Gospel in Life

Christmas, The Beast in Us, and Becoming Truly Human Again

December 12, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

“I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.” – Psalm 73:22These words, which the Psalmist prays in repentance to the Lord, are some I return to often in my own prayers of repentance. They capture well some of my actions and attitudes of my heart: beastly—like an animal.And this is o

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The Election Matters, But Not That Much

November 9, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

I’m teaching the Christian Fellowship School seniors about worldview and culture, and we’ve been talking about the significance of stories in our lives. I’ve been trying to help them see that we all live out of a dominant narrative that provides meaning and gives shape to our lives. The story we live by forms t

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Jesus Shows Us a Freer, Richer Way to Live

October 3, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

There are many stunning things about Jesus of Nazareth. He was so different, so unlike most of the people I know—so unlike myself—in ways that make him utterly compelling to me. The crowds were drawn to him, and for more than his miracles, I think. There’s something about him that draws us in and makes us want

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The Food Groups and Our Spiritual Growth

September 6, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

Do you remember the food pyramid? Most of us learned about it sometime fairly early in our schooling. It showed how many servings of the different major food groups—breads and grains, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products—we need each day. Though the consensus on what constitutes healthy eating changes

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What Does Christian Growth Look Like?

August 8, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

I had a conversation with someone last week who came to my office to talk about what God is doing in their life. We ended up talking about ways this person wants to grow spiritually, which led to the question, “What does it even look like to grow?” Have you ever asked that? How do we measure growth as followers of

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“All Things Come Not by Chance, But by His Fatherly Hand” (Part 3)

July 3, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

In high school I decided, in a rare burst of literary inspiration, to tackle Daniel Defoe’s classic novel Robinson Crusoe. The book got the best of me, and I never finished it. But what I did read left an imprint. It was Robinson Crusoe that first introduced me to the idea of Divine Providence. The main character o

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“All Things Come Not by Chance, But by His Fatherly Hand” (Part 2)

June 6, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

Last month, I began a blog series on God’s providence (see Part 1 here). The Heidelberg Catechism, we saw, defines God’s Providence as:the almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were, by his hand, he still upholds heaven and earth, with all creatures, and so governs them that herbs and gra

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“All Things Come Not by Chance, But by His Fatherly Hand” (Part 1)

May 3, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

This week at our cfCollege Bible study, the question of God’s sovereignty came up, as it often does. All roads, it seems, lead here. How does God rule over his creation? Is God in control of everything? What about evil and suffering? What about our decisions and choices? Can you miss God’s will? Can you mess up his

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The Hope of Easter Advent (For Those in a Hard Season)

March 7, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

Christmas is behind us, an ancient memory at this point in March, with Easter just ahead. But if we return to Christmas for just a moment, it might enhance our experience of Easter this year, especially for those who may be in a difficult season or a time of waiting on the Lord.We tend to associate Christmas wit

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Gratitude and God’s Gift in our Pain

December 13, 2017 By: Donnie Berry

“I just wish I knew what God’s will for my life was.” Ever had that thought? Trying to figure out God’s will can be frustrating. It can seem mysterious, elusive, unknowable. Except when it’s not. Except when God makes it plain as day, and then you realize maybe not knowing wasn’t so bad. Like when Paul sa

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