Thousands of Un-Discipled Christians Just Cast Ballots.

“Yesterday, thousands of un-discipled Christians cast ballots for the next President of the United states.” This is the thought that struck me as I rolled through caucus results. In the past couple of months I’ve been angry, spiteful, resentful, prideful and hopeless about the state of our country. All of these sentiments were directed toward […]

Weekend Java Awards 02.27.16

(New!) Kindle Deal of the Week: Grab Russell Moore’s book “Onward” for $2.99, Christianity Today’s Book of the Year. Apologetics Award: 50 Latin Phrases You Should Know – No, not to make you sound smart (though there’s that too), but because these phrases represent age-old wisdom, and hold with them logical force. Though, admittedly, some […]

Christian Art Should Have an Agenda.

I’m weary of hearing folks who don’t create things quip: “The problem with Christian movies/stories/artwork is that it has an agenda.” This is absolute nonsense. Read Flannery O’Connor: Agenda, anyone? Watch a Pixar film: Agenda extraordinaires. Listen to Handel’s Messiah: Agenda-mania. T.S. Eliot once said he never would have written anything if he hadn’t had […]

Weekend Java Awards 02.13.16

Apologetics Award: Debunking Silly Statements About the Bible – Greg Gilbert does a bang-up job of explaining why textual discrepancies in ancient Biblical manuscripts help our case rather than hurt it. Preaching Award: Preaching the Whole Christ – David Prince is doing an awesome job weaving Sinclair Ferguson’s new book into the task of preaching. […]

Pharasaism is Not the Unforgivable Sin.

Some Christians have got it in their heads that all sins are forgivable, except the type of sin Christ condemned in the Pharisees. That is, it’s all right to do all the really deplorable sins of the Gentiles: squandering wealth; brazen, excessive sex; listening to Heavy Metal music. But, they think, there is another type […]

Understanding the Artist in Your Life

At some point on life’s journey, you’re going to meet an artist. If you’re an evangelical, this artist will confuse you, because the artist will not be interested in your theological answers to life’s dilemmas – they’re too simple, too neat, and too “propositional.” That’s not necessarily right, it’s just true. They will also be […]

Weekend Java Awards 02.06.16

Apologetics Award: C.S. Lewis Critiques the Liar, Lunatic, Lordship Argument – Well, he doesn’t. But someone else does, and he comes in for the alley-oop. That’s fun to picture, btw. Preaching Award: The Thinking Pastor – A wonderful transcript of a sermon to preachers from a wonderful preacher himself. It’s less confusing than the way […]

8 Ways to Order Your Marriage.

As Brenna and I have been facing big decisions over the last few months, it’s been neat to see that way God has transformed our marriage from its fledgling stages to something a little more beautiful. It’s also got me thinking about the whole complementarian/egalitarian debate, and how my views over the years – though […]

When the Muse Mutinies

Writers ought to be in touch with their subconscious, especially on first drafts. Just let your hands move – type, don’t think. But after this, you need to take the muse off the throne. The first draft gives you an ingenious flood of creativity, but the second draft needs to make sense of it all. […]

Weekend Java Awards 01.30.16

Apologetics Award: The New Tolerance Must Crumble – D.A. Carson has been going around secular college campuses on lecturing on the intolerance of tolerance. He gives a few useful insights, and pointers into how to do the same. Preaching Award: Preach for Holiness by Preaching Christ – A double-feature by Dr. Prince today. Just one more reason […]