January 16, 2016

Just wanted to provide a quick update for those who have been praying for my family and me. Less than a week after being laid off from Faithlife, I received a new job offer. This Monday, I’ll be heading in to work for Lineage Media and Solutions in Bellevue, Washington. That means we won’t lose the house, and we won’t have to move (again). God is good! Read more

January 7, 2016

This past Tuesday, Faithlife Corporation—the makers of Logos Bible Software, the publishers of Lexham Press, and my former employer—laid off about 60 employees, myself included. I’m still trying to process it all. There was no warning. One day everything is fine. The next day I’m out of a job, with a pregnant wife, a mortgage to pay, and no savings to help us out. Don’t get me wrong—God has always provided for us, and I know he will continue to… Read more

January 4, 2016

Pastor Larry Wright was leading a New Year’s Eve prayer service in a downtown Fayetteville church when a man entered the building armed with a semi-automatic assault rifle. We’ve heard these stories way too many times in recent days. And we know how they end. People die. Loved ones grieve. Social media becomes outraged. And then nothing changes. We wait for the story to repeat. But this time, the story went a bit differently.The man walked in with his gun… Read more

January 3, 2016

I may be a few days late, but that’s okay. I have a new goal for the year. I recently posted a list of some good books I read last year. When I shared the post on Twitter, I tagged some of the authors, including Wm. Paul Young, whose book The Shack I had recently read for the first time. He responded: @bradjersak @ChuckMcKnight @therebelgod @BrianZahnd @brianmclaren @peteenns @greg_boyd Thx…read Marilynne Robinson, too much testosterone.— Wm Paul Young (@wmpaulyoung) January… Read more

January 1, 2016

These books aren’t all new, but I read them all for the first time in 2015. They’re very loosely sorted with my favorites closer to the top. Read more

December 27, 2015

Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, intended to put her away secretly. (Matthew 1:19, WEB) Joseph was betrothed to Mary. Legally, she was his wife, though they had not yet been officially wed. And then he discovered the unthinkable. She was pregnant. He knew the child wasn’t his. So what else was he to think? The only explanation was that she had been unfaithful. Of course we know the truth… Read more

December 22, 2015

I very rarely agree with John Piper. I love him as my brother in Christ, but beyond the most foundational elements of the Christian faith, he and I just don’t see eye to eye on very much. So I was thrilled when reading his recent article, “Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?,” to find such a major point of unity between us on such an important issue facing the church. The article does reflect a few of the theological… Read more

December 21, 2015

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was like this; for after his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18, WEB) With the exception of some liberal scholars, Christianity has always maintained that Jesus was born of a virgin. However, much of Christianity is divided over whether Mary remained a virgin after giving birth to Jesus. Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox, along with some Anglicans and Lutherans, believe… Read more

December 14, 2015

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1, WEB) As we begin reading the Gospel According to Matthew, it’s tempting to just skip over the genealogy he opens with. After all, what do we really have to learn from a list of names? But this list is far more than a historical record. In fact, Matthew doesn’t seem at all concerned with historical reliability here. He freely skips over generations,… Read more

December 13, 2015

This past Friday, I visited a thrift store and picked up a book called If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person, which I then devoured over the next day and a half. It’s coauthored by two Quaker pastors, and as the subtitle implies, it seeks to defend the view of universal reconciliation or universalism—the idea that God never rescinds his offer of forgiveness, that he continues seeking the lost even after death, and that all will eventually… Read more

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