David P. Rogers reviewed Counseling the Word in the Local Church: An Introduction to a Philosophy of Biblical Co… A good resource for knowing where to start the conversation May 16, 2018 “As Christians navigate the world and the church, applying a biblical model in unofficial and official counseling situations comes up with regularity. The reality is … More First Review is In for the New Book
The problem with people is, well, people. Some of us are easier to love than others. But most of us alternate between loveable, tolerable and detestable depending on our environment. For years I have made the tongue-in-cheek joke that if you don’t love my brother Karl, there is something desperately wrong with you. My brother … More How Does Love for My Neighbor Begin?
Here’s an article well worth your time, if like me, you are a lover of books. …… Book Hoarding, by Jim Elliff My library is considerable, though over the last 15 years I have combed out over 1,000 volumes that have been either given away, sold or trashed. Many of them were given to me. … More Wise Words on the Hoarding of Books
I’m reading a novel that was first published 71 years ago. I don’t know how it got to my shelf. I never heard of it before. It has a terrible cover. The author is unknown to me. But the 1985 copy that I have has a note on the cover that says that when it was … More Schizophrenic Pastors
It is part of my yearly pattern. I reread, Bonhoeffer’s LIFE TOGETHER. Recently, the book has popped up a number of times in mentoring or counseling situations so now seemed like a good time for me to begin the process this year. And every time I am humbled by its wisdom and understanding of the … More Brotherhood—It’s a Real Thing Not a Feeling
My wife, because she loves me, gave me a book. The Pastor as Scholar & The Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry, by John Piper & D.A. Carson (Crossway 2011). It is a short book with a long title and a powerful punch. Early in chapter one, Piper is commenting on the Philippians … More The Traps of the Heart
Ten Reasons You Might Need to Read this Little Book Your passion for Christ has lost its edge. You long for revival in your own heart. You wonder if there is more to the Christian life than you are currently experiencing. You are looking for meaning and direction in life. You wonder if God has … More Ten Reasons You Might Need to Read this Little Book
Saturday Musings Settlers or Sojourners? is the fifth and also the second shortest book that I have written. But it has a long history. About 15 years ago, I was invited to speak at a symposium on multi-ethnic ministry. The church I was pastoring at the time had been a pioneer in multi-ethnic ministry in … More 23 countries of Birth in One Church
Tuesday is for Preaching I am re-reading John MacArthur’s Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ (Thomas Nelson, 2010). It is such a powerful book and it starts in the preface with a compelling story of a brother in Christ who gave his life in testimony to the beauty and attractiveness of Christ … More When You Say You are a Christian, What Does it Mean?
Friday is for Thinking Late September 1974, Fall Semester at the University of Maryland. Bob Avellini graduated the year before to become a quarterback with the Chicago Bears. On Campus, the names Lefty Driessel coach of the basketball team, John Lucas, Len Elmore, Steve McMillian, and Brad Davis are near legendary even though they are … More How to Learn the Difference Between Truth and Posturing