Don’t Waste Your Sports, Part 2: What Are Sports Really For?

You won’t find track meets or golf tournaments in the pages of Scripture. But we’re about to look at a passage that applies to all of life, including sports. These few words, if by the grace of God we understand and obey them, will transform our lives. Are you ready for this? It’s a familiar passage, but perhaps you haven’t applied it to the playing field: So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the…

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God, My Heart, and Clothes, Part 3

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the bookWorldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World. A Pastor’s Concern It’s been almost two thousand years since Paul penned his letter, but 1 Timothy 2:9 remains a pastoral concern. Today the issue is immodest and sensual clothing more than ostentatious attire. And it’s no small challenge to address this matter. I know the great risk for offense or misunderstanding that I take by broaching…

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God, My Heart, and Clothes, Part 2

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in the book Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World. The Appearance of the Modest Woman What do humble, modest clothes look like? First Timothy 2:9 tells us: “Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel . . . not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire.” To better understand this verse, let’s travel back in time to the early church. There had been some…

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God, My Heart, and Clothes, Part 1

The following article, “God, My Heart, and Clothes,” is adapted from a chapter in Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World.  When it comes to fashion, I’m deliberately out of step. I don’t care if what I’m wearing is trendy or not—in fact, it’s my goal to resist the influence of others (from Paris or Hollywood or anywhere else) over my wardrobe. Like any man’s man, I relish being out of style. I want to feel comfortable in what…

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Don’t Waste Your Sports, Part 1: Sports at Their Best—And Worst

I can see it clearly. My feet are firmly planted on the starting block, knees bent, arms hanging loosely at my sides. The water is still. I take a final deep breath, waiting for the gun to go off, anticipating my lunge into the pool. It takes little imagination to relive this moment. I can’t count the number of times I dove into the pool, absolutely intent on winning. What led me to compete as a swimmer? Well, at first…

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