The Brigtness of Life in the Shadow of Death: Book Review–‘The End of the Christian Life’ by J. Todd Billings

Standing in awe of the potent strength of our God, we’re confronted with our own impotent frailty as his creatures. As Paul says, though, it’s our very weakness that most fully displays God’s power (2 Cor. 12:8–10). We’re small, Billings reminds us, and we must learn how to live that way. We, God’s people, have been drawn out of Sheol because our Savior, Jesus Christ, descended into it for us.

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L(amen)ting with Hope

This season in history is a difficult one for all of us, and more so for some than others. In this article, I address the necessity of biblical lament. I write about how God even wants to hear our cries of pain, how he’s teaching us to even love the difficult things he brings into…

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Israel’s King Come to Save

I was asked to write a brief article for Modern Reformation reflecting on Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. I reflect on the three points of what the disciples were thinking, where Jesus was heading, and why we’re now rejoicing. Here’s an excerpt: They knew, rightly, that Jesus had the power to overthrow…

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Book Review: “Family Worship” by Donald Whitney

In about 70 pages, Whitney addresses the topic of family worship by first showing its presence in both the Bible and church history. Then he lays out expectations for household worship while addressing common excuses for not engaging in it.

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Book Review: “Humble Calvinism” by J. A. Medders

If you’re alive and in the Christian West, you’ve probably run into a brand of Calvinism–or I should say Calvinist–that can’t easily be described as “humble.” With his book Humble Calvinism, Jeff Medders aims to confront that issue head-on by pointing out, rightly, if you’re a Calvinist then having a heart-understanding of the Doctrines of Grace…

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Unpacking the Incarnation with J.I. Packer

Advent is a wonderful season that allows us to stop and contemplate the incarnation–God become man. One of my personal traditions is to reread J.I. Packer’s chapter ‘God Incarnate’ from his book ‘Knowing God.’ I wrote up an article about it for The Gospel Coalition. Here’s an excerpt: Bound up in the Christmas message of…

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Book Review: “How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church” by C. Christopher Smith

C. Christopher Smith wants to get the church talking to one another–even if the conversation is a bit difficult. In his book How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church, Smith lays out what he believes to be the best practices to get the church talking.

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Book Review: “Reappearing Church: The Hope For Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture” by Mark Sayers

Australian pastor and author Mark Sayers brings his well-known and insightful cultural commentary into the space of our declining Western culture with the hope of paving a way toward the revival of the Church with his newest book, Reappearing Church. 

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If God is Gracious, Why Can’t I do What I Want?

At some point or another, we’ve probably all wondered this question: Why can’t we just keep on sinning if God is just going to keep on forgiving? This is a question that the Apostle Paul expected us to be asking, and so he dealt with it in his letter to the Romans. In this article…

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God Won’t Always Open A Window

Those of us that are well-trained in cultural-Christian platitudes may be quick to tell our suffering loved ones “When God closes a door, he opens a window.” We say it with the most sincere intentions, but we likely haven’t inspected the words we’re saying to see if they square with what God has revealed to…

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