Mar

13

2014

Kevin DeYoung|5:45 am CT

Signs That Don’t Show You Much

One of the more ambitious things I've done as a pastor, and perhaps one of the more foolish, was to assign Religious Affections as our staff book a number of years ago. Don't get me wrong, I serve with a very bright, very mature team. But Jonathan Edwards parsing out the nature of true religious experience is not for the faint of heart.

In general, I think everyone found the non-signs more helpful than the signs, not that the signs are wrong, but they are harder to navigate and can lead one into unhealthy introspection. I wish every denominational leader, every elder, every youth group leader, every passionate teenager, and every old saint would pay attention to these non-signs. They would help some of us be more cautious about criticizing emotional experiences. And they would help others be more careful about crediting to the...

 
 
 
 

Mar

12

2014

 
 
 

Mar

11

2014

Kevin DeYoung|5:15 am CT

How Do You Explain Home Field Advantage?

March Madness is upon us. Baseball is just around the corner. The NFL Draft is next month. The NHL and NBA will be thinking playoffs soon. So let's talk sports.

In particular, let's think about home field advantage. Every sports fan knows how important it is to play your games at home. That's why NBA and NHL players make some effort to care about the regular season--because the regular season determines home field advantage and home field (or ice or court) is a big advantage. Just look at these numbers laying out the percentage of games won by the home team in major American sports:

NCAA (basketball)        69.1%       1947-2009
NBA                                  62.7%       1946-2009
NHL                                  59.0%       1917-2009
NCAA (football)             64.1%        1869-2009
NFL                    ...

 
 
 
 

Mar

10

2014

Kevin DeYoung|5:09 am CT

Monday Morning Humor

There is a super abundance of people on the internet singing Let It Go or some "funny" version of the song (and by "funny" I mean "painful"). But in case you haven't seen it already, this one is definitely the cutest.

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Mar

07

2014

Kevin DeYoung|5:25 am CT

How a Christian Athlete Might Respond to the Questions that Are Coming (and Will Keep Coming)

Okay, you have ten seconds--not a term paper, not a sermon, not a blog post, not five minutes--ten seconds to talk about our country's most controversial subject with someone who wants you to say something stupid, and you have to state your mind, on the spot, humbly and articulately in a way that honors Christ, tells the truth, is shrewd as a serpent, and as innocent as a dove, go:

Do you think the NFL (or MLB, or NBA, or NHL, or whatever) is ready for a gay player?

I think every team in this league wants to win, and the coaches and the people in the front office are doing all they can to get the best people in here so we can put the best team on the field.

Do you think the guys in the locker room would feel comfortable with a gay player?

I...

 
 
 
 

Mar

06

2014

Kevin DeYoung|5:26 am CT

Avoiding Short Lived Ministry

When we think of Paul, we often think of a spiritual giant, going through the Roman world planting churches, routing the philosophers in Athens, writing the most profound letters ever written, getting bloodied by stones, whipped, flogged, and shipwrecked--all by himself. A one man superhero.

Paul didn't accomplish all this or endure all this by himself. He constantly had people around him: co-laborers, associates, apprentices, friends, partners in the gospel. There's a reason that when Jesus sent out the disciples he sent them out in pairs. You are not meant to do gospel work by yourself.

If you want a ministry to be short lived, start it by yourself, do it by yourself, and share authority with no one but yourself. If you're really gifted and dynamic, you'll see something grow up for a time. People will flock to it because you have a lot of...

 
 
 
 

Mar

04

2014

Kevin DeYoung|5:53 am CT

Jesus, Friend of Sinners: But How?



Everyone who knows anything about the gospels—and even those who don't—knows that Jesus was a friend of sinners. He often drew the ire of the scribes and Pharisees for eating with sinners (Luke 15:2). Jesus clearly recognized that one of the insults hurled against him was that he was "a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" (Luke 7:34). As Christians we love to sing of this Pharisaical put-down because it means that Jesus is a friend to sinners like us. We also find ourselves challenged by Jesus' example to make sure we do not turn away outsiders in a way that Jesus never would.

As precious as this truth is—that Jesus is a friend of sinners—it, like every other precious truth in the Bible, needs to...

 
 
 
 

Mar

03

2014

Kevin DeYoung|5:37 am CT

Monday Morning Humor

World's worst dad? Or is he the best dad ever? (Sorry for a couple OMG's).

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Feb

28

2014

Kevin DeYoung|5:54 am CT

Red Letter Nonsense

An excerpt from Taking God at His Word on the implications of 2 Timothy 3:16 for the authority and unity of the whole Bible:
Just as crucially, if all Scripture is breathed out by God, then there is a unity to be found across the pages of the Bible. Without minimizing the differences of genre and human au­thorship, we should nevertheless approach the Bible expect­ing theological distinctives and apparent discrepancies to be fully reconcilable.

The unity of Scripture also means we should be rid, once and for all, of this "red letter" nonsense, as if the words of Jesus are the really important verses in Scripture and carry more authority and are somehow more directly divine than other verses. An evangelical understanding of inspiration does not allow us to prize instructions in the gospel more than instructions elsewhere in Scripture. If we read about homosexuality from the pen of Paul
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Feb

27

2014

Kevin DeYoung|5:35 am CT

What Would Jesus Bake?

As Christians continue to debate to what extent they can be involved with gay weddings, advocates for participation as no-big-deal have been hurrying to the Gospels to look for a Jesus who is pretty chill with most things. It's certainly great to go the Gospels. Can't go wrong there. Just as long as we don't ignore his denunciations of porneia (Mark 7:21), and as long as we don't make Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John our canon within the Canon. For Jesus himself predicted that the Holy Spirit would come and unpack all the truth about the Father and the Son (John 16:12-15). The revelation of the Son of God was not limited to the incarnation, but included the pouring out of the Spirit of Jesus and the subsequent testimony written down by the Messiah's Spirit-inspired followers.

But even if we were going to limit ourselves in ethical matters to only those...