What captures your mind controls your thoughts and dominates the desires of your heart – Paul Tripp

The following is excerpted from Paul David Tripp’s devotional book, New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. Discouragement focuses more on the broken glories of creation than on the restoring glories of God’s character, presence, and promises. What captures your mind controls your thoughts and dominates the desires of your heart. Outside of intentional moments…

What is a good definition of anger?

Photo by Dayne Topkin on Unsplash According to David Powlison in Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness, anger is a negative evaluation, in which an individual shows active displeasure towards something important enough to care about. It was quite sobering when I reflected on this definition because in agreeing with Powlison’s definition I…

Religious Liberty and the Baptist Tradition

First Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious Liberty was originally published in 2005 after a conference on Baptist distinctives held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) in 2005. A new edition appeared in 2016. A Baptist distinctive worth noting, and one continually under attack, is that of religious freedom. In the book, the authors aim…

Choose your inner circle wisely.

Photo by Matteo Vistocco on Unsplash Who you choose and allow into your inner circle will determine who effective your leadership is. These people will either multiple or minimize your effectiveness. Choosing lieutenants unwisely can cripple your ministry. Poor lieutenants can undermine a leader in so many different ways it’s almost staggering. But the value of a great…