The Dead Still Preach

Ecclesiastes 9:5 states quite bluntly, "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten." The vast majority of those who've died are forgotten (or will soon be forgotten). Most of us leave surprisingly little evidence of our having …

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Does God Control Evil?

I have little more than 100 pages left to read before finishing John Piper’s Providence, and it has been a truly profound book. The great value of John Piper’s ministry (sort of like John MacArthur’s ministry) is that even if you disagree with him, his reasoning is so rooted in Scripture that your knowledge of …

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Gems from Henry on Genesis 1

As I’ve noted previously, I am taking up Spurgeon’s recommendation for ministers to read through Matthew Henry’s commentaries. Thus far, I have not been disappointed. Henry’s explanation of the text is certainly valuable, but his nuggets of application are where he really shines. Below is a sampling of some of those gems taken from his …

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A Review of The Readable Bible

I am a sucker for reader's Bibles, that is, Bibles without chapters and verses. As a lover of the English Standard Version, I regularly use the six-volume edition and the individual volumes of Psalms and Proverbs. But when Crossway (the publisher of the ESV) released a boxset of the four Gospels and a volume of …

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John Calvin on Piety

In the introduction to Ford Lewis Battles' translation of John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, the role of piety in Calvin's thinking is briefly described. One who takes up Calvin’s masterpiece with the preconception that its author’s mind is a kind of efficient factory turning out and assembling the parts of a neatly jointed …

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Six Principles for Reading the Bible

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3ovbQi9imqJudNgeJT4vj3?si=idFHH_wHQeWyjmVziedRyg My reading goal for 2023 is to go deeper rather than merely wider. From 2017 onward, I have aimed to read fifty-two books each year, and there are great benefits to be gained from reading widely. Yet my plan for this year is less about variety and more about meditative chewing. For example, I …

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Favorite Books of 2022

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2STxL6aeoJddIoZrCqlej0?si=DTrGBi-7QsmLe34O6AqKtg 1. Be Thou My Vision by Jonathan Gibson This book of personal worship liturgies is fantastic, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. With each pass through this 31-day guide, I have often replaced the creeds with reading through confessions, which has helped to keep the readings feeling fresh. Presently, I am reading the …

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The Preacher’s Confidence

For my latest pass through Be Thou My Vision, I have been reading a chapter of The Preacher's Catechism by Lewis Allen. Each of the forty-two chapters provides a question and answer, a verse or passage of Scripture, and some explanation, encouragement, and exhortation from Allen. Yesterday morning, I read chapter 7, which gives this …

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Valiant-for-truth, Enchanted Ground, & Death

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4P95oSpOFSoAZkYdI2qPjA?si=1P2ShZqWTyy3Z7-FIg50fQ After last reading of the pilgrims’ assault and triumph over Giant Despair and of their coming to the Delectable Mountains and what the Shepherds there revealed to them, we come now to the end of their journey and to the end of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. In these final pages, the company meets …

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Despair & the Shepherds

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3hQsnQUwVYTtH74JMOwOEQ?si=Psxwla1YQSS_1-75KjIKEw In our previous reading, Christiana and her ever-increasing company of pilgrims added Feeble-mind and Ready-to-Halt as well as Gaius' daughter, Phoebe, as James' wife. They then came to the town of Vanity and stayed in the house of Mnason, finding the town much less hostile to pilgrims that it was during Christian’s time. While …

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