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Three Ministry-Shaping Sentences

John Piper once wrote, “Books don’t change people; paragraphs do. Sometimes even sentences.”[1] Though true in every dimension of my life, three sentences related to pastoral ministry have been meaningful to me that I would like to share with you. Sentence 1 The first...

Aligning Our Desires with God’s Revealed Will

One of the books we recommend in our weekly Gospel Encouragement is Paul Tripp’s devotional New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. Each morning provides readers with a dose of conviction and encouragement. The last two Mondays (September 6 and 13) were...

No Insignificant Days

Jane Kenyon (1947–1995) penned one of my favorite poems. It’s titled “Man Eating,” and goes like this: The man at the table across from mine is eating yogurt. His eyes, following the progress of the spoon, cross briefly each time it nears his face. Time, and the world...

The Beneficence of Failure

Confessions of an Enneagram 3 Mentioning the Enneagram (pronounced any-a-gram) is controversial in Christian circles. Some love it while others loath it. The lovers say it can improve self-knowledge and lead to personal transformation. The loathers call it the...

The Marks of True Repentance

During my sermon “Unfailing Love for a Faithless People” (Hosea 14:1–9)—which Vinnie preached for me!—I noted that the path to restoring our relationship with God is through repentance and reliance on Christ. Besides a brief glance at the Hebrew and Greek words, my...

Reading, Pondering, and Cherishing Scripture

I still remember the first time I read this sentence by J. I. Packer: “God’s purpose in revelation is to make friends with us.”[1] I marveled at the thought that the God of the universe wanted to be friends with me. Could it be true? I now know that through the means...

Four Quotes for Your Friday

Enjoy! “[B]y framing the abortion dispute as essentially a clash of raw interests between strangers—a person and a nonperson—Justice Blackmun [1908–1999] embraces the narrative of expressive individualism: a universe of lonely atomized wills each seeking their own...

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Three Ministry-Shaping Sentences

John Piper once wrote, “Books don’t change people; paragraphs do. Sometimes even sentences.”[1] Though true in every dimension of my life, three sentences related to pastoral ministry have been meaningful to me that I would like to share with you. Sentence 1 The first...

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Three Challenges to Having Meaningful Conversations on Social Media

A concerned family member recently asked me to intervene in a political discussion gone sour on Facebook between two relatives. “I can’t,” I responded, “I have a root canal scheduled.” “Really?” she replied. “No, but I’d rather have that than log on to Facebook,” I...

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Aligning Our Desires with God’s Revealed Will

One of the books we recommend in our weekly Gospel Encouragement is Paul Tripp’s devotional New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. Each morning provides readers with a dose of conviction and encouragement. The last two Mondays (September 6 and 13) were...

read more

No Insignificant Days

Jane Kenyon (1947–1995) penned one of my favorite poems. It’s titled “Man Eating,” and goes like this: The man at the table across from mine is eating yogurt. His eyes, following the progress of the spoon, cross briefly each time it nears his face. Time, and the world...

read more

The Beneficence of Failure

Confessions of an Enneagram 3 Mentioning the Enneagram (pronounced any-a-gram) is controversial in Christian circles. Some love it while others loath it. The lovers say it can improve self-knowledge and lead to personal transformation. The loathers call it the...

read more

The Marks of True Repentance

During my sermon “Unfailing Love for a Faithless People” (Hosea 14:1–9)—which Vinnie preached for me!—I noted that the path to restoring our relationship with God is through repentance and reliance on Christ. Besides a brief glance at the Hebrew and Greek words, my...

read more

Reading, Pondering, and Cherishing Scripture

I still remember the first time I read this sentence by J. I. Packer: “God’s purpose in revelation is to make friends with us.”[1] I marveled at the thought that the God of the universe wanted to be friends with me. Could it be true? I now know that through the means...

read more

Four Quotes for Your Friday

Enjoy! “[B]y framing the abortion dispute as essentially a clash of raw interests between strangers—a person and a nonperson—Justice Blackmun [1908–1999] embraces the narrative of expressive individualism: a universe of lonely atomized wills each seeking their own...

read more