“Are you really going to bring all of those?” is a question I hear a lot. You see, despite the protests of my back and friends alike, my bag is always filled with books. Not just one or two, but often three, four, five, or more. Why? It’s because books are like sandwiches. It sounds like […]
Too quickly we dismiss passages with a statement like, “I’ve read that passage of Scripture before, no need to waste the time to read it again.” Waste the time! Yikes. Let’s back up there. This has to be one of Satan’s ploys. His subtle tempters have us rationalizing before we even notice something is there to be rationalized!
This past weekend, I finished reading an advanced proof of The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung. As only top notch books can do, I was simultaneously blessed, convicted, and encouraged. In the penultimate chapter, DeYoung makes the point that if “holiness is being like Christ . . . [and] being like Christ is possible only for those who […]
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us […]
As I’ve continued reading The Screwtape Letters, I couldn’t help but share the following. I share it because I needed to hear it and thought others might find it helpful as well. In chapter 16, Screwtape is encouraging his tormentor nephew to tempt his “patient” into becoming a “taster or connoisseur of churches.” In so doing […]
“Read at whim!” This is the cry of Dr. Alan Jacobs in his recent book The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Reading at whim is his response to our culture which loves to ask what to read. Many seek recommendations from best-seller, top 10, and summer reading lists, but “In many cases,” Jacobs suggests, “these […]
While reading pre-release books is a nice perk of working in publishing, my job doesn’t require a full read through, so I often only have time to do a quick scan before moving onto the next project. This means that when they are finally released, it’s fun to sift through the books I’ve scanned and […]
I came across this quotation at work today as I was planning social media for the weekend. Spurgeon’s call to a recumbent faith is just as apropos today as it was in 1916. Dost thou believe? “I believe,” says one, and he begins to repeat what they call the “Apostles” Creed. Hold your tongue, sir! […]