Reading the Gospels Wisely

For many of us, reading and applying the stories of the Bible are a very difficult task. Sure, we can pick up Philippians and understand it well enough. But if you drop into the New Testament in Matthew 1, most of us scramble for the red letters.

My friend and mentor, Jonathan Pennington, has written a very helpful book on how to read gospel stories well. The book covers a wide range of topics (a short synopsis of each chapter).… Continue Reading

We Will Feast In The House Of Zion

I have been moved by so many conversations, readings, prayers, gatherings lately that I had to stop, pick up a guitar, and sing.

Not rehearsal, not discovery, not even devotional personal-quiet-time-ish-ness. Just stop. And sing.

Enter Sandra McCracken’s latest album, track 2.

My beautiful wife joined in, my 1 year old did as well, and my 4 year old danced.

The gospel in verse 3 hit me like a ton of bricks… I couldn’t even form the words, and my love sang the songĀ for me.… Continue Reading

Why Reading Fiction Isn’t a Waste of Time

There was a great post over at Desiring God recently reflecting on why J.R.R. Tolkien, the famous author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, didn’t “waste his life” by writing fanciful stories (some might say “escapist fiction,” a waste of time for heavenly-minded Christians). I highly commend the article to you.

But the writing of fiction is not what I’m concerned with here. I’m rather interested in the reading.

Is Reading Fiction a Waste of (Precious) Time?

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No More Justice

Every person on the planet agrees that #Ferguson is a mess. Red and yellow, black and white; we all want resolution.

Every person on the planet wants justice.

But why is appealing for justice so unsatisfying and divisive?

Justice is far from us

Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom.

We grope for the wall like the blind; we grope like those who have no eyes; we stumble at noon as in the twilight, among those in full vigor we are like dead men.… Continue Reading