The Lazy Way to Read the Old Testament.

“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27. With these words Jesus cleans away the grime of history; he re-scrambles the story. He pinpoints a new center, himself, and urges us implicitly to find him in those pages. Finding Christ in […]

A Word I Heard: Parsimony.

Where I heard it: NPR’s marketplace: “No politician ever wanted to shrink government more than Calvin Coolidge. Silent Cal, the quiet Vermonter, was so parsimonious he even saved syllables by using short words.” par·si·mo·ny [pahr-suh-moh-nee]   noun “extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess” How to remember it: Sounds like: “Poor Simon’s knee” as in, “Poor Simon’s knee is broken, by I’m […]

Why Bad Writing is Almost Always Mistaken for Good Writing.

Bad writing is naturally mistaken for good writing. That’s because unlike good writing, bad writing hoards attention. Bad writing brags of the writer’s knowledge, skill, and creativity. Bad writers mistake obtuseness for creativity, and essential clarity for “profundity”. A skilled writer disappears. As a friend recently said, “Good art is like a clear window; it’s […]

A Glimpse of Truth: Le Morte d’Arthur

“This is the oath of a Knight of King Arther’s Round Table and should be for all of us to take to heart. I will develop my life for the greater good. I will place character above riches, and concern for others above personal wealth, I will never boast, but cherish humility instead, I will […]

How to Write Like Roald Dahl

From the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, the BFG and a whole host of other fantastic stories: 1. “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why […]

How to Determine your “Favorite Books”

    In a culture of infinite possibilities, we’ve naturally lost the art of depth. Tim Challies posted a while back on the differences between the way folks read literature a century ago and now. In the past, people owned 5-6 books that they treasured, cherished, memorized and read over and again. Now, we pride […]

Wield This Word: Garrulous

gar·ru·lous [gar-uh-luhs,]   adjective 1. Excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters. 2. Wordy or diffuse: a garrulous and boring speech. How to Remember it: Sounds like: “Gorilla-Lisp”: “Despite his lisp, the Gorilla was garrulous.” Use it in a sentence: “She’s so garrulous she bores everyone in the room.” “He went on garrulously for some time.” “The garrulous speech made us fall asleep.”

The Paul Tripp Principle: How to Preach Genuinely

   In his recent book “Dangerous Calling”, Dr. Paul Tripp coined a haunting phrase that stuck, regarding a pastor who fell into immorality: “He stopped coming under his own sermons.” When sermon study is separated from sanctification, something is horribly wrong. The text points to us and through us before it can be aimed at […]

A Glimpse of Truth: Mumford and Sons

“So break my step And relent You forgave And I won’t forget… …So I’ll be bold As well as strong And use my head Alongside my heart So tame my flesh And fix my eyes That tethered mind free from the lies… …So I will wait, I will wait for you.”   -Mumford and Sons. […]