Book Recommendation

Book Recommendation

There are several biographies that I regularly go back to for encouragement, enlightenment, correction, hope and simply to restore my focus on the main things; Dallimore’s biography of Whitefield is one of them. If you haven’t yet read it, may I recommend it to you? It’s a thrilling read and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. If you already know about the life of Whitefield, you’ll gain even greater insights...

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Movie Recommendation

Movie Recommendation

Most movies based on books of the bible take ridiculous liberties with the actual text, I want to recommend one that doesn’t – The Book of Daniel, now available to stream on Netflix. While the story of Daniel is told in the imagined setting of a story telling session with Cyrus, Croesus (who became an adviser to Cyrus after his defeat) and Daniel, it exactly follows the text of the first six chapters of Daniel, and is all the better...

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The Picture of a Godly Man

The Picture of a Godly Man

Believe it or not, church-going Christian Men have become a rare commodity. In fact, most American men, whether or not they identify as Christian, do not attend church on a weekly basis. In his book, Why Men Hate Going to Church, David Murrow cites the following sobering statistics: Just 35% of the men in the USA attend church weekly Women comprise over 60% of the typical adult congregation on any given Sunday At least one-fifth of married...

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Some Brief Thoughts on Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy

Some Brief Thoughts on Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy

I tend to analogize questions about keeping the Lord’s Day with questions about how we should date. As Christians, our attitude about both should be positive. We should ask regarding dating, “how can I best honor the Lord on a date?” The moment we begin to ask what teenagers typically ask, “How far can I go?” or “What can we get away with?”, we’re on the wrong track and headed for trouble. So we should...

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The Problem with Problems

The Problem with Problems

I wrote the following 11 points a while back as reminders to myself. I meant them to be applied to my own pastoral ministry, but they strike me as equally applicable to everyone: When your ministry (or life) is full of big, pressing, chronic problems, BEWARE: 1) You may unconsciously make your problems the center and organizing principle of your ministry or even your life, and the first thing you think of in any given situation instead of...

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