Get to Know a Puritan: The Puritan Reading Challenge

I have been meaning to tell readers of this blog about a great program going on over at my friend Timmy Brister’s blog, Provocations & Pantings. Timmy is an MDiv student at Southern Seminary with a great passion for church health, evangelism, and the glorification of God. He’s a good friend and an encouragement to [Read More…]

Bruce Ware on Christ and a Spirit-Empowered Ministry

We are all blessed in many and different ways, but a personal joy for me is the fact that I have a theologian for a father-in-law. It is a privilege and a great help to me–I am so thankful for my father-in-law, for his ministry to church, academy, and world, and for his great personal [Read More…]

Things Christians Overlook: The Bible Has a Thesis (Hint: Christ)

I want to do a brief series on some key biblical things that I and other Christians have overlooked and do overlook. Today’s topic is on a pretty simple but incredibly under-recognized idea, that the Bible has a thesis, and that this thesis is Jesus Christ. I have talked about this before on this blog, [Read More…]

In Pursuit of God-Glorifying Blogging

I’ve been thinking a little lately about blogging. I wrote a while back on humility as it relates to blogging, but I’ve had some further thoughts on the subject. Blogging, it seems to me, is neither good nor bad. It is a neutral field that can be used for either good or bad ends. It [Read More…]

Bible Reading and Spirituality Are Connected

Sometimes I think that older Christians can get away from the basics. We’ve been in the faith for awhile, and we’re coasting along, and life is busy, and we can let the foundational aspects of the faith slip away. I’ve recently been convicted of the need to read the Bible more. I now have a [Read More…]

A Theology of Ambition: Biblical Considerations, Pt. 2

Update on December 25th–Merry Christmas to all consumed readers. Enjoy the holiday! We pick back up in our biblical consideration of ambition. On Wednesday, I’ll give a concluding synthesis. 1. Gen. 1:26-28 the call to take dominion2. 1 Chron. 4:10 Jabez’s bold prayer3. 2 Chron. 1:7-13 Solomon’s ambitious prayer for wisdom4. Nehemiah an example of [Read More…]

Preaching We Need: Scroggins on Forgiveness

This last part of the “Preaching We Need” mini-series comes from one of Southern Seminary’s finest preachers, Dr. Jimmy Scroggins. The dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate school of the seminary, Scroggins is a born preacher and a personal friend. He possesses the winsomeness, the sharp mind, and the masculine force necessary to construct and [Read More…]

Reflections on the Movie “Castaway”

Here’s one movie that I don’t have to qualify as being a chick flick and therefore being worthy of my attention primarily because of my marriage. No, Castaway is a manly flick, a movie that depicts a man (Tom Hanks) struggling against the elements to survive on a remote desert island following a horrific plane [Read More…]

The Beauty of Marriage

The above title is actually a double entendre, because I am writing today and tomorrow about my beauty, Mrs. Bethany Strachan. We celebrate our one-year anniversary on Sunday. In light of this occasion, I wanted to share a few thoughts on how good God is in giving marriage to us. It’s incredible to think that [Read More…]