essential-guide-to-christian-accountability

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. […]

reflections-on-one-year-of-blogging

When learning to program, the first thing you learn to write is to output, “Hello, World!” It’s the simplest program possible 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, its 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.

resolved

Jonathan Edwards, one of the greatest theologians in American history, is famous for his 70 Resolutions he read each day and committed to keep. Read his resolutions and then use this wallpaper as a reminder to be equally resolved.

ways-to-kill-christian-accountability

I heard, “You shouldn’t kill a good thing—even if it feels bad.”

Christian accountability is a good thing, and it feels bad at times. It’s the kind of bad that’s good. And you shouldn’t kill it—but it happens. Accountability relationships don’t always turn out as they were intended. I know this first hand.

Below are six reasons why good accountability dies. Each is a failed attempt at what you should do to cultivate solid Christian accountability. It’s what happens when your sin wins. It kills a good thing. (Before we start, this is dripping with sarcasm. Be warned.)

my-addendum-to-write-more-better

Ernest Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ‘Nuff said.

Last week, Aaron Armstrong (at BloggingTheologically.com) published a series of tips on improving your writing—something I am always working on. Even the best writers bleed at the typewriter. It takes practice and practice takes work.

Here is a summary of Aaron’s tips to writing more better (in my words)…