How to Know God’s Will

Life is full of decision-making, and if you are like me, you have struggled in your decision-making from time to time. Undoubtedly, when you’ve had a big decision to make you’ve asked the question, “What is God’s will?” When you have three job offers before you, you want to know, what job does God want… Continue reading How to Know God’s Will

Manic Heights. Welcome to the Neighborhood

In his prophetic book The Secular City (Macmillan Company; New York: 1965) liberal Harvard Divinity School professor and theologian Harvey Cox predicted that the city of the future would be characterized by anonymity and mobility. As a seminary student years ago, my strongly conservative worldview and high view of Scripture found little resonance with Cox’s… Continue reading Manic Heights. Welcome to the Neighborhood

No Turning Back

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should… Continue reading No Turning Back

The Language of Faith

The Apostle Paul’s advice to the Corinthian church about the disruption of glossolalia can extend beyond that particular controversy. Yes, I know applying those truths to issues other than the confusion speaking in tongues created in the early church is somewhat out of context. Still, biblical truth is biblical truth and what he communicated to… Continue reading The Language of Faith

Sermons You Could Be Preaching in Your Sleep

Last fall I read David Murray’s Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture (Wheaton: Crossway, 2017). As the title and subtitle express, Murray writes with a pastoral agenda to call men to reset the burnout tempo their lives to the rhythm of God’s grace (see his and his wife Shona’s co-authored companion volume… Continue reading Sermons You Could Be Preaching in Your Sleep

He May Quake the Earth

“But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.  And when they had brought them to the magistrates, they said, ‘These men are Jews, and they are disturbing our city.  They advocate customs that are not lawful for… Continue reading He May Quake the Earth

Defeating Envy

Sunset panorama HDR of a beach near cape town, south africa. Table mountain can be seen in the distance. Very large file perfect for backgrounds or billboards

While I was in seminary, I had the opportunity to pastor two great churches. I was twenty-four when I pastored my first church, and twenty-six when I started pastoring my second church. Both of the churches took a risk when they hired me. I was young, single, and I had little experience. But, both churches… Continue reading Defeating Envy

The Rest of Us

Rest is something that seems to be evading us today.  Our days and lives are filled up with tasks that are often too large to overcome given the time we have.  I know many who come into work early, work all day, leave work late and yet they are still not able to get everything… Continue reading The Rest of Us

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