When Is a Good Time to Write?

Maybe you love writing; maybe you have to write; maybe both. If you feel called to write, the first thing you need to do is start writing. Some writers have estimated that a writer begins to be himself after 400,000 words. Yikes, right? Who has time for that? When am I supposed to write, especially […]

Do I Really Need Other People to Interpret the Bible?

Timothy Ward wisely states that “We Christians have taken the doctrine of “Sola Scriptura” and made it “Solo Scriptura”. None of the reformers would have EVER commended Christians reading the Bible on their own without the aid of others.” Personally, I see this at work all the time. Often times I hear Christians saying things […]

7 Ways to Do a Bad Word Study.

This week has been a fascinating walk through the world of “Word-Studies”. My guess is, you’ve encountered some sort of word story in the last couple of months: a Bible study, a sermon, a commentary, a quip about agape love or a defense of a biblical viewpoint you’re not sure of. But sometimes it’s hard […]

A Glimpse of Truth: The Two Towers

“We shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started. But I suppose it’s often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went […]

Preaching: Notes or No?

I’ve teetered over the years on the issue of preaching/teaching with notes. As a whole, I think note-less is better for my style, especially when I have enough prep time. On the other hand, going note-less can blow up in my face if I don’t have sufficient time to prepare. In the end, I think […]

Jonathan Edwards’ 4 Points Against the Freedom of the Will.

Jonathan Edwards has been called the greatest thinker to grace American soil, period. I’m starting to see why – his writings are veritable works of genius. One of the reasons secular scholarship has taken such an interest in Edwards is his deeply philosophical view of the world. Edwards believed that the mind of man, at […]

7 Reasons Pastors Should Write.

I don’t know a lot of pastors who put the pen to the paper as often as they put feet to the pulpit. But I wish there were more. Pastors ought to write, not to be published, but because it’s part of pastoring in the 21st century. Here’s why: 1. Writing is thinking. John Calvin […]

What’s So Wrong With Complaining?

Today I’ve had the great privilege of guest-posting at my good friend and former blog partner Tim Fall’s site, “Just One Train Wreck After Another”. Tim is a judge by day, blogger by night. His insights are always fun and formidable. Some of you will likely recognize the footnotes, here – a lot was taken […]

A Glimpse of Truth: Les Miserables

From Victor Hugo’s version, on hope: “Do you hear the people sing Lost in the valley of the night? It is the music of a people Who are climbing to the light. For the wretched of the earth There is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest night will end And the sun will […]