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Jason Abbott and I wrote a book called More People to Love: How the Bible Starts in a Garden and Ends in a City and What That Means for You. Brant Hansen, a nationally syndicated Christian radio host, wrote the foreword.
More People to Love is about The Big Story of the Bible. It’s about God’s plan, as revealed from Genesis to Revelation, to “make [his] name great among the nations” (Malachi 1:11). At times, our lives can be very difficult. But seeing our lives in light of The Big Story—the beautiful story of God’s unfolding plan of redemption—gives us the perspective we need to carry on with purpose and joy.
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Backstage passes are great. You get to see all of the cool stuff that goes into the final product. Although not near as cool as meeting your favorite music band before a show, this post is part of a series to take you “backstage of the pulpit.”
I’m not sure if readers love them, but I read enough blogs to know that bloggers love to create them: End-of-the-Year Lists. This is my contribution: The list of books I read in 2016.
Some reasons to love the 2015 Disney movie Cinderella, as well as 10 discussion questions.
Here are my five favorite (and the most popular) blog posts that I wrote in 2016.
This Christmas, my hope and prayer is that our hearts will explode with praise over the salvation that comes through Jesus. If this is to happen, first we need to reckon seriously with the darkness within us.
Several years ago, I wrote a hymn about three men who came face to face with God: Job, Isaiah, and Peter. I’d love to share the lyrics and the audio recording with you.
On December 6, the book I co-authored, More People to Love, is being released. Can’t wait to share it with you. The popular Christian radio host, Brant Hansen, wrote the foreword. The book will be for sale at Amazon.com for $7.99.
Professors Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson wrote this book to prepare us for the apocalypse. Their approach, however, is less Swiss Army Knife and more Encyclopedia Britannica.
Here are few dozen strategies to help men win the war against sexual temptation.
This is my favorite piece of stand-up comedy. It comes from Brian Regan. It’s brilliant commentary on our human condition: we love to talk about ourselves.
Except for the occasional post, I'm taking a rest from social media. My heart is frazzled. Here’s how it got this way.
In early December of this year (2016), Jason Abbott (my co-pastor) and I are launching a book. It’s called, More People to Love: How the Bible Starts in a Garden and Ends in a City and What That Means for You. Here’s a sneak peak at the preface I wrote.
My book review of Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians by J.A. Medders and Brandon D. Smith. A great, accessible book to help Christians both know God and live for him.
The Babylon Bee, a satirical Christian sourse for news, is doing a superb job of embedding its stinger in Joel Osteen and other prosperity teachers.
Later this fall, Jason Abbott (my co-pastor) and I are launching a book. It’s called, More People to Love: How the Bible Starts in a Garden and Ends in a City and What That Means for You. Here’s a sneak peak at the cover art and the table of contents.
If everyone who listens to you knows your theological hobby horses, then you’re probably out of balance. But at the same time, one’s theology will always inform his or her teaching. In this post, I explain how I navigate this tension in my preaching.
Recently, our director of music, Ben Bechtel, put together a “map” to help our church choose worship songs. I thought it was so helpful, that I asked him if he would let me share it on my blog. Hope you like it too. This is Part II of II.
Recently, our director of music, Ben Bechtel, put together a “map” to help our church choose worship songs. I thought it was so helpful, that I asked him if he would let me share it on my blog. Hope you like it too. This is Part I of II.
Here are 9 tips for speaking at a church retreat.
As with books, the number of podcasts abounds. There’s no point in even trying to listen to everything; we have to be selective. If this post reads like an advertisement, I’m sorry, but I must tell you that my current favorite writing podcast is Home Row.
Husbands, keep praising your wife. Do it again and again. It matters.
Talking about the difference between “consumer” and “covenant” relationships is a helpful way to get at the deeper meaning of marriage, that is, the gospel.
Over the years, I’ve attended a number of men’s retreats, even helping to organize a few of them. But I’ve never been asked to be the main speaker for one—until now. Recently, my former church asked me to speak at their retreat. It’s coming up the first weekend in August.
A book review of Brant Hansen’s book Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better.
If you’ve been to a Christian bookstore recently, then you might have been overwhelmed by the amount of stuff there. That’s why two weeks ago our church launched our own bookstore. We filled it with 25-30 Christian books that were handpicked by our elders and staff. Here’s our list.
During the last 12 months, I’ve been posting some tips to help pastors find the right job in a local church. This post is a continuation of the series. In it, I discuss “why” and “how” to get ready for job interviews.
While in seminary, my family and I attended Salem Evangelical Free Church in St. Louis, MO. In a few days, as I complete my first five years of ministry, thankfulness for their investment in me is bubbling over. Here’s a copy of a letter I recently wrote to them.
This summer, we are preaching through 1 Samuel. Rarely do I post my sermons on this blog, but today I’m making an exception. This sermon is about how God—as C.S. Lewis famously writes of Alsan—is not tame, but he is good.
On the whole, Your Best Life Now has so many troubling aspects that, to be honest, I don’t think we should even call it a “Christian book.”
What does it mean to “remember?” This may feel like a silly question, but it’s not. If we understand what it means, biblically speaking, "to remember," then we’ll be able to better understand the Lord’s Supper.