Some time back, I was involved with in a discussion with an atheist friend who tried to make the point that Christians as a group are some of the most immoral people they knew. Those weren’t the exact words but that’s a good approximation of the gist of what he said. It got me thinking. … More Why Christianity over Atheism?
Rereading Classic Books Last night, while re-reading for the fourth time, John Piper’s Desiring God, I was reminded why I am a “Christian Hedonist.” Buy the book and read it slowly. Back in college when I first came to trust in Christ, when I first starting reading the Bible regularly (hours a day at times), … More Desiring God
I was driving back from Illinois in a rented truck to my new home in South Carolina. Talk radio and country music stations were all I could get and I was tired of both. So I turned the radio off and started praying for my kids and the kids of a former staff member from … More What if Teardrops are Blessings?
Good teaching is not an accident. It is part of a process that begins in a bowed spirit, proceeds through a rigorous process of study, bathed in a spirit of prayer, and anticipating the empowering of God. John Piper’s advice has always been helpful. Pray with me and for all those around the world burdened … More John Piper’s Advice for Pastors (or anyone who teaches the Bible)
Sunday Evening Musings The glory of bread is that it satisfies. The glory of living water is that it quenches thirst. We do not honor the refreshing, self-replenishing, pure water of a mountain spring by lugging buckets of water up the path to make our contributions from the ponds below. We honor the spring by … More Ours is a God Who Satisfies
Thursday is for Preaching The language is from another time. The spelling is from another place. The truth behind the quote is trans-cultural and timeless. “A man preacheth that sermon only well unto others which preacheth itself in his own soul. And he that doth not feed on and thrive in the digestion of the … More Preparing to Preach Easter
Sunday Afternoon Musings This week I have been rereading a short biography on the life of Charles Simeon. It’s the second bio in John Piper’s The Roots of Endurance (Crossway, 2002). Simeon was a British pastor (1754-1836). His mother died when he was very young, his father was an unbeliever and he was sent to … More What Happens When a Non-believer Takes the Lord’s Supper Seriously?
Sunday Musings Kentland, IN For the first time on a Sunday morning, I was able to visit our outreach in Kentland, IN. It was a good morning of sweet fellowship with some familiar faces who are bringing the gospel of Christ to the Kentland community. Everyone did a super job and it was exciting to … More Ends and Odds and Weekend Quotes
Saturday is for Reflection How do our lives get cluttered and distracted, and out of whack, disjointed, misdirected, unpurposed, uninspiring, unfocused, unfulfilling, unsatisfying, and joyless? How do we head off with great passion to love and serve God and lose our way when the path is so clearly marked? Jesus could not have been clearer: … More The Clutter that Obscures Christ
Tuesday is for Thinking “The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in … More The Greatest Enemy of Hunger for God