You Can’t Overemphasize Truth.

It’s impossible to overemphasize any truth. It is possible to emphasize to the exclusion of something else. It’s not possible to overemphasize God’s sovereignty. It is possible to emphasize it to the exclusion of human responsibility. It’s not possible to overemphasize social justice. It is possible to emphasize it to the exclusion of evangelism. It’s […]

Weekend Java Awards 01.23.16

Apologetics Award: “GK Chesterton Flips 4 Objections to Christianity Upside-Down” – This is a little piece of gold dug up by Trevin Wax. Preaching Award: The Long and Short of Sermons – How long should a sermon be? Well, it depends how well you preach. Spiritual Life Award: 7 Ways to Grow in the Art of Communication […]

Calvin’s 2 Points on True Piety.

This post is part of a series, “The Curious World of John Calvin: A Guide to the Totally Depraved”. Today we’re covering Chapter II: What It Is to Know God, And to What Purpose the Knowledge of Him Tends (pgs 39-43) in John McNeill’s translation: 1. Piety is requisite for the knowledge of God. Knowing […]

Sermon Examples: A Triple Threat.

This post is by my good friend Alex Kato, a homiletics extraordinaire, currently getting his Phd in the same at Princeton University. You can check out his daily updates here.  Certain illustrations can multi-task. According to Haddon Robinson, preachers use illustrations for three tasks: When we address the question, “What does this mean?” we explain. […]

Weekend Java Awards 01.16.16

Apologetics Award: How the Gospel Works – Jesse Johnson makes play dough of a youtube video that attempts to make play dough of the gospel. Preaching Award: Preaching – Calvin Miller’s book “Preaching” is 90% off, and you can snag it for just $1.99. Spiritual Life Award: J.I. Packer on Losing His Sight – Packer is […]

Calvin’s 3 Things to Know About Knowing God.

This post is part of an ongoing series, “The Curious World of John Calvin: A Guide to the Totally Depraved”. Today we’re discussing Book one, chapter 1: “The Knowledge of God and That of Ourselves are Connected. How they are Interrelated”, pgs. 35-39. 1. Without knowledge of self there is no knowledge of God. “Nearly […]

The Dwight Schrute Principle of Spirituality.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself in some besetting sin. No matter what you do, you can’t shake it: you’ve memorized scripture verses. You’ve joined an accountability group. You pray daily for deliverance. These are all good, and necessary things. But I would like you to consider something else besides: the Dwight Schrute (of NBC’s “The Office”) […]

Weekend Java Awards 01.09.16

Apologetics Award: Jesus in an Age of Authenticity – Some remarkable off the cuff advice on how to turn people’s objections to Christianity around – via Tim Keller and Russell Moore. Preaching Award: Challenging Perspective – Peter Mead on why preaching needs to challenge our assumptions…even the ones we don’t know we hold. Spiritual Life Award: Taking […]

Defense Against the Roman Catholic Church (Part 2)

This post is part of an ongoing series, “The Curious World of John Calvin: A Guide to the Totally Depraved.” This post focuses on the second half of Calvin’s prefatory letter to the King of France, defending Protestants against the accusations of the then politically dominant Catholic Church. You can see the first half here.  […]