t Let Your Heart Deceive You

Our hearts are deceitful and desperately sick. Don’t let your heart trick you into thinking that you can find greater pleasures anywhere but Jesus. Watch Now

You Need to End That Friendship: Letter to a Would-Be Adulteress

You tell me that you’re nowhere near the path of adultery. You and he are just friends. You both love the Lord and desire to walk in obedience to his word. In fact, it was your shared commitment to Jesus that connected you. As you served at the Christian conference, […]

Should We Kiss Solomon’s Dating Advice Goodbye?

I once asked a college class to give me the definition of “the perfect woman.” Immediately, one of the girls blurted out, “a cute, chaste, cooking, cleaning, childbearing Christian who is clever (but not too clever).” And then she added, “Not that I’m bitter, of course.” In their search for […]