pleasure


Fulfillment vs. Pleasure

You were made for fulfillment! But that’s not the same thing as saying you were made for pleasure. Pleasure, however, is not a bad thing. Matter-of-fact, pleasure can be the natural consequence of eating a satiable meal or spending quality-time with an ole friend or behaving virtuously. The kind of pleasure that gets a bad rap is hedonism, that is, …Continue reading →

Theological Happiness

I am sharing with you what is now Chapter 7 of my book Biblical Ethics. This happens to be my favorite chapter because it’s chock-full of vivid explanations of God’s emotional life and flourishing. It’s also a topic that is not talked about much from the pulpit, which I believe needs to be discussed in order to make sense of …Continue reading →

Knight

A long stride with secure steps he owns, that find not the left or the right to sooth, yet the road less traveled.   Brave is his name but tell him not for he will laugh out loud.   Integrity is his native tongue for he has alliterated his trusted companions: patience and prudence.   And love is simultaneously both …Continue reading →

Fear

Fear stifles love and ultimately imagination. To freely love and be loved (that is, to create a moment or memory with someone), one must stand ground in the presence of fear and its twin, condemnation, and smile in the dark. By the term “imagination” I mean the soul’s ability to freely create with bold, unapologetic pleasure. This courage and joy …Continue reading →

brave meekness

Red hot sparks burn twice, Only a masochist calls it paradise. Atoms of rebellion seek to start a fight, A battle already lost and found redeeming our birthright. Freedom is a gift of which pleasure and pain concurrently reign, And character is seeking to walk down the road less traveled. Today sacrifice is no longer esteemed but considered God’s weakness, …Continue reading →

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