Custom-Made Temptations, Crafted Just For You

Paul told the Corinthians that he and his apostolic associates were wise to Satan's deceptive schemes (2 Cor 2:11). The apostle knew Satan was a formidable enemy who had millennia of experience tempting and deceiving God's image-bearers; but he also knew he had been given insight into the way his enemy operated. Following Paul's example, … Continue reading Custom-Made Temptations, Crafted Just For You

Which Paul Is It? An Argument for Paul’s Christian Experience in Romans 7:14-25

Romans 7:14-25 is one of the most debated passages in the Bible. There are three major positions that have vied for interpretational prominence over the years. One view sees Paul's description of his struggle with sin as his pre-conversion experience. The other sees Paul's description as his post-conversion experience. A third---articulated by Martyn Lloyd-Jones---argues that we ask … Continue reading Which Paul Is It? An Argument for Paul’s Christian Experience in Romans 7:14-25

A Tough Means of Grace: Profiting from the Rebukes of Others

Our ability to receive rebuke from others is a quality essential to our making enduring progress in our spiritual lives.  There are no two ways around this truth: either we will readily receive correction and enjoy the fruits of godly wisdom, or we will entrench ourselves against reproof and gradually harden our hearts to our soul’s … Continue reading A Tough Means of Grace: Profiting from the Rebukes of Others

Battling Spiritual Depression: A Letter to a Friend

The following is a response to an email I received a while ago.  A dear brother contacted me and asked me if I could expand on an entry I had posted.  Specifically, he wanted to know if and how the Lord had helped me make progress in dealing with unhealthy introspective tendencies and spiritual depression. Below is … Continue reading Battling Spiritual Depression: A Letter to a Friend