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
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
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?
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…
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?
Text, Podcast, and Video Read the post below, listen to the podcast, or watch the video. System Settings In our series called Church Reboot, we are exploring six original system settings in Acts 2:42–47 that serve as a guide for what a healthy and growing church looks like. Today we arrive at system setting number five. Number […]Read More What is Unique (and Necessary) About “Practical Love”?
Subscribe to het posts like this sent directly to your inbox so that you don’t miss anything. For more information about Rest for the Weary, just go here. Read below or listen to the podcast. _____________________________________________________________________________ Setting the Scene This is post number four in a six-part series on the essential system settings we discern from studying the early […]Read More Experiencing the Miraculous
A Brief Review Two weeks ago, we started a summer series of posts using the metaphor of a computer that needs to be shut down in order to be rebooted to its original system settings. That really is the opportunity for local churches in 2020. Having been shut down, we have a chance to revisit […]Read More A Game-Changing Way to Pray
By the 1770s, the American colonies had suffered under what they considered unfair treatment by their sovereign in England, King George III. Starting with the Stamp Act of 1765, many colonists began to resent British taxation without American representation in Parliament and sentiment for independence began to grow. On March 23, 1775, Virginian attorney and […]Read More The Dark Side of Christian Freedom
If you were to ask me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was a no brainer: a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. I’m still holding out hope, and I’m willing to expand my options beyond Dallas. Other popular answers include being a fireman or a policeman. […]Read More A New Ambition: The Glory of Becoming Nothing
Nepali mountain climber Kami Rita is a Sherpa who holds the record for the most summits of Mt. Everest. On May 21st of last year, he scaled the mountain for the 24th time. This year, he turned fifty and hopes to ascend the peak one last time for his silver summit. In an interview with Business […]Read More Into the Unknown (Season 2), Part 1: Unity in the Descent
During these “Pandemic Days,” our family has enjoyed some down time in the evenings playing board games and watching old TV shows. One of our favorite board games is called Code Names. If you haven’t played it, the Caston Crew highly recommends it. One of the TV shows we have enjoyed together is The Donna Reed […]Read More When Impossible Standards Meet Amazing Grace
Practically every Fairy Tale ends with the same words, “And they lived happily ever after.” This is everyone’s dream. To live “happily ever after.” To marry your dream girl. To land your dream job. To live in your dream house. To enjoy a dream vacation. Yet for most of us, at some point along the journey, […]Read More Into the Unknown, Pt. 7: Happily Forever After
If you are new with us, the story of Ruth takes place in Palestine around 1100 B.C. It is an ancient story with profound contemporary applications. What we will discover is that from generation to generation, cultural practices may differ, but the human condition remains the same. We share the same dreams and encounter the […]Read More Into the Unknown, Pt. 6: Bold Obedience
My parents divorced just months after I was born. In fact, I don’t remember meeting my father until I was about 10. During my teen years, I spent several memorable weekends with him at his home in rural south Mississippi. As the only child of my mother, it was fun spending time with my half-brother […]Read More Into the Unknown, Pt 5: The Great Goel