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Comparing Apples and Oranges in Christian Hedonism

There are two verses in the book of Romans that add support to the concept of Christian hedonism, and help us see it is very different than normal hedonism. In fact, I would say that trying to compare the two is like comparing apples and oranges. For those unfamiliar with the term "Christian hedonism," it was popularized by John Piper a couple decades ago through his pr...

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My Poor Example of Strong-Arm Praying

It is a mark of pervasive fallenness that even the most spiritual event can be corrupted. Even though Christians have been made new in Christ, we have not been made perfect; and our imperfections can manifest themselves in the most shocking ways at times. In one particular instance, I found that even prayer had succumbed to my fallenness. This is how I saw it play out. ...

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“Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner” Doesn’t Work

A commonly heard phrase in Evangelical churches is "Hate the sin, love the sinner;" or at least it used to be. But we live in a new day when sin is embraced in ways never before seen in America. Such a phrase only works when the clean distinction between sin and sinner is accepted. In that case, the phrase will freely roll off the tongue. It will continue to do so as lo...

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Giving Beyond Your Ability

There is a question in my mind that haunts me, and I don't like to be haunted. Have you ever been haunted by a thought? There, in the back of your brain it lingers, rising up at unexpected times to torment you with conceptual lashes. There is some overlap with the job of the conscience, but whereas the conscience doesn't let up in its convictional demands for righteousne...

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