The World Needs Pastors

David Brooks just wrote an eloquent New York Times column entitled “The Art of Presence” on helping friends through suffering. Referencing a Christian family named the Woodiwisses who have experienced multiple tragedies, Brooks says the following is what such sufferers need in tough times: I’d say that what these experiences call for is a sort of [Read More...]

Britt Merrick’s New “Godspeed” Releases Today

Britt Merrick, a pastor I respect and admire, has just released a new book: Godspeed.  I haven’t read it but wanted to pass along word.  Here’s a teaser: In his new book Godspeed, innovative young pastor Britt Merrick challenges readers to leave behind the mundane and the meaningless to join God’s grand purpose—His plan to [Read More...]

Thom Rainer: Suffering and Sanctification in Nashville

Thom Rainer, President and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville, has a noteworthy post up about his experiences in the recent flood in Tennessee.  With many others, my heart goes out to Rainer and his fellow southerners who have suffered. He wrote the following in the wake of discovering much damage to his home [Read More...]

Books of Note: Ajith Fernando’s “The Call to Joy and Pain”

Recently published by Crossway, Ajith Fernando’s “The Call to Joy and Pain” (2007) transcends expectations for such a small, devotionally oriented book. There is considerable food for thought in this 180-page text, including many helpful stories, personal reminisces, and exegetical points to ponder. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and would enthusiastically recommend it to readers, [Read More...]


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