Is There a Wilberforce Out There?

I in no way style myself a political pundit, and for good reason.  If you’re interested in coverage of the historic election of Barack Obama as president, check out the New York Times’s front-page article.   Justin Taylor is soliciting feedback from some fine Christian thinkers; I would encourage you to read Randy Alcorn’s hope-filled piece, [Read More...]

Tim Keller on Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture

Manhattan pastor Tim Keller recently addressed questions related to the unique challenges of ministry in our day in an online interview.  I found the link through Florida pastor’s Tullian Tchividjian’s excellent blog. Here’s what Keller had to say about the need for revival in our day (remarks published on Darryl Dash’s blog): “We live in [Read More...]

Extremely Helpful Thoughts on Whether or Not You Should Do a PhD as a Christian

Following a link from Justin Taylor, I found this blog post by Regent’s John Stackhouse extremely helpful in evaluating the often confounding question of whether one should do a PhD. The article targets evangelical students who are (primarily) considering a PhD as preparation for academic ministry, but it is so broad and trenchant that it [Read More...]

Jonathan Edwards on the Pastor’s Chief Responsibility

The following is from a paper I just wrote on the subject. Edwards’s “Farewell Sermon”, delivered in June 1750 on 2 Corinthians 1:14, presents Edwards’s most extended treatment of the theology of Christian ministry, specifically, the theology of the pastorate. The following quotation captures nicely Edwards’s view of his call. Ministers are set as guides [Read More...]

What We Know About Self-Control, and What This Means for Students Who Check Their Facebook Page in Class

A couple of neuroscientists published an article in the New York Times today on the biology and effect of willpower. The article, “Tighten Your Belt, Strengthen Your Mind”, by Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang, gives scientific verification to a principle your grandmother has been trying to teach you for years: self-control is good for you. [Read More...]

One Thing Jeremiah Wright Has Right: The Pastor Is a Theologian (and the Theologian Is a Pastor)

There’s been much to-do about Barack Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. I came across a helpful collection of resources from NPR on the theological stream in which Wright fits, the black liberationist theologians and preachers. If you have a few moments, take a listen. NPR, of course, slants strongly left, but they’re well-researched. Beyond [Read More...]

When Ordinary Is Extraordinary: A Reflective Review of D. A. Carson’s Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor

This is one of the best books you will ever read about the Christian ministry. That is a dramatic claim. Right now, you’re asking yourself if it’s true. After all, this book written by New Testament scholar D. A. Carson and published by Crossway Books in 2008 is just shy of 160 pages; it doesn’t [Read More...]

Becoming a Research Assistant: Or, How to Best Pursue Your Dreams of Assistantship-Based Glory

I’ve done a number of internship and worked as a research assistant a few times in my young life. In fact, I’ve gone so far as to label myself a “career intern” due to my completion of no less than five internships to this point in my life. In the course of my glorious and [Read More...]


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