wallpaper-rollup-reformation-day

Tomorrow, many in America will be focused on tricks and treats. Protestants, however, will remember one of the most significant days since the time of the apostles. We call it Reformation Day. It is the day when the Spirit of God infused a German monk with courage to rise up and oppose the Church of Rome on matters of the supremacy of Scripture—particularly when it came to the salvation of man. This stand turned into what we refer to as the Protestant Reformation. Here are some wallpaper designs to remind you of the courageous act and the grace of God.

true-treasure-of-the-church

Opposing the theology behind the Roman Catholic Church’s sale of indulgences (a form of treasure to be purchased from the church to appease God’s wrath and receive salvation), Martin Luther argued that salvation was through faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone. This truth is the treasure of the church, not indulgences. And, it is to be freely given through the proclamation of God’s gospel of repentance.

Taken from #62 of his 95 Theses, this wallpaper design reminds us that the true treasure of the church is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

your-vote-is-not-your-vote

One week from today, general elections will start. Early voting is already underway. Americans will be casting their ballots based on opinions that matter most to them. Christians in America are no exception. “Every vote counts,” as they say.

The odds are high that you are a professing Christian. Meaning, you profess to be one who is “of Christ” or following Jesus Christ. It means on matters that Christ speaks, you speak the same. His opinion is your opinion—or it should be.

The Bible uses the concept of slavery to describe this paradigm. In biblical times, a slave had no rights. His sole purpose was to do the bidding of his owner and nothing less. It was a slave’s responsibility to perform and produce as his master desired.

For this reason, we must know the mind of Christ—what He likes, what He dislikes, what sort of things He would say, what He would not say. And, we must see those things as our own. He is our Master. His will is our will. And yes, His vote is our vote.

essential-guide-to-christian-accountability

“Fortify your friends to mortify your sins.”

Stephen the Levite was right on target with those words. God tells us to “put to death what is earthly in you” (Col. 3:5). He says, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Rom. 8:13).

Killing sin is not only a command, but a characteristic of the Christian. If we are “of Christ,” we follow His Spirit, not the sinful world. Still, putting off the flesh and putting on Christ (Rom. 13:14) is not always easy alone. For this reason, God gave us each other. He gave us Christian accountability.

In my new book, My Brother’s Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability, I discuss the concept of teaming up to kill sin and practical ways to thrive in it. From meeting to mediating, this book provides the tools you need to fortify your friends and mortify your sins.

reflections-on-one-year-of-blogging

As a new programmer, the first output you learn to write is, “Hello, World!” It’s the simplest task in most programming languages. So you start there.

This day, one year ago, I said “hello” to the world with an article about my blogging intentions. I started by going out on a limb—to borrow a childhood experience as my illustration.

My commitment was to write at least one new post and one new wallpaper design each week. Anything beyond that was milk gravy on my mashed potatoes—good, no matter the quantity.

Now, exactly one year later, it’s time to look back and reflect … in a half-rambling, half-ranting kind of way. And now … queue dreamy music.

In this creatively produced music video, hip hop artist, Shai Linne from Lampmode Recordings, reminds us that the world is restlessly evil and Christians feel the pangs of its destruction while we cry out for God to be glorified in both our suffering and His justice.

fortify-friends-to-mortify-sins

God has given us each other to help win the fight against sin. By interlocking arms to intentionally hold each other up in accountability, we have the odds in our favor. It is a way of fortifying ourselves to withstand the temptations of the world. Let this wallpaper remind you to fortify your friends to mortify your sins.

the-dandelion-church

After a dandelion blooms to maturity, its petals and stamens drop off to allow the parachute ball to form. Then, the gusts of wind lift the seeds and carry them off to other parts of the world where they germinate disturbed soil.

It wasn’t exactly the kind of metaphor I expected to hear in a church with a strong emphasis on manhood, but it’s definitely fitting. It explains the how to what Paul calls God’s “eternal purpose” of reaching the world with the gospel (Eph. 3:11).

It’s the perfect metaphor.