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Book Review: Clear Winter Nights

Story is powerful. Think about your conversation at dinner last night. Regardless of what you talked about, how did you talk about it? Chances are high your conversation—like mine—consisted of a string of stories that moved your group from point a to point b. “I had this friend in high school…” gets us to “The […]

Book Review: Who Do You Think You Are?

In Who Do You Think You Are?, Mark Driscoll unpacks the multifaceted new identity we have in Christ by working through the book of Ephesians. In his introduction, Driscoll claims, “this world’s fundamental problem is that we don’t understand who we truly are—children of God made in his image—and instead define ourselves by any number of things other than […]

The Power of the Dark Lord

  An especially insightful selection from The Fellowship on unity, and the power of the Dark Lord to destroy it: ‘Alas for the folly of these days!’ said Legolas. ‘Here all are enemies of the one Enemy, and yet I must walk blind, while the sun is merry in the woodland under leaves of gold!’ […]

Book Review: Humble Orthodoxy

While it makes for an atypical review, I want to begin by sharing a bit of my testimony: My time in graduate school was frustrating. As I’d soon learn, however, I was the source of my own frustration. My degree focused on the “practical” aspects of ministry (mentoring, biblical counseling, educational models, etc…), and I […]

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Preference and Deference in Worship

While I only had the privilege of talking with Chip Stam a few times before his passing, I was not surprised to be encouraged—once again—by his words. In this excerpt, Mike Cosper recounts and elaborates upon Chip’s humbling, yet joy-filled, lesson on the purpose and foundation of worship: Chip Stam once taught me that worship is a […]

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Book Review: Greater by Steven Furtick

In his most recent book, Greater, Steven Furtick draws from both modern illustrations and the biblical story of Elisha to encourage believers against wasting their lives on lesser things. By placing their faith in God, he argues, they will achieve things beyond “good enough,” beyond the “vague and unrealistic aspirations” of “greatness (9).” “When you […]

Integration! – Writing with a depth of understanding

There are a few things that consistently stand out to me in great writing, but one of the foremost is the integration between schools of thought. By connecting one field on study with another, the author conveys that he/she understands the integrated complexity of this world—the way in which what we believe about one area of life influences our […]

Happiness & Joy: The Subtle Distinction

An insightful and subtle distinction: “Joy is deeper than happiness, but like happiness, joy is always circumstantial. Because the gospel is true, then, even when we aren’t happy we can know the deeper joy because of the circumstances of God’s goodness and love. On the permanent condition of God’s unrelenting grace, joy is a permanent possibility.” —Jared Wilson, […]

An End Worthy the Shedding of Precious Blood

The eloquence of this statement is second only to its gospel substance. Read it a few times if necessary (I had to) and let it encourage your soul, because these are precious truths, indeed: These, these are the precious truths, which a scoffing world would fain rally or ridicule us out of. To produce this […]

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