David Platt is best known for his book Radical. If you’ve read it, you know it’s incredibly hard-hitting, convicting, challenging, and inspiring. Even if you don’t like everything he says or the way he says it, I can’t imagine anyone reading that book without becoming more committed to Christ. But...
I recently posted a blog on Elijah, burnout, and how important it is for us to spend extended time alone with God. If he needed to slow down and spend some long, extended time in the desert alone with God, how much more do we need to do the...
On this day 1,982 years ago the men and women who had devoted their lives to following Jesus for the previous three years locked themselves in a room and brooded in despair and fear. Their Lord, the one they thought was the Messiah, was dead. Some of them had...
Last week I did a series of posts on Jesus and his church as the Light of the World. Today I want to add one final related thought. Flannery O’Connor was a brilliant fiction writer. She was also Catholic and deeply committed to Scripture. Though her fiction is often dark...
Christians often disagree. That’s why we have so many denominations. That’s why we have so many Christian books about every subject imaginable. That’s why we have so many commentary series. That’s why we have so many blogs. Disagreement amongst Christians is common. But it’s unsettling. Doesn’t it bother you that...
How many graduation ceremonies have you attended where the speaker tells the graduates that they may well have wasted their years of study, that the degree they’ve earned doesn’t matter all that much, that they are no more self-sufficient than they were when they started, or that they now...
While there are huge benefits to reading old books rather than new ones, we have to be careful. Here are a few reasons why. (Incidentally, the dangers of reading old books overlap somewhat with the dangers of reading biographies.) 1. An older book is not necessarily a better book. Nearly...
Soren Kierkegaard made an interesting distinction between two types of love. First, there is preferential love. As the name suggests, this kind of love is based on preference. Preferential love is the love we feel towards those we find attractive. It’s the love we feel for those who care for...
We’ve all heard the saying, and most of us have probably said it ourselves. Jesus is the reason for the season. But is it true? You’ve probably heard vague statements about the pagan origins of Christmas. My guess is that Christian responses to these claims cover the following spectrum: “That’s not...
As I’ve said in previous posts, I believe God is sovereign. Not just vaguely in control, but possesses the freedom to do whatever he wants. “Our God is in the heavens, and he does whatever he pleases,” declares the psalmist (115:3). God has the freedom to kill, make alive,...
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