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I Recently Threw Away My Ministry Bucket List

Introduction The well-known Lutheran theologian Gerhard Forde (1927–2005) once observed, “The self seeks its own self in all things, even in its piety.”[1] I became painfully aware of this several weeks ago while thumbing through some old prayer cards of mine. (For...

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Let this cool blast of calmness wash over you today: Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind; In purer lives Your service find, In deeper reverence praise. Drop Your still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings...

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...

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I Recently Threw Away My Ministry Bucket List

Introduction The well-known Lutheran theologian Gerhard Forde (1927–2005) once observed, “The self seeks its own self in all things, even in its piety.”[1] I became painfully aware of this several weeks ago while thumbing through some old prayer cards of mine. (For...

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Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Let this cool blast of calmness wash over you today: Dear Lord and Father of mankind, Forgive our foolish ways; Reclothe us in our rightful mind; In purer lives Your service find, In deeper reverence praise. Drop Your still dews of quietness, Till all our strivings...

read more

Strength through Weakness: A Prayer from François Fénelon

Enjoy this wonderful prayer from The Complete Fénelon: Lord, when I thought I could do everything, I could do nothing. And now that it seems to me I can no longer do anything, I am beginning to be able to do everything in you who strengthens me. How blessed is my lack...

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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...

read more

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