Category Archives: Deception

Happily Falling for the Greatest Swindle Ever

Everyone – and in this one instance I really do mean absolutely everyone, myself included – tends to respond to personal moral failures by seeking the false comfort afforded by listening to the relentless inner voice that stubbornly insists, “Come on! You’re a pretty good person!” And once we accept the proposition that we are,

The Blessing of Limited Power: Freedom from Crushing Burdens

Right in the middle of an outdoor feast, at a time likely chosen to garner the greatest amount of attention, Jesus said something extraordinary. If you’re at all familiar with your Bible, you probably already know that Jesus said many extraordinary things, but I want to call your attention to one that, on the surface,

Dismantling Depression: Naming Our (Shared) Delusion

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then

Depression: Joining Battle with Pernicious Lies and Accusations

Along with what seems to be an ever-increasing number of people, I’ve spent (literally) decades battling depression. When I finally accepted Jesus as my Savior nearly 20 years ago, He graciously relieved me of the twin compulsions of 1) drinking vast amounts of alcohol and, 2) introducing any number of illegal drugs into my blood

Hacking the Hexateuch* to Finish Well

God’s Call to Oppose Evil and the Passivity of Adam “No, that’s not right.” Four simple words. Oftentimes, though of course not always, these very words can serve as a powerful deterrent to evil, if only someone will have the temerity to speak them out loud, for all to hear. One clear, calm voice has

Cultivating a Healthy Suspicion of Self

This past week has been a “spiritually invigorating” roller coaster ride for me. Not one, but two very prominent evangelical Christians were fired from their positions of leadership for willful and/or prolonged sinful conduct. In both cases, the sins of these men had been fairly and thoroughly investigated and gracious opportunities to repent had been

The Power to Recover That You Don’t Possess

Two guys with an identical history of abusing alcohol and wrecking their relationships walk into a recovery meeting and are exposed to the exact same material. Same speakers, same offers for assistance and accountability, same everything. One guy has a much-needed “moment of clarity” and realizes his desperate need to turn his life over to

Naming and Numbering

Earlier today, the Lord used His common grace to show me – yet again – my relentless tendency to self-deceive (Jeremiah 17:9). I didn’t much enjoy the experience, but still managed to come away from it with an enhanced appreciation for “what reality looks like” vs. “what my desired version of reality looks like.” I

The Complicated Cloud of ‘Dark-and-Detached’

God bless the members of my Crossing small group; they continue to tolerate all sorts of crazed nonsense from me. Most recently, several of them agreed to come over on a Friday night and watch director Franc Roddam‘s 1979 attempt to bring The Who‘s 1973 double album Quadrophenia to the big screen. For many of

Choosing Relationship Over ‘Results’

There are many forms of suffering for which we may very well be blameless – traffic accidents, loss of employment, serious medical conditions, stock market downturns, etc. Since we all tend to experience these kinds of misfortunes from time to time, it is relatively easy to sympathize with another as they live through the realities