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. […]

Why is Christian Art So Bad?

    You’ve heard it asked a million times. Especially, I might add, from those of us who aren’t artists. So rather than heaping more negativity onto the canvass of Christian criticism, I’d like to offer some positive tutorials the Bible offers on “art”. The Bible is an art masterpiece, created by a Master Artist. […]

Guest Post: Top Tips On How To Be Hip, Today, With It, Now and Outasite!

This guest post comes courtesy of Tim Fall – not only my BOB (best online buddy) but also a great connoisseur of all things fantastic and interesting. You can enter his emporium of gospel-centered insights on the world of late here: Now look, and wonder, see if you catch his seamless slight of hand: I was not one […]

ScribblePreachers: Sorry About This…

Hey followers, Some of you have reported the site hasn’t been working the last couple of days. Forgive me for the difficulties; I’m trying to switch my blog to a self-hosted platform, and it’s a little long, a little tedious, and a little painful. If you’re having trouble viewing, please see the new tab on […]

How to Apply the Haddon Robinson Principle in Your Preaching

    A couple of weeks ago, I posted on the “Haddon Robinson principle”: Preach with a pin, not with a hammer. In other words, preach one single point, not a list of points. This raised a few questions regarding application. After all, preaching one point is much easier said than done (unless your preaching […]

A Glimpse of Truth: Gilead

“There is no justice in love, no proportion in it, and there need not be, because in any specific instance it is only a glimpse or parable of an embracing, incomprehensible reality. It makes no sense at all because it is the eternal breaking in on the temporal. So how could it subordinate itself to […]