Meditatio: Further Reflections on Sermonizing

I must confess that my entire approach to preaching is unorthodox and, perhaps, inadequate, at least in the eyes of those who so faithfully equipped me throughout my educational years. This great revelation came to me a bit ago while I was out shoveling the snow off of my driveway.…

The Beauty of Penal Substitution

Not long ago a helpful book regarding the problem of mass incarceration was shared around our community--Dominique Gilliard's work, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. His writing does a noble job of highlighting many of the tragic dynamics shaping what I tend to think of as the "Incarceration Complex."…

Four Practical Truths About Biblical Love

Some time ago I took a phone call from a regional newspaper regarding the nature of love. The conversation gave consideration to the contrast between biblical love and the so-called "love" that is portrayed in movies like 50 Shades of Grey. To that I simply pointed out that love is about…

The Books of 2018

I love books! I love to read. If anything, one of the great frustrations of my life is the lack of time I give to reading. There is always more I wish to absorb. Below are some of the books I read in 2018 (the ones that I have in…

The Shepherd’s Prayer

Folded into the midst of of the sixty-ninth psalm is a remarkably simple prayer that ought to capture the attention of every pastor, parent, coach, and shepherd. Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek…

A Simple Practice for the New Year

I got the kindest email yesterday from a woman deeply grateful for how God is using our church family to change her life. She also asked me for some counsel on how to draw closer to the Lord during these next few days that she has off from work. Wonderful…