Category Archives: Respectable Sins

Jesus Outside the Lines (Book Review)

Smiley-face Christians.  Not the cliché variety that are syrupy-sweet and refuse to give a straight answer when you ask them a hard question about the Bible or their faith.  Not that kind, but the kind that are winsome and truth-telling.  … Continue reading

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The Green-Eyed Monsters: Envy and Jealousy

“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot” (Prov 14:30).  “Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?” (Prov 27:4)  Envy (and its first cousin jealousy) are two of the … Continue reading

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I Just Can’t Stop!

“I’m sorry I blew up at you again, but I just can’t help myself.”  “I hate that I’m hooked on pornography, and I know it’s wrong, but my lust just seems to always get the best of me.”  “My son … Continue reading

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Don’t Judge Me, Bro!

“Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt 7:1).  In our largely biblically-ignorant culture, I’m fairly certain that these famous words of Jesus are the most often quoted Bible verse, yet also the most misunderstood verse in all the Bible.  … Continue reading

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People: Annoying or Annoyed?

I once heard a respected Christian teacher assert that there are no annoying people, just annoyed people.  Is this true?  If so, then it means that no one can annoy me because I am the one with the heart problem.  … Continue reading

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The Bad Kind of Pride

What does Scripture say about sinful pride (see Jam 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5) and the dangers that even believing teachers face (see Rom 2:1-3, 21)?  In each of these passages in James and 1 Peter, the authors quote the Greek … Continue reading

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Worry and Its Children

How do you deal with worry, frustration, and discontentment?  The world’s way of facing up to these universal human struggles is to accept them, fight them, or relish in them.  Only a dolt like MAD’s Alfred E. Newman can deny them.  Everyone … Continue reading

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