What kind of person do you hope to be in twenty years?

Recently, Trudi and I hosted six of my current college students for dinner.  (Note: as is our custom, we invited all my current students, but this time only six came).  In addition to those six were my wife, Trudi, and my daughter, Grace.  The nine of us had a great time together, and a wonderful … Continue reading What kind of person do you hope to be in twenty years?

Ask God for What? Paul Weighs in on the Content of Petitionary Prayers

I am regularly vexed by how shallow my prayers can become. When I pray for something—and I know that all prayer is not for things—what should I pray for? Only for my family? For someone I know who is ill? For God to help me in the day ahead? For God to resolve whatever problem is currently … Continue reading Ask God for What? Paul Weighs in on the Content of Petitionary Prayers

“But that’s legalism!” What Legalism Is and Isn’t

“But that’s legalism!”  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard those words.  A Christian friend suggests that it’s unwise to smoke marijuana, and they get blasted with: “But that’s legalism!”  A pastor preaches on the importance of generosity, and he receives a terse note with three words on it (or four, if you … Continue reading “But that’s legalism!” What Legalism Is and Isn’t

What the Bible Teaches About Fasting

Starting last night and continuing into this evening a group of Biola students has gathered together to fast and pray.  These precious students wanted to fast and call out to God to do a work of the Holy Spirit on Biola’s campus during the coming year.  But they wanted to know what the Bible taught … Continue reading What the Bible Teaches About Fasting

If You Could Do It Differently: Tim Keller and Sinclair Ferguson Respond

“If you could go back in time to when you were in your 30s, is there anything you would do differently with the wisdom you have now?”  This question-from-the-floor was addressed to Tim Keller and Sinclair Ferguson (moderated by Peter Lillback) at a Q&A session held this past Spring at Westminster Theological Seminary.  It was … Continue reading If You Could Do It Differently: Tim Keller and Sinclair Ferguson Respond

How God Awakened my Friend to the Grace of God and the Transformative Power of the Bible

Here is a powerful testimony from my friend, Dale Schneeberger, of how God worked a personal revival in his own life through a dream and his subsequent immersion in the Word of God.  I'm confident that you will find Dale's testimony inspiring, soul-searching, and, perhaps for some of you, life-changing.  I print it here with … Continue reading How God Awakened my Friend to the Grace of God and the Transformative Power of the Bible

Spiritual Tools for Car Trouble on Vacations

“It wouldn’t be a Berding vacation without car trouble!”  So remarked one of my adult daughters two days ago just after her tire shredded on the California freeway on our way to a family vacation at Lake Arrowhead.  Unbelievably, this is family vacation seven (yes, #7!) in which we’ve found ourselves in an auto shop.  … Continue reading Spiritual Tools for Car Trouble on Vacations

Hidden Agendas in Worship Leading

I recently led a seminar for students at Biola who are studying to become church worship leaders entitled:  “Hidden Agendas in Worship Leading.”  I had them break into groups and discuss what sorts of hidden motivations sometimes lie under the surface in the process of planning and implementing times of worship.  When we came back … Continue reading Hidden Agendas in Worship Leading

Practicing the Presence of God…like Nehemiah

I recently discovered something about Nehemiah that I had never noticed before.  There are lots of hints in the biblical book that bears his name that Nehemiah was a person who lived with an ongoing awareness of the presence of the Lord, and who highly valued the importance of communion with God. Nehemiah is constantly … Continue reading Practicing the Presence of God…like Nehemiah

When C.S. Lewis Goes Astray: How to Resolve the Tension

Many of us admire C.S. Lewis for his unusual ability to clearly, intelligently, and winsomely explain and defend various Christian doctrines.  Think merely of…Mere Christianity.  I am happy to be numbered among Lewis’s admirers.  Nevertheless, the more I have pondered Lewis, the more I have become convinced that he is sub-biblical in some of his … Continue reading When C.S. Lewis Goes Astray: How to Resolve the Tension