Nobody Uses Rand McNally Anymore I’m old enough to remember the days of the oversized Rand McNally road map. Rather than secure a cell phone on the dash of the car for navigation, you’d have a large book with pages and pages of colored maps stashed under the seat. You didn’t use it for driving […]Read More Help for Those of Us Burdened by Legalism
Either-Or vs Both-And There are a number of concepts that, on the surface, appear antithetical but actually are complementary. For example, take the words macro and micro. A macro perspective gives the big picture while a micro view looks at the smaller parts of the whole. Consequently, if we take an either-or approach to any issue or subject, […]Read More Why the “Macro-Micro/Both-And” is Vital for a Believer to Experience the Fullness of Grace
The Principle Here is a principle I want you to seriously consider. It can set you free. You may push back. So, read this carefully and be honest. Although I may be able to do several things at once, I can only focus on one thing at a time. Cooking dinner. Talking on the phone. […]Read More A Liberating Productivity Insight
Law in the Old Testament Does it confuse you when preachers and teachers talk about the law of God? I wouldn’t blame you for the angst if you find such terminology to be a kind of Christianese that everyone is supposed to understand but doesn’t. If you count yourself among the perplexed, this post is […]Read More The Purpose of the Law
Subscribe or Upgrade Get posts like this sent directly to your inbox so you don’t miss anything or upgrade to the Supporter Plan to unlock the archive and receive bonus content. Subscribe or Upgrade Here A Basic Concept Of all the words that could be used to encapsulate the message of the Bible, one of […]Read More An Interpretive Key that Unlocks the Entire Bible
THE BALANCE BEAM I am in awe of gymnasts. The combination of flexibility, strength, and balance performed in a variety of elements make gymnastics one of the sports requiring the greatest degree of all-around skill for those who participate. If you doubt this, go to a gym and give an apparatus or two a shot. […]Read More Overcoming the Fear of Man by Living in Line with the Truth of the Gospel
To access our main content page, visit http://www.restfortheweary.net The Disinformation Age As the internet began to spread its web into every corner and facet of global life in the 1990s, cultural commentators declared the modern era the information age. The moniker seemed accurate. Whatever the topic, regardless of how obscure, all one had to do […]Read More Fact-Checking the Gospel
I’m forcing myself not to watch. You know how hard it is to look away when something violent or unseemly is happening on TV. That is kind of how it feels to watch “the news” right now. But I’m really trying not to look. It is not just watching cable or network television coverage of […]Read More The Power of Gratitude
Read below or listen to the podcast. Katrina’s Fury Meteorologists knew the storm had the potential to inflict catastrophic damage. But nobody expected the post-landfall images to reveal the level of devastation left behind after Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi coast in late August 2005. Raging ashore with a massive, thirty-foot storm surge, practically every physical […]Read More A Before and After Story
An Intervention at the YMCA As usual, Lauryn Lax arrived in the morning at the Nashville YMCA ten minutes before opening. She had a favorite Stairmaster and wanted to make sure she secured it for her multi-hour workout. However, this morning would be different. She wouldn’t even get in the door. Johnny Phipps had organized […]Read More How Can I Speak Truth in Love Rather than Truth or Love?
The Great Invitation How would you respond if someone were to ask, “How committed are you to following Jesus?” Some of us might get offended. “What? I’m totally committed. I’d die for him.” Others might not be as confident, but with head hung low, confess, “Sadly, my actions deny the commitment of my words.” What […]Read More How Committed Are You to Jesus?
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader? During the COVID pandemic, my family has discovered reruns of the game show, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? The kids on the program are great, with fun personalities and lots of knowledge. The adult contestants may be equally winsome, but so far, not one has been smarter […]Read More God Helps Those Who…
Is It the End of the World as We Know It? We live in divisive times. But you don’t need me to tell you that. Just turn on the news or (at your own risk) browse Facebook or Twitter. Speaking of social media, someone joked recently that scholars discovered that the Mayan doomsday prophecy predicting the […]Read More Is This the End of the World As We Know It?
A Follow-Up Question Years ago, when D. James Kennedy’s Evangelism Explosion was a popular tool for sharing the good news of Jesus, the first question the evangelist would ask is, “If you died today, do you believe you’d go to heaven?” If the respondent answered no, then on with the gospel presentation. If they replied yes, the follow up […]Read More What Does God Think of You Right Now?
One of my seminary textbooks written by F.F. Bruce was titled, Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free. What a great epitaph for someone’s ministry. What a great epitaph for someone’s life — a heart set free. This coming Sunday, I am starting a new teaching series for my home church, True North: Life Guided by the Gospel — a […]Read More The Epitaph I Want
Receive a Free Gift Receive the digital version of my short book, The Grade Exchange: An Introduction to the Gospel (with Discussion Guide) as a gift and you also will receive a free subscription to Rest for the Weary. Get Your Free Copy Read the article below or listen to the podcast. The Most Important Decision In case […]Read More Embracing the Five Affirmations of Grace
Read below or listen to the podcast. Jacob’s Story: A Defining Moment in the Ascent of a Leader Most of us have defining moments that shape the rest of our lives. Like that night walking down sorority row at Ole Miss when I met a ridiculously cute red-head from Benton, Mississippi. That encounter was a defining […]Read More Why Do the Best Leaders Limp?
Read or Listen Read the post below or listen to the podcast here. The Sixth System Setting This is the sixth and final system setting in our Church Reboot series as we study Acts 2:42-47 for a guide to what a healthy and growing church looks like, giving us the opportunity to reset ourselves as a […]Read More Is the Tone of My Life Honey or Vinegar to the World?
What Does “Loving My Enemy” Look Like on Social Media On the heels of this post on The Power of Love When Aimed at an Enemy, I thought I would follow up with something really practical and specific. What does love look like on social media? When someone posts something with which I (even strongly) disagree or makes […]Read More How Should Christians Engage on Social Media?
New Site for Articles, Essays, and Posts Read these articles on my new site: Rest for the Weary. Battle Lines Have Been Drawn Everywhere I look, battle lines have been drawn. There are the old and familiar political lines, like those between Democrats and Republicans, who have been firing heavy artillery for generations. Battlefronts exist […]Read More The Power of Love When Aimed at Our Enemies