The Social Justice Fault Lines in Evangelicalism

This is the main fault line at the root of the current debate—the epicenter of the Big One that, when it finally shifts with all its force, threatens to split evangelicalism right down the middle. Our problem is a lack of clarity and charity in our debate over the place, priority, practice, and definition of …

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Gifts, God, & Our Desperate Struggle Against Time

Although I read N. D. Wilson’s Death by Living back in 2017, I have regularly visited certain passages and chapters ever since. The following is one such quotation: Our futile struggle in time is courtesy of God’s excessive giving. Sunset after sunset make it hard to remember and hold just one. Smell after smell. Laugh …

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Favorite Books of 2021

Child’s Story Bible by Catharine VosWithout hesitation, this has been my favorite book to read this year. Of course, much of my enjoyment is related to the fact that this is the first sizable book that her and I have read together, yet we would not have made our way through this 800-page behemoth of …

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C. S. Lewis, Fantasy, & Scaring Children

I have recently been reading through a few of C. S. Lewis’ essays on fantasy (compiled in the book Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories[1])and came across the following paragraph within an essay titled “On Three Ways of Writing for Children,” which was very intriguing since I have recently discussed the relationship between children and …

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The Child’s Story Bible

My four-year-old and I are nearly finished reading The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos, so I’m going to go ahead and set down some of my thoughts about it. Without hesitation, this has been my favorite book to read this year. Of course, much of my enjoyment is related to the fact that this …

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Quotes from A Little Book on the Christian Life

With our brief walk-through John Calvin's A Little Book on the Christian Life completed, I will continue the pattern that I set after completing Mortification of Sin and Heaven Taken by Storm by listing some of my favorite quotations from throughout the book. Of course, this study I also began to give a quote of …

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The Expository Genius of John Calvin

The Expository Genius of John Calvin is the first book in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series, which is edited by Steven Lawson. It is my fifth volume to read in the series (the others being on Lloyd-Jones, Luther, Watts, and Owen). If you are not familiar with the series, they are not …

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What Should Deacons Do?

“The basic thesis of this book is that deacons–rightly understood and deployed–are an irreplaceable gift to Christ’s church” (21). Matt Smethurst’s Deacons: How They Serve and Strengthen the Church certainly accomplishes that goal in the opinion of this reader. Deacons is one of the two newest releases in the already wonderful Building Healthy Churches Series …

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Does Regeneration Precede Faith? | John Calvin

The question at hand of which comes first, regeneration or faith, is full of obvious assumptions. If our faith precedes our regeneration, then it might be quite easily assumed that salvation is a synergistic work by which we extend a hand of desperation to God and He, in turn, rescued us. And if our regeneration …

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Reading Together

Quotes from The Mortification of Sin

Having concluded our read together through Owen's classic The Mortification of Sin, a gathering of some of my favorite quotations from the book seems to be fitting sort of epilogue. Of course, I did the same with Thomas Watson's book, Heaven Taken by Storm, but there is certainly a significant difference between the two. Watson …

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