Just Type Furiously.

You want to write that book. You don’t have time. Too many chores, too many bills to pay…you need a log cabin. You need time on your own. You need the writer’s lifestyle. But actually, what you need is 25 minutes. Not just any 25 minutes – 25 minutes of fastidious, intense, keyboard-pounding, ninja-skill like […]

ScribblePreach Awards 11.26.16

From the Pub: Made for Another World “If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite […]

The Fear of Hell is Not Enough.

This week the NY Times posted a tragic article called “When Eve and Eve Bit the Apple.” It’s a story about a conservative Christian woman, committed to her church, looking for a husband, but who eventually falls in love…with another woman. In Kristen’s words: “I repented of what Christians call my ‘struggle with same-sex attraction… […]

Your Best Sermons are Your Least Favorite.

The sermons I’ve liked least, congregants have liked most. Why? Because what I value as a preacher is often at odds with what congregants value. For me, I value: Excellence. Fluidity. Choice Words and Phrases. Consistency: nothing deviates from my plan or point. No stuttering, no wandering, nothing unpredictable or unexpected. But the congregation often […]

The ScribblePreach Awards 11.19.16

From the Pub: The Thing “In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate […]

10 Resolutions for The Next Election

This election season, Christians made mistakes. I don’t mean white/black/conservative/libertarian/liberal/unaffiliated Christians. All of us. Every one. Here are some things we need to do differently: 1. Let’s not demonize anyone. No candidate or group of people should be called “evil” by a Christian, unless it’s prefaced by a “we’re”. Because you, Christian, know the evil […]

On Returning to the Fold

Well, here I am. The past few months I’ve taken a hiatus from the day-to-day of blogging, and it has been a good one. I’ve kept up on the ScribblePreach Awards, and received terrific recommendations from you all moving forward (thank you once again to all 115 of you who filled out my survey! It […]

The Scribblepreach Awards 10.29.16

 Kindle Deal of the Week: Letters to a Young Calvinist – James K.A. Smith’s commentary and critique of the YRR movement. Don’t miss it, for $2.99. Apologetics: Infinite Jest – Some brutal honesty from one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed secular writers: “It now lately seemed like a kind of black miracle to me […]

The ScribblePreach Awards 10.21.16

Kindle Deal of the Week: The NIV Application Commentary Series – This quality commentary series is on sale for $4.99 a piece, typically each is about $25 digital! Included on sale: Galatians, 1 & 2 Timothy (and Titus), 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Colossians and Philemon, Philippians, Ephesians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, and Doug Moo on Romans! Apologetics: On […]