January 31, 2018

One thing that I enjoy every year the week after Christmas is seeing people share their favorite books from the previous year. It always alerts me to interesting books that I have never heard of. This year, I also took notice of some of the responses I saw to these lists. “Does it have big words” and “This looks too deep to me” were some common responses I saw expressed about books that appeared to be even slightly challenging. While… Read more

January 25, 2018

 I am quite embarrassed at how long it took me to get around to reading D.A. Carson’s The God Who is There. This book has been out for several years and is an outstanding overview of the storyline of the entire Bible. Carson walks through the high points of the biblical story, showing how God reveals himself each step along the way and how this story all hangs together on the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. If you… Read more

January 21, 2018

With the average American spending two hours a day on social media, an increasing number of voices argue that we need to learn how to step away for a while. Since the engineers at social media built their platforms to attract your attention, accomplishing this will take a lot more work than you might think. However, when you consider what time away from our devices will do for our spiritual lives, ministry fruitfulness, and emotional health, the pain of putting… Read more

January 11, 2018

I used to share some good things I have read every week but got out of the habit of doing so about a year ago. My goal here is to share some helpful, thoughtful, and challenging things I have read or listened to recently. Most will be written by Christian authors and address issues related to the Christian life, theology, or the church, but some will cover topics of general interest that relate to social issues, common sense wisdom, or history…. Read more

January 9, 2018

Recently, I ran across this post about Vern Poythress’ Scripture memory habits. While I had been faithful in my own personal Scripture memory the last couple of years, late last year I started slacking on reviewing the verses I had memorized and this post provided me with the example I needed to get going again. I doubt that I am the only person who struggles to be consistent in his Scripture memory. Scripture memory has no deadline and rarely does… Read more

January 1, 2018

As the new year dawns, many people will get started working on their New Year’s resolutions. For countless followers of Jesus, this means getting started on a new Bible reading plan. Many helpful reading plans are available, but reading plans are not really the point. The most important thing is that we are engaging with God through his word, growing in the knowledge of his word, and allowing what we learn from his word to change our hearts. As you… Read more

December 26, 2017

I’m grateful to all of you who read what I post here at One Degree to Another. Writing is an enjoyable outlet for me and is an outgrowth of my passion to see men, women, boy, and girls transformed into the image of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18) A lot of what I write here comes from reflections on my own life, thoughts that come to me as I read, and my now 15 years of full-time pastoral ministry. It was… Read more

December 12, 2017

It would be hard to overstate the role that good books have played in my life. Books have been my conversation partners, challenged my thinking, helped me see issues from a new point of view, transported me to places I have never visited, moved me to repent, and introduced me to people who have been dead for centuries. In 2014, I started following some good reading advice from Dr. Al Mohler and read across six categories– theology, biblical studies, church… Read more

December 7, 2017

Most people say they hate Mondays, but I’ll be honest, I love them. Mondays give me an opportunity to start the new week with a blank slate. If last week went poorly, I have the chance to start over and refocus. This is also the reason I love the first day of the month. So, as you can imagine, like most people, I love the turn of the page that signifies a new year. It’s a chance to step back,… Read more

November 27, 2017

Parents face the great joy and burden of teaching the Gospel to our children. Paul’s command to raise our children up in the discipline and nurture of the Lord should ring in our ears every day. (Ephesians 6:1-4) The problem for many of us is that we simply don’t know how to talk to our children about the Gospel. When we think about teaching the Gospel to our children, we shouldn’t focus on only one method for doing it. When… Read more

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