6 Ways to Understand the New Testament Use of the Old Tesament

Have you ever read Matthew, Paul or another NT writer quoting the OT in a way that made you scratch your head? “Maybe if I look it up, it will help”. You look up the reference, and…it’s even worse. The writer seems to take the quote totally out of context. The Bible wasn’t prophesying JESUS […]

Bob Dylan: 11 Writing Tips.

1. “It is only natural to pattern yourself after someone. If I wanted to be a painter, I might think about trying to be like Van Gogh, or if I was an actor, act like Laurence Olivier. If I was an architect, there’s Frank Gehry. But you can’t just copy someone. If you like someone’s […]

12 Ways to Enjoy Life Like a Hobbit

As I read once again through LOTR, I’m reminded of how much I love Hobbits. There’s something attractive about these ‘strange folk’; we love to be in the Shire with them, hear their conversations. I’d go so far as to say we’re jealous of them, because Hobbits represent everything we corporate folk are not. A […]

A Glimpse of Truth: A Tale of Two Cities.

Maybe my favorite line from literature of all time: “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, […]

5 Writing Lessons from William Zinsser

From his book, “On Writing Well”: 1. “I almost always urge people to write in the first person.  Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it.” 2. “Less is more.” 3.  “Don’t try to visualize the great mass audience. There is no such audience—every reader is a different person.” 4. “Examine […]

How to Pray through Pride like a Puritan.

I read this prayer yesterday morning several times. I find two things comforting about it: 1.) Other people (even “spiritual giants”) share my struggles. 2.) The ending. O Lord, My every sense, member, faculty, affection, is a snare to me, I can scarce open my eyes but I envy those above me, or despise those […]

A Glimpse of Truth: Middlemarch

George Eliot, Middlemarch: “For my part I am very sorry for him. It is an uneasy lot at best, to be what we call highly taught and yet not to enjoy: to be present at this great spectacle of life and never to be liberated from a small hungry shivering self–never to be fully possessed […]

7 Reasons Evangelicals Must Return to the Gospels

Evangelicals are a didactic, analytical crowd. We love it when our preacher cuts up an epistle into bite-sized chunks, extracts the flavor, and serves it a la carte on a platter each Sunday. Logic, reason, argument; we readily bite the bit for these appetizing delights. But in his book “Reading the Gospels Wisely” Dr. Jonathon […]