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2019-10-15: Counting Waves In our Omnibus class for adults we discussed On the Incarnation by Athanasius last Thursday night. …

2019-10-14: The Blessing of Being Lied About Let’s be honest (as we always should be anyway). As Christians good works are often hard, …

2019-10-12: Here’s a good question for considering how to bless others: Is what I’m doing making it easier for …

2019-10-08: 5 of 5 stars to Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by …

2019-10-08: Not the Sanctimonious Sisterhood of Bossy Pants Love, good works, fellowship, and eschatology go together. They are like ingredients in a pot, and …

2019-10-07: Walking among the Lampstands In John’s vision of the Lord, he saw one like the son of man in the midst of the lampstands …

2019-10-03: In A Centennial Reader, James Bratt introduces Abraham Kuyper’s inaugural address for the Free …

2019-10-01: On reading doctrinal books rather than devotional books for sake of deepening devotion: ❝For my own …

2019-10-01: Keeping the Adjective There are only two uses of the adjective form of “Lord” (κυριακῇ) in the New Testament. …

2019-09-30: Perhaps my favorite Preface of all time is that by C.S. Lewis for On the Incarnation by Athanasius. …

2019-09-30: A Bellyaching Bucket I’ve mentioned it a few times recently, but I keep thinking about it, I keep having …

2019-09-28: ☛ The Evangelical Reconcilers This is an interesting take on three approaches that Christians take …

2019-09-25: The kind of preacher to aspire to be, as Augustine confessed to the Lord about Ambrose: ❝His gifted …

2019-09-24: No Greater Harbor If a harbor would be home to many ships, its shore must be broad. If a man would be host to many for …

2019-09-23: Because sin darkens the minds of unbelivers (Ephesians 4:18), does that mean that they can’t …

2019-09-23: Don't Forget That In a recent sermon I made the case that the worst sin in the modern world is the sin of living as if …

2019-09-19: Loving our kids and teaching them to respect life has consequences. “If you pray for Roe to …

2019-09-18: 5 of 5 stars to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

2019-09-18: 2 of 5 stars to The Abolition of Sanity: C.S. Lewis on the Consequences of Modernism by Steve Turley

2019-09-18: 3 of 5 stars to Beauty Matters: Creating a High Aesthetic in School Culture by Steve Turley

2019-09-18: 3 of 5 stars to Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

2019-09-18: 3 of 5 stars to The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great by Ben …

2019-09-16: False Comforts and Fear of Comforts In his book The Religious Affections Jonathan Edwards explained how the defining feature of real …

2019-09-16: #KeepTheFeast There is a patronizing way to say, “Just read your Bible,” and there is also a pastoral …

2019-09-11: ❝The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” —Edwin Schlossberg

2019-09-10: As of today I decided to switch from the M’Cheyene Bible reading plan to the #keepthefeast plan. Day …

2019-09-10: Worthy is the Lamb Thirty times in the book of Revelation the apostle John refers to Jesus as the Lamb. Far more than …

2019-09-09: Repent of Defeatist Faith When it comes to the future, are you more optimistic or pessimistic? We need more qualifications …

2019-09-05: An Eye for Learning I gave the following talk at our ECS Convocation yesterday afternoon. Or, Paying Attention to …

2019-09-03: Conquering Worldliness The apostle John makes an interesting, and optimistic, argument in 1 John 5. He says: For this is …

2019-08-19: The Apocalypse In a few weeks I plan to start teaching verse by verse through another book of the Bible: the book …

2019-07-30: Making Eye Contact with the Judge Presumptuous sins are sins of undue liberty, of going beyond the bounds. They are willful, …

2019-07-29: Give Me Understanding We live in the Information Age. We have data and statistics and algorithms and pages and podcasts. …

2019-07-25: A Kuyperian-Sized Blind Spot The Effeminacy of Silence is a mettlesome post by Douglas Wilson. It’s sad, and it’s a needed kick …

2019-07-18: Praise Among the Nations When we think about world missions and reaching the unreached people with the gospel, when we think …

2019-07-18: 5 of 5 stars to The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson

2019-07-17: Partial Fide There are at least four different expectations when it comes to good works. A man could expect that …

2019-07-12: Cutting the Cords Things were desperate for David in Psalm 18. His situation was deathly. The cords of death …

2019-07-08: Garrulous Talk Because men sin, men hide. We are bent to find hiding places because being exposed often hurts. We …

2019-07-02: Wisdom and Wonder 5 of 5 stars to Wisdom and Wonder by Abraham Kuyper 2019: This was my second read through the book, …

2019-07-02: The Idea Was More Than Ideas The Lord’s Supper is a great place to get perspective. The Table has two elements on it: bread …

2019-07-01: Witnessing Songs We take worship in song seriously. Singing is not the only act of worship, but the bones of praise …

2019-06-29: Range 4 of 5 stars to Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein Epstein …

2019-06-29: Keep Going 4 of 5 stars to Keep Going by Austin Kleon This was probably my least favorite of the three (along …

2019-06-27: Thanks in Advance The timing of the Lord’s thanks stands out at the Lord’s Table. According to Paul, Jesus gave …

2019-06-24: Ruining the Taste It’s been three weeks of the #samepagesummer so far, but whether you’re following that Bible reading …

2019-06-19: The Lord Builds One thing to look for when reading Scripture is the order of the author’s points. For example, Peter …

2019-06-18: The Dad Hat Fathers have an exhaustive, and exhausting, set of responsibilities. The Dad hat is just one of a …

2019-06-12: Never the Same Person Twice The Christian life is a growing life. At the same time, we are always growing in the same fields. We …

2019-06-11: Formerly Known as Selfish Fathead Growing in grace leads to unexpected challenges. As disciples we want to grow more and more into the …

2019-06-11: The Monster in the Hollows 5 of 5 stars to The Monster in the Hollows by Andrew Peterson It was very hard to discipline myself …

2019-06-11: Julius Caesar 4 of 5 stars to Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare 2019: Adding a star. There are some great gems …

2019-06-11: Art and the Bible 4 of 5 stars to Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer 2019: Still good, though I’d like to …

2019-06-10: The Road Called Aestas I read the following story for our school’s end of year assembly. It would probably be helpful to …

2019-06-06: Now We Belong It used to be that the carcasses of the animals whose blood was used in sacrifices on the Day of …

2019-06-05: All Are Yours I gave the following remarks at our school’s graduation ceremony on June 2, 2019. Good evening …

2019-06-05: Justifiable Blessings One of the reasons that we include confession of sin in our weekly liturgy is not just that we …

2019-06-04: The Grail Last summer my oldest daughter began spending vast amounts of her time rewriting/repurposing Monty …

2019-05-31: #SamePageSummer I’ve been using the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan for 2019, but am excited to add the …

2019-05-31: Proclaiming the Lord’s Love Until He Comes Whether you eat or drink, or whatsoever you do, let all of it be done in love. This is a conflation …

2019-05-28: I Like Job, but I Don’t Want to Be Like Job Most of us appreciate the story of Job. God regularly uses his story to bless us, to sustain our …

2019-05-27: 4 of 5 stars to The Two Cultures by C.P. Snow

2019-05-27: 5 of 5 stars to A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix by Edwin Friedman

2019-05-27: 3 of 5 stars to Call the Sabbath a Delight by Walter Chantry

2019-05-27: 4 of 5 stars to Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

2019-05-22: Not a Crumb of a Cardboard Cracker How would you persuade someone that the church’s eating and drinking at the Lord’s …

2019-05-20: Where It Wafts Sometimes Christians are able to take obedience and make it ugly; it’s one of our specialties. …

2019-05-15: All Sanctimoniousness and Powerlessness I’ve wanted to share this video and connect it with the quotes below it for some time. Since …

2019-05-14: To Be Clear about Hell A few things happened over the last year or so that have caused the elders to propose an addition to …

2019-05-13: The Future in a Snap ECS is a classical Christian school which means, among other things, that we are concerned about the …

2019-05-13: Steal Like an Artist 4 of 5 stars to Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon …

2019-05-08: North! or Be Eaten 5 of 5 stars to North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson Book #2 in the Wingfeather Saga was no let …

2019-05-08: Roaring Lambs 4 of 5 stars to Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change Your World by Robert Briner A …

2019-05-08: Digital Minimalism 2 of 5 stars to Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport There used to be a short answer to the problem …

2019-05-07: What a Perishable Seed Can Do It’s not a new observation, but it seems appropriate after such an extended amount of …

2019-05-06: Is It a Sin to Be Weak? If the Bible commands us to be steadfast, as it does in 1 Corinthians 15:58, then is it a sin to be …

2019-05-02: So Let’s Do Something About That A few months ago a friend of mine recommended to me Roaring Lambs: A Gentle Plan to Radically Change …

2019-05-01: Men and Marriage 4 of 5 stars to Men and Marriage by George Gilder Men and Marriage is both perfectly obvious and …

2019-04-30: Taunts of the Assembly I tell you this, brothers, it is not a mystery: we are all going to die. Actually, we shall not all …

2019-04-29: A Small Snail Named Apollyon In an initial draft of The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan wrote about Christian’s encounter …

2019-04-23: So Hard Its Undoing On the night He was betrayed, “Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to …

2019-04-22: Not As I Will Jesus is risen from the dead just as He said. His resurrection is the first of its kind and all of …

2019-04-19: Not Another Humanistic Empathy Theater I sent an email yesterday that represented a lot of thoughts and prayers. I actually began the email …

2019-04-18: After the Fact On the Sunday before Jesus was raised from the dead He came into Jerusalem with His disciples. The …

2019-04-17: The Dungeon of Chronic Grievances We’ve been considering how to Make Easter Great Again. There are certainly things we can add …

2019-04-11: The Screwtape Letters 5 of 5 stars to The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis This is some next level temptation insight. I …

2019-04-10: Foolproof Resurrection Why go through religious rituals like baptism or the Lord’s Supper? Why risk comfort and …

2019-04-08: Polluted Garments on the Easter Table We pick up with our series of exhortations with a view to Make Easter Great Again. As I mentioned …

2019-04-04: All the Prepositions All is a word that is easily taken for granted. All of us, probably, misunderstand it depending on …

2019-04-02: Make Easter Great Again This probably should be a sermon not an exhortation, though I am at least going to roll it into …

2019-03-28: The Aeneid 3 of 5 stars to The Aeneid by Virgil 2018 - Read the whole epic thing this time around for our …

2019-03-28: The Adventure Aslan Sends Or, The Last Lesson to Fortify Children with Chests Here are my notes for the talk I gave at the …

2019-03-26: We Are Not Pretending When kids pretend they talk and behave like something is real when it isn’t. Kids aren’t …

2019-03-25: More Than You Know This will be the final lesson in Confession 201. First we learned that we should confess before …

2019-03-19: The Witness Proclamation Program Numerous times during Jesus’ earthly ministry He did something miraculous for someone and then …

2019-03-18: Get Out of the Puddle Last week I gave lesson one in Confession 201. It’s the next level up of confession, though …

2019-03-13: No fiction writer could have imagined the following exchange I recently heard, and I’m thinking …

2019-03-13: No fiction writer could have imagined the following exchange I recently heard, and I’m thinking …

2019-03-13: Worldview Guide for the Aeneid 3 of 5 stars to Worldview Guide for the Aeneid by Louis Markos Great introduction to the Aeneid …

2019-03-12: Desire for Communion as Disciples It is exciting to welcome five new communicants to the Lord’s Table this morning. These young …

2019-03-11: Confession 201 Almost six years ago I did a series of exhortations called Confession 101. There are multiple basic …

2019-03-09: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness 5 of 5 stars to On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson I’m sure there was …

2019-03-09: The Theban Trilogy 3 of 5 stars to Oedipus the King / Oedipus at Colonus / Antigone by Sophocles Sometimes in Greek …

2019-03-09: The Last Battle 5 of 5 stars to The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis 2019: I had to do it, I’m now giving 5 of 5 …

2019-03-09: The Bacchae and Other Plays 3 of 5 stars to The Bacchae and Other Plays by Euripides 2015: We only read The Bacchae (not the …

2019-03-09: You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal with It 5 of 5 stars to You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal with It by Rachel Jankovic How could I not …

2019-03-09: It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work 3 of 5 stars to It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier …

2019-03-09: The Last Days of Socrates 2 of 5 stars to The Last Days of Socrates by Plato. I didn’t get to finish reading this in …

2019-03-08: Fiction Up and Fiction In I mentioned in my previous post that our next Raggant Fiction Festival is coming up in a couple …

2019-03-07: Why I Hate Fiction Or, Why I’ve Repented from Hating Fiction What follows are never before published notes from …

2019-03-06: Comfort from the Dead-raiser We’re going to be talking about resurrection in church for the next couple months leading up to …

2019-03-04: How Easily We Forget It can be discouraging to realize that most new content is only old content. Very rarely does …

2019-02-28: “The emphasis on LABOR [in 1 Corinthians 15:10] reminds us that difficulty and cost in Christian …

2019-02-26: When Receivers Are Received Call it “internal grammar.” Describe it as consistent, or use an expression such as turn …

2019-02-25: They Don’t Need a Sticker Many men are decent at fixing things around the house [full disclosure: I am not one of them]. Some, …

2019-02-23: Sunday Well Spent Last August while in the UK I saw this sign on a sandwich board on the sidewalk outside a …

2019-02-21: Good Things from Three Persons The most explicitly Trinitarian benediction in the Bible comes in the final verse of 2 Corinthians. …

2019-02-19: The Evolution Is Worse Than He Knows Thank you to Mr. Powell for his recent article exposing the evolution of confusion about gender …

2019-02-18: Remove the Rust Yesterday our church held a seminar about fellowship. When we have fellowship it means we have a …

2019-02-14: An Ambitious Mission “The pastor’s task is to guide the believer into a full and complete awareness of these …

2019-02-05: What Other Table? Whether we recognize it or not, whether it is obvious to others that we recognize it or not, God is …

2019-02-04: Not The Stages of Outrages You’ve probably seen the comic of a man sitting at a desk in front of a computer and his wife …

2019-02-01: "Bless Me, what do they teach them at these schools?" Or, (Students + The Trivium) × Teachers The following notes are for a talk I gave at our …

2019-01-29: No Lesser Bread One of the things Paul valued about clarity was how it brings “upbuilding and encouragement …

2019-01-28: Blessing-ficiaries I can’t remember if I’ve asked this question before during an exhortation to confession. …

2019-01-24: bahookie Added to my commonplace book today:  BAHOOKIE n. Scottish informal, “a person’s buttocks” …

2019-01-24: The Punchline I do not really like hockey. I do not really like podcasts. (I also really do not like a couple …

2019-01-23: Fellowship: A Mess Worth Making Our church has another seminar scheduled a few Sundays from now. This will be our fifth seminar, the …

2019-01-22: Open Communion, Closed Membership We love celebrating weekly communion at our church, and it is having multiple desired effects. It …

2019-01-21: Our Father Who Judges When we come to our time of confession as part of our worship we come to confess our sins to our …

2019-01-18: On Carrying My Own (Digital) Man-purse I am not a perfect minimalist, but I am drawn to it in certain contexts like iPad writers are to …

2019-01-17: NoDiscontentDecember Postmortem It’s been a couple weeks since the official end of our family’s finishing hashtag of …

2019-01-16: The Telos of Jealousy The Headmaster at our school recently wrote about Raising…and Being the Cool Kids. Here are a couple …

2019-01-16: Spiritual Gifts: What They Are and Why They Matter 3 of 5 stars to Spiritual Gifts: What They Are and Why They Matter by Thomas R. Schreiner Good. …

2019-01-16: Breaking the Vicious Cycle 3 of 5 stars to by Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet by Elaine Gottschall I …

2019-01-15: All a Pitter-pattering Is love more science or more story? Is love an historical fact or a philosophical idea? Is love a …

2019-01-14: Perpetual Shortfall There are a couple sure-fire ways to get almost any Christian to feel guilty. One way is to ask a …

2019-01-12: There are some quality pics of Abraham Kuyper on the interwebs. This one is hard to find online, and …

2019-01-10: Deadness Also Smells Like Death As is usually the case, there are ranges on a spectrum when it comes to the question of whether …

2019-01-09: Losing as a weapon First, this ought to be a great encouragement to the church: “Losing does not disturb us; it does …

2019-01-08: Communion That Smells As we spread “the fragrance of the knowledge of [Christ] everywhere,” God says that we …

2019-01-07: Calvinist Knees How does a Calvinist confess his sins? That’s not the start of a joke. We are a Calvinistic church, …

2019-01-03: He Is Neither Here Nor There I’m late to linking but the point remains piquant: the principles underneath today’s …

2019-01-01: Gaining Weight I pray that we all gain weight this year. In a day and age like ours, in a country like ours, the …

2018-12-31: Buried and Barricaded If you were in the center of a redwood tree I imagine that you would not be affected by much. If you …

2018-12-25: O Come Again, Emmanuel Maybe some of you have family that you haven’t seen for a while coming to your house for …

2018-12-24: When We Have Problems The Lord’s response to Paul’s request to have his thorn removed is archetypal. He said …

2018-12-18: Born with Flesh The apostle John wrote that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his …

2018-12-17: Deserving a Different Christmas During this advent season we focus our thoughts on the first coming of the Messiah, about the Father …

2018-12-13: Intermittent Feasting I know people, they talk to me. I read things; learning is an ongoing process. One subject that has …

2018-12-10: When You Can See More Cracks in Contentment I thought it would be good to check in on #NoDiscontentDecember. Well, what I mean is I thought it …

2018-12-04: Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual 3 of 5 stars to Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual by Jocko Willink GOOD. GET SOME. GET AFTER …

2018-12-04: Finished with Discipline The analogy of the church as a body does so many good things, but there are numerous other ways to …

2018-12-03: No Discontent December If you could have only one thing for Christmas, and you knew you would get what you asked for, what …

2018-11-30: A Spoonful of Flour One note does not make a song. One chord, made of three notes struck at the same time, still does …

2018-11-28: Finish 3 of 5 stars to Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff I enjoy Acuff’s humor (the …

2018-11-27: Motivation Above What makes a church a church? How is a church formed? There’s a choice. A church could be seen as a …

2018-11-20: The Magician's Nephew 5 of 5 stars to The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis 2018: It is so goosebump inducing to read …

2018-11-20: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment 5 of 5 stars to The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs I started reading this …

2018-11-20: Thankful for the Body When we combine this season of thanksgiving with the communion we share at the Lord’s Supper with …

2018-11-19: Make It Perfect There are two ways to make your Thanksgiving holiday family time together perfect this week. One way …

2018-11-15: The Odyssey 4 of 5 stars to The Odyssey by Homer Read this again in 2018 with the Omnibus Tenebras group. …

2018-11-15: Me First: The Deaths We Should Die for Our Students More than a month ago I got to address a group of teachers at the first ACCS Regional Schools …

2018-11-13: Royal Blood David wrote a song about how “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the …

2018-11-13: The Biggest Display at the Ministry Fair We’re headed into an extended look at spiritual gifts over the next few months in the Sunday …

2018-11-06: Comparatively Uppity On earth, the Lord’s Table may be the pinnacle of places where people do not get what they …

2018-11-05: Eye Opening It is the work of God to open eyes. The apostle John told the story of a man born blind in John …

2018-10-30: The Supper Is a Sermon Or, You Are Always Preaching Preachers are often asked how long it takes them to prepare a sermon. …

2018-10-29: The Vocabulary of Repentance We owe some of our most cherished vocabulary to the Reformers. This is Reformation Sunday, the …

2018-10-24: More Melody Than Misery It is more than possible that at least some of the Corinthians had participated in the worship of …

2018-10-23: The Horse and His Boy Upping my star count from 4 (in 2010) to 5 of 5 (in 2018) for The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis. …

2018-10-23: Because Others Refused The reason we confess our sins as part of our church’s worship on Sunday mornings is because …

2018-10-16: The Nature of Bread and Wine We know from Psalm 19 that the heavens declare the glory of God so that all men should see His …

2018-10-15: Bolognology Men lie. Christians of all people should know this, or at least stop believing what everyone says. …

2018-10-13: Every Single Thing is Now Different This is a challenging article by David Bahnsen, Every Single Thing is Now Different: The Kavanaugh …

2018-10-13: Head Covering: A Forgotten Christian Practice for Modern Times 5 of 5 stars to Head Covering: A Forgotten Christian Practice for Modern Times by Jeremy Gardiner …

2018-10-11: Worldview Guide for The Iliad 4 of 5 stars to Worldview Guide for The Iliad by Louis Markos I attended a couple talks by Louis …

2018-10-11: The Iliad 4 of 5 stars to The Iliad by Homer Impressive. Tedious. Creative. Exhausting. Poetic. Painful. …

2018-10-11: Likeness Sharers In creational terms, man is the glory of God and woman is the glory of man (1 Corinthians 11:7). …

2018-10-10: Sin into a Proper Noun Sometimes things stick out that make you see from a different angle. It might be a typo. For …

2018-09-27: Him Who Is Weary I read a mass of complaints about social media, <irony>many of which come on social …

2018-09-26: All the Pains It Cost On Rilian’s return home and how the Narnians recognized him, and Jill’s joyful …

2018-09-26: The Silver Chair 5 of 5 stars to The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis 2018: I am really enjoying rereading the series, and …

2018-09-26: The Codes of Hammurabi and Moses 2 of 5 stars to The Codes of Hammurabi and Moses A lot of death required by these laws. I guess …

2018-09-26: The Epic of Gilgamesh 2 of 5 stars to The Epic of Gilgamesh Weird story about a whiny demigod who wishes for immortality. …

2018-09-25: Everything Intended When we make a sacrifice, we are giving up something in the present for sake of something else in …

2018-09-24: Liberating Glory The command in 1 Corinthians 10:31 is well known. It is short, catchy, and always applicable. …

2018-09-18: Too Thankful for the Right Things Names matter. Part of our image-bearing identity is to name things, and the names we give not only …

2018-09-17: All His Commandments Every week we worship God by confessing our sins. We know that man’s nature is sinful because God …

2018-09-13: Ante Lux, Tenebras Auditing Omnibus for the last six years has done more to shape my worldview than almost all of the …

2018-09-12: New Adventures in Letters Or, Off to Sail in Aslan’s Country These are my notes for our school’s convocation last …

2018-09-11: Substantive Sharing There have been frequent arguments in church history about what exactly happens at the Lord’s …

2018-09-10: What You Tolerate In a book about leadership I read this principle: “When it comes to standards, as a leader, it’s not …

2018-09-05: Lyrics and Harmony One of the ways we know if we’ve been born again is our attitude toward those who sit around …

2018-09-04: How Grain Gets Memorialized When some Greeks came to see Jesus, Jesus said it was the hour of His glory. Then Jesus explained …

2018-09-03: Wise in His Own Worship Perhaps one of the most response-provoking visits of our trip to the United Kingdom was an …

2018-08-20: Scholarship 4 of 5 stars to Scholarship: Two Convocation Addresses On University Life by Abraham Kuyper Good …

2018-08-20: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 5 of 5 stars to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis 2018 - Now my favorite book in the …

2018-08-14: The Mask Is Off When Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding in Cana, what did that miracle do? It seems …

2018-08-13: Bow Down Although I probably could get an exhortation to confession from every page in Jeremiah …

2018-08-09: One Friend at a Time “I can only handle one friend at a time.” I don’t think I’ve ever heard …

2018-08-09: 12 Rules for Life 4 of 5 stars to 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson This book contains a lot …

2018-08-08: The Leader's Bookshelf I listened to this Art of Manliness podcast on The Leader’s Bookshelf. The host was …

2018-08-07: We Were Tohu va Bohu In the beginning was the Word, the Logos. In the beginning the Logos created the heavens and the …

2018-08-06: Appears to Meet the Specs God frequently reveals the priorities He has for us, and it is very common for us to make …

2018-08-02: The Last of the Lost Boys 4 of 5 stars to Outlaws of Time #3: The Last of the Lost Boys by N.D. Wilson Finished this with the …

2018-08-02: Moby-Dick 4 of 5 stars to Moby-Dick: or, The Whale by Herman Melville It took a while to finish, but I enjoyed …

2018-08-01: What God Does Two kinds of pleasing worship to God: “in active obedience we worship God by doing what pleases …

2018-07-31: Cognitive Productivity with macOS 4 of 5 stars to Cognitive Productivity with macOS: 7 Principles for Getting Smarter with Knowledge …

2018-07-31: What Good Is That If you walk into your house and your wife is cooking something new for dinner dinner that smells …

2018-07-30: Full Attention The theme of our recent youth retreat was self-control, and that’s also been a theme for my recent …

2018-07-24: The Most Honorable Lineage Near the end of Prince Caspian, Aslan feasted the Narnians (yes, feasted can be a transitive verb …

2018-07-23: There Is Always Someone All sin is personal. I don’t mean only that a person sins, but that sin is always an attitude …

2018-07-21: Prince Caspian 5 of 5 stars to Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis I apparently didn’t write a review the first time …

2018-07-21: Weaponized Inspiration Generation Thanks to this I saw this about weaponized inspiration generation. My treadmill is his bike ride, …

2018-07-20: The Seven Laws of Teaching 5 of 5 stars to The Seven Laws of Teaching by John Milton Gregory. Absolutely fantastic. Makes me …

2018-07-18: Citizen Soldiers 4 of 5 stars to Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the …

2018-07-18: Joy for the World 4 of 5 stars to Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin …

2018-07-18: On Writing 3 of 5 stars to On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King This book is often near the top of …

2018-07-18: Relentless 3 of 5 stars to Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim Grover I grew up watching …

2018-07-18: Stomping Out the Rock Juice God gave manna to His people every morning as with the dew on the ground and Paul called it …

2018-07-17: No Mercenaries of Thanks Ministry In 1 Chronicles 16 King David chose and expressly named men to give thanks to the Lord. This is an …

2018-07-12: A Scholar in Self-Denial "Just as no one can be a scholar unless he learn his ABC, so you must learn the lesson of …

2018-07-10: A Feast of Self-Control Most meal plans that emphasize self-control do not include necessary feasting. You may be allowed a …

2018-07-09: Chosen and Expressly Named I’m struck by a couple small descriptions in the account of when King David brought the ark …

2018-07-03: It’s the Law There are only two places in the Bible that refer to the “law of Christ.” The first is …

2018-07-02: Interconnecting Gears On more than one occasion the apostle Paul wrote about the triad of faith, hope, and love. These …

2018-06-30: Reasons to Study Latin This is a great video produced by Classical Conversations on reasons to study Latin.

2018-06-28: Dead at the Cross Rhetoric is deeper than what is said, more than well spoken words, more than clear or persuasive …

2018-06-28: Reset 5 of 5 stars to Reset by David Murray I give 5 stars when I really like a book (as is the Goodreads …

2018-06-28: Why Ministers Must Be Men 4 of 5 stars to Why Ministers Must Be Men by Douglas Wilson Brief observations on the relevant Bible …

2018-06-28: Death by Living 5 of 5 stars to Death by Living by N.D. Wilson Provokes your eyes to see. And to cry. My eyes were …

2018-06-28: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 5 of 5 stars to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Read in 2018 with the ECS board. …

2018-06-28: Do Your Duties "And the truth is, I know nothing more effective for quieting a Christian soul and getting …

2018-06-25: Belly Worship We’ve been talking about food and gods in 1 Corinthians 8 in our current sermon series, about …

2018-06-23: Anticipate and Finish I want to add a couple thoughts to my previous post about men taking responsibility. The sort of …

2018-06-21: His and Hers One of the most difficult things to communicate to a guy/husband/father is that all of it is his. He …

2018-06-20: Self-Esteem Propaganda There are (at least) two ways to feel superior to other people: know that you know more/better than …

2018-06-19: Twenty "A silent lover is one who doesn't know his job." (Robert Capon, The Supper of the Lamb) Today is …

2018-06-19: The Father’s Generosity When Paul affirmed the truth of the knowledge about God to the Corinthians he summarized: “for …

2018-06-19: “The Lord knows how to order things better than I. The Lord sees further than I do; I only see …

2018-06-16: It's Good to Be Dad Dad’s don’t get a lot of respect in pop culture. They get a national holiday like …

2018-06-15: Kuyperian Plumbing with Thanks It’s becoming more and more popular to criticize and give warnings about technology. …

2018-06-14: Today on the Treadmill About five years ago I started reading Kindle books on my iPad while running on my treadmill. I know …

2018-06-13: The Art of a Calm Heart My Bible class started to read through The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment the last Quarter of …

2018-06-12: Not by Self-Promotion In a fallen world it is possible to mess just about anything up, including the good things. That …

2018-06-11: Truth-Tubes Ignorance of God makes idolators or weak worshippers. Knowledge of God, like knowledge of …

2018-06-09: The Weight of Irritability The author of Hebrews urged his readers to run the race of faith by first laying “aside every …

2018-06-08: Unfinished Stories Here is a story I wrote for the final assembly. It references a bunch of books our students read …

2018-06-07: Quite Some Ride Today we passed another milestone. A small group of us finished the sixth and final year of the …

2018-06-06: The Enthusiasm Industry I was listening to a podcast episode recently, I can’t remember which one even though I don’t …

2018-06-05: The Government of Stability We’ve been reading Brave New World in Omnibus the last couple weeks, and eww, and ouch, and it’s …

2018-06-04: Empire of Bones 5 of 5 starts to Empire of Bones by N.D. Wilson 2018: What Lewis’ That Hideous Strength is to …

2018-06-04: The Vanishing American Adult 5 of 5 stars to The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture …

2018-06-04: Brave New World 3 of 5 stars to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Huxley portrays how brutishly selfish mankind is, …

2018-06-04: As Thin as the Wifi Signal The fruit of the Spirit are one. That is, Galatians 5:22 says “fruit” (singular) while …

2018-06-04: Blessed New World Here is the charge I gave to our graduates at yesterday’s commencement. Good evening to our …

2018-06-01: Board Lit I love our school board. While so many books and articles about productivity lament the bane of …

2018-05-31: Do Justice I am not a social justice warrior. I may not even know exactly what it means. I believe that many …

2018-05-30: More Than Two Colors Why do those who acknowledge subtlety compromise? And why are those who have little capacity for …

2018-05-29: Aiming Senior Arrows One trend that has bugged me for more than a decade is parents, and pastors, encouraging their kids …

2018-05-29: Where He Starts We know that God’s ways are not our ways and that His thoughts are above and beyond our …

2018-05-28: The Bottom Line Money has become a god for many men. You can tell by how they praise it, love it, sacrifice for it. …

2018-05-26: What of a Man's Profit I’m re-reading Joy for the World with the guys who come to our church’s men’s …

2018-05-25: The Code of the Coders [caption id=“attachment_8797” align=“alignright” width=“300”]Or, …

2018-05-24: The Disconnect of Discontent Because we are learning to be content in whatever condition we’re in, we are also making great …

2018-05-24: No Lifehacks for Obedience I have read a variety of books about productivity and getting things done and how to figure out …

2018-05-24: Resubscribed Phil Johnson announced today that he is stoking the coals in the Pyromaniacs fire pit. I really …

2018-05-23: Et Liberi, Et Libri Do my kids keep me from being productive? They could, perhaps, and I used to lean more toward that …

2018-05-22: More Bad Ideas If you like to create things—and why wouldn’t you as an image-bearer of your Creator—then listen to …

2018-05-16: 4 of 5 stars to I Have a Dream and Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. Brief, not …

2018-05-15: Proverbial Nose Bleeds How many ways can you have a bad day? I’m not sure, but I know for sure how to make one worse. …

2018-05-14: Uncomfortable Blessings [caption id=“attachment_8779” align=“alignright” …

2018-05-13: Affections in Maternal Tones Paul did not have questions about his gender, but he did speak of his affections in maternal tones a …

2018-05-08: So Not Okay God hates divorce. God also hates division in the body. He loves unity. Jesus prayed that His people …

2018-05-07: Knots and Nooses Give a sinner a knife and he will find knots to cut. He doesn’t want things tied together, he …

2018-05-05: That Is Really Tired “Weariness pervaded every sense, including common sense.” —Norman Borlaug, Our Daily Bread

2018-05-03: A liberal arts education equips a man to know how to spend his day off.

2018-05-02: 1 of 5 stars to The Stranger by Albert Camus Blech. Nihilism into absurdism is not fun, and Camus …

2018-05-01: Bitter Would Be a Start When it comes to the ideal marital state, the point is contentment and satisfaction that matches …

2018-04-30: 5 of 5 stars to Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb "You want to be the …

2018-04-30: 5 of 5 stars to Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson

2018-04-30: I aim to post something at least once a week against abortion or for adoption. It’s not …

2018-04-30: A Candle Under Your Hoodie There is a somewhat famous statement in Christian circles that “it is better to marry than to burn.” …

2018-04-28: Great distinction between generals and shepherds: “Rupert Greeves was no general. Generals spend …

2018-04-24: The Valley of the Shadow of Freaking Out The natural man is surprisingly dumb when it comes to economics. He makes virtually no end of bad …

2018-04-23: Believing Believers When Jesus came down the mountain after His transfiguration He met a father who had brought his …

2018-04-19: Look for a Second On the first day of the week we worship because Christ rose from the dead; the first day changes all …

2018-04-18: Blessed Forever Since the Sunday of New Year’s Eve I have focused our exhortations to confession around the …

2018-04-16: The Obedience of Cancer Doug Wilson on The Obedience of Cancer: "this cancer is right where it is because it is being …

2018-03-28: Drinking the Purchase Price We know that we were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20). There have been many people that were …

2018-03-26: Choices as Saints On the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, when He knew that His hour had come to die, He …

2018-03-21: Limbs and Organs We are limbs and organs of Christ’s body. Each one is a individual unit of the complex and …

2018-03-19: Cosmic and Concentrated Blessing runs in two directions at the beginning of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. We bless …

2018-03-14: A Table of Reckoning When Jesus told His disciples to eat and drink in “remembrance of Me,” He wanted them to …

2018-03-13: Sex Is for Fruit “Blessed the man that fears Jehovah and that walketh in His ways.” Yes, and amen to the …

2018-03-06: Has Beens There is only one kind of sinner who isn’t welcome at the Lord’s Table. Sexual …

2018-03-05: Two Blesseds When Jesus talks about those who are blessed He really messes up our categories. His sermon starts …

2018-03-03: A Gaping Void On the subject of social media, except not really, because it was published in 1835: “If an …

2018-02-28: Take Him to Dinner A couple weeks ago I referred to the discipline not just of not being allowed to come to the …

2018-02-27: Most Likely to Be an Arbiter I don’t plan to make this an exhaustive series of exhortations covering all the blesseds in …

2018-02-14: Discipline of a Different Style When a man refuses to repent from his sin the church disciplines him which includes no longer …

2018-02-12: Left Without Discipline We are still in a series of exhortations to confession focused on being blessed. Recognizing our …

2018-02-09: We Eat What We Are Because of how the gospel connects indicatives to imperatives, we can not only say: you are what you …

2018-02-08: The Limits of Pretending Friends First in the field of blesseds according to Jesus is being "poor in spirit." It is a …

2018-02-07: Better Than Unbreakable I recently read a brilliant illustration. Imagine you wanted to send a priceless wine glass to a …

2018-02-07: Fixed in Mind The argument for church discipline in 1 Corinthians 5 assumes at least a couple things. First, from …

2018-01-30: In the Orchard of Blessings In this series of exhortations focused on God’s blessings, it would have been more awkward not …

2018-01-24: He Invites Us In What sort of God looks to make His people happy? This is not a characteristic of the gods of men. …

2018-01-17: Body and Soul Where is it most important for you to know that God is at peace with you? Maybe that seems like an …

2018-01-15: The Very First Blessing We continue our series of exhortations to confession based on the idea of blessing. Receiving our …

2018-01-10: Making a Mess In his “Treatise on the Holy Supper of our Lord and Only Savior Jesus Christ” John …

2018-01-08: Forgiveness Equals Freedom Of all the things that Christians have, what would make an unbeliever most jealous? Of course those …

2018-01-02: Hanging up a New Calendar If you plan to start a new Bible reading plan this year (or if you “cheated” and began …

2018-01-01: Really Blessed For a few months I have been in a #blessed mood. In a sermon near the end of the summer I …

2017-12-27: Still Bringing People Together Birth brings people together. One of the seasonal favorite songs, “The First Noel,” celebrates the …

2017-12-26: Keeping the Incarnation on the Front Burner For the past three weeks I’ve been reminding us that God came in the flesh. We need reminding about …

2017-12-19: The Gluten of Your Family
 One of the reasons God gives us fathers is so that we can learn what is good, including what is good …

2017-12-18: A Season to Be Made More Sturdy We believe that by the power of the Holy Spirit God’s Son became incarnate from the virgin Mary. We …

2017-12-13: The Goat that Went Away A scapegoat is a powerful symbol. In the Bible it comes from Leviticus 16. On the day of atonement …

2017-12-12: The Spirit of AntiChristmas Christmas is seven days closer than it was last Lord’s Day. I don’t really care if your shopping is …

2017-12-08: Sing It for Yourself You might need this today. In the spirit of colossians3:16ing, here’s Psalm 94:19 (NASB): …

2017-12-07: To Judge or Not To Judge In chapter 4 of 1 Corinthians Paul told the believers that he didn’t judge himself (4:3). In chapter …

2017-12-06: Twenty-Four Whole Days One of the most important jobs of a pastor is to tell the flock things that they already know. He …

2017-12-05: The Lesser of All Things It is quite a thing for Paul to say that “all things” are ours (1 Corinthians 3:21, 22). It is quite …

2017-12-04: More Hope for Fools It’s one thing to live with zero desire to be respected and it’s another thing to live dishonorably …

2017-11-23: Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies I have more things to be thankful for than I realize. But I know I am #blessed, and it can’t …

2017-11-21: Without the Stickers This is a week to kick up your #blessed game a couple turkey legs. All lawful feasts are Christian …

2017-11-20: Against Raising Our Kids to Be Pornographers and Prostitutes When I first started to think that God was calling me to be a pastor I was still in high school. And …

2017-11-16: Hold It Together I had a particularly good time reading my Bible and praying this morning, and saw some really …

2017-11-15: We Love His Handouts November is National Adoption Month and last Sunday was Orphan Sunday. Adoption has been national …

2017-11-14: “A pastor who feels competent in himself to produce eternal fruit—which is the only kind that …

2017-11-13: Give Me a Break We are a people who love breaks. We love lunch break, coffee break, Christmas break, summer break. …

2017-11-10: Meat to Live Out I noticed some discussion online this past week about frequency of observing communion. One of the …

2017-11-09: Your Neighbor’s Slop It is a universal law that all men seek their own advantage. It is obvious by reflecting on one’s …

2017-11-08: A Spirit of Fermentation One of the most most cutting conflicts among the Reformers concerned the nature of the sacrament of …

2017-11-07: The “Institutes” Twice a Year Wisdom is as wisdom gets along with other people. It’s more often phrased, “wisdom is as wisdom …

2017-11-03: My view at L2L tonight

2017-10-25: Proverbs 24:11 and “The Patient Within” #defundpp

2017-10-25: Spiritual Adulting Is Hard You know what is really hard? Spiritual adulting. “Adulting” as a verb is relatively new. It was on …

2017-10-25: This is good: “The approach of today’s attractional church is like the Trojan Rabbit of Monty …

2017-10-24: Great brief biography of John Calvin. We liked Calvin so much we named our son after him.

2017-10-19: Contradicting the Celebrating God is in the business of reconciliation. Paul said that God “reconciled us to himself and gave us …

2017-10-18: It Feels Like Conflict What is life in the Spirit like? Paul told the Corinthian Christians that they were a demonstration …

2017-10-17: Davids and Daniels Not many Christians are wise, or influential, or popular by worldly standards. God can and does save …

2017-10-10: A Moral Pebble in Your Shoe Rather than appreciate collateral blessings, our unbelieving culture would rather maneuver …

2017-10-05: Who Wants the Cross? We do not use a crucifix as one of our symbols. A crucifix is a cross that has Jesus still hanging …

2017-10-04: Kneeling on Sundays Of all things, kneeling on Sundays is in the news these days. Interesting, isn’t it? Our society …

2017-09-27: Not Just Speech Patterns I used to get very nervous when I heard others talk about “incarnating the gospel” and spent many …

2017-09-25: Bearing Their Gravitas Which do you think is the greater problem in the church, placing too much value on preachers or too …

2017-09-19: Perspective Fail Our pursuit of righteousness is not only a personal pursuit. Paul urged his disciple, Timothy: Flee …

2017-09-18: Remembering How We Are Supposed to Die Jesus told His disciples a number of things on the night He was betrayed including: “all people will …

2017-09-12: The Debt Immense Because of the way God created the world many things of value can be shared, but with totally …

2017-09-11: First, We Eat The whole idea of living in such a way as to provoke an entire people group to jealousy is a lot of …

2017-09-08: Willing to Dig Here are my notes from the ECS convocation a couple days ago. Once upon a time in a land not so very …

2017-09-04: Jealous of a Complainer How do you know that God is willing and working in you for His good pleasure? As you are working out …

2017-08-26: The Place of the Sulk When we think about our salvation by grace and the fruits of grace that would provoke others to …

2017-08-25: Shape and Cadence In perhaps the most well-known passage about salvation by grace through faith, one word is used …

2017-08-24: Differences Are Assumed It’s proverbial that everyone puts their pants on the same way: one leg at a time. And, not everyone …

2017-08-23: Broccoli for Dinner The sage preacher once said, “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, …

2017-08-09: A Long Session in the Same Direction The sign of the old covenant was circumcision. There were other signs and symbols given by God to …

2017-08-07: Bleeding Forgivness Why does God forgive anyone? We come near the beginning of our worship service to confess our sins …

2017-08-02: Even More Personal In Luke’s account of Jesus instituting the Lord’s Supper, he chases the eating and drinking with two …

2017-08-01: What Is Earthly There is a way that we must hate the things of earth so that we can also love the things of earth in …

2017-07-28: By Faith We Do Stuff Our fellowship around the communion table is in faith. What we have in common is Christ, and how we …

2017-07-27: Wings to a Bird One word Christians don’t seem to use as much as they once did is the word “godliness.” It’s a …

2017-07-19: Brains and Bread If you were God and wanted a way for people to remember the most important event in human history, …

2017-07-17: Serious Bible Studiers The disciples on the road to Emmaus listened as Jesus interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the …

2017-07-15: Life in the Body The Christian life is a life in the body. Paul told the Roman church to present their bodies as …

2017-07-15: Freedom from Confusion Is a Gift Those who believe in the sovereignty of God ought to be the most kind instead of belligerent, and …

2017-07-07: Get You Out of Bed Truths After a paragraph of imperatives and illustrations about the generational work Timothy was called to …

2017-07-03: Spiritual Shapeshifters Whatever your preferred system of eschatology, there is no doubt according to Paul’s definition that …

2017-06-19: Divine Smack Talk Even though He offers them no redemption, God is, perhaps surprisingly to us, interested in teaching …

2017-06-14: Pots Throwing Pieces I bit the bait and clicked an inflammatory link a while back that permanently burned my brain. A …

2017-06-12: Boy, Was I Bored I read the following short story at our school’s year-end assembly last Friday. It was inspired by …

2017-06-06: No More Intended Evil The sovereignty of God and the suffering of men is not an academic exercise. Theodicy—a good God’s …

2017-06-05: Calvinist Excuses If God is sovereign, should we confess our sin? In other words, if God planned that we were going to …

2017-06-05: The gospel in three words: God saves sinners. Read more in this fantastic essay by J.I. Packer - …

2017-06-02: The Patriarch’s Prophetic Blessing Jacob blessed his sons on his deathbed with a vision of the future he could only see by faith. He …

2017-05-30: The Damp Bounty Paper Towel One way we know that we’re growing up is by how much we can absorb. I don’t mean absorbing …

2017-05-30: Locating Trust In Psalm 20 David has us sing, Some trust in chariots and some in horsesbut we trust in the name of …

2017-05-22: On Not Wandering Like a Verbal Amoeba God made limits for increased glory. The size of the canvas frames the image and shows off how much …

2017-05-20: Getting qualified and motivated to declutter a messy marriage. Key principe/practice: repentance ht: …

2017-05-08: The Great Gravity of Glad Sacrifices I gave the address at our school’s Fundraising Feast last Friday night. Here are the notes for …

2017-05-08: By God’s grace there is great gravity around glad sacrifice.

2017-05-08: Old and New Humility “[T]he old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. …

2017-05-01: Stamped with New Value Bread and wine are good. They have their own, built-in sustaining properties. They are also …

2017-04-30: A Bucket Worth of Behavior Repentance is both a change of thinking and a change in action. It is both abstract and concrete. …

2017-04-19: Easter Had to Be Effective It appears that Americans will have spent more money for Easter this year than they did for …

2017-04-18: Beholding Him Better Based on how the calendar works this year, Easter Sunday and Tax Day in the United States fell …

2017-04-12: Accounting for Participation The Lord’s Table is a table of community accountability. By God’s grace, we have only …

2017-04-11: On Not Sponsoring Stupidity The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom, wisdom for those who need to get wisdom, and wisdom for …

2017-04-04: Totus Pravus It is sort of funny to think about the high moral standards of the Egyptians who refused to eat with …

2017-04-03: On Not Being a YAC I’ve heard it said that if you want to memorize another person’s name, try to say it three times the …

2017-04-02: All Sorts of Quests How do we know that we don’t have to live with tortured consciences? We couldn’t know it without the …

2017-03-31: A Longer Prayer This will be the last exhortation to confession based on the Lord’s Prayer, and my goal is to wrap …

2017-03-30: Greatness Under Cover However proud Joseph became when he dreamed that his family would bow down before him, he had no …

2017-03-29: Their Website Address The final two petitions in the Lord’s prayer are closer in concern than any other two petitions. …

2017-03-14: Not in Me Pharaoh paid a great compliment to Joseph before seeing any of Joseph’s work for himself. “I have …

2017-03-13: After the Final Amen Of all the petitions that Jesus taught His disciples to pray, the only one He clarified after the …

2017-03-11: Exsultamus! Perhaps one reason why some young people in the church grow up and walk away from the faith is …

2017-03-10: The "Oh, no!" Conjunction In the middle of the next petition in the Lord’s Prayer is a small word labeled by some Greek …

2017-03-08: Familiarity Breeds Since I’m a pastor and since I am responsible for much of the Lord’s Day liturgy at our …

2017-03-08: Right Out of the Oven Halfway into Matthew’s rendering of the Lord’s Prayer Jesus provides the most temporal of all the …

2017-02-28: Last Number of Times If you read my blog you probably already know through some other channel that my sister went to be …

2017-02-15: The Cup in Our Hands There is no way that Pharaoh’s cupbearer was unable to remember what Joseph had done. Nothing could …

2017-02-13: A Lot of Calvinistic Sun in the Sky The third request of Jesus’ prayer takes a lot of faith. He taught us to ask our divine Father to …

2017-02-10: In Remembrance of Where Christ Is We are in a constant spiritual war and our enemies—sin, the world, and the devil—are relentless. The …

2017-02-09: Current Visibility When Jesus taught His disciples to pray He started the pattern with requests that calibrate our …

2017-02-07: The Nuts and Bolts of Education These are my notes for a talk I gave last week at our school Information Night. One of the best …

2017-02-04: More Suitable for Church People How can Jesus stand to have Tamar (see Genesis 39) in His genealogy? From the standpoint of the …

2017-01-30: Not to Make Us Stars If we avoid pretentious hypocrisy and superstitious verbosity as Jesus warned His disciples, how …

2017-01-27: A Way of Life Our new President has been tweeting for a while, and a few years ago he posted something for the …

2017-01-23: Verbal Forklifts Not Required Jesus instructed the disciples about two things regarding prayer before He provided the pattern in …

2017-01-18: Won to His Side The people of Israel often had outside enemies. The genealogy of Esau in Genesis 36 records the …

2017-01-16: Open Up the Spigot Jesus warned about two ways of praying wrongly before providing a pattern of prayer for His …

2017-01-13: Four Chariots Wide These sermon notes on self-control are better than a heap of Babylonian bricks. Wilson aims his …

2017-01-12: A Principal Ornament Our elders are continuing to read The Supper of the Lamb and, in the chapter we talked about at our …

2017-01-10: Pater Noster We started a series of exhortations about the Lord’s Prayer last week. Jesus assumes that men pray; …

2017-01-06: Flammable Under Certain Conditions On June 5th last year our school had its first graduation. It’s taken me until now to post my …

2017-01-05: Outright Dependence Prayer is an indispensable way that that we express our dependence on God during corporate worship …

2017-01-03: Those Who Don't Pray In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus addressed common ways that people often practice their …

2016-12-26: What was He doing here? Someone has said before that many babies have been born a king, but only one king was born a baby. …

2016-12-25: Songs Working Overtime Advent is a season of anticipation. I’ve given four exhortations to confession for sake of our …

2016-12-21: The Suburbs of Fellowship We have a natural tendency to think about relationships in spacial terms. Some are close, some are …

2016-12-20: A Time to Give, Apparently We are less than a week away from Christmas day, and we’ve been trying to make sure we’re ready. …

2016-12-13: Then He Was Washed Dishonorable conduct always comes at a high cost. It could cost reputation, relationships, alimony, …

2016-12-12: We Need the Wait Training Counting today Christmas is only thirteen worshipping days away. For the previous two weeks I’ve …

2016-12-06: Outside Our Comfort-Circles Hospitality matters because God is generous. In Genesis 18 Abraham showed grand hospitality to three …

2016-12-06: Like Esau? There is an unexpected allusion to the reunion of Jacob and Esau in the Gospels. It is another …

2016-12-05: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Christmas As we continue to move closer to Christmas I said that I would give a series of exhortations to help …

2016-11-29: A Noble Trick I highly recommend Eve in Exile and the Restoration of Femininity by Rebekah Merkle. Here is a taste …

2016-11-29: Made Limp in order to Lean We will probably not wrestle God in flesh (like Israel did in Genesis 32). We will, all of us, be …

2016-11-28: Why God Sometimes Conceals His Remedies From John Calvin’s commentary on Genesis 32: [T]he Lord willed that the mind of his servant …

2016-11-28: Not to High-Five Our Righteousness Christmas comes in less than four weeks and, since we’ve finished the Thanksgiving leftovers, it is …

2016-11-22: Thanks Not Required (at least in the way we might think) I’ve observed before that the reason we give thanks around the Lord’s Table is because the Lord …

2016-11-21: Lapping the Pace Car Most people agree that being thankful is good. Most people also agree that cardiovascular exercise …

2016-10-26: No Other Bride for Christ While studying Genesis 29 I was encouraged by the thought that God is nothing like Laban. We will …

2016-10-25: The Goodness of God’s Discipline None of us have endured the sort of hostility that Christ endured, not even one. He is an example …

2016-10-12: Fiction as a Political Weapon The second Raggant Fiction Festival is less than two weeks away. This year’s theme is: Fiction …

2016-09-28: 288 Ways to Judgment In The City of God Augustine took time to interact with another philosopher who calculated that …

2016-09-27: The Taste of Truth Eve was deceived by the deceiver of the world. Sin in the heart deceives the sinner. Riches deceive …

2016-09-19: The Problems with Blessings Those Christians who are gospel-centered are in great shape to see blessings in context. Good things …

2016-09-19: It’s a Lie I’ve heard it said that our talk talks and our walk talks but our walk talks a whole lot louder than …

2016-09-16: Big Brother Jesus is a much better big brother than Esau. Both were willing to give something up, but one gave …

2016-09-13: A Profanity Problem In a paragraph of instruction about how we ought to treat one another, the author of Hebrews named …

2016-08-11: Combing Hair at Thermopylae On the first day Evangel Classical School met for classes I read the following quote from C. S. …

2016-08-10: A Tomb in Canaan God purposes to get praise for His glory by working out His will in stages. He made a promise to …

2016-08-09: Internal Adornment That Shows Moses does not paint a flattering picture of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, in Genesis. Twice she resents …

2016-08-09: The Top of the Faith Chart When we co-opt the apostle John’s language and talk about faith as victory that overcomes the world, …

2016-08-03: Close to Home God will test our faith. The apostle Peter wrote that various trials cause heaviness: so that the …

2016-07-14: Well, is it or not? I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, at least for myself to reference in the future. …

2016-07-13: The Red-Blooded Trivium I gave the following talk at the end of February for the Information Night at Evangel Classical …

2016-07-12: This Election Is a Disaster (so far) I already tweeted a link to this, but “Two Kinds of Voting, Two Kinds of Disruption, and Two …

2016-07-12: It's not just okay This book claims it’s not just okay to enjoy the things of earth, but it is our duty to do so. …

2016-07-12: Strong "Ewww" Reflexes Maybe the only threat more grave to our souls than unrighteousness is self-righteousness. Both make …

2016-07-11: The Life Behind One of Jesus’ primary teachings is about losing and keeping. Anyone who tries to keep his life will …

2016-06-30: The Forgotten Planet Here’s a short story I told the students for the ECS year-end assembly. On the day before the …

2016-06-24: The Age of Pick and Choose Here’s another guest post by my oldest daughter, Maggie. In the age of Pick and Choose …

2016-04-23: Spoonfuls of Judgment Even as a woman who survived exclusively on mail-order cookie dough and who never got dressed before …

2016-03-19: No Undiscovered Lurking-places On God’s call to Abram (Genesis 12:1) to leave and seek what he could not see: [I]t is not to …

2016-02-18: Breaking the Divide When Jesus instituted the Supper He was in the middle of the Passover Feast. Jesus was a Jew, His …

2016-02-16: No Stand Ins The first of the Ten Commandments prohibits the worship of false gods. The second prohibits false …

2016-02-11: Why My Night Was Like a Storybook I spent some time in the hospital last week and my oldest daughter wrote the following story putting …

2016-01-29: A Fight to the Death Abortion does not make sense. It is, and always has been, “fatal violence–against the …

2016-01-28: Communion Against Abortion Here is an outrageous claim that I believe is true: We must rejoice more when we remember Christ in …

2016-01-26: Busts along the Wall We started a string of exhortations on the Ten Commandments and last week we considered how Jesus …

2016-01-20: Chosen Symbols Why do we observe communion? We do it because Jesus gave the ordinance to His disciples and …

2016-01-19: Two Tables for Ten We know, according to Paul, that the law was given to point men to Christ (Galatians 3:24). The law …

2016-01-14: Not in Remembrance of You Of all the good gifts of God that have been abused, perhaps nothing has been more abused than the …

2016-01-13: Flotsam and Jetsam The Bible contains some hard truths, truths that cut against the grain of our sin. Scripture is …

2016-01-11: Harassing the Devil In 1530 Martin Luther wrote the following to his friend Jerome Weller for his fight of faith against …

2016-01-05: Overactive Victimhood One of our cultural contagions is overactive victimhood. Everyone is a victim of something and, once …

2016-01-04: Convicting Clarity According to the Bible some practices are more profitable than others during the assembled worship …

2015-12-29: Delighting in the Saints Peter preached on the day of Pentecost about the resurrection of Jesus. He said, “God raised …

2015-12-28: Birds of a Feather Where the old [way of education] initiated, the new merely ‘conditions’. The old dealt with its …

2015-12-28: As the Year Turns We’ve arrived at the turn of the calendar when people typically consider their food intake and …

2015-12-27: Savior of the Nations It is worth returning regularly to John’s vision of the throne and the Lamb in Revelation 5. …

2015-12-26: No Good Drunk The first man to get drunk that we know about was Noah. He’s given credit for consummate …

2015-12-23: Irrigating Deserts For every one pupil who needs to be guarded from a weak excess of sensibility there are three who …

2015-12-23: Grasping and Grabbing If one of the central sins in the heart of man is grabbiness (and it is), then what would be the …

2015-12-23: Wrapped with Ribbon I am fond of saying that there are a lot of ways to mess things up. Gift-giving is one of those …

2015-12-16: Hiding Behind a Newspaper I assume most of you heard about the massacre in San Bernardino two weeks ago. Fourteen people were …

2015-12-08: Christmas Is Overboard How do we learn what we should do on Christmas? By remembering what God did at Christmas. Celebrate …

2015-12-04: The Blood of a New Humanity I grew up in a Baptist church where we didn’t potluck without casseroles or sing without …

2015-12-03: Gravy That Requires Forks and Knives One passage that Joe Rigney readily and rightfully keeps on repeating in The Things of Earth is 1 …

2015-11-24: Your Paper Is Too Small Though we know that passages in the Old Testament addressed to Israel were not written to us, Paul …

2015-11-24: Adorned with Divine Delight A fantastic footnote (#10) found in chapter 6 of The Things of Earth (paragraphs added): Now …

2015-11-04: Getting Accustomed Again Noah was 600 years old when the rain came down and the floods came up. He spent one of our entire …

2015-11-02: He Condemned the World The world prefers that we do not confess when we disobey God. For that matter, the world prefers …

2015-10-31: The Reformer’s Days Charles Spurgeon, “Holding Fast the Faith”: Everybody admires Luther! Yes, yes; but you …

2015-10-29: Enthroned over the Cross There are hard things that happen in the world. Though the gospel has had a great affect on many …

2015-10-28: The Blockheads of Earth The Pharisees asked Jesus about the coming of the kingdom recorded by Dr. Luke in chapter 17 of his …

2015-10-27: Separate from the Sexual Fray God takes all sin seriously, though sexual sin is regularly referenced as a remarkable reason for …

2015-10-26: Our Supernatural Squeamishness We need God to poke our supernatural squeamishness. One of the greatest, subtlest dangers of our day …

2015-10-24: A Certain Way I’ve posted about Enoch a few times the last few weeks. Though he is exceptional, he is also …

2015-10-23: Choose Your Own Epithet Moses highlights Enoch in the family tree from Adam to Noah in the Genesis 5 genealogy. Enoch is …

2015-10-21: A Site to See There’s a new website for the Raggant Fiction Festival that includes audio and video for all …

2015-10-20: New Soil As sons of Adam we have his sin. We don’t need to learn sin, in the words of our modern …

2015-10-19: A Long Drive In our categories for sin, when we weigh which are the heavier matters, we often put discontent in …

2015-10-10: It's Happening “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God” (Genesis 5:1). When Adam …

2015-10-09: Running Dark From Genesis 5 and Hebrews 11 we know that Enoch walked in the presence of God. From Jude we know …

2015-09-23: Complex Carbohydrates God chose man-made products to represent something that man could not do for himself. Bread and wine …

2015-09-22: Slipping the Hold For all our Kuyperian talk about culture and cultural advances and the importance of the things of …

2015-09-21: Raggant Fiction Festival The first ever Raggant Fiction Festival happens Saturday and today is the last day to register.

2015-09-17: Two Kinds of Worldlings There is a kind of worldling with whom believers can associate and another kind with whom we must …

2015-09-15: The World as God The early chapters of Genesis call for significant attention not only on God’s command to men …

2015-09-10: Making a Contribution I had a roommate in college who loved to play SimCity. Even though I’ve never been a huge …

2015-09-09: Blood Speaks Blood speaks. God made the world in such a way that the shedding of blood reverberates. Cain killed …

2015-09-07: Driven by Jealousy Last week I pointed out that God’s call to love one another started in Genesis not with Jesus. …

2015-09-02: Offerings That Please God When it comes to offerings that please God, Abel’s was the first, but Jesus’ was the …

2015-09-01: As Old as Dirt Made into Man Jesus commanded His disciples to love one another. He told them that such love would identify them …

2015-08-31: Sharing in the Symbols When we partake of the cup and the bread we partake in the nature of the Lord. To share in the …

2015-08-29: Which One Looks the Most Shady As Paul described the “old self” in Ephesians chapter 4 he compared it to the life of …

2015-08-06: The Lifeblood of Fiction My mom really wanted me to read when I was a kid. She taught English before I was born, then she …

2015-08-05: That Sickening Feeling We can be thankful to God for the work of the Center for Medical Progress and their exposure of …

2015-08-04: It's Already Hitting the Fan When the laws regulating human society are so formed as to come into collision with the nature of …

2015-08-03: Stiff-arming the Truth Though a short exhortation always precedes the act of confession in our Lord’s Day worship, …

2015-08-02: No Give, No Glory Glory is sacrifice, glory is exhaustion, glory is having nothing left to give. Almost. It is death …

2015-08-01: Not What We Once Were By His grace, we are the water made wine. We are the dust made flesh made dust made flesh again. We …

2015-07-31: More Than One Vessel We eat to know that we’re not alone. I adapted that statement from a line in the movie …

2015-07-31: There Are No Rough Drafts Living means writing your every word and action and thought and drool spot down in forever. It means …

2015-07-30: You've Got to Know When to Get Out of There Fight or flight are two typical reactions for a person who encounters a stressful or threatening …

2015-07-25: The Best of Burdens Drink your wine. Laugh from your gut. Burden your moments with thankfulness. Be as empty as you can …

2015-07-24: The Investment of Suffering Some people spend their days in pain with bodies that keep the yearning front and center, that keep …

2015-07-23: Impossibillions Is a Lot Our futile struggle in time is courtesy of God’s excessive giving. Sunset after sunset make it …

2015-07-22: A Spoiled Supper One way that communion has been spoiled is by an incorrect understanding of worthiness. In the …

2015-07-21: Of Mortal Ills Notwithstanding You cannot throw a diva fit backstage in this production and force the understudy to take your …

2015-07-20: The Gunk on Our Glasses What is the purpose, could we even say benefit, of planning a time in our worship service every …

2015-07-19: It's an Important Difference How do you tell a scribe from a prophet…? The prophets love the people they chastise…. …

2015-07-18: There Is Still Work to Do Assumption One: Paradise was easy living. Incorrect. It was joyful and glorious, which is a very …

2015-07-17: Hard to Find, Harder to Miss Good Story: a linked thread of occurrence, real or fictitious, in, around, and after trouble of some …

2015-07-16: Image Bearing by Battle Nails are forged for pounding. Man is born to trouble. Man is born for trouble. Man is born to …

2015-07-15: Parents Are Always Parenting Other real live souls are now depending on you. You are the creator of their childhoods. You are the …

2015-07-15: Bricks on the Wall Some Bible opposites are easy to couple. The opposite of night is day, of dark is light, of truth is …

2015-07-14: Such a Bone Head Harsh. Badly behaved. Worthless. Impossible to talk to. These adjectives are used about a character …

2015-07-10: They All Involve Hills Here’s a good case for pastors to fight on the front of free speech rather than of tax …

2015-07-07: Not the Final Meeting Thank God that the justice of God can never be isolated from the mercy of God. We can divide them …

2015-07-06: Motivation for Obedience We believe that God is God meaning that He does whatever He pleases (see Psalm 135:6). We believe …

2015-07-04: Not That Far Apart Over the last couple days I’ve argued that the start of our cultural problems is when man …

2015-07-03: Mr. and Mrs. Grumpybottoms Yesterday I wrote that the sins in our culture are not worse than the original sin in the Garden of …

2015-07-02: Our Cultural Garden The Supreme Court of the United States ruled last Friday that no State has the right to make it …

2015-07-02: When Obergefell Falls Part stone slung at Goliath, part song sung at Grendel’s mom, read the whole charge from Toby …

2015-07-01: He Has Us Covered Even if you’ve heard it before, sometimes it’s good to cover the same ground again. When …

2015-07-01: Children of the Rainbow Doug Wilson writing (again, for those who haven’t read him already) about why Christians kids …

2015-06-29: Running Out of Generations Christians don't listen to Immanuel Kant much, or get our worldview of marching orders from him. But …

2015-06-24: His Shots Will Backfire We understand now that the ultimate fulfillment of God’s curse on the serpent, namely, that …

2015-06-22: Paternity Tests Confession of sin is an issue of fatherhood. I don’t mean that father’s are the most …

2015-06-15: Premeditated Forgiveness When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (and we do celebrate it), we are not celebrating that God …

2015-06-14: Spilling the Beans onto Someone Else's Lap It is possible to concede sin but not confess it. Or, to put it another way, a man may acknowledge …

2015-06-13: The Fountainhead of Antithesis Across the front of many communion tables is the phrase, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” …

2015-06-12: Passing Our Lusts Through Spell-Check We are all amateur philologists. Philology is the study of language, and we use language to talk …

2015-06-12: It's a Big Estate Because Adam sinned we are all born guilty. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism answers for …

2015-06-12: Ad Nauseum Wholus Foodus What we eat matters. God made us to eat. All sorts of bodily systems, some obvious and some more …

2015-06-11: More Fruitful Than Treebeard I gave the following address at our year-end assembly last Friday. If you’ve read The Lord of …

2015-06-08: Forty-one in Forty-one Here are lessons I’ve learned or reasons that I’ve got for giving thanks. Also, although …

2015-05-26: Before or After? Most of us are familiar with Paul’s warning about eating the bread and drinking the cup of the …

2015-05-25: Inching up the Triangle I’ve heard it described before that marriage is like a triangle with God at the summit. As the …

2015-05-21: An Interrogative Shovel I value the Why? question. I think I’ve mostly lost the smart-alecky junior high attitude …

2015-05-20: Indeed a Political Act A happy marriage is a political act. (Note: the adjective is key in the previous sentence.) George …

2015-05-13: Two Adams There are two Adams that we need to know about. The first is Adam from Eden, the first man on earth, …

2015-05-12: An Act of Life To riff off Chesterton, a man cannot draw a triangle with four sides no matter how resourceful a …

2015-05-06: The Day of Resting Revelry The Church changed the day of resting revelry from Saturday to Sunday as a recognition that Christ …

2015-05-05: Baby Kittens Harnessed to a Bobsled I gave the following address at our school’s fundraising dinner last Saturday night. …

2015-05-05: How to Go Glutton-Free Previously I took a crack at a predictable sin among dieters. In light of the abundance given to us …

2015-05-04: All That He's Provided After God identified the man the woman as His image-bearers, He eagerly showed them all that He had …

2015-04-27: That Big Piece of Leftover Cheesecake I want to address a subject where angels fear to tread: dieting. I could give an amount of …

2015-04-23: More Than Thinking One reason that the ordinances seem weird to us is that we have trouble believing that what we do in …

2015-04-22: Dinner and Devotions As we think about how God wants us to honor Him in His image, the opportunities are surprisingly …

2015-04-18: Image Conscious We live in a society that places a lot of weight on appearance. Red carpet events devote extra …

2015-04-17: The Stamp of an Image-Bearer The most heady and holy contemplation a human can have is considering himself or herself to be made …

2015-04-09: A Resurrection Relationship If you could have whatever you wanted, what would you want? If you could define yourself by …

2015-04-08: Every Lesson Is a Gift What is missing most in most education? For me, my public schooling was more like a week-old donut …

2015-04-08: The Living and the Dead If Christ is not risen from the dead, then we are all still in our sins. Christians believe that …

2015-04-03: Not Even the Days Are Figurative The great resurrection chapter is 1 Corinthians 15. We are partaking of communion on Palm Sunday, a …

2015-04-02: Not Running Over Pedestrians We finished our discussion about The Art of Neighboring at Men to Men last Monday and the ladies …

2015-03-26: Bread Has Never Sinned When believers gather at the Lord’s Table, the body of Christ is represented in two loafs, the …

2015-03-23: They Would Be Dead by Now Many people are alive today who, had they been living even 100 years ago, would be dead by now. What …

2015-03-21: As Reliable as the Sunrise On the night He was betrayed, Jesus told His disciples that the cup poured out for them was the new …

2015-03-16: Envy Kills Envy kills. It kills the taste buds of one’s own soul, making sweet things seem dull and …

2015-03-11: Let There Be Light Many things might discourage a pastor. A devoted pastor will probably be discouraged by a lack of …

2015-03-09: What Fits? What sort of behavior belongs with the God who created heaven and earth? When we receive His …

2015-03-04: Less Mary Poppins Snapping Why did God create an unformed and unfilled mass of earth first (Genesis 1:1-2)? Why was Stage One …

2015-03-03: The Things of Earth If you already saw my book review on Goodreads, I’d still say go ahead and reread my plug for …

2015-03-02: The Whole Row One attribute of God in Genesis one that isn’t always mentioned by commentators, theologians, …

2015-02-27: To Force More Perfect Union Abraham Lincoln did not have the chops to unite the Union peaceably. Part of his problem is that he …

2015-02-25: Like a Herd of Gerasene Swine How did God do it? He is a much more disciplined writer than any human author. I can’t handle …

2015-02-23: Shooting Whales in a Barrel We’ve been working through our church’s What We Believe statement on Sunday evenings and …

2015-02-18: Be Cheered! Over her Christmas break from college, Katie Herrington came to our Life to Life group after one of …

2015-02-16: Ongoing Application We believe that God saves sinners. We believe that the Father elected a people for His Son forever …

2015-02-10: The Tyrant's Life A single mom with eight year-old triplet sons went to Starbucks one afternoon for a break. She had …

2015-02-09: The Nature of Things Knowing the nature of things is quite valuable and surprisingly elusive. When the church assembles …

2015-02-06: An Airtight Case The only thing required to be guilty before God is to do nothing. Men transgress God’s law on …

2015-01-12: Hunt You Down If you have sinned against someone, you do not need to wait for them to hunt you down. If a brother …

2015-01-06: Something Has to Be Done In the third book of his space trilogy, That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis relates a turning point in …

2014-12-31: New Times Three God does not command His people to read the Bible anywhere in the Bible. That’s probably for …

2014-12-30: What's Your Problem? Only the unrepentant are unwelcome at the Lord’s Table. Those who will not believe in and …

2014-12-29: Focus on Rejoicing The shortest verse in the Bible is not John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” Counting letters in the …

2014-12-24: Christmas Counters The apostle John wins for covering the Christmas story with the least amount of paper: “And …

2014-12-22: Not Your Gift After midnight one Christmas Eve, when all the family had been in bed for a couple hours, the …

2014-12-17: We Get Closer One way that the Lord causes our love for one another to increase and abound (1 Thessalonians 3:12) …

2014-12-16: The Laziness That Be Reading the Foundational Documents and seeing how natural it is for some men to take advantage of …

2014-12-15: Lawless Laws In the ECS Omnibus class we’ve recently been reading the foundational documents of the United …

2014-12-10: Reached the Quota Consider the statement Paul made about the Jews in 1 Thessalonians 2:16. He said that they opposed …

2014-12-08: Our Pile of Sin Sin is not sweet. We shouldn’t ever look at it, or look back at it, with nostalgia. Confession …

2014-12-05: The Rounds Are Live Scottish politician Andrew Fletcher wrote in 1704: Let me write the songs of a nation, and I care …

2014-12-04: Recommended Instruments for Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs More than a few factors have excited me to study about and learn to sing some Psalms, some of which …

2014-12-03: Things That Stand Out What kinds of things can be learned by imitation? Behaviors such as how to small talk can be …

2014-12-02: Down with Dualism I have read the Psalms a couple dozen times, and parts of some Psalms probably hundreds of times, …

2014-12-01: Turn, Turn, Turn When Paul defended his ministry before King Agrippa in Acts 26, he included the charge that the Lord …

2014-11-26: Forsaken by God More than David, more than Job, no man ever felt more forsaken by God than Jesus. Near the end of …

2014-11-25: Not 149 More Doctrinal Bullet Points In my last post on Psalms I gave some reasons why our use of the Psalms is flat. That needs to …

2014-11-24: Thanksgrabbing Ah, the winter holiday season is upon us and it starts this coming Thursday with Thanksgiving. We …

2014-11-21: The Season of Our Desuetude There is a medley of reasons for our desuetude of Psalms. Not only are they my observations, they …

2014-11-20: Gold-Plattered Snot-Fests Somewhat recently a large group of believers were taken from their homes. Their capital city was …

2014-11-19: A Visible Purpose Abraham Kuyper stated that his aim was to equip a body of spiritually mature, sober-living, serious …

2014-11-18: One Thought God’s entire counsel may be reduced to one thought, that in the end of the ages he may have a Church …

2014-11-12: Most Saturday Nights On most Saturday nights our household makes dinner into an event. The food may be a bit more fancy …

2014-11-11: Overlooking Glory There is a stage of development as Christians are learning to love righteousness that can cause its …

2014-11-07: The Fruit of the Womb November is National Adoption Month and in this first week of the month elections took place across …

2014-10-23: Everything in Subjection Though David wrote Psalm 8 about man as in mankind, the author of Hebrews also recognized a unique …

2014-10-21: There Is No Spoon More from Saving Leonardo about the inevitable results of a man’s defective theology proper: …

2014-10-21: Protecting Our Talk The doctrine of creation does more than provide science with the origins of the universe. Because we …

2014-10-18: The Day of Refreshing The following encouragement came in a letter from Robert Cushman to the William Bradford recorded in …

2014-10-14: The Son and the Psalter Psalm 2 sits in a special place in the Psalter. In fact, based on early manuscripts of Acts 13:33 …

2014-10-13: Three Nots The blessed man in Psalm 1 is known by three “nots”. Blessed is the man who walks not …

2014-06-16: The Door I gave the following address at our end-of-year assembly on June 5th. This year Mr. Sarr, Mr. …

2014-05-07: A Good Egg I gave the following address at our school’s fundraising dinner last Saturday night. …

2014-04-03: Tohu Turns Ten On Tuesday I had a private little party (in my head) to celebrate a decade of posting things that …

2014-03-29: A Zero Ego Party We will never be really happy without being really humble. Only humble eyes seen how many things …

2014-03-29: I Am Not My Own One of the greatest comforts in life is knowing that we are owned. As disciples of Christ, we were …

2014-03-21: Making Himself Known When Jesus instituted the Supper of remembrance He told His disciples, “this cup that is …

2014-03-19: Racing Back for More We’ll be studying John 17 as a church for a while on Sundays and taking our exhortation to …

2014-03-13: Many Offspring from One Offering Christ is our high priest. He ministers with our names on His heart as the priests in the Old …

2014-03-12: Prayer for Sanctification Last Sunday we entered a study of John 17. The entire chapter is one prayer by Jesus for His …

2014-03-03: Loathsome Liturgy Those of us who know so much, we who have been given so many biblical vistas of God’s glory, …

2014-02-27: Table Rules When the Corinthian believers came together it was not for the better but for the worse. It is …

2014-02-26: Say the Same Thing Usually we use the word “confess” when we speak about admitting our sin. John the …

2014-02-24: Training and Tasting At least two things keep church discipline from being as understandable and appreciated as it could …

2014-02-19: Comparing Kills Comparing kills. One sure way to kill joy and stir up envy, jealousy, and bitterness is to compare …

2014-02-12: Defining Gifts I told the following story for our school assembly last Thursday afternoon. Once upon time there was …

2014-02-06: This Table Is Reserved God is full of grace. From His fulness He overflows in good things to the undeserving. He gives many …

2014-02-05: Cracks in the Sidewalk Sin separates. Sin divides what should be united. We know that sin isolates men from the holy God. …

2014-02-04: One Table, Two Bodies The Lord’s Supper is a meal that acknowledges two bodies and the communion between them. Our …

2014-02-03: The Tone of His Table What flavor should season the meal of communion? Because we know that God is a consuming fire, …

2014-01-29: The Disciples Missionaries Made A disciple-maker should know where he’s going. If he does, then he probably knows his end …

2014-01-28: Before It Gets Worse Last week marked the passing of 41 years since Roe v. Wade when the Supreme Court of the United …

2014-01-21: Near the Top of the Lists Every Lord’s day morning we set aside specific time in our service to confess our sins. …

2014-01-14: Blood That Speaks On the night He was betrayed Jesus told His disciples that they were drinking the cup of the …

2014-01-13: Saved from Righteousness We have many things to confess and God forgives us from them all in Christ. We confess wandering, …

2014-01-07: Why Work? I recommend this article by Dorothy Sayers, “Why Work?” She wrote it in 1942 in the …

2014-01-01: We Win in Him Near the end of his first letter the apostle John utilized the overcoming language that he had heard …

2013-12-31: Trimming the Fat We are at the threshold of a new year, a customary and fitting time to evaluate if we were …

2013-12-30: Sympathy and Division Our family advent plate was full the two weeks before Christmas so I didn’t post the last two …

2013-12-26: Passion and Patience In The Pilgrim’s Progress, not long after having his burden removed, Christian arrived at the …

2013-12-25: The Sin of Seasonal Humbug I hate Christmas for a different reason than I used to. I used to hate Christmas when I thought I …

2013-12-20: What shall we call that? The Scars on Your Forearms: When shepherds have neglected the flock for so long, and the wolves are …

2013-12-11: Merry Communion! We are taking these four Sundays before Christmas as an opportunity for advent Lord’s Suppers. …

2013-12-10: Listening to Sad Songs Asaph wrote a sad song in Psalm 81, though not every verse sounds sorrowful. He ended by noting the …

2013-12-04: A Holiday Challenge When we are tempted to lose heart we go back to the gospel. When we are afflicted, perplexed, …

2013-12-03: Why Bother? Why bother with righteousness? Why do we desire it and why are we as believers dissatisfied without …

2013-12-02: No Pilgrimages to Holy Places Yesterday was the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the usual time to begin the advent countdown. It …

2013-11-29: When You're Jealous One slander against the early church regarded their Lord’s Supper celebrations. Those outside …

2013-11-27: Where Authority Belongs It is extremely difficult not to take on the worldview of the world around us. Not only do we live …

2013-11-25: Gratitude Divas The hardest part about Thanksgiving is actually being thankful. It is much easier to imagine …

2013-11-25: For the Last Time The Lord’s Table will be sweeter the last time we taste it than it was the first time. The …

2013-11-11: East and Not-East As Christians we know that we are in the world but not of it. Navigating this relationship requires …

2013-11-07: Burnout Preventative Regarding John 15:16, that the greater part of teachers either languish through indolence, or …

2013-11-06: Chasing with A Bigger Rake Paul quotes Isaiah 64:4 in 1 Corinthians 2:9. “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the …

2013-11-05: Fostering Awareness Last Sunday was Orphan Sunday. It’s not a holiday, though many churches observe it in the …

2013-10-30: All God's Fullness What is the single most important thing you can do to grow into God’s image? Do you remember …

2013-10-28: Surprised by Sin Even though we do the same thing around the same time in our service every Sunday morning, those who …

2013-10-15: A Long Thank You Note What would our lives be like without the gospel? Only those who believe the gospel could come close …

2013-10-14: Catching the Right Bus At our Life to Life leaders’ meeting last Wednesday we discussed how discussions are going at …

2013-10-09: Fruit by Derivative Is it necessary for Christians to bear fruit? Are we required to love God and others, obey God, have …

2013-10-08: We've Got a Long Way to Go I have never met a runner convinced that he would race faster if only he could carry a heavier bag. …

2013-10-05: Cooked and Consumed I don’t remember where I read it recently1, but someone described the scene at the temple in a …

2013-10-02: A Confession Blessing Who gets the most benefit/blessing when we confess our sins? In other words, who do we confess our …

2013-10-01: As If It Is Real We live by faith and “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not …

2013-09-30: Right Where He Wants Them John Calvin remarks on the rage of the nations and the response of Yahweh in Psalm 2:4. [W]hen God …

2013-09-30: Not About Heaven's Books We are continuing to learn about the seriousness of our sin and the need to confess and forsake it. …

2013-09-24: It Can't Be Privatized Paul blessed the Corinthians at the end of his second letter when he wrote, “The grace of the …

2013-09-16: Broken Pencils Some failures cannot be fixed by getting a new sheet of paper and starting over. If the pencil is …

2013-09-11: A Successful Catastrophe This was a helpful rundown from the military perspective, Can America win a war in Syria? From what …

2013-09-10: Centuries Long Confusion Our blessings are almost an embarrassment. If we were thankful, it would be okay. Instead, we …

2013-09-09: Glossing the Skids I taught John 14:6 a couple Sundays ago and thought that a great communion meditation that day would …

2013-09-03: Go for It The following post is my convocation address for ECS from Tuesday afternoon. Or, Changing the World …

2013-09-02: A Lot of Trouble At least four sorts of trouble surface in the Bible. First there is trouble that results from our …

2013-08-28: We Can't Be Silent Men proclaim their loves in a variety of ways and one of those ways involves words. There are many …

2013-08-27: Adorned with Bible Verses Two brothers met for coffee one afternoon and the younger brother announced that he no longer loved …

2013-08-22: Called to a Common Commandment It’s been said that there are some sights only visible in the valley. Likewise, some glories …

2013-08-20: Struck Out Looking The greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Not one of …

2013-08-19: They Didn't Know When Satan provoked Judas to betray Jesus he played into Jesus’ plan. Satan fulfilled his part …

2013-08-15: He Knows Jesus knows everything. Nothing escapes Him. His knowledge penetrates the hearts of men, all their …

2013-08-09: Pair-a-Bowla One of my earliest sermons while in seminary was on Philippians 2:1-11. Paul urges the believers: …

2013-08-06: Obedience Is Rock Jesus cuts the will with an incisive question near the end of His sermon. As Luke recorded it, Jesus …

2013-08-05: Lectures on Calvinism Audio Book Here is a fantastic audio book for Abraham Kuyper’s Lectures on Calvinism. Abraham Kuyper has …

2013-08-05: A Good Washing Paul provides well-known instruction in 1 Corinthians 6 that Christians shouldn’t take other …

2013-07-31: We Don't Go Back to Dead Who taught you that when you come in for dinner, you don’t need to take a shower, you need to …

2013-07-23: Make It Look Good In Titus 2:9-10, Paul instructs slaves about being submissive to their masters in everything. He …

2013-07-22: Pinning Jealousy The jealous and the zealous are related. Our English word jealous comes down to us from a Greek …

2013-07-10: Getting up from the Table A lot of things happened when the sun went down Thursday evening of Passion Week. Too much, in fact, …

2013-07-09: Who Told You That? One great success of Christians in our culture can be seen by considering one great criticism from …

2013-07-08: All Poor Devils In light of all the reasons God gives us to be grateful–as a society, a church, in our …

2013-07-08: The Lard from a Nickel My dad’s dad and mom lived during the depression. My granddad (who I never met) used to say …

2013-07-01: Full of It Our God is special. He does things hardly anyone expects though He expects everyone will notice. …

2013-06-12: The Omniscient Forgiver Last week we learned of new ways that our government has been collecting data on us. Through web …

2013-06-11: Tightening the Screws Ambrose Bierce construed the verb “acknowledge” or “confess” in The …

2013-06-10: One Makes the Other Theologians (a.k.a. debaters) love to go around on the nature of Christ’s work on the cross. …

2013-06-10: A Pocketful of Pesos Solomon warned that “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is …

2013-05-29: Finishing What He Finished What happened when Jesus was lifted up on the cross? We don’t have enough courses in the …

2013-05-27: Half as Well We don’t know half of judgment half as well as we should like; and we like less than half of …

2013-05-22: We Can Die It Dying to serve others is difficult. It may be so difficult that, when faced with the implacable long …

2013-01-26: Leaders from the Front The image of the shepherd is an extremely important biblical picture of a “leader” (Num. 27:17) …

2013-01-15: Trickle up from Our Knees I read three national news items last week that I wish were fictional. First, I read that Planned …

2013-01-14: The Tyranny of Sensitivity If this hurts your feelings then you should reread it. One of the most extraordinary examples of …

2013-01-13: The Food We Serve We serve others by the food we serve. This is only said with the intention to raise the standard the …

2013-01-13: In His Own Words via Justin Taylor

2013-01-10: Big Minds Make Big Changes Wise people are willing to change their minds. A man who won’t ever change his mind, no matter …

2013-01-09: Not with Contempt Imagine a close friend who one day sinned against you and broke fellowship. Imagine that you pursued …

2013-01-08: Honoring the Son of Man Jesus asked the man born blind if he believed in the Son of Man (John 9:35). Previously in …

2013-01-08: Jolted Spills are an insight into what is inside our souls. Amy Carmichael has a note in her little book, …

2013-01-06: Another Sort of Sight I recently heard someone say that there are two types of people in the world: those who divide the …

2013-01-04: Say Who He Is Every Lord’s day we are called to say who we think Jesus is. We are given opportunity to …

2013-01-02: We Don't Have It In the middle of many exhortations, Paul told the Romans to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, …

2012-12-25: Into This World Jesus told Pilate that His kingdom was not of this world and Pilate didn’t get it. He asked …

2012-12-24: The Hardest Part The hardest part about Christmas is not shaking off the lingering effects of tryptophan at 2 AM …

2012-12-18: Rabbits with Greek Names We finish our Omnibus class discussion on The Histories: The Landmark Herodotus in the morning. The …

2012-12-17: Stuck in the Driveway We should take the Lord’s Table seriously because the Lord Himself does. He …

2012-12-15: Holding Out the Sharpie The disciples demonstrated their ignorance when they assumed an invariable connection between the …

2012-12-04: Minor Chord Carols We sang “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” last Sunday morning as we prepared for communion. It …

2012-12-03: Lying Stands Out I’ve always been impressed by the trifecta of imperatives in Colossians 3:5-11. After telling …

2012-12-02: The Nature of Sacrifice In John chapter 8, Jesus addressed the Jews in Jerusalem who didn’t believe that He was …

2012-11-27: Practice Proves Parentage A son’s deeds demonstrate the son’s dad. Sons do what their dads do not only because …

2012-11-21: Our Own Orphan Sunday November 4th was Orphan Sunday. We planned to have Andrew Schneidler speak about The …

2012-11-18: Take It to Heart God wrote through the apostle Paul, “Believe the gospel.” God wrote through the apostle …

2012-11-16: The Larger Conflict Arc Last Sunday was Veterans Day in the United States. This national holiday was established by …

2012-11-13: Raking Face I was listening to a message a few days ago that dealt with our need to repent from sin rather than …

2012-10-31: Right Behind Isolation One of the great virtues in Scripture is hospitality. Faithful families in the Old Testament …

2012-10-30: Our Last Names Many men have made the following observation: we–the people–always get the candidates …

2012-10-27: An Accountability Table The Lord’s Table is a table of community accountability. By God’s grace, our local …

2012-10-23: Four Bases I started reading The Odyssey last week. This is yet another book I’m sure I was assigned and …

2012-10-21: God Never Wants to Say No I don’t always want to forgive someone who has sinned against me, at least not immediately. I …

2012-10-16: His Kids' Table We’ve all been to family events where the table wasn’t big enough to fit everyone. When …

2012-10-14: Guilty of All The apostle James explained our comprehensive accountability to God in his letter. For whoever …

2012-10-10: A Real Mess Soldiers gather to eat in mess halls or mess tents. In this setting, the word “mess” …

2012-10-08: Ready to Run The author of Hebrews urged his readers to join him and “run with endurance the race that is …

2012-10-02: A Glorious Certainty Nothing is more certain in a Christian’s life than change into Christlikeness because He loves …

2012-10-01: Joy That Cannot Be Lost Jim Elliot famously journaled, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which …

2012-09-26: A Great Misunderstanding God is not against a certain sort of misunderstanding. When the Lord delivered Israel out of …

2012-09-25: Cold Ham As I pedal my tricycle up the driveway to the education I never paid attention to, I finished …

2012-09-25: Get It Right This week we will finish our short Confession 101 series. We’ve been reminded that sin is bad, …

2012-09-19: Comments on John Commentaries John chapter seven is history and I will hit sermon #50 this coming Sunday on my way through the …

2012-09-19: Thank God for Gilgamesh This week our Omnibus class is reading The Epic of Gilgamesh. I’ve read the summary in our …

2012-09-11: More Careful Next Time How do you respond when you receive mercy or when you see mercy received by another? Mercy displayed …

2012-09-10: Second to None We’ve gone over three of five lessons in our exhortation series titled Confession 101. First, …

2012-09-08: No Inside Man Being saved is not like sinning. When we sin, we do it all on our own. No one makes us do it. …

2012-09-06: In the Bag We are half-way into a short series of confession exhortations under the banner of Confession 101. …

2012-09-04: Changing the World from a Basement The following post is my address during the inaugural convocation of Evangel Classical School …

2012-09-03: Back to School Our two oldest kids, Maggie and Calvin, head back to school tomorrow. School reentry is always …

2012-08-29: Sheepwalking I’m reading Tribes by Seth Godin bit by bit. Even though not everything applies to my setting, …

2012-08-24: A Spiritual Advantage One very significant benefit for us is that all of us who believe are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. …

2012-08-23: Favourable Conditions If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can …

2012-08-22: Confession Ex Nihilo Last week we began a short series called Confession 101. Lesson #1 was, and is, that sin is bad. Sin …

2012-08-17: That Movie Script We Wrote We don’t want to diet, we want to diet while winning the $250,000 Jello grand prize for being …

2012-08-14: Confession 101 It may or may not be obvious to those who attend our church, but the exhortation during the …

2012-08-11: The Field of Ego I cannot find any certified definition or doctrine of egology. If theology is the study of theos, …

2012-08-10: No Crown for Confession We cannot be great without confessing our sins. True greatness upholds the greatest standard not a …

2012-07-30: Not in Their Right Mind We can take comfort as we observe the communion ordinance that we are probably either doing exactly …

2012-07-30: Only Perfect People Allowed The signs were legion a half dozen years ago. There was a campaign to hook people into church by …

2012-07-28: Chosen for Humility Even Calvinists need to be humble. I preached all the way through John chapter 6 without using the …

2012-07-26: Strength to Repent The benediction in Romans 15:5-6 is one way of stating God’s aim for His people. May the God …

2012-07-19: In the Flesh My fork is in the (small) piece of the evangelical pie that cares about words. I mean we really …

2012-07-17: Giving a Rip It may be hard to remember all the things that other people did that enable us to enjoy our time of …

2012-07-15: Not a Waiting Power Outlet Weekly worship on the Lord’s day isn’t only hard, it’s impossible for those who …

2012-07-10: Copy and Paste Communion Those who gather around the Lord’s Table every week as we do face different temptations than …

2012-07-08: The Bricklayer's Trowel Are you someone who is easy to edify or someone who is easy to offend? Do you respond like newly …

2012-07-06: A Meal of Triumph The sacrifice of Christ was voluntary and compulsory. It was voluntary in that no law required it of …

2012-07-04: Moves Like Jagger I know how to party, regardless of what my friends say. Here I am at the 2012 Faith Bible Church …

2012-07-02: Mud Pies in Our Pockets The prophet Jeremiah wrote that the universe gasps at the evils of men who seek satisfaction in …

2012-06-28: Why Is This So Hard? Why Is This So Hard? ➔ We’re working hard over here in our small part of the Pacific …

2012-06-27: Glorious Day Not only did Jesus pray that we would be one as He and the Father are one, He also provided a meal …

2012-06-27: MVPs at Confessing One of the reasons that confession of sin seems so odd, even distasteful, is that we have little to …

2012-06-26: Imaging Creatures God has made humans to reflect him, but if they do not commit themselves to him, they will not …

2012-06-04: Initiated without Our Interest We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). We live because He lives and we have eternal …

2012-06-04: Überlingen Panorama I returned home from Germany last night. Jesse and Maggie are married (twice actually, once by the …

2012-05-28: Again I Will Say, Grumble Listening to many of us talk, you’d swear that Philippians 4:4 said, “Grumble always …

2012-05-22: The Same God Many who love to profess their love of God’s sovereignty struggle to profess their love of …

2012-05-21: They Have Empires There They Have Empires There ➔ Here is Mo’s first blog offering of 2012. The only reason she …

2012-05-21: Telephone Poles We image-bearers are always telling the other image-bearers around us what God is like. If we were …

2012-05-18: If Only There are many sign seekers today. “If only God would show something miraculous to me, then I …

2012-05-15: Dispensable to Replaceable Our government continues marching towards a legal redefinition of marriage. Last week our President …

2012-05-11: Broken Glass One Wednesday afternoon in the spring of 2000 I arrived at my basement office in the student …

2012-05-07: Punching Entitlement in the Face The more I think about it the more I believe that the most powerful weapon God gives His people to …

2012-05-05: Complaining Like Americans If you’re like me, as you’ve read the Old Testament, you’ve probably wondered why …

2012-05-01: A Meal to Soften Hearts Observing the Lord’s Supper softens the hearts for all those with faith. For those without …

2012-05-01: A Glorious Day Last Monday night we held an Informational Meeting for Evangel Classical School. Not everyone made …

2012-05-01: A Soft Heart Gathers No Plaque Hardheartedness is a signal sin in the Bible. As Jonathan Edwards described, Now by a hard heart is …

2012-04-21: Communion and Provision After the familiar story of Jesus feeding the five-thousand in John six there is much about how …

2012-04-21: Quite Appalling One of the biggest reasons that the gospel (and gospel worship) appalls men is that men don’t …

2012-04-20: Boasters Welcome The Lord’s Table is a table of glory. God invites boasters to eat and drink with Him, boasters …

2012-04-18: Exalting Dignity We don’t use it much any more, maybe because there isn’t much any more, but dignity is a …

2012-04-16: The Path of Life Every Lord’s day we gather as Christians to celebrate Christ’s historical, bodily …

2012-04-03: Not the One They Wanted Israel rejoiced in John the Baptist’s lamp-light for a while (John 5:35). Many Jews saw the …

2012-04-02: THIQ Obedience Most Christians probably don’t need another acronym for our spiritual walk, and yet a …

2012-03-27: The Author of Life The apostles John and Peter were in the temple when a man, lame from birth, asked for them alms. …

2012-03-26: Tebow in Babylon Tebow in Babylon ➔ Ross Douthat for The New York Times on Tim Tebow’s trade to the …

2012-03-26: All of Us Does Jesus have all of us? All we are and all we have is from Him and should be utilized to honor …

2012-03-20: We Shouldn't Be Careless We emphasize that the Lord’s Table is a banquet, a feast, a celebration. We emphasize the joy …

2012-03-19: Out of Place There is an uneasiness we deal with every Lord’s day. We want to worship. We love God and we …

2012-03-12: Display Purposes Only If you sat down at a dinner table, what might cause you to get up after a while unsatisfied? There …

2012-03-12: Getting in Shape Worship is dangerous, especially to the status quo and especially to our pride. Of course, worship …

2012-03-06: Little Miss Red Shoes Little Miss Red Shoes ➔ I don’t always read Challies but, when I visit his site, I …

2012-03-06: What It's Good For Our fellowship with God comes on very specific terms. Peace must be established between two parties …

2012-03-04: Two Great Things Two great things go together: the great commandment and the great commission. They do not compete …

2012-03-04: Training for Hypocrisy Words matter. When there are no words, there is no clarity. When words come from an empty heart, …

2012-02-27: They Belong Together When we come to confession before the Lord, should we think more about our sin or His holiness? …

2012-02-26: Dust Sure Does Have Problems God is compassionate and He knows our frame. He knows that we are but dust (Psalm 103:14) and yet, …

2012-02-24: Enculturation Centers All schools are religious schools. All schools teach worldview. All schools have a philosophy of …

2012-02-21: Better Than a Thousand Elsewhere The sons of Korah wrote eleven songs that were recognized into the canon of Israel’s worship …

2012-02-20: Confession Songs The book of Psalms include some of the deepest, most desperate confessions of sin found in …

2012-02-15: On Our Side Eating at the Lord’s table week by week ought to feed, foster, and fortify our faith that God …

2012-02-11: Two Strings to Tune Liturgy is an effective teacher. The way we do things and the order in which we do them shapes us …

2012-02-07: Too Close for Some The Lord’s supper is a meal of peace and provision. Not only do we commune by eating His food, …

2012-01-31: True Glory Isn't Grabby I can’t recommend the whole book by any means, but this paragraph pokes grabby authority in …

2012-01-30: Glad to Forgive and Fellowship In the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), the younger son despised his father by asking …

2012-01-24: In a Dining Hall The Trinity intends to share their life with men. Eternal life is knowing God (John 17:3), it is …

2012-01-23: We Call It Choice Every culture can be identified by its worship and all worship can be identified by its sacrifices. …

2012-01-19: More Like a Segregation In his first letter to them, Paul admonished the Corinthian church about their failure to commune at …

2012-01-19: No Matter What They Were Every once in a while someone at our church throws around the word liturgy. Because most of us …

2012-01-10: The Meat of the Meal When you sit down to dinner, when does the nutrition start to work? When do you feel most connected …

2012-01-10: All the Way Down the Line Looking at our corporate service from an unbeliever’s point of view, how ridiculous must it …

2012-01-03: Calvinism as Guaranteed Fellowship On Calvinism as a life-system, or worldview, that explains how men relate to God’s eternal …

2012-01-03: Too Much Life For 51 weeks our church has communed together at the Lord’s table. We’ve taken a …

2012-01-02: Corporate Confession We take time in our service every week to confess sin before the Lord. Each of us could all do it at …

2011-12-28: Seasonal Sound Bites Printed on Christmas cards for generations, Luke 2:14 remains one of our favorite seasonal sound …

2011-12-26: Spiritual Assets Do believers gather together on the Lord’s day to give or get? Faith will never reach that …

2011-12-26: Like We Do A common Christian abuse of Christmas poses in a spiritual position. The abuse occurs when …

2011-12-21: Word and Sacrament Gospel ministers are sometimes referred to as ministers of the Word and sacrament. There’s no …

2011-12-19: Our Familiar Celebrations We often say that familiarity breeds contempt. Our contempt starts with that statement itself; …

2011-12-14: Two Days with Jesus How did the town of Sychar change after two days with Jesus (Johh 4:39-42)? Many of the townspeople …

2011-12-14: Hard to Take It’s hard to take responsibility. It is much easier to push, not only blame, but to push work …

2011-12-13: Stoppers at the Wrong End In John 4:31-38, Jesus told the disciples that His food was to finish the Father’s will as He …

2011-12-08: Free Subscriptions I was talking with a friend this week who mentioned that he’d like to subscribe to the Void by …

2011-12-06: A Gluten Free Option Jesus told the woman at the well that true worshippers worship the Father in spirit and truth. He …

2011-12-05: Our Side of the Pendulum Is it more important that God is light or that God is love? Is it more necessary for us to know Him …

2011-11-29: Our Particular Sins We thank God that the hour has already come where we don’t concern ourselves with worshipping …

2011-11-27: Informing the Trinity Who do we confess for? I don’t mean, do we confess for someone else’s sin or for our …

2011-11-22: 53 Times a Year Every Lord’s day when our church celebrates communion, I pray twice. We normally don’t …

2011-11-21: Bullet Points Like Them Thanksgiving is this week and it seems almost obligatory to address our weak attitudes of gratitude …

2011-11-18: Organizing Answers A couple nights ago someone asked me if I thought that believers are lazy in sharing their faith. I …

2011-11-15: Emblems of Both All the ones believing in the Son see life. All the ones not obeying the Son remain under …

2011-11-15: Negotiating Submission No one can negotiate the past. A person may not like the past. They may wish it was different than …

2011-11-13: Right up the Middle The apostle John wrote: Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the …

2011-11-09: Toppling by Table One theme we keep repeating during our communion is the depth of the ditch of self-examination; …

2011-11-06: He Gets What He Wants John Calvin wrote that the heart of man produces idols like a factory, like Detroit produces cars: …

2011-11-03: The Kuyperian Vision of Christ's Lordship I can’t remember being as excited about anything that wasn’t divinely inspired in a …

2011-11-03: The Kuyperian Vision of Christ's Lordship The Kuyperian Vision of Christ’s Lordship ➔ I can’t remember being as excited …

2011-11-01: Radically Meaningless Brian Phillips wrote, Tim Tebow, Converter of the Passes, a commentary on the often inconsistent …

2011-11-01: Unafraid of Light Jesus commanded His disciples, “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your …

2011-11-01: Reformation Day I spoke yesterday for the Reformation Day assembly at Providence Classical Christian School where …

2011-10-31: Upsetting Continents October 31st is Reformation Day. We remember Martin Luther nailing his 95 Thesis to the Wittenburg …

2011-10-23: Our Life Meal The Lord’s Supper was instituted by our Lord at the Last Supper. It was the night He was …

2011-10-23: Pouting in the Corner God possesses many weapons in His judgment arsenal. One of the most dangerous weapons is abandoning …

2011-10-21: Sweeter Than Honey Over the last month, a few bloggers I follow have posted this video of the Kimyal tribe receiving …

2011-10-19: Sharing More Than Sentences Our time around the Lord’s table celebrating the Lord’s supper is also called communion. …

2011-10-19: One Buttock Playing I really enjoyed this twenty minute classical music experiment from Benjamin Zander. The primary …

2011-10-16: Welcomed Back What is the point of confessing sin? Why is it so important? The point of confession is not …

2011-10-05: Welcome to Watch Paul told the Corinthians that “as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim …

2011-10-01: Confess Them All “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him …

2011-09-30: Real Love We celebrate God’s real love for us at the Lord’s table. The bread is real and the cup …

2011-09-26: Desperation and Deliverance I think about “the rhythm of desperation and deliverance” all the time. A pastor who …

2011-09-25: What Is a Ditch? Truth lovers love truth and, therefore, they love words and definitions and sentences that carry the …

2011-09-22: Pink on Kosmos I regularly refer people to A.W. Pink’s observations on the New Testament use of κόσμος in …

2011-09-22: Eminent and Transcendent Love John Owen on John 3:16: “The love here intimated is absolutely the most eminent and …

2011-09-20: Cultures Are Incarnational If it’s true that men become and live like who/what they worship (and God says it is, see …

2011-09-13: Our Neighbor's Eating Immediately preceding Paul’s instructions to the Corinthian church about communion, he …

2011-09-11: Confessional Finger Pointing It is usually easier to see how much more someone else needs forgiveness than we do. Everyone needs …

2011-09-07: Using Bad Words Most of us shy away from using the word “magic” for much the same reason we prefer to …

2011-09-05: Thankful for Conviction There is no app to download for any smart phone that proves if a person has been born of the Spirit …

2011-08-27: Failing to Breathe One of the ways we know if we’ve been born again is our attitude those who sit around the …

2011-08-27: One Sign of Being Born According to the apostle John, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for …

2011-08-26: Check In to Build Up Singing to Build Up ➔ Greg Gilbert on the ministry of making melody: I think we ought to …

2011-08-26: Clearly Outrageous On Women, Divisiveness, and Hobby Horses ➔ A new post from Rachel Jankovic on the joy …

2011-08-26: Talking with Our Mouths Full We are witnesses of the Light. We see Him by faith, not by eye-sight, but that’s okay because …

2011-08-24: Gloppy Gratitude We impress no one by pointing out all the things that are wrong or incomplete. We live in a fallen …

2011-08-18: The Right Banquet Hall God has prepared a banquet table and all who eat at the Lord’s table share not only His gifts, …

2011-08-15: Wait No More There are many ways to adopt and/or care for widows and orphans. There are so many, actually, that …

2011-08-15: Ruined Appetites We won’t receive the food of His holy Word if we are full of sin. We must acknowledge and …

2011-08-03: Even Harder to Find We may recognize it when we meet it, but we may not meet it very often. Spiritual authority is hard …

2011-08-02: Not an After-Creation Thought When the Word created grain and grapes on day three, was He thinking about the glorious purpose that …

2011-08-02: No Successful Cover-Ups Among his collected proverbs, Solomon teaches us a few things about the wisdom of confession. …

2011-07-29: A Faith Increasing Ordinance Communion is a faith increasing ordinance, not a doubt increasing one. When we come to the …

2011-07-28: ETP as ePub I received an email today from Lulu informing me that they converted my self-published book on …

2011-07-27: Attitudinal Sins What kinds of sins should we confess? What kinds of sins separate us from fellowship with God? What …

2011-07-18: Attached to Strings When Jesus said, “To whom much is given, much is required” (see Luke 12:48), what was He …

2011-07-13: Soul-sucking Mastery The cross causes offense. It scandalizes the heart and, in particular, it scandalizes religious …

2011-07-12: Good at What They Do Our culture depends on deception. Our economy goes round as advertisers put the best face on their …

2011-07-11: Motherhood as a Mission Field Motherhood as a Mission Field ➔ Though normally found writing at Femina, Rachel …

2011-07-11: Merry Warriors Merry Warriors ➔ No one in my (small) theological circle would say that God gets panicked. …

2011-07-08: Press On It is a sin to be stagnant in spiritual growth. The apostle Paul said, “Not that I have …

2011-07-06: Loving the Little Years Loving the Little Years - Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic is the best book on …

2011-06-12: Wearing a Religious Hat Taking oneself too seriously is a sin, and Christians sin this way a surprising amount. We’re …

2011-06-07: Those Who Do Nothing Wrong We’ve been on a roll reviewing some of the ways we distance ourselves from personal …

2011-06-07: Three Good Ones Nancy Wilson writes about parenting as image-bearers, in particular as it relates to parental …

2011-05-30: Field Full of Boulders I listened to a sermon by Doug Wilson a week or so ago in which he said, Often we rebuke not the …

2011-05-25: Right on Track Our regular time around the Lord’s table supports and buttresses the gospel (cf. 1 Timothy …

2011-05-22: Insulation Techniques We construct elaborate but rickety structures to shield ourselves from confession. One of the most …

2011-05-20: hobbsandbean dot com hobbsandbean.com ➔ My bride pulled the trigger this week and migrated her Blogger to …

2011-05-20: 10 Things an Effective Minister Must Remember 10 Things an Effective Minister Must Remember ➔ Brief and pointed post by Doug Wilson on the …

2011-05-18: A Trinitarian Table The Lord’s table is a communal meal. At His table we commune with Christ: “The bread …

2011-05-16: Portions of Grace Do you remember the story of Elijah, the widow, and the container of oil that never ran out? In the …

2011-05-09: Not Just in December Paul commanded the Philippian Christians: Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count …

2011-05-01: Theology to Justify Rebellion There are at least two corrupt ways to witness about Christ to others that we must confess. The …

2011-04-28: Down the Hill of Grace God commands His people to proclaim Christ’s death as they gather around the Lord’s …

2011-04-28: The True Excellency of a Gospel Minister The True Excellency of a Gospel Minister ➔ This is a sermon by Jonathan Edwards at the …

2011-04-26: Sunday Followed Friday There is no more pivotal day in history than the Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead. …

2011-04-20: The Ones Everyone Else See We take it very seriously when someone says something wrong about Jesus, rightly so. Beliefs can …

2011-04-20: Fathers Who Give Hope Fathers Who Give Hope ➔ I listen to this sermon from John Piper regularly. The message comes …

2011-04-19: A Weekly Refrain Doing almost anything on a regular basis, especially religious anythings, can make it mechanical, …

2011-04-15: History's Tan Line This certainly must be the quote of the day regarding Rob Bell on the cover of TIME magazine. [I]n …

2011-04-13: The Other Gutter While I wouldn’t say that the Bible requires us to celebrate the Lord’s table every …

2011-04-11: A Hole in the Boldness Tank Unbelief as sin justifies God’s judgment because it is an affront to Him. Unbelief goes about …

2011-04-11: No Less Wrath Deserving We usually think about (our) wrath-deserving sin as transgression, as leaping over the fence He …

2011-04-07: Reign of the Gray Witch I like the rain but my wife’s tweet is clever, and true. Just wanted to announce the reign of …

2011-03-31: No Small Substitute The good Shepherd laid down His life for His sheep (John 10:11, 15). There are a number of causes …

2011-03-31: Owning Our Offenses A key word for Christians is the word offense. It scales from annoyance, to resentment, to anger …

2011-03-30: A Certain Kind of Person [O]ur time of confession ought not to be about a list of items, kept or broken. We are in the …

2011-03-23: The Mutual Funds of Missions Funding The Mutual Funds of Missions Funding ➔ Doug Wilson writes about a local church’s …

2011-03-23: Loving the Wife of a Pastor Loving the Pastor’s Wife ➔ If it were up to me, I’d tweak the title of this …

2011-03-22: Better Together In a recent sermon I preached Ephesians 3:10, that the church makes known the manifold wisdom of God …

2011-03-14: Not Forgiving Others Not everyone knows the gospel. Even fewer actually live the gospel. The gospel, the good news, is …

2011-03-14: Practical Foolishness Professing atheists1 are fools. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no …

2011-03-14: Address the Issue In Mark 7 the Pharisees and scribes came to interrogate Jesus about His disciples’ failure to …

2011-02-24: Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person Distinguishing Marks of a Quarrelsome Person ➔ This is a helpful article by Kevin DeYoung …

2011-02-24: Better Than a Dead One Before the ages began, God promised eternal life. He did so out of love for His Son, and note that …

2011-02-21: A Closet Full of Clothes Unthankful people dominate our culture. We are skilled at identifying all the existing or potential …

2011-02-18: The Party Ditch There is more to the Lord’s table than confession of sin. While we ought not harbor sin, if we …

2011-02-16: Backpack Buddies While browsing some old photos, I came across this image captured while we were in line to board our …

2011-02-16: Nothing More Terrible To me there is nothing more terrible for a preacher, than to be in a pulpit alone, without the …

2011-02-13: Dirt in the Carpet We are not our own. We are God’s. God chose us, created us, died for us, called us, and keeps …

2011-02-06: Our Favorite Wool Sweater In any given story, one character to watch out for is the guy who is always being told what to do …

2011-02-04: Available Space “Keeping a rule,” however technically correct, falls easily into the trap of abstraction …

2011-02-04: The Gloomy Ordinance I am increasingly concerned with a perspective that many Christians seem to be taking toward what …

2011-02-04: How Collected We Are We are not usually good team players. We put the “-ism” in individualism. We’re …

2011-02-03: Interruptions or Inconveniences Two Sundays ago was National Sanctity of Human Life Day. 38 years ago, January 22, our Supreme Court …

2011-01-19: Like a Compass Points North God takes His position as God seriously. He is not insecure or defensive, but He is jealous and …

2011-01-11: Swords of Two by Fours [I]n a fight a man needs a large heart and a narrow sword. We have jumbled everything, and now have …

2011-01-10: Mud All Over the Place In John 13, Jesus began to wash the disciples feet as a demonstration of His love for them. When He …

2011-01-10: Love of the Congregation Sometimes a minister tends to think too highly of himself as a clergy-man. He stands before the …

2011-01-06: How Important Is the Bible? In this 18 minute video, John Piper asks and answers five questions about the importance of the …

2011-01-03: Inspiration Series | Inside the Walls Creation begins to make the case for the giving essence of God’s …

2010-12-31: The Year of the Unexpected I don’t mind the New Year’s resolution-making process. Reviewing the last year helps me …

2010-12-25: Incarnation Series | Inside the Walls I am trying to make the point that, in the revelation of the Triune God, …

2010-12-23: Revealing Revelations Series | Inside the Walls Previously I asked, Why does God reveal truth? And what do we learn about …

2010-12-23: Expressing the Congregation Preaching does not have to be an individualistic sort of activity. In fact, great preaching well …

2010-12-19: Revealing Definitions and Questions Series | Inside the Walls In my last post about truth I stated that problems come when truth-lovers …

2010-12-16: Truth Revealed - The Essence of Authority Series | Inside the Walls The last five summers I’ve taught at a Reformation Conference for a …

2010-12-13: Adoption Advocates We met her in Denny’s and she told us to be adoption advocates. The social worker’s …

2010-12-09: Laughter Is War I’m a longtime reader of Credenda/Agenda. I admit that I enjoyed it more when hard copy issues …

2010-11-08: On the Line I loved last year’s theme for our student ministry. More than that, I lived on it. 2 …

2010-11-07: Libido Dominandi The intellectual life of our age is characterized by a squishy goulash of subtleties all the way to …

2010-11-02: Fixing Bounds by Faith Were it deeply engraven on our minds, that in God alone we have the highest and complete perfection …

2010-11-01: Faint and Feeble John Newton on how to be humble when handling the treasures of Scripture: To be enabled to form a …

2010-09-28: Peter Pan Syndrome I love that image by Patrick Mahoney. The Washington Post article itself by Mark Driscoll …

2010-09-27: Truth Can Handle Structure To affirm of any human production that it contained many great and instructive truths which it would …

2010-09-03: Making Disciples - The Seminar I’m passionate about discipleship. Because of that I wrote Making Disciples - The Series which …

2010-09-03: Don't Blow It Don’t Blow It! ➔ Or, The Almost Inevitable Ruin of Every Minister and How to Avoid It, …

2010-08-25: Jesus Is the True and Better In this video, Tim Keller answers the question, “What is the Bible really about? Is the Bible …

2010-08-25: Possessed Delivery should be the spontaneous product of the speaker’s peculiar personality, as acted on …

2010-08-18: Equip the Rider The goal is not to cripple the horse, but equip the rider. —Rachel Jankovic, A Spirited …

2010-08-16: The Unspoken Option Children learn far more unspoken theology than we tend to think. Suppose parents have operated with …

2010-08-12: Changing Seminary What one thing would you change about seminary? ➔ Read answers from Al Mohler, D.A. Carson, …

2010-07-07: A Coward's Castle Lloyd-Jones protested against the use of the pulpit as what he called “a coward’s …

2010-07-04: Lit Up Lightning strikes three of the tallest buildings in Chicago at the same time! from Craig Shimala on …

2010-06-16: Word Fussers and Whowhomers Having the eggs doesn’t mean that you know how to make the omelet. But if you don’t have the eggs, …

2010-06-01: Sweet Repentance A week from today I leave to preach a series of messages about The Religious Affections of Jonathan …

2010-05-26: Mission Accomplished A friend of mine in Canton introduced me to the hip-hop of Shai Linne last summer. Lord knows I …

2010-05-26: hodegeo ὁ•δη•γέ•ω verb – [ho-de-geh-oh] definition: to assist in reaching a desired destination; lead, …

2010-05-24: A Call to Gospel Ministry - Now When I began pursuing a call to gospel ministry, and even as I started studying gospel theology and …

2010-05-20: Thugs and Criminals I can’t decide if my favorite part is (political) “thugs and criminals” who keep …

2010-05-10: Laugh Track On laughing as responsible leadership: For this is what it means to be a king: to be first in every …

2010-05-03: Chrome I’ve been toying with Google Chrome as a secondary browser (after Safari) since the Mac beta …

2010-05-03: Sharing What We Got Meals that are centered on gratitude and thanksgiving—like harvest home festivals and this …

2010-04-23: A Call to Gospel Ministry - Then I grew up wanting to be a professional baseball player. I dreamed of standing on a well-manicured, …

2010-04-22: No Conclusion Necessary Abraham Piper posted about why sermons are easier than other kinds of public speaking, namely, …

2010-04-22: The Sincerest Form of Flattery Mo informed me this afternoon that my two oldest children have found a new way to copy me and that …

2010-04-22: Why International Adoption Why International Adoption ➔ A long time friend of mine, Dave Cleland, and his wife are well …

2010-04-21: This Was Grace HT: Justin Taylor The husband/father/narrator in the video is John Knight, Director for Development …

2010-04-20: Not What I Once Was In his T4G 2010 message, Mark Dever mentioned a paraphrased version of the following quote by John …

2010-04-19: A Cruel Mistress Cultural acceptability is a cruel mistress. —Carl Trueman, Life on the Cultic Fringe

2010-04-19: Chill Out Wisdom, Complexity, and Chilling the Heck Out ➔ Kevin DeYoung offers some perspective as he …

2010-04-18: Calvin's Shorter Catechism Calvin created a new shorter catechism at the breakfast table this morning. Four year olds …

2010-04-14: Migrating to Jekyll Subscribers to my blog are now seeing some of my most recent posts for the third time in less than …

2010-04-12: Down the iPad Rabbit Hole I probably won’t buy the book, but wow, this gives an idea of what the iPad rabbit hole looks …

2010-04-07: The Great Auction of Stolen Goods [O]ur elected representatives are not confiscating all this wealth for themselves …

2010-04-01: Why Piper Invited Warren to the 2010 DGNC Agree or disagree with Piper, it is interesting. Good timing, too, stirring the pot before taking a …

2010-04-01: myPad Yes, I’m posting this even after Mohler’s twarning earlier today. The iPad walks into …

2010-03-28: Cynicism Is Not Wisdom “Cynicism is the air we breath, and it is suffocating our hearts.” That’s true on …

2010-03-27: Ridicule for Argument When ridicule is substituted for argument, the result is thorns crackling under a pot. –Doug …

2010-03-25: The Criterion of Successful Churches Indeed, the criterion of successful churches in the future is not how much Bible knowledge their …

2010-03-24: Sharkey for President Sharkey for President ➔ Doug Wilson observes that a majority observation makes things more …

2010-03-13: Pure Religion Religio munda et inmaculata apud Deum et Patrem haec est visitare pupillos et viduas in tribulatione …

2010-03-13: Ten Commandments for Preaching Ten Commandments for Preaching ➔ Thou shalt not put words in God’s mouth. Thou shalt …

2010-03-12: Needing Control The more control you seek, the less influence you will have. And the more influence you have, the …

2010-03-12: Standard Time Standard Time ➔ Gives new meaning to going by the board. -tweet

2010-03-11: Overcoming Objections Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome. -Samuel Johnson, …

2010-03-08: A Head Regardless Obedience and disobedience on the part of a husband does not make him a head or not a head. He is a …

2010-03-08: Al Mohler's Library

2010-03-08: The Tinker's Ability Could I posses the tinker’s ability for preaching, please your majesty, I would gladly …

2010-03-08: Theological Reasons for Wordiness Theological Reasons for Wordiness ➔ Regarding (tedious) repetition in Scripture, …

2010-03-03: The Oxygen of Church Politics Hypocrisy is the oxygen of church politics. —Rick Holland, 2010 Shepherds’ Conference message

2010-02-27: Marching in the Dark Continue with double earnestness to serve your Lord when no visible result is before you. Any …

2010-02-27: Ministers Learning Sympathy It is of need that we are sometimes in heaviness. Good men are promised tribulation in this world, …

2010-02-27: PEBCAK Errors and OCSO Sheep A friend of mine in the retail business shared an acronym used among his fellow-employees. Having …

2010-02-27: Living Sacrifices It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives for Jesus. We are not to be living specimens …

2010-02-27: The Critical Spirit It is not possible to sit this one out. —Doug Wilson, The Critical Spirit. Brief but …

2010-02-26: Love the Standard Wilson’s childrearing advice can also be summarized by his educational goal.

2010-02-24: Five Sentences five.sentenc.es ➔ This isn’t a rule I force myself to follow, but it is a principle I …

2010-02-23: Technological Change Five Things We Need to Know About Technological Change ➔ Article by Neil Postman. His own …

2010-02-23: The Atonement-Real or Potential The Atonement: Real or Potential? ➔ In case there was any question about Dr. MacArthur’s …

2010-02-19: Commitment Comes First No one can go into a marriage relationship to find out what it would be like to be married to this …

2010-02-19: Don't Flatten the Gospels Don’t Flatten Out the Gospels! ➔ Matt’s point about Gospel Harmonies also applies to epistle …

2010-02-19: To Be Precious Jesus came and died and rose again not mainly to be useful, but to be precious. —John Piper, …

2010-02-18: Like His Teacher God continues to give me the merciful privilege of speaking with young men who believe that God is …

2010-02-17: Espresso

2010-02-17: Out of Tune Going through proper Christian motions with unconfessed sin is like using the correct fingering on a …

2010-02-15: Blowing Smoke When unbelievers blow smoke, it is not our task to try to weave something out of that smoke. It is …

2010-02-15: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing Words: Robert Robinson, Methodist pastor, at age 22 in the year …

2010-02-15: Knowledge That Matters Knowledge That Matters ➔ Scott Adams on the limits and benefits of others assessing our …

2010-02-15: Laughter in Adversity Laughter in the face of adversity is the first step to profound joy in triumph. —Nathan …

2010-02-12: An Environment of Grace A major part of pastoral ministry is preaching the doctrines of grace and managing an environment of …

2010-02-12: Cold Before Long You are very hot for mercy, but I will cool you; this frame shall not last always; many have been as …

2010-02-10: 99 Balloons

2010-02-10: The Little Red Tractor

2010-02-09: Remember the Signs I read chapter two of The Silver Chair to the kids last night before bed (my first time through, …

2010-02-08: A Story Culture A Story Culture ➔ Interesting article about attention to the hierarchy of information, data, …

2010-02-08: Tapering Off in Sin At the prayer meeting, not many people ask for prayer so that they might taper off in their …

2010-02-06: Showing Up Early If 80% of success is just showing up, 90% is showing up early. —Jeffrey Zeldman, Free Advice: …

2010-02-06: Stop the World Stop the World ➔ Last week, George Packer wrote an article titled, Stop the World, for The …

2010-02-05: Omnivorous Attentiveness [C. S. Lewis had] omnivorous attentiveness. —Alan Jacobs on C. S. Lewis in The Narnian, …

2010-02-05: treacle trea•cle noun – [tree-k*uh*l] definition: lit-British word for “molasses”; the …

2010-02-05: Behind His Back Gossip involves saying behind a person’s back what you would never say to his or her face. Flattery …

2010-02-05: Ends up as a Racket Up to now, America has not been a good milieu for the rise of a mass movement. What starts out here …

2010-02-05: Dysfunctional Calvinism Dysfunctional Calvinism ➔

2010-02-05: First, Care Own your distractions, resist fiddly half-measures, and never for a minute allow yourself to believe …

2010-02-05: Fantastic but Subordinate A Really Fantastic End, but Still Subordinate Doug Wilson responded to Derek Thomas’ recent …

2010-02-05: A Less Busy Heart Learning to pray doesn’t offer you a less busy life; it offers you a less busy heart. —Paul …

2010-02-03: Bad Christian Writing Bad Christian writing is usually bad because it is derivative and workmanlike. No new insights. No …

2010-02-03: Stop It

2010-02-02: Running to Heaven What would they judge of thee if they knew thy heart began to fail thee in thy journey, or thy sins …

2010-02-01: Dangerous Calling Dangerous Calling Two messages by Paul Tripp at the 2010 Desiring God Pastor’s pre-conference …

2010-01-25: Totally Like Whatever, You Know? Typography of “Totally like whatever, you know?” a poem by Taylor Mali.

2010-01-20: The Breech and Muzzle Persecution is a weapon that kills both at the breech and at the muzzle, that, though it may strike …

2010-01-20: Wearing Out Hammers It is the part of the Church to suffer rather than to strike, but it is an anvil that has worn out a …

2010-01-19: Communion with God [To the Puritans], communion with God was a great thing, to evangelicals today it is a comparatively …

2010-01-19: In Us and From Us A man preacheth that sermon only well unto others which preacheth itself in his own soul. And he …

2010-01-19: assiduous as•sid•u•ous adjective – [uh-sij-oo-uhs] definition: constant in application or effort; …

2010-01-19: A Place for Writing Ministers never write or preach so well as when under the cross: the Spirit of Christ and of Glory …

2010-01-12: Reorientation of Our Passions and Pleasures Series | Repentance Repentance involves remorse over our sinful nature and sinful acts. Repentance …

2010-01-10: Renunciation of Our Self-Sufficiency and Self-Righteousness Series | Repentance There are three ingredients to repentance. Previously we saw that repentance …

2010-01-08: Remorse over Our Sinful Nature and Sinful Acts Series | Repentance Repentance recurs regularly in the Bible. In the New Testament, the Greek word …

2010-01-06: Toward True Joy Series | Repentance What do we think about when we hear the word “repentance”? What …

2010-01-05: proskartereo προσ•καρ•τε•ρέ•ω verb – [pros-kar-te-reh-oh] definition: to stick by or be close at hand; …

2010-01-01: Ten for Ten This year, rather than making resolutions proper, I’m going to answer Don Whitney’s Ten …

2010-01-01: An Empty Barrel Profess men may, and make a noise, as the empty barrel maketh the biggest sound; but prove them, and …

2009-12-31: A Spectacular Something The annual resolutions review is good. And humbling. And heartening. And yes, both at the same time. …

2009-12-30: ESV Bible Reading Plans ESV Bible Reading Plans ➔

2009-12-30: Thick Gratitude Every Christian in clay pot ministry1 should desire God’s glory above all else. According to …

2009-12-30: Pray for Your Elders Pray for Your Elders ➔ You see: what if all those lousy elders out there had an army of …

2009-12-30: Not an Automatic Friend In this world, time is not an automatic friend…. Time deepens wisdom, but it also hardens …

2009-12-30: Ten Questions Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year ➔ The beginning of a new year is an ideal …

2009-12-28: Stonified in a Toga When tall, stonified Susan Bone in a toga says to do something, you do it. —In a chat with …

2009-12-28: In Honor of Tethered Preaching In Honor of Tethered Preaching ➔ The Bible-oriented preacher wants the congregation to know …

2009-12-27: Something Has to Die Something Has to Die ➔ When we are not getting along with others, the pressing temptation is …

2009-12-26: His Blood is Bibline He had studied our Authorized Version … till his whole being was saturated with Scripture; and …

2009-12-25: Wear the Pants Put on your man pants.

2009-12-22: Jump Rope Sorry for the ad at the beginning. It is worth it to endure.

2009-12-22: Seeing Sin for What It Is Series | Repentance Augustine had a powerful and profound impact because he accurately identified …

2009-12-19: Industrial Grade Sandpaper [L]iving in believing community is one of the central instruments that a loving God has given to us …

2009-12-18: A Long Way to the Top The original. I don’t know why I love it so. Not the band. Not the bagpipes. Not the subject. …

2009-12-17: Hard Fathers, Soft Sons The father who has a son like this—a son who shames him—must do more than just experience the shame. …

2009-12-17: Cross References and Context Cross-references may be the most abused practice in Bible study.1 Sure, some are helpful. When a New …

2009-12-16: Does the Shoe Fit Does the Shoe Fit? ➔ Article by David Powlison on how responses to criticism reveal who we …

2009-12-15: Voltron I can’t really explain how I got from Sproul to Voltron but, man, did I love this cartoon as a …

2009-12-15: Sproul on Preparing for Ministry R.C. Sproul on how to prepare for ministry.

2009-12-15: Church Conversation SKH: You’re doing a great job (sitting still). SKH: I really like cuddling with you, too. …

2009-12-14: Equipped by the Word The “man of God”…does not give fresh revelation himself, but rather is the man …

2009-12-12: What Comes Naturally Granted, this comic is funny now, as a Christian parent. It would not be funny if I was 16 (per the …

2009-12-11: Ox and Ass at Christ's Manger Ox and Ass at Christ’s Manger ➔ The reason the ox and the ass are prominent in manger …

2009-12-10: fan•tod noun – [fan-tod] definition: usually, fantods. a state or attack of uneasiness or …

2009-12-09: Prayer Seminar Material All audio, notes, and presentation slides from the Devoted to Prayer seminar are now available for …

2009-12-05: It's Going to Be a Problem Brian Regan on inevitable nightmares.

2009-11-17: Agassiz and the Fish from Justin Taylor It was more than fifteen years ago that I entered the laboratory of Professor …

2009-11-15: SRMMX The new 2010 Snow Retreat site is live.

2009-11-04: How Firm a Foundation Written by “Keen,” 1787. Based on the text: Isaiah 43:1-7 Online by Fernando Ortega How …

2009-11-04: It Is Well with My Soul Written by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873. Includes Psalm 146:1 See Wikipedia for the background. When …

2009-11-02: Throwing Obedience Monday Night Football is one of my favorite parts about the fall season. I watched the fourth …

2009-10-30: ἐγ•κα•κέ•ω verb – [eng-ka-keh-oh] definition: to lose one’s motivation in continuing a desirable pattern …

2009-10-29: flac•cid adjective – [flak-sid] definition: (of part of the body) soft and hanging loosely or limply, …

2009-10-19: The Walls of Doctrine We might fancy some children playing on the flat grassy top of some tall island in the sea. So long …

2009-10-18: Mythbusting A month ago I spent the weekend with Drew Buell and the high school ministry of Emmanuel Baptist …

2009-10-17: How We Say It In The Preacher on Preaching, Danny Akin made the point, What we say is more important than how we …

2009-10-16: The Confessions of Augustine's Life Series | Repentance Augustine wrote the Confessions when he turned 43, covering the first 33 years …

2009-10-15: So You Wanna Be a Writer series by Nathan Wilson So You Wanna Be a Writer, Pt. 1 (Don’ts) So You Wanna Be a Writer, …

2009-10-14: All Things Are Better in Koine

2009-09-22: Living on Unseen Things Last year in one28 we were Starting at the Beginning. This year it’s time to move ahead. …

2009-09-15: Soiled Souls Image by Pulpolux If God hadn’t promised never to flood the earth again, would He see that the …

2009-09-09: moun•te•bank noun – [moun-tuh-bangk] definition: a person who deceives others, especially in order to trick …

2009-09-02: How to Evaluate a Preacher How faithful is he to the Word of God? How much pain is he able to endure? John MacArthur, Marks …

2009-09-02: κα•κο•πα•θέ•ω verb – [ka-ko-pa-theh-oh] definition: bear hardship patiently; suffer physical pain, trouble, …

2009-08-31: kakapatheo κα•κο•πα•θε•ω verb – [ka-ko-pa-theh-oh] definition: bear hardship patiently; suffer physical …

2009-08-28: What a Friend We Have in Jesus I was in my study this morning and could faintly hear Maggie singing while making her bed. I …

2009-08-26: The Portrait of the Godly Pastor The features of the pastor, as shown (twice) to Pilgrim by Interpreter: His eyes were directed up …

2009-08-24: Before you say that word Pastordude: please, before you say that word… ➔ So you’re a pastor, and …

2009-08-22: de•noue•ment noun – [dey-noo-mahn] definition: the conclusion or resolution of the plot in a play; the …

2009-08-20: ris•i•ble adjective – [riz-uh-buhl] definition: that which provokes laughter. synonyms: laughable, …

2009-08-20: σω•φρο•νέ•ω verb – [so-fro-neh-oh] definition: to be prudent, with a focus on self-control; to be in …

2009-08-19: sophroneo σω•φρο•νέ•ω verb – [so-fro-neh-oh] definition: to be prudent, with a focus on self-control; to …

2009-08-18: A Biographical Jet Tour of Augustine Series | Repentance Augustine’s testimony is typical. He was born, lived in sin until God …

2009-08-16: Love the Standard [O]ur task, as a generation teaching the next one, is not to get students to conform to the …

2009-08-14: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah William Williams, 1717-1791; trans. from the Welsh by Peter Williams and the author Music: John …

2009-08-14: O For That Day Enfield We are pilgrims on Earth and we long to be home We were exiled in birth and wandered alone …

2009-07-25: Jesus Paid It All The lyrics to “Jesus Paid It All” were written by Elvina Hall in 1865. Being prompted by his wife, …

2009-07-07: I Don't Do Découpage It’s been more than three months since my last post. Fantastic. The long absence moved one …

2009-07-06: wast•rel noun – [wast-rel] definition: poetic/literary a wasteful or good-for-nothing person; a …

2009-05-21: res•tive adjective – [res-tiv] definition: (of a person) unable to keep still or silent and becoming …

2009-05-20: Email Forwards Update - August 24 at 11:23AM: Read the following and thought it was good supplemental wisdom. Let …

2009-05-07: Hyper-busyness Six Lessons in Prayer Sorry, your browser is outdated and does not support the audio element. This …

2009-05-07: Communication Today Instant Constant Global Permanent Mentioned by Mark Driscoll in his 2009 Gospel Coalition message, …

2009-05-01: Diagramming for sake of genuine textual exposition Since mankind, in general, is innately hopeless and helpless in reference to his own spiritual …

2009-05-01: des•ul•to•ry adjective – [des-uhl-tawr-ee] definition: lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm It is true …

2009-04-28: Heidelberg One Q: What is thy only comfort in life and death? A: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, …

2009-04-17: Why Twitter is perfect for the postmodern peoples It focuses on me. It can be used for whatever I want.

2009-03-31: The Love of Forgiven Rebels I watched the Nightline Face-Off: Does Satan Exist? debate with great interest last week. Not only …

2009-03-29: Bible Study Seminar Material All material from the Rightly | Dividing seminar is now available for free to anyone interested. I …

2009-03-24: Portrait of a World-Changer Series | Repentance Sandro Botticelli’s first major fresco commissioned in 1480: Saint …

2009-03-22: Faith by Hearing Mo gifted me with my first iPod on my 30th birthday in 2004. Not only I have moved out of Music …

2009-03-19: Eyes to See Series | Repentance We learn much about seven churches’ problems in Revelation 2-3. Five of …

2009-03-19: Pink Ox 2.0 In March of 2005, I posted the original pink ox logo from Jesse Martin. I’ve used it as my …

2009-03-17: The Invitation Series | Repentance The richest, most cherished fellowship awaits the repentant. Behold, I stand at …

2009-03-12: The Imperatives Series | Repentance There is only one approach to receive His generous gifts offered in verse 18. …

2009-03-11: The Instruction Series | Repentance Sin not only offends God, it ruins us. It not only robs God of His glory, it …

2009-03-01: Tripping I started posting briefly about our annual trip to the Shepherds’ Conference in 2006, did so …

2009-02-24: The Instruction Series | Repentance As He did with each of the previous six churches, Jesus asserted His knowledge …

2009-02-23: To the Church in Laodicea Series | Repentance Yesterday I suggested that things are not good and that if Jesus visited us …

2009-02-22: Things Are Not Good Series | Repentance Things are not good. Nations are at war, babies are being aborted, businesses …

2009-02-12: 2009 Snow Retreat Audio All six sessions from the 09SR are now online. Each link includes a downloadable mp3 and the very …

2009-02-12: Repentance Retreat Audio Series | Repentance All six sessions from the 09SR are now online. Each link includes a downloadable …

2009-02-10: Ordination Service The elders of Grace Bible Church ordained me Sunday, January 18. I am grateful to all those who …

2009-02-08: My 2009 Resolutions I’ve been marinating much in 1 Timothy 4:11-16 since Eric Alexander took it as his text at the …

2009-02-04: Repentance Clips and Quotes Ian Lugg created the following video for our snow retreat on Repentance last week. It moves my …

2009-01-24: Advance by Retreat I intended to have my new year’s resolution post up by now (yes, I’m aware that it is …

2009-01-09: Image-Bearing Resolutions The making of New Year’s resolutions can be a complete waste of time. Some goals are cheap or …

2009-01-07: In Praise of a Quite Gratuitous Ornament In my preparatory reading for our upcoming snow retreat, I came across this celebration of beards by …

2009-01-05: The Day YouTube Turned Off the Water I received the following email Sunday afternoon. Dear seankhiggins, Video Disabled A copyright …

2009-01-01: My 2008 Resolutions in Review Having reached 2009 (Happy New Year!), I need to lay down my 2008 resolutions so I can build new …

2008-12-24: White Christmas We’ve never had a white Christmas in our seven previous years in Marysville. That changed …

2008-12-24: the Night Before Christmas I’m only familiar with the first few lines of the poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas. While we …

2008-12-20: Enjoying the Process - The Book I am excited to announce that I completed a major project last week and picked up copies of the …

2008-12-18: The Laying on of Hands Lord willing, I will be ordained this Sunday night. I am humbled and excited by the implications of …

2008-12-17: To Infinity and Beyond Disclaimer: Some of you have heard parts of the story below but have waited a long time to see …

2008-12-16: State of the Void Today is the first snow day of the school year. Since I’m not teaching at a school anymore, a …

2008-12-01: One Week Later It’s been one week since my last post and all I have is another instant message from …

2008-11-24: It's Very Male / Female in Here The following is an instant message I received from hobbsandbean a short while ago. maggie leared …

2008-11-21: Too Late for Me Some interesting discussion going on at TeamPyro over the video below. I’m guessing most …

2008-11-17: Happy 30th Birthday, Mo! On November 18, 1978, Mo was born. Her mom toasted her a bagel for breakfast, spread with peanut …

2008-11-12: You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly Trapped in Neverland by Carl Trueman underscores the ugliness of today’s world “because …

2008-11-05: Open Minds and Open Doors As he promised, Phil de Oliveira made his attempt to prop open the door for theistic evolution in …

2008-10-30: Repentance--Seeing Sin for What It Is Series | Repentance We have been tasked to change the world. As men and women made in the image of …

2008-10-28: Night and Day Part 8 of the series: Shooting Down Theistic Evolution All six bullets I’ve mentioned come …

2008-10-27: Bullet Six - Bad Good Part 7 of the series: Shooting Down Theistic Evolution At multiple points throughout week one, God …

2008-10-26: Bullet Five - Breeding Boundaries Part 6 of the series: Shooting Down Theistic Evolution This shoots as big a hole in theistic …

2008-10-25: Bullet Four - Defined Days Part 5 of the series: Shooting Down Theistic Evolution The hope of theistic evolutionists hinges on …

2008-10-24: Bullet Three - Immediate Fulfillment Part 4 of the series: Shooting Down Theistic Evolution Seven of the eight creative acts in Genesis …

2008-10-23: Bullet Two - Chronological Sequence Part 3 of the series: Shooting Down Theistic Evolution Every verse in Genesis chapter one (except …

2008-10-22: Bullet One - Narrative Genre Part 2 of the series: Shooting Down Theistic Evolution The bulk of the book of Genesis is in the …

2008-10-21: Shooting Down Theistic Evolution Part 1 of the series: Shooting Down Theistic Evolution According to Genesis 1:1, the universe was …

2008-10-05: Breaking News Many of you already know that Mo is scheduled for a C-section on Wednesday morning since Hallie is …

2008-09-29: What Not to Believe Photo thanks to keyphotographics Genesis 1:1 frames our beliefs about God in such a way that certain …

2008-09-18: Starting at the Beginning A couple months ago I was having breakfast with some of the one28 staff men. Our conversation turned …

2008-09-17: Monkeys in My Backyard The following is not a joke. The Professor saw this poster on the wall at our local community …

2008-09-16: Beware of Dogs During the night Nathan Busenitz posted his points about why Mark Driscoll is not justified in his …

2008-09-15: Wilson Thinks Out Loud about Palin I have told numerous people in the past couple weeks that they should read Doug Wilson’s posts …

2008-09-14: Ethics for a Can of Worms As I said last week, failing to understand God’s created order makes for all kinds of …

2008-09-11: My Middle Name Is Fun Dave Cleland continues his torrid posting with today’s, Our Youth Ministry is no Fun! …

2008-09-07: Framing a Generation There may be no better book in the Bible to confront our culture’s current issues than the …

2008-09-03: Catching Genesis This Sunday I start my teaching trek through Genesis in one28. I already sense the thrill of …

2008-08-28: You think English is easy? The bandage was wound around the wound. The farm was used to produce produce. The dump was so full …

2008-08-22: The Savanna Project My friend, David W. Cleland, is now writing at and about The Savannah Project. He has moved a time …

2008-08-13: Discerning Repentance One’s attitude does not produce discernment, like sadness can’t diagnose disease. On the …

2008-08-12: How Do You Respond One week ago I was minding my own business, working on something in my office when I received a text …

2008-08-07: Making Disciples - The Booklet A few months ago I blogged through a series of posts on Making Disciples. My ulterior motive was to …

2008-07-29: You Can't Pay for This Kind of Promotion Ryan Hall is eager for the upcoming seminar on Bible study. We should all have this attitude and …

2008-07-27: Pastoral Wisdom According to 50 former pastors, faithful pastoral ministry requires initiative and discipline, with …

2008-07-26: Rightly Dividing Your Copy of God's Word Today we announced a new seminar at church: Rightly | Dividing aims to move believers beyond …

2008-07-21: Fools Play with Fire Series | Whispers and Flames Avoiding drama doesn’t mean we never say tough things, it means …

2008-07-21: Dear the Void Dear the Void, You have been so empty. I’m beginning to wonder if you even care about me any …

2008-07-08: I Didn't Pick My Eyes Out Mo and I returned Monday afternoon from the Olympic Swim Trials. We spent a week together in Omaha, …

2008-06-19: Happy 10th Anniversary, Mo! Mo married me 10 years ago today, June 19, 1998. Wow. Back then I was looking for someone who …

2008-06-12: Enjoying the Travel In a few minutes Maggie and I are leaving for a two week trip to Ohio. Mo and Calvin are staying …

2008-06-10: Whisperers Eat Fires Series | Whispers and Flames There’s a reason we don’t put out fires: we love the …

2008-06-08: Quarrelers Inflame Fires Series | Whispers and Flames Not only do whisperers fuel drama as we saw in verse 20, quarrelers …

2008-06-06: Whisperers Feed Fires Series | Whispers and Flames Starting a fire requires fuel and something to ignite the fuel.1 In …

2008-06-05: Whispers and Flames Series | Whispers and Flames Fire scares me; it has for as long as I can remember. For most of my …

2008-05-28: Closed for Business The Graduate makes an excellent case that the church is a body, not a business. My favorite …

2008-05-24: The End of the Matter In the category of shameless plugs, I finished a three year project today with my sixty-first and …

2008-05-14: Another Shot at Life The Everett Herald featured a great article today about Grant Weinberg as a walking miracle. (The …

2008-05-14: Sugar and Spice and Cloth Diapers We found out yesterday via ultrasound that Maggie and Calvin are having a little sister in October. …

2008-05-13: Like Being Thirsty I’m tweaking some three year old Ecclesiastes sermons. What follows is an illustration that …

2008-05-13: Pay Close Attention While pounding out seven miles on my treadmill yesterday I listened to C.J. Mahaney’s message …

2008-04-30: Chuck Norris Looks Down on Summa Cum Laude In case my last post left you feeling a little down, let your heart cheer you in the days of your …

2008-04-30: I Don't Believe It I love Dr. John MacArthur. Much of my spiritual and pastoral growth can be attributed directly to …

2008-04-24: From Disciple to Discipler Series | Making Disciples The Practical Discipleship Plan of Attack aims to take in a disciple and …

2008-04-23: Stage Five - Inspire Series | Making Disciples This is the final stage in the practical discipleship plan of attack. In …

2008-04-22: Stage Four - Improve Series | Making Disciples There are always more ways for a disciple to grow no matter how well …

2008-04-20: Stage Three - Involve Series | Making Disciples The practical plan of discipleship starts with instruction and includes …

2008-04-18: Stage Two - Illustrate Series | Making Disciples Making disciples requires instruction, but verbal communication …

2008-04-15: Stage One - Instruct Series | Making Disciples Each stage in our practical plan of attack includes the Task, the Purpose, …

2008-04-15: Like Father, Like Son Two years ago today my dad died. We had less and less in common after I answered the call to …

2008-04-15: Making Ministers through Difficulties I finished reading Lectures to My Students yesterday. The journey took almost two years and included …

2008-04-14: A Vision for Young People Here’s a great start to a new series on a gospel vision for the rising generation of young …

2008-04-14: The Practical Discipleship Plan of Attack Series | Making Disciples Making disciples is job #1 for every Christian. So far we’ve …

2008-04-05: What's Like the Sun This afternoon at Starbucks the barista compared my outfit to the sun in a bright blue sky. I …

2008-04-04: What I Did over Spring Break My post on Monday hinted at some travel; boy was there traveling. Sunday afternoon I left Marysville …

2008-04-02: One to One Ministry Here’s a BRIEFING on one-to-one ministry that compliments much of the Biblical Shepherding …

2008-03-30: Liveblogging the Intern in Chapel Follow updates of Micah Lugg preaching in chapel at The Master’s College here.

2008-03-22: How Good Is God? Chuck Weinberg started a new blog to give updates on Grant’s condition and to thank God for …

2008-03-17: Recapping the Three Target Levels Series | Making Disciples The Great Commission sets our sights high; we are to make disciples of all …

2008-03-13: Target Level Three - Equipping Series | Making Disciples Disciple-making ends (and begins again) here. This center circle on the …

2008-03-13: Misery 101 Since some reading in The Institutes yesterday afternoon I’ve been mulling over the lessons of …

2008-03-13: Out of the Mouths of Fools The fool loves to talk, loves to hear himself speak, loves to share his opinion. Solomon said as …

2008-03-11: Target Level Two - Edifying Series | Making Disciples Disciple-making continues here. This second circle on the target …

2008-03-10: Marinate on Twitter Watch and learn about Twitter in plain English just like RSS in plain English. For myself, I Twitter …

2008-03-05: Mama Said

2008-03-03: Annual Pilgrimage Our Tahoe full of five is about 90 miles north of Los Angeles as I write on my iPhone. I already can …

2008-02-28: Happy Leap Day Bible Reading I won’t miss the opportunity to blog on a day that only occurs every four years. So if I fail …

2008-02-28: Target Level One - Evangelizing Series | Making Disciples Disciple-making starts here. This is the first and broadest circle on the …

2008-02-27: The Biblical Discipleship Bullseye Series | Making Disciples The Christian life is simple. It’s hard, but not complex. Christians …

2008-02-26: Unexpected Content Kiwi and an Emu paid me a compliment by questioning if “without form and void” really …

2008-02-20: This Too Shall Pass We interrupt our regularly scheduled post of substance to report this recent medical incident. I …

2008-02-17: The Protection and Pay-Off of Accountability Series | Accountability Still there are those who hate accountability. I guess they don’t want …

2008-02-15: The Levels of Accountability Series | Accountability Accountability is troubling because the natural man hates holiness. Almost …

2008-02-14: Built-In Accountability Repellent Series | Accountability A person is accountable when they are required or expected to justify their …

2008-02-13: The Trouble with Accountability Series | Accountability Jesus could have made our job as Christians a lot easier. All He needed to …

2008-02-10: 08SR Sermon Audio by Phil Johnson All six Snow Retreat sermons are available for audio download here. The messages cover Playing for …

2008-02-09: Little Girl Bike Helmets In seven previous snow retreats I had never visited the tubing hill at the Double-K. For years …

2008-02-04: Pyro Tubing Take Two We saw over five feet of fresh powder fall at our Snow Retreat last week on top of the five or six …

2008-01-27: Winter Pleasures Winter pleasures have made blogging sparse here at the void. Last weekend I was in -25 temperature …

2008-01-18: Ordination Images Friend, fellow GBC member, and Maggie’s fantastic art teacher, Joan Dabrowski, graciously …

2008-01-10: My (Solomonic) 2008 Resolutions I’ve had more than ten days to think about resolutions for 2008 and if I put it off any longer …

2008-01-10: Irresistible Marriage Sans wedding date, here is reliable info from an insider that the MacArthur Study Bible is engaged …

2008-01-07: How to Make Solomonic Resolutions Though apparently not everyone agrees, I think the new year provides a perfect opportunity to …

2008-01-04: How a Sidebar Stopped My Breath A few weeks ago I noticed incoming traffic from a notable blog. I held my breath as I clicked the …

2008-01-04: Return of the Capranica In August the Capranica went dark. But Bret has been back for a few weeks now. So Happy New Year …

2007-12-30: Bible Reading Plans If you’re undecided about how to read the Bible this year take a look at these eight Bible …

2007-12-29: High Altitude Assessment of 2007 The last couple years I’ve made resolutions, posted them publicly, then reviewed my progress …

2007-12-20: Why Godly Men Must Pray Series | Prayer: A Man’s Most Difficult Struggle Prayer is a struggle for most men, and yet …

2007-12-19: Manliness and Prayerfulness Series | Prayer: A Man’s Most Difficult Struggle Yesterday I wrote that a man’s most …

2007-12-18: A Man's Most Difficult Struggle Series | Prayer: A Man’s Most Difficult Struggle A man’s most difficult struggle is not …

2007-12-18: Seconds and Inches Last Thursday night I was in a somewhat significant car accident. I was not injured and as far as I …

2007-12-15: Is This Nirvana? Or, Why Being a Youth Pastor is No Paradise. Phil Johnson recently wrote a pungent post that smells …

2007-12-06: Putting Wounded Egos Out of Their Misery Pride is bad. What’s more, pride is sickeningly ugly. It is a frightful thing to find in the …

2007-12-03: Persuading Men to Love God by Serving Idols Series | ComMission A loud voice continues to emerge in some parts of Christianity, with a heart for …

2007-11-20: What Mission Are We Talking About Exactly? Series | ComMission A few nights ago a friend forwarded an email from another friend with some …

2007-11-15: Raising the Stakes Tim Pickard saw my post from Piper on pride and raised me Stott and Spurgeon.

2007-11-15: Serving the Next Generation The church is responsible to serve the next generation. For example, we must “relentlessly …

2007-11-15: The Finish Line High school senior Claire Markwardt was running the Ohio state high school cross country …

2007-11-01: Genuine Religious Affections are Fruitful Series | For the Love of God I am (almost) ashamed. I have been one post away from finishing Known …

2007-10-30: Polka, Pirates, and Pontification I know I have not posted anything substantial for over two weeks. This post won’t change that. …

2007-10-22: Sage Advice on Book Buying Priorities Paul Lamey shares some sage, 500 year old advice on when to buy books.

2007-10-22: The Art and Discipline of Ignoring Mark Driscoll posted about our beeping, ringing, and vibrating merciless sovereign gods [link no …

2007-10-15: Rejoice in Your Youth Thanks to Justin Taylor I’ve enjoyed the ads for the 2008 T4G conference. These three are my …

2007-10-11: Miracle Mug In July I made one purchase at our World’s for Sale. I affectionately call it my miracle mug. …

2007-10-10: Praying Your Way Into the Pulpit Colin Adams at Unashamed Workman collected some apropos quotes concerning pastors praying their way …

2007-10-02: Aspiring to Seek His Help at All Times A cold “blog booger” on a paper plate collected some sentences from Calvin about …

2007-10-02: Puritanic Rigidity Is not the Problem Series | The Lord’s Day Charles Spurgeon once wrote, Ah, sirs! there may have been a time …

2007-10-01: A Week on the Merry-Go-Round Series | The Lord’s Day Obviously our whole lives are to be worship; worship is more than just …

2007-09-30: Passionately Exult in Worship Series | The Lord’s Day This is the fourth piece of practical advice for how to regard the …

2007-09-28: Intently Endeavor to Worship Series | The Lord’s Day Here is the third piece of practical advice for how to regard the …

2007-09-27: Actively Engage in Worship Series | The Lord’s Day Here is the second piece of practical advice for how to regard the …

2007-09-27: Hohenschönhausen is Happening One of our new youth staff, Kim Weinberg, arrived in Hohenschönhausen, Berlin safe and sound. …

2007-09-26: Eagerly Expect to Worship Series | The Lord’s Day I previously promised four pieces of practical advice for how to …

2007-09-25: The Best Day Series | The Lord’s Day A pastor friend of mine who helps lead a local body on the …

2007-09-24: Caveats and Clarification on First Day Conduct Series | The Lord’s Day Our Lord’s day practices require consideration and sometimes …

2007-09-20: The First Day Series | The Lord’s Day The first day of the week, Sunday, was and is the Lord’s day. …

2007-09-18: The Lord's Day Series | The Lord’s Day George Orwell said, Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is …

2007-09-17: Good for Nothing Bricks Series | The Lord’s Day In December of 2003 I taught a short series of sermons under the …

2007-09-17: The Gospel in Six Minutes This video of The Gospel in 6 Minutes is a terrific asset for both evangelism and edification. I …

2007-09-17: One Million Islands Covered Happy 10 year anniversary and one million MacArthur Study Bibles. As I said before, “If I was …

2007-09-06: For the First Time in 28 Years I did not go “back to school” yesterday for the first time in 28 years. The past six …

2007-09-05: Genuine Religious Affections are Relentless Series | For the Love of God This fifth mark is acutely helpful but typically ignored in the attempt …

2007-09-05: Three Minutes More The TruThseeker is back at his blog and crunched some numbers on the average life expectancy …

2007-09-04: Genuine Religious Affections are Nature-Changing Series | For the Love of God Today we pick up with the next distinguishing mark of genuine religious …

2007-09-02: Crankiness Does Not Equal Authenticity Doug Wilson on why community living is messy, but also why crankiness in the community does not …

2007-08-30: Out of God's Control Justin Taylor linked to this article by Dr. Roger Olson who claims that the Calvinist view of the …

2007-08-24: What Do You Expect? I thought this was interesting…and tiring. The Rev. Warren Carr of Durham, North Carolina, …

2007-08-23: The Mirror of Our Love There are a few things I don’t need any help with. I’m good at these things. I …

2007-08-08: Winners vs. Losers My dad shared the following poem with me when I was a kid and I’ve never forgotten it. It was …

2007-04-18: Live or Memorex? I’m eager to publish (what is hopefully) the last explanation behind my music video. It was …

2007-03-27: Resources for Studying Calvinism When Phil Johnson taught on Spurgeon at the 07SR he referenced some of Spurgeon’s contentions …

2007-03-24: Teenagers Are Irresponsible Series | Lies Every Teen Believes The second lie teenagers believe is that they are, intrinsically, …

2007-03-15: Happy Sheep Come from Happy Shepherds There is a sinewy connection between joy and shepherding and I regret that there are still too many …

2007-03-12: An Addendum on ADD One of the compelling issues in the adolescence, ADD, and ADHD phenomena is the possibility of …

2007-03-01: Teenagers Are Incompetent Series | Lies Every Teen Believes Today we’ll address the first of the six lies of …

2007-02-11: Behind the Music Last Monday I posted a couple videos here at the Void. The clip of Phil tubing is growing in …

2007-02-05: There Is Nothing to See Here - Part Duet The 07SR is over. Audio from Phil’s sessions and hundreds of photos will be online soon. In …

2007-01-05: The Birth of Adolescence Series | Lies Every Teen Believes In 1904, G. Stanley Hall published a book titled, Adolescence: …

2007-01-02: A Definition for Adolescence Series | Lies Every Teen Believes Adolescence has achieved objective status as an obvious stage in …

2007-01-01: An Introduction to the Myth of Adolescence Series | Lies Every Teen Believes “The facts are simple,” says Charles K. Johnson, …

2006-12-21: Ten Books Every Christian Should Own A few weeks ago I listed the 25 books that have influenced me the most. In that post I promised a …

2006-11-23: Four Tools for Great ComMissional Disciple-Making Series | ComMission In Ashamed of the Gospel 2.0, I criticized the man-centered, pragmatic approach …

2006-11-21: Ashamed of the Gospel 2.0 Series | ComMission “Contextualization” is a buzzword in Christian conversation these …

2006-10-16: The 25 Most Influential Books on the Void Reading is making a comeback. Numerous bloggers have commented on the collection and reading of …

2006-08-06: Appetite and Ability to Study God's Word Series | Marks of a Healthy Student Ministry The third mark of health in our series is: A healthy …

2006-08-02: A Better Beard I’m sure there are things more banal, but the C-Train points out some pros and cons in the …

2006-07-26: Godly Leaders Series | Marks of a Healthy Student Ministry Here is the second mark of a healthy student ministry: …

2006-07-25: Part of the Local Church Series | Marks of a Healthy Student Ministry I retaught my series on the Marks of a Healthy Student …

2006-07-18: The Marks of a Healthy Student Ministry Series | Marks of a Healthy Student Ministry It was four years ago–July 11, 2001 to be …

2006-06-29: Recommended Reformation Resources I finished preaching through the Reformation solas again and wanted to put together a list of …

2006-04-24: The Precious Possession of Diligence Many of you know that my dad passed away early Monday morning, April 17. We travelled to Ohio for …

2006-02-20: The Best Online Edwards Resources In spite of the fact that the 06SR is over, I am hoping that many of you will desire to learn more …

2005-12-30: Tags

2005-12-14: Why Go to Church? I’m normally don’t enjoy email forwards, but this one was different. It was sent to me …

2005-10-03: How to Destroy Unity The theme of this year’s Grace Academy Junior High retreat was unity. I was asked to address …

2005-05-13: A Notice about Prayer You can’t be a Christian if you don’t pray. I’m not talking about prayer being a work that you do …

2005-04-19: Vocabulary for OT Young People Series | Lies Every Teen Believes The OT is a great place to start in our look to find adolescents …

2005-04-12: Adolescents in the Old Testament Series | Lies Every Teen Believes There is a great old story about King Rehoboam in 1 Kings 12. At …

2005-03-22: Adolescence Growth Enhancements Series | Lies Every Teen Believes Though we’ve finished covering the eight ingredients in the …

2005-03-22: The Easy Sell of Irresponsibility Excuses Series | Lies Every Teen Believes This is (finally) the eighth and last ingredient in the growth of …

2005-03-20: The Expansion of National Media Series | Lies Every Teen Believes Whether it is mass produces pop music, or cable television, or the …

2005-03-12: Buy Biography Good afternoon blogreaders! I haven’t much time to dilly-dally around writing a blog, but …

2004-12-29: The Emergence of Marketing Strategies Series | Lies Every Teen Believes This might be one of the biggest reasons our culture has …

2004-12-13: The Evolving Popularity of Psychology (Part 2) Series | Lies Every Teen Believes The most obvious and direct way that psychology has helped to …

2004-12-07: The Evolving Popularity of Psychology (Part 1) Series | Lies Every Teen Believes The fifth ingredient in the dominant belief in adolescence is the …

2004-12-02: The Establishment of a Juvenile Justice System Series | Lies Every Teen Believes The fourth ingredient to the growth of adolescence is the creation …

2004-11-30: The Expression of Parental Wishfulness Series | Lies Every Teen Believes The third ingredient in the rise of adolescence is the expression …

2004-11-23: The Endorsement of Compulsory Education Series | Lies Every Teen Believes Following on the heels of the new child labor laws is this second …

2004-11-22: The Enactment of Child Labor Laws Series | Lies Every Teen Believes The first ingredient to mention in the growth of adolescence was …

2004-11-21: The Growth of Adolescence Series | Lies Every Teen Believes I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the Reformation and the …

2004-05-24: A Community of Diversity Series | Church It has been a while since my last blog on the distinctive traits of New Testament …

2004-05-13: Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride My props go again to Mijah (Micah James) for today’s blog. Wednesday night he shared with me the new …

2004-05-12: Church - The Teen Edition? Series | Church Thanks to Micah Lugg for today’s weblog title. As we were on our way to Starbucks …

2004-05-09: An Example of Self-Defeating Segregation Series | Church If you haven’t read the weblog from 05/07 you should do that before reading today’s …

2004-05-06: Leaders of the Flock - What (else)? Series | Church It is always beneficial for us when our vision is in line with God’s vision. By …

2004-05-05: Leaders of the Flock - What? Series | Church Yesterday we took a brief look at some of the implications of who New Testament …

2004-05-04: Leaders of the Flock - Who? and Where? Series | Church We are back again to consider the distinctive traits of New Testament churches, and …

2004-05-02: The Chosen Chanel Series | Church If you’ve been in “Big Church” on Sunday mornings during the last couple of months …

2004-04-28: Eagerness vs. Necessity As a preacher it is a regular occurrence for me to hear criticism. Actually, I am amazed that I …

2004-04-23: The Battle over Surface Earth Yesterday was a monumental day in my life. Although there was no parade and no fireworks, it was an …

2004-04-22: Scoffer Sensitive Services Off and on for the last twelve years or so I have been reading the “proverb of the day.” When I was …

2004-04-20: The Ugliness of Unthankfulness I thought that I might be able to skip over this thought in my head, but providence apparently had …

2004-04-19: It's About Time Well, my first post was more than a few days ago, and I really do have a lot of things that are …

2004-04-01: Welcome to the Blog Well, it seems like everyone who is anyone on the internet has their own weblog, so I thought it …