The Finest Young Writer in America: Thomas Lake

Just posted a new piece at the Gospel Coalition on Sports Illustrated sportswriter Thomas Lake: It may surprise you to learn the finest young sportswriter—perhaps the finest young writer period—in America is a Christian. It’s true: Thomas Lake, all of 31 years of age and currently a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, graduated from Gordon College in Massachusetts. [Read More...]

Exceptional Leaders: David Petraeus’s Four Big Rules of Leadership

Anytime a general has successfully led military efforts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, you sit up and take notice when they speak about leadership.  I’m reading Paula Broadwell’s new All In: The Education of General David Petraeus (Penguin, 2012) and am really enjoying it.  Petraeus is a pretty unusual human being and leader. Paraphrasing Broadwell, here’s [Read More...]

Be Strong and Courageous (and Not a Boy-Man)

I recently had the opportunity to see The Bourne Legacy, which is way better than the critics had made it sound and totally worth seeing for adults.  The critics, by the way, often don’t like a movie that skews traditional, as Legacy does.  It was a fantastic action film filled with the intelligent intensity you [Read More...]

Abortionist: “Let Me See You Adopt Those Ugly Black Babies”

The above clip is one of the more horrifying things I’ve seen caught on camera.  In the 38-second video, pro-life Christians confront an abortionist.  I don’t know the circumstances of this conversation, but it is clearly a visceral encounter. In the course of the confrontation, the abortionist yells at the pro-lifers “I as a taxpayer [Read More...]

Are Leaves & Twigs Heating Your Inner Spiritual Life?

I recently had the opportunity to publish a short piece on Jonathan Edwards and his seminal Religious Affections in Ligonier Ministry’s excellent Tabletalk devotionalmagazine.  Any magazine, by the way, that is named after something Martin Luther-related is a-okay by me. My piece focused on how theology is intricately connected to our religious “affections,” the emotions [Read More...]

Why Tipping at Restaurants Speaks to Your Walk with Christ

Raymond Johnson, a PhD student at Southern Seminary, just published a very helpful essay on tipping and the gospel at Baptist Press, the official media outlet of the Southern Baptist Convention.  It’s worth reading and considering.  Here’s a snatch: Whether Christians are aware of it or not, a subpar tip is a stumbling block in [Read More...]

Jonathan Edwards: The Infinite Highness and Condescension of Christ

One of three favorite sermons of Jonathan Edwards is “The Excellency of Christ.”  If you have not read the sermon, print it out and read it over the course of two weeks in your devotional time or your lunch hour.  You won’t be the same afterwards.  Jonathan Edwards was brilliant, but he was primarily a [Read More...]

Wait–Happy Marriages Exist? On Webb and Dowd Simpson

You may have seen that Webb Simpson, a devout Christian, just won the U. S. Open.  If you’re like me, you may not know much about him.  From the video above, he seems to be a godly husband and father (HT: Girltalk).  He and Dowd, his wife, seem to have a very happy marriage. Let [Read More...]

Christ Plus: Gospel Coalition Interview on Christ-centered Preaching

From the Gospel Coalition: When you are preaching Christ from the Old Testament, do you actually preach the Old Testament? Owen Strachan, a regular TGC contributor and professor of theology and church history at Boyce College, wants preachers to not simply preach Christ from the Old Testament, but to preach the Old Testament in a [Read More...]


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