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Top Ten Books of 2023

Here's my top ten books of 2023 in no particular order. I hope you find something that piques your interest. Stephen Charnock, The Existence and Attributes of God, 2 Volumes. Theologian Fred Sanders once said that reading Charnock’s Existence and Attributes has to...

What Does It Mean to Pray without Ceasing?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul calls upon Christians to "pray without ceasing." But what does that mean? I recently got some help from reading the Puritan pastor Ezekiel Hopkins (1633–1690). He observed: "To pray without ceasing is not to be engaged in the duty of...

Richard Sibbes on Psalm 73

This past Sunday I preached on Psalm 73. And in God's good providence, I read some of Richard Sibbes's (1577–1635) remarks on this wonderful Psalm: Carnal reasoning will tell you that God does not see or govern, but has left the earth. But as we go into the presence...

Reflections on My First Decade in Pastoral Ministry

Introduction As I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and contemplate my first decade in ministry, my mind wanders back to the seventeen-year-old version of myself. I’m sitting in a folding chair in Heartland Community Church’s gymnasium listening to Pastor Scott...

God’s Purpose: Your Conformity to Christ

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me (Psalm 57:2). When I think about God fulfilling his purpose for me, I naturally drift toward things like material comforts, freedom from inconveniences, and large doses of verbal affirmation....

Naming the Insurrectionist(s) in Our Hearts

They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar” (John 19:15). Read those words from the chief priests once more—slowly: “We have no king but...

40 Lessons Learned in 40 Years of Life

I turned forty last Thursday. I know, whoopty do. But I've been contemplating some of the most significant lessons I've learned along the way. And so I wrote them down in no particular order. Here they are: 1. I am a sinner in need of a Savior. 2. Jesus is the only...

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Top Ten Books of 2023

Here's my top ten books of 2023 in no particular order. I hope you find something that piques your interest. Stephen Charnock, The Existence and Attributes of God, 2 Volumes. Theologian Fred Sanders once said that reading Charnock’s Existence and Attributes has to...

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What Does It Mean to Pray without Ceasing?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Paul calls upon Christians to "pray without ceasing." But what does that mean? I recently got some help from reading the Puritan pastor Ezekiel Hopkins (1633–1690). He observed: "To pray without ceasing is not to be engaged in the duty of...

read more

Richard Sibbes on Psalm 73

This past Sunday I preached on Psalm 73. And in God's good providence, I read some of Richard Sibbes's (1577–1635) remarks on this wonderful Psalm: Carnal reasoning will tell you that God does not see or govern, but has left the earth. But as we go into the presence...

read more

Reflections on My First Decade in Pastoral Ministry

Introduction As I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and contemplate my first decade in ministry, my mind wanders back to the seventeen-year-old version of myself. I’m sitting in a folding chair in Heartland Community Church’s gymnasium listening to Pastor Scott...

read more

Three Strategies for Getting the Most Out of Your Bible Reading

Do you ever find that your Bible reading has become stale? Like nothing significant is happening as you’re reading? I have. And I know I’m not alone. In recent months, I’ve shared my Bible reading practices with several people from Crossroads. For what it’s worth,...

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God’s Purpose: Your Conformity to Christ

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me (Psalm 57:2). When I think about God fulfilling his purpose for me, I naturally drift toward things like material comforts, freedom from inconveniences, and large doses of verbal affirmation....

read more

Naming the Insurrectionist(s) in Our Hearts

They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar” (John 19:15). Read those words from the chief priests once more—slowly: “We have no king but...

read more

40 Lessons Learned in 40 Years of Life

I turned forty last Thursday. I know, whoopty do. But I've been contemplating some of the most significant lessons I've learned along the way. And so I wrote them down in no particular order. Here they are: 1. I am a sinner in need of a Savior. 2. Jesus is the only...

read more