WHAT TO READ NEXT (4/9/21)

WHAT TO READ NEXT (4/9/21)

6 min to read Here we go! You’re reading the first edition of this little, weekly email update. I spend a lot of time reading books and articles, so I thought it cool to put some good ones into a weekly update. Behold — books and articles with links. What’s next? BOOKS TO READ BOOK #1I Still Do: Growing Closer and Stronger through Life’s …

THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

THE HOUND OF HEAVEN

4 min to read A poem titled “The Hound of Heaven” influenced G.K. Chesterton and J.R.R. Tolkien, and lots of other people with famous dotted initials. The poem pictures the Lord as a relentless hound hunting for His people. Though they run and hide, His gracious pursuit wins in the end. “The Hound of Heaven” I fled Him down the nights and down the …

WHY DOES THIS STUFF KEEP HAPPENING?

2 min to read We find ourselves asking this question more and more. Sometimes, the losses and crosses of a hard life seem to mount and grow. Unrelenting troubles crash on our shores over and over again. And we ask (perhaps in exasperation), Why does this stuff keep happening? We can find in Scripture many answers to this question. In fact, I found one …

LEARNING TO MINISTER AND NOT PEDDLE GOD’S WORD

LEARNING TO MINISTER AND NOT PEDDLE GOD’S WORD

3 min to read I don’t know many people who “peddle” the Word of God. Paul gave a clear exhortation to his crowd, reminding that they do not peddle the Word as others were doing. “For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God” (2 …

QUIET TIME RESET PLAN

QUIET TIME RESET PLAN

2 min to read Three weeks into the new year, your big plans for regular devotional time might already have unraveled. It happens to you. It happens to me. It happens to all of us. We make good, detailed plans. Then those plans slip away from us. Most years, I end up needing a quiet-time reset–a renewed plan to carry forward after the new …

THE EASIEST MOVE AS A PARENT

THE EASIEST MOVE AS A PARENT

< 1 minute A New Baptist Catechism for Children recently released from @seed_publishing. My 7 year old loves this. We talk through catechism questions each night at bed time. He soaks it up. He’s a sponge. Theological training of children can be daunting. We don’t all feel up to the task. But using this catechism is about the easiest and most accessible thing …

CIVILIZATION AND BARBARISM

CIVILIZATION AND BARBARISM

< 1 minute A simple paragraph from an article titled “The Lusitania Anniversary,” intrigued me by its timeless insight. (link in bio)

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/New_York_Tribune/The_Lusitania_Anniversary

A BETTER WAY

A BETTER WAY

< 1 minute There’s a better way. I’m concerned a lazy form of Christian activism is surging among some circles of Christ’s Church. A desire for the ease of throwing stones, cancelling dissenting voices, falsely crying wolf, and pugnacious debate sometimes rises higher than a desire to do the good, hard work of engaging real issues and ministering to real people. Now that’s …

WRITING WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK

WRITING WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK

9 min to read “Writing is easy; you just open a vein and bleed.” One famous author described the writing process with this insightful sarcasm. Anyone who sits down at a writing desk has felt the truth of these words. Writing is hard, at least for most people. Sure, there are some blessed folks who write effortlessly, one magnificent paragraph after another. But for …

QUITTING MINISTRY

QUITTING MINISTRY

5 min to read I peruse my newsfeed every morning. I find news about the election, details about COVID advances, wildfires in the west. But recently, a series of articles caught my attention. The articles issue warnings about pastors quitting ministry. I haven’t posted or shared any of these articles on social media because I anticipate they will blow back with people saying (or …