Chapter One: Taking the Kingdom of Heaven by Violence

I've updated the original reading plan to account for two additional weeks, which you can find here. My thoughts on chapter one are below in both audio and video, followed by an outline of the chapter and questions for reflection and/or discussion. https://youtu.be/u7HfuZXTLco Chapter Outline Introducing the text (pp. 1-3)Violence Concerning Magistrates (pp. 3-4)In punishing …

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Short Quotes for Deep Thinking

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my notebook scribbles that I jot down via Evernote. Although the following nuggets of wisdom also derive from one of my Evernote files, they more importantly come from great minds and zealous hearts throughout church history. These are quite simply a handful of some my favorite …

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Let’s Read Heaven Taken by Storm Together

With only three weeks left of studying the Attributes of God, I am taking a one week break to introduce a new series, Reading Together. To coincide with moving into the third section of Ephesians: Kingdom War, several members of my church and I will be reading through Thomas Watson's book Heaven Taken by Storm. …

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Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson | Book Review

Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author, who has composed some of my favorite songs (Is He Worthy?, Dancing in the Minefields, and You'll Find Your Way to be specific). The first two redesigned hardcover editions of his fantasy series, The Wingfeather Saga, are sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me to finished reading the …

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My 10 Favorite Books of 2019

With 2019 drawing to a close, I’ll throw my best of list into the mix as well, so below are my favorite books that I read this year. 1. The Lord’s Prayer by Thomas Watson Technically, Watson’s treatment of the Lord’s Prayer is the third volume of A Body of Divinity, but it requires no …

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The Benefit of Big Books

No book has ever left me unchanged. Even bad books and good books that I find uninteresting enough to finish still manage to contribute something to who I am. I cannot interact with fresh combinations of words and the ideas that they represent without having my own mind shifted, at least slightly. I believe that …

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N. D. Wilson on the Difficulty of Life

I'm reading through Death by Living by N. D. Wilson for the second time. It's a powerful book that everyone should read. While it's difficult to share any passage as my favorite since Wilson weaves the parts together into a greater whole, the section below never fails to bring a tear to my eyes. May …

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2 Tips for Reading More Books

Reading, like exercise, is something that many people do sporadically, a small population is obsessed with doing it, and almost everyone grudgingly admits to needing to do more often. With search engines, online encyclopedias, and every kind of website imaginable, information is constantly at our fingertips. But with all of these tools, I still believe …

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Books Read in January

I've decided to take the 2017 Christian Reading Challenge... kind of. My aim is for the 52 books of the Committed Reader path, but I'm not fully implementing the various categories this year, just reading a book a week. So in an effort to give greater accountability, I plan to provide a list of the …

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Reading, Indecision, & Ancient Pastors (Dec 9, 2016)

Here are a few articles from around the Internet worth reading this week. 2017 Christian Reading Challenge I'm excited for this. I began following Tim Challies midway through 2016, so I missed his 2016 reading challenge. But my wife and I are jumping on board this year! Those Books Won't Read Themselves So how about …

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