An #IsaiahChristmas Catechism

For the second year in a row now, I have spent the Advent season reading through the book of Isaiah. Blogger, author, and Twitter aficionado Tony Reinke helped to start this project and did a wonderful job setting the trajectory for our study of it, and hundreds have joined along online. This year, I wanted... Continue Reading →

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Remembering R.C.

"Sprowl." That's how new I was to R.C. Sproul's ministry. Delivering the first sermon I would ever preach before my peers at college ministry (Isaiah 48:9-11), I ended up pronouncing his last name "Sprowl" the day I gave my message. Should an esteemed seminary professor ever get a hold of that audio file (they won't),... Continue Reading →

Is Inviting People to Church Enough?

I remember walking into youth group that Wednesday night around a decade ago. I was so excited about the evening’s upcoming events. As a church, we had been advertising this night heavily, encouraged on multiple occasions to make sure we invite our friends to be a part of what we were doing. There was more... Continue Reading →

The Pulpit Call

You’ve probably been there. Whether it’s in a big stadium while attending a conference, or a small, rural church while attending a church service, most of you have experienced what many have nicknamed “The Altar Call.” The preacher has just gotten up and spent thirty or forty minutes delivering a sermon, but before he goes,... Continue Reading →

Write Out the Gospel

There is a question that is normally a part of the application process of ministry positions: "Give us a clear and concise definition of the gospel in your own words." It could be, however, that unless you have applied for a position in ministry, you may have never actually done this before. I have been a... Continue Reading →

Putting God to the Test in Prayer

If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself. - 2 Timothy 2:13 What does your prayer life look like when trouble comes? When hard circumstances come galloping over our horizon, everyone wants to have the prayer life of David: Dust off the harps. Go to our prayer closet. Recite the Valley... Continue Reading →

Embracing Mess

“Please excuse the mess.” We have all heard it. We have all said it. Hannah and I make plans for dinner at 6:00 with a couple we have not spent much time with before. We are both off of work and speed-walking from the garage into the house with thirty minutes left before our guests will... Continue Reading →

The Foes of Joy: Pride

What robs joy of its joyfulness? That is the question we have sought to dig into over the course of a few posts (see parts one, two, and three here). We have looked at Christian joy and its opposers with a close lens, in hopes that we will learn more about true Christian joy, and... Continue Reading →

The Foes of Joy: Comparison

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” That was the maxim of Theodore Roosevelt, a good one at that.  But Comparison, I'm learning, is not a loud enemy. It sneaks; it is often a thief indeed, coming "in the night" so to speak. It is not the kind that busts out windows with guns blazing. It... Continue Reading →

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