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Mercury Rising: A Short Story

“I’ll show them” Mercury made finite progress towards his infinite goal. Hand over hand and face to slope, he felt the coolness of the morning with each maneuver. Mercury paused to catch his visible breath. The sun was preparing to rise. As the sun rose from behind a neighboring peak, so did the wind. Another […]

The High Calling of Fatherhood

Three months from yesterday, I’m due to be a father. And Wilson has me pegged when he writes, “it is likely that a number of readers have felt simultaneously encouraged and overwhelmed.” (198) In his book, Father Hunger, Wilson seeks to re-establish the “high calling” of biblical fatherhood by pointing our society’s fathers away from the aloof “sitcom-dad” and […]

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 […]

How to Captivate and Transform

What makes great teachers? What makes a message so captivating that we cannot stop reading or listening, and cannot help but be changed on the spot? I’ve been enjoying some time with Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones the past few mornings and have found his teaching to be captivating in just such a way. As I read, […]

The Interesting Circumstances Surrounding Jesus’ Arrest: Part 2

Once the men and soldiers arrived with their swords and clubs, another interesting event transpired. Taking the cue from Judas’s kiss, “they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him” (Mt. 26:50). This was to be expected. What wasn’t expected was what happened next, “And behold, one of those who were with Jesus […]

The Interesting Circumstances Surrounding Jesus’ Arrest: Part 1

One of the greatest joys of the Christian life is re-reading Scripture for perhaps the umpteenth time and yet, finding something new. While Scripture and its truths certainly don’t change, we do, and in order to speak to us in our newfound contexts, the Spirit wields his sword (Eph 6:17) to reveal himself to us afresh. While […]

Our Union with Christ as the Source of Gospel Joy

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 […]

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