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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 […]

A Bit of Unsolicited Advice for Men in Preparation for Valentine’s Day

Men, in case you haven’t seen—or you’ve chosen to ignore—the signs displaying the price of a dozen roses, you should know, this Thursday is Valentine’s day. In light of this, I thought I’d share a little unsolicited advice: For those of you in relationships: Buy flowers. It may seem trite to you, but it won’t to […]

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 […]

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