Charming novel in the style of Wodehouse and Chesterton. Timely, too. The plot is simple: set in today’s day and age, the president of a small Bible college ends up embroiled in a national controversy over the relative placement of the national, Christian, and state flags flown out front. What began as a drunk prank … Continue reading "Book Review: Flags Out Front"
Spiritual growth depends on two things: first a willingness to live according to the Word of God; second, a willingness to take whatever consequences emerge as a result. —Sinclair Ferguson (shared from Challies).
Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while that we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence. (Vince Lombardi Jr) For those who don’t follow the sport of Crossfit, Ben Bergeron may not be a familiar name. However, if you look him up—and … Continue reading "Becoming a Person Capable of Chasing Excellence"
There’s a common saying that goes, “If you want something done, ask a really busy person.” Why is that? Productivity author Laura Vanderkam answers this way: “A good juggler can juggle more.”. Being busy forces a person to figure out how to be more productive by developing better processes for managing tasks, time, and output. … Continue reading "Productivity: Doing the Right Thing and Doing Things Right"
In 1 Peter 4:12-16, Peter exhorts his readers to rejoice when they encounter “the fiery trial” and gives specific instructions on how to respond to this suffering. These are a short few verses, but they are packed with useful instruction and warning. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon … Continue reading "Rejoicing in Suffering"
As the New Year rolls around, I’m reminded again of a profitable Bible reading practice I implemented several times in the past. Like most avid readers, I consume a lot of information from many authors and many genres over the course of the year. At the recommendation of some mentor—unfortunately I forget their name—I decided … Continue reading "Bible Reading for Bibliophiles"
The title of this book does not do it justice. Paired with the subtitle, it makes a little more sense: “The Purifying Power of Living By Faith in Future Grace.” Even then, it still fails to accurately convey the compelling, life-altering teachings found in this book. Future Grace seems to be much more essential than … Continue reading "Book Review: Future Grace"
It is natural to strive for resolution; to leave no question unanswered, to connect all the dots, to make sense of it all. Somewhere deep within me is an urge to put everything in nice neat little boxes and have everything make perfect sense. This drive is helpful sometimes. It has motivated me to deepen … Continue reading "Tensions and Theology"
On a rainy afternoon a few years ago, I spent some time at my favorite DFW-area coffee shop, Buon Giorno, while waiting for my flight to somewhere. I ended up spending an hour conversing with a total stranger—a grey-haired retired consultant who shared a love of books and a similarly broad range of interests. He … Continue reading "Book Review: Mushroom: The story of the A-Bomb Kid"
And when God raised him from the dead, he called the church to follow him into the same dangerous field called “all the world” (Mark 16:15). But are we willing to follow? In Ermelo, Holland, Brother Andrew told the story of sitting in Budapest Hungary, with a dozen pastors of that city, teaching them from the Bible. In walked an … Continue reading "Domesticated, Inoffensive Godliness"