sadhuSundar Singh stands in a long line of non-western Christians whom western believers know little about. I recently obtained a copy of the Plough’s new book, Widsom of the Sadhu: Teachings of Sundar Singh and I was blown away by its content.

Sundar Singh was known in his lifetime as India’s most famous convert to Christianity. He was raised in a devout Sikh Hindu home, but was troubled by his lack of peace. He wrestled incessantly with questions about life and God, so much so that one Sikh priest predicted to Sundar’s father: “Your son is not like the others. Either he will become a great man of God, or he will disgrace us all by going insane.” Continue Reading…

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How does this world look to you? Is it right side up or upside down?

Growing up, you learn how to exist in the world and how to play by its rules when it comes to business, school, work, ect. But then you get a glimpse of the Kingdom and you are struck by one glaring fact:

It looks different. Very different. Upside-down different, really. Continue Reading…

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FOR YOU LOVED ME FIRST

I sought You.

With tears, I sought You.

And I found You–

Or rather I was found by You.

My seeking was Your seeking,

For You loved me first.  Continue Reading…

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There are a few scriptures I know all too well from personal experience. Romans 7:18 is one of them:

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. (ESV)

Of course, I don’t dwell on this fact. Morbid sin-consciousness is neither the goal nor the result of the gospel. But walking in the light has a way of exposing what is dark in you. To “know thyself” is not always as pleasant as the humanists make it out to be.  Continue Reading…

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In all my life as a Christian, the most valuable practice I have learned is how to turn to the Lord.

“Turn to the Lord.” It sounds so cliche, doesn’t it? If you’ve grown up around Christians it probably does. But somewhere, sometime, this phrase meant something to someone, and the fact that it’s been made cliche doesn’t really matter. What matters is the experience.

Do you know how to turn to the Lord? The very idea presupposes that you are aware of the indwelling Christ, or else what would you be turning to? Continue Reading…

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I recently had an email conversation with a brother who shared some valuable insights with me concerning the Church, God’s purpose, and where it all may be heading in our day.

We were talking about certain messengers of the Cross and various movements which have arisen over the past century… pioneers who opened wide a vision of God’s eternal purpose which multitudes of people are now catching sight of, if only second-hand.  Continue Reading…

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Yesterday I ran into a friend who had recently begun her first semester in seminary (both the friend and the seminary shall remain nameless).

My friend is a woman, and a bit of an egalitarian; the seminary in question is neither.

As we talked I found out she had already quit school. Why? Because she was quickly overwhelmed by the institution’s male-dominated ethos. She was even kicked out of one class because she, being a woman, was “not qualified” to fulfill the duties (pastoral, I assume) for which the class was offered! So she quit. Continue Reading…

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If you are ever to have a song of deliverance, it will come in the night time of suffering and loss. Elihu reminds us that this is when God does His best composition (Job 35:10).

Are you suffering now? Do you feel like you are losing ground on every front? Continue Reading…

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When Moses recounted to the people of Israel the purpose of their sojourn through the wilderness, he said that God “allowed them to hunger” in order to prove what was in their hearts (Deuterononomy 8:2-3).

Obviously God knew what is in their hearts. He knew they would turn on a dime despite any prior commitment they had made to Him. So you might say the wilderness was there to teach the people about themselves. It was the people who did not realize what was in their own hearts. The wilderness served to draw it out of them and make them face up to it squarely.  Continue Reading…

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It’s no secret that the culture in which the early Christians lived was saturated with Greek thought. You’ll never really appreciate this fact, though, until you delve into the actual history and writings of the philosophers which shaped Greek and Roman society.

For instance, in the fifth century before Christ there lived a man named Empedocles. Empedocles was an engineer, a statesman, an aristocrat, a poet, and a philosopher, and as a philosopher he sought to harmonize the contrasting strands of idealism and materialism which were at odds in his day. His resulting philosophy was a primitive form of Hagel’s dialectic, where forces of nature and history attract, separate, and combine in a kind of evolutionary tension that holds the world together. Continue Reading…