Erick Sorensen

Is It I, Lord?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

I suppose it's natural not to want to take the blame or admit it when we have a problem. Even us adults never really grow out of it, we just learn to paper over our issues with euphemisms or more reasonable sounding excuses: "No, not me. I'm not abrasive and rude; I'm just honest and tell it like it is."

Is It I, Lord?

Jesus The Antinomian?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

When one preaches the law the way the Bible does (unattainably high for the sinner), it doesn’t leave one shred of hope that we’re somehow going to cut the mustard. It strips away any illusions that our obedience or lack thereof is what will make us acceptable before a holy God.

Jesus The Antinomian?

An Unimpressive Kingdom

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Have you ever seen a mustard seed? If you have, you know it’s pretty tiny. When deciding how to describe the kingdom to us, Jesus purposely used the smallest known seed at the time. The leaven is hardly anything in comparison to the amount of dough it is placed into.

An Unimpressive Kingdom

Self-Esteem?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

What do you think of when you hear the term “self-esteem”? I tend to think of two different caricatures: On the one hand I think of Stuart Smalley. He was an old Saturday Night Live character that was supposed to be a motivational speaker type.

Self-Esteem?

Be Counter-Cultural: Preach the Cross

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Right now (and I would add, for quite some time) there has been a debate within Christianity about the whole issue of culture. What I mean is if you open up any Christian magazine or website, chances are you are going to find thoughtful (and unthoughtful) Christians dealing with the question of how we are to deal with the culture around us.

Be Counter-Cultural: Preach the Cross

Who's Your Father?

BY ERICK SORENSEN 

I have found that if I want to get people talking (especially guys), all I have to do is ask them about their father. Instantly, you will either hear stories of heroism or abandon; stories of pain or great joy; stories of great pride or great shame. But one thing’s for sure: You’ll hear stories…

Who's Your Father?

Messy Saints

BY ERICK SORENSEN

The Corinthian Church was a mess. Factions, sexual immorality, lawsuits, false teaching, and a denial of the resurrection (!) are just a few of the issues this group of ragtag Christians were tangled up in. We would be reasonable to assume that the Apostle Paul’s interaction with them would begin with scathing rebuke and righteous anger.

Messy Saints

Can I Love Someone Who Has Done Bad Things?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Over the last few weeks it’s been painful and disappointing to hear the stories of victims that have been abused and assaulted by powerful celebrities, executives, and politicians. It seems every day we’re exposed to a new (seemingly credible) accusation against some influential person.

Can I Love Someone Who Has Done Bad Things?

Venting…. To the Glory of God

BY ERICK SORENSEN

I don’t know about you, but when I go through something difficult, I find myself wanting to vent. Sometimes I vent to my wife, sometimes I vent to a friend, and sometimes I even vent to God in prayer. But is that okay? It is it acceptable to vent to God? I have come across people that say “No.”

Venting…. To the Glory of God

Sin Boldly?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

The common knock against “grace people” (or to put it another way, “Christians”) is that preaching too much grace will encourage licentious living. Charges of antinomianism, lack of love for God’s Law or “easy-believism” abound.

Sin Boldly?

Why “Good” Friday?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Have you ever wondered, of all the adjectives we could use to describe this day why in the world we chose the word “good?” Yeah, me too.

Why “Good” Friday?

(Dis-) Contentment

BY ERICK SORENSEN

I so wish I could say the above statement was true about me. But if I'm honest, when I survey my life I don't exude much contentment: When I’m “brought low” I whine. When I face “hunger and need” and it’s not long before I’m snapping at someone. I’m not proud of it, I'm just confessing it.

(Dis-) Contentment

Rejecting the Gospel?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Over the last 11 months I’ve spent the bulk of my time working to plant a church in New York City. That meant lots of praying, lots of planning, lots of meetings, lots of training, lots of fundraising and lots of other amorphous stuff outside of my control.

Rejecting the Gospel?

God Helps Those Who (CANNOT) Help Themselves

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Surely everyone reading at one time or another in their lives has heard the popular phrase I’m writing about today.

God Helps Those Who (CANNOT) Help Themselves

The Exhaustion Of Outrage

BY ERICK SORENSEN

I’m pretty sure that right about now everybody is offended about everything (including this article). At least that’s the way it seems on social media and in various news stories these days. And here’s the thing: It’s exhausting. Right?!

The Exhaustion Of Outrage

How To Be Ready For The End Of The World

BY ERICK SORENSEN

You know what used to be easy? Going places. It’s true. When I was younger if somebody called me up on the spot and asked me to come over, I literally could say, “Alright, I’ll be right over,” and it was accurate. Maybe put a different shirt on, maybe a little hair gel, and voila, I was ready to go.

How To Be Ready For The End Of The World

The Reconciliation of Ashley Madison

BY ERICK SORENSEN 

G.K. Chesterton once said, “Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.”

What he meant is that man is searching for something, but he knows not what. All of us do the same in some way or another.

The Reconciliation of Ashley Madison