“Look To the Cross More”: A Response to the “Gospel-Centered” Movement

Last week I received a letter from my friend Ana. The first part of her first question read: In the Reformed/Gospel-centered movement, the focus seems to be on how sinful and wicked and powerless we all are and how comforted and relieved we should be when we look to the cross. It seems like the …

The Best Counsel I Ever Received—It’s Not What You’d Expect (Guest Post by Ruth Harris)

I love it when friends of mine find their voices and speak. I love providing them with a safe space to speak about what God has done in their lives.  This one is from my friend Ruth. ***** I’ve not ever been in what is considered formal therapy. Sadly the “biblical counsel” my church leaders …

Have You Been Philippians 4:8’d?

It’s actually a beautiful verse. But sometimes it’s used as a cudgel. After I had heard two different people refer to this Bible verse as a verb (as a cudgel that had been used against them), I knew it was time to write about it. Here it is:

“Why Are You So Negative?” A Response to “Positive” People

Not long ago someone told me about her pastor’s sermons, almost all of which scolded his listeners for being “so negative” and urged them to be “more positive.” That led me to post a question about the topic on Facebook that led to an excellent discussion. When I posted my question, I wanted to be …

Social Justice is Not the Gospel: A Response to John MacArthur

John MacArthur, president of The Master’s University, founder of Grace to You, and respected speaker and author of many books, has made some strong statement against social justice in the Christian world. You can listen to and read a transcript of his sermons here and here and here.   Bloggers and commenters are pejoratively called …

Cleanse Your Guilty Conscience, Get Grace, and Other Solutions to the Noisy Soul: A Response to Jim Berg (Part 3)

Read Part 1 here. Read Part 2 here. In Quieting a Noisy Soul, author Jim Berg declares that the cause of the noisy soul is your sin: your unbelief, your discontent, and your guilty conscience (and as it turns out, your pride and your stubbornness). Throughout his nouthetic counseling teachings (nowadays called “Biblical counseling”), he …