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 An #IsaiahChristmas Catechism
"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 Remembering R.C.
Many Evangelicals have been positively impacted by the work of Eugene Peterson. One of the Church's modern sages, Peterson is the author of many books that occupy the shelves of pastors, church leaders, and laypeople alike. His Bible translation, The Message, has been read and used by many. His writing ministry's influence is pretty much undeniable.… Continue reading As Kingfishers Catch Fire (Book Review)
Anyone with novice familiarity with Christianity knows the ins and outs of its origin story, whether five to ninety-five years old. We all easily recall to mind the show-stopping encounter between the serpent and the woman, Eve, as he lured her into breaking God's one commandment to avoid the forbidden fruit. What was it that… Continue reading Immeasurable (Book Review)
It was not the beginning of the book, or the end of the book, that stopped me in my tracks, but the middle. Jim Scott Orrick, one of the writers of Encountering God Through Expository Preaching, tells a quick story of surveying audiences about what mode helped lead them to Christ: "How many of you… Continue reading Encountering God Through Expository Preaching (Book Review)
I recently sat down one on one with a handful of pastors, serving in various ministry contexts, to have the proverbial kitchen sink thrown at me when it comes to student ministry. What is it? What works, and what doesn't? What do I need to know? What would they do with what they know now?… Continue reading As You Go (Book Review)
To try and succinctly describe what it means to live the Christian life in a few words is an impossible task. It's nearly just as impossible in only one hundred words. Most people would struggle to do so, in all reality, in only one hundred pages. That's because Christian growth is a tricky thing —… Continue reading How Does Sanctification Work? (Book Review)