This article shows how central Christian joy is to the teaching of the New Testament, and thus to the Christian life.
This article explores when humour is appropriate and inappropriate, also when it comes to preaching.
This article interacts with the statement, "God calls us to holiness, not happiness," and finds it wanting. Scripture does not present the two in competition with one another. Rather, a gospel that promotes the one over the other is not good news, for holiness means recognizing Jesus as the source of life's greatest joy and pleasure.
How are we supposed to obey the command to rejoice in the Lord if true Christian joy is a gift of God? This article answers, suggesting the use of means, such as Scripture reading, prayer, fellowship, creation & providence, and obedience.
This article discusses the nature of Christian joy. It explains how joy is a duty, it is more than an emotion, and joylessness is a sin.
This article presents the biblical definition of joy, and considers how we may get there—by contemplating the glory of Christ.
What should a believer's reaction to suffering look like? This article discusses James' exhortation in James 1:2 which encourages Christians to rejoice in trials. This joy acts as a testimony to the world of the presence of the Lord Jesus in the believer's life. To withdraw and dwell in self-pity is to sin against God, who has blessed us with many things in this life and the next.
Is the Reformed Church lacking joy? The author of this article attributes the lack of joy within the Reformed Church to the desire to be unique and the challenge to preserve doctrinal truth. This article points to the covenant of grace as the cure to finding and expressing joy in God.
How ought a Christian to regard his emotions? The history of theology has answered that variously. In 1746, Jonathan Edwards published A Treatise on the Religious Affections, which is a biblical discussion of the matter, and a worthwhile read especially in today's discussions over religious experiences. This article offers a survey of the work.
Contentment is something that every Christian must learn. This article provides five avenues for pursuing contentment.