The Leaves that Leave Us Smitten

Part of my devotional life recently has been to go back to the writings of the historical church–not as a replacement for scriptural devotion, but as a subtle effort to break through the facade that our modern culture has painted into and over what we believe it means to be […]

Life Essentials Study Bible Review

Title: Life Essentials Study Bible – HCSB Genre: Study Bible Publisher: Broadman/Holman B&H Publishing were nice enough to send me a review copy of the Life Essentials Study Bible. Now, I had already owned one–bought it myself, a hard copy. But again, they were nice enough to send me an […]

A Pastor’s Justification — Book Review

Title: The Pastor's Justification–Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry Author: Jared C. Wilson Genre: Ministry Publisher: Crossway Release Date: July 31, 2013 Format: e-book Pages: 192 Great, easy, Biblical read that will benefit those in ministry, and those who know someone in ministry. OK… The legalese¬†stuff […]

The hands and feet are connected to the heart

I’m reading a great book by Jared C Wilson called ‘The Pastor’s Justification’. Crossway gave me an electronic copy to review. This is not that review. It’s just a few thoughts as I read it. It’s a dissection of 1 Peter and Peter’s instructions to church leadership on how and […]

Here’s spit in your eye.

In Mark 8:22-26 there’s this odd little story of Jesus healing a blind man. Now, the fact that He healed a blind man is not odd. Old Testament prophecy predicted that that’s what the Messiah would do–that and more! The blind would see; the lame would walk. The broken would […]

The misfits, the Kingdom, and God’s glory… 3

One of my favorite scriptural passages is 1 Corinthians 1:26-28. As someone who has never considered myself as particular strong, or smart, or creative, that verse ministers to me. As someone who never saw myself as ‘pastor material’, and having received that call, it ministers to me on new levels. […]

New Year — Old Man

So, it’s a new year. 2015. Praise God for a wonderful year with my beautiful and amazing wife, my kids (OK, they’re all old enough to hate being called that, but I’m a dad, sue me…), each of whom I am so proud of, and all of whom I love […]

Bible Review: HCSB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible, Brown Genuine Cowhide

Title: HCSB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible, Brown Genuine Cowhide Author: Holman Bible Staff Genre: Bibles Publisher: B&H Publishers Release Date: September 1, 2014 Pages: 1328 Source: A great translation, wrapped in a quality, smith-sewn leather cowhide. A word of transparency to start… This Bible was presented to me […]

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) translation… 2

I posted last week about the need to pick one translation of the Bible to teach with, and thought this would be a good time to do so, in accordance with the need to get a large print Bible for teaching purposes. I polled the congregation to get an idea […]

Without faith… 2

I am convinced of something… If you are going to claim to be a follower of Jesus, God will not allow you to live in your comfort zone. He just won’t do it. We should stop trying right now, just get over it, and continue along our spiritual journey. Hebrews […]