March 11, 2018

For the last three years, I have been slowly making my way through a biography of each American President. While I have not completed the journey, (I am 2/3 of the way through,) some important lessons have emerged from my reading. There are many lessons to learn from the courageous acts of the men who have served as President of the United States and also many to be learned from their flaws and shortcomings. There are many little nuggets I… Read more

March 6, 2018

Many times, Christians use unfortunate language when talking about our jobs. For some reason, we have often called work that is not for a church “secular work;” in much the same way that we call music not done by “Christian” artists, “secular music.” When we call work “secular work,” we imply that it is somehow inherently unspiritual. However, when we read our Bibles, we see that God created work before man fell into sin. Work existed before the ministry existed…. Read more

February 26, 2018

One of the questions I frequently hear asked of those who read a lot is how they “find time” to read. We’ll deal with the fallacy of “finding time” soon, but making the time to read is not as difficult as you would think. It is simply a question of making reading a priority and taking advantage of natural breaks in your schedule. Here are five tactics that you can use to make more time to read. Prioritize Your Reading… Read more

February 22, 2018

We live in a time when most of us are disconnected from the communities in which we live. We don’t know our neighbors, rarely serve in our city, and the cast majority of the connections that we have there are digital. This disintegrating of community leaves people lonely and alienated, leads us to treat our neighbors with suspicion, and means that fewer people are hearing about Jesus. For followers of Jesus, remaining isolated from the communities in which we live… Read more

February 15, 2018

Christians often struggle to understand how to read Proverbs in light of the whole Bible and in light of the Gospel. Tim and Kathy Keller provide a real service to the church in their new devotional book God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life. This book contains a devotion from Proverbs for each day of the year and helps us grasp how to read individual proverbs in light of the whole book. (There are some devotions from Job and Ecclesiastes.) Also, they… Read more

February 13, 2018

Every parent knows the experience. You’re tired and your children ignore your every word. You told them over and over, but they persevere in their obstinacy. Then you do what seems like the only option– you lose your temper. You lose control and give full vent to everything you have been thinking. A lot of times, this makes them get back in line, so it feels like you have accomplished your mission. They got the message that you had enough… Read more

February 11, 2018

When I was growing up in the 1980’s, we watched the national news almost every afternoon at 5:00. The only question was whether we would watch ABC, CBS, or NBC. The Mobile Press-Register arrived every morning and the Clarke County Democrat showed up every Thursday. We trusted our news sources and stayed relatively informed about important people and events in our culture. Nobody talked much about media bias and the term “fake news” was decades away. Today’s media landscape is… Read more

February 5, 2018

Sometimes we use casual language that betrays our understanding of the Gospel. We see this in little ways every day, but especially in the way that we describe especially mature Christians. How often do we talk about a faithful older Christian and say, “I’ll tell you what, she is a saint?” At its root, the word “saint” isn’t speaking about a really spiritual person, but a person who has been made holy. To avoid the confusion several newer translations use… Read more

January 31, 2018

One thing that I enjoy every year the week after Christmas is seeing people share their favorite books from the previous year. It always alerts me to interesting books that I have never heard of. This year, I also took notice of some of the responses I saw to these lists. “Does it have big words” and “This looks too deep to me” were some common responses I saw expressed about books that appeared to be even slightly challenging. While… Read more

January 25, 2018

 I am quite embarrassed at how long it took me to get around to reading D.A. Carson’s The God Who is There. This book has been out for several years and is an outstanding overview of the storyline of the entire Bible. Carson walks through the high points of the biblical story, showing how God reveals himself each step along the way and how this story all hangs together on the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. If you… Read more

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