Suffering


Three Things to STOP doing, immediately!

(1) Expecting things in your life to go perfectly. Yes, you were made for eternity. That’s why you seek perfection, desire beauty, and hunger for unending happiness. But we live in an imperfect, ugly, and forlorn world because of sin. So when things don’t go your way or when things get you down or when you get scared, it’s simply …Continue reading →

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 →

Going Home

Ron Arko was my spiritual father, my Paul and my Barnabas, always encouraging me, my writings, and my blog posts. He was always there for me when I needed him. The irony is that I need him here right now to help me get through his going home. Wounded you stepped onto the battlefield, while others walked away disheartened from …Continue reading →

Self-Sacrifice

If we are to be like Christ, we must know something of self-sacrifice. To think that God will not refine us through the fires of pain and suffering, and melt away our imperfections like the dross of silver is to relegate the tao of Christianity. Let us embrace sufferings that serve to embrace our longing to be held tightly to …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 →

Amen!

Love me. Teach me. Guide me in all Your ways. Help me humble myself before You everyday, and if need be, humble me, so my thoughts may be pure and pleasing to You. May my actions never cease to emulate You releasing a sweet smelling fragrance of salvation’s freedom. More than anything, I seek to please You – the One …Continue reading →

Sumptuous Fruit

Like grape branches that must be lifted up and placed along a cross-like trellis to produce fruit, allow your thoughts and feelings to be lifted up to the Cross of Calvary, so the Gardner can cultivate virtuous fruit. If you let Him, He will lift up your heavy branches and wrap them around Himself, so their death will be swallowed …Continue reading →

MacIntyre’s Theistic Eudaimonism in a Fallen World

If you’ve ever wondered about the relation between meaning (in a material world) and altruism, as well as the relation between happiness and suffering for Christians, then read MacIntyre’s Theistic Eudaimonism in a Fallen World.

Morning Blades

Have mercy on me, O Lord, a saint who sins. For You and You alone are truly merciful. Only you can understand why You’d forsake Your throne to be scorned at the hands of cowards, all-the-while, being left fatherless during the height of Your suffering. How great is Your mercy? Greater than all the grains of sand in all the …Continue reading →

Prayer of Blessing

LORD, we ask that You would hear our prayer and adopt our son as Your son so that from an early age Nathanael Joseph DeLagneau may know who he is in You—a redeemed sinner in Christ Jesus. May he know that when Your Spirit resides in him, You will neither leave him nor forsake him. May he be a godly …Continue reading →

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