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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 […]

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 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 […]

Skimmed Verses, Missed Opportunities

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!

Farther Along

Besides setting a wonderful running pace, the music and lyrics of Josh Garrels are rich with the eschatological hope that believers share in Christ. Take a look at the last verse of “Farther Along” off his album Love & War & The Sea In Between: Still I get hard pressed on every side Between the rock and a compromise […]

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