Weekend Java Awards 03.26.16

(New!) Kindle Deal of the Week: The Jesus Storybook Bible – For $1.99. This book is not only great for kids – it’s a wonderful help to adults who’ve never understood how the storyline of scripture points to Jesus. Apologetics Award: 3 Reasons You Need Expository Apologetics – Voddie Baucham shows why modern preaching needs to […]

God Loves Sunday Mornings.

Something strange happens when the word is preached. I confess I’ve not always believed this. “Yes, I could go to church” I once thought. “But I could also listen to myriads of sermon podcasts, read the latest Christian best-seller, or spend some time hearing ‘Jesus calling’”. Why would I need to take the trouble to […]

Weekend Java Awards 03.19.16

(New!) Kindle Deal of the Week: A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving’s classic available for $1.99. You can also grab the Cider House Rules for the same price. Apologetics Award: So You Think You Know About Puritans – Weirdly, this week’s apologetics article comes from the most secular resource I read: The Paris Review. […]

7 Questions to Ask Before You Argue.

It’s political season in the states, and it’s evident more than ever: most of us lack the capability to think critically. By “critically” I don’t mean “mean-spirited”, but something more like “logically”, since many of us are in arguments that: A. Don’t make any sense. B. Talk over one another. C. Assume too much. D. Pit […]

Weekend Java Awards 03.12.16

(New!) Kindle Deal of the Week: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth – This is a classic by Gordon Fee and Doug Stuart, available for $3.99 Apologetics Award: The Importance of Story – Talking story is all the rage, now, but I think EL Bates does it particularly well, here. Preaching Award: Qualifications […]

God’s Glory Requires Skill

It’s sometimes said in reformed circles that our skill is irrelevant to conversion. “The power of the pulpit is not in the skill of the preacher.” “If God is sovereign, evangelism doesn’t depend on my eloquence.” “God uses broken pots!” While it is indeed true, and gloriously true, that conversion is not ultimately of us, […]

35 Totally Random Life Hacks

I would preface these, but they’re totally random: You only need 7 hours of sleep. Probably. I know I feel better with 7 than 8, or 6. Every great person in modern history has read every day. You should, too. Speaking of reading, stop reading books cover-to-cover. Listen. It’s the secret of great leadership, great […]

Weekend Java Awards 03.05.16

(New!) Kindle Deal of the Week: Story – $1.99 – My goodness. Robert McKee’s $30 book on structuring stories is available for $1.99 on kindle. If you are a preacher or writer, this is an absolute must-buy (it’s written for screenwriters, but the insight/application is much broader). Apologetics Award: Un-Evolved Thinking on Darwin Day – […]

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This monthly spot on preaching is brought to you courtesy of my good friend Alex Kato, who is currently pursuing his Ph.D in homiletics at Princeton University. You can receive his daily updates here.  When you stand up to preach, there’s often a lot on your mind: Don’t forget to switch that illustration around—oh, I […]