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Loving the Word: on the path to virtue

Virtue dresses us. The first great event in heaven, after all His children are present, is the marriage supper of the Lamb. The church is presented to Christ as His bride. In that moment we are wearing a designer dress composed from virtue. This is Rev. 19:7,8. It’s shocking. J... Read More »

Still Pursing Humility: on the path to virtue

  Toward the scorners He is scornful, but to the humble He gives favor. Proverbs 3:34   Humility is the gateway to all the other virtues. Clearly we would not seek virtues if we were not humble enough to know we need them. Perhaps it’s the most important virtue. But w... Read More »

Pursuing Humility: on the path of virtue

  Here’s the deal with humility: we’re not going anywhere spiritually without it. It’s indispensable. Humility does not frame your virtue it is the foundation of all the other virtues. If you are really proud of your spiritual life then you may not have one. Pride goes... Read More »

Pursuing Virtue and the The Craft of Christlikeness

  Everything we want in life is purchased with the currency of virtue. There is no great family without the virtues of patience, kindness, and goodness. There is no great marriage without the virtues of transparency and integrity. There is no success at work without the virt... Read More »

Fall Courses 2016

The Fall semester at Southwestern begins today!  Very excited about this Fall for many reasons. For those interested, here is an update on what I am teaching semester. So grateful to have a full teaching schedule this. If you want to register there is still time. You can see th... Read More »

On using worship to war

As a college dean, few things were more difficult than seeing some college students in corporate worship. I know this sounds awful and cynical, and it seemed so when I felt it. However, as we would meet for our college worship gatherings, I could not help but notice that some of... Read More »