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Suggestions for Advent Reading

Advent means waiting, waiting for the coming of the Christ.  Through the course of Church History, this waiting has meant a longing with a reference to the past (the Incarnation), the present (His Spirit), the future (His return).  The Advent … Continue reading

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Clearing the Air on the Old Testament Law

“What is the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament?” “Does the Mosaic Law have anything to say to the modern Christian?” “You can’t possibly take Leviticus seriously, can you?” I’ve heard these questions (and many like them) … Continue reading

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Cutting through It

There are times one must simply cut through the haze of muddled thinking.  Or have someone help us do it.  C. S. Lewis has long been a guide for me through such fog.  In his sermon, “A Slip of the … Continue reading

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2014 Book List – Part Three

The Pastor’s Kid (Barnabas Piper) – I learned of this in an interview with the author, the son of John Piper, on a podcast, Steve Brown, Etc.  While some of what he had to convey was clearly a product of … Continue reading

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2014 Book List – Part Two

Get Real (John Leonard) – I heard an interview with the author on Steve Brown, Etc. and was hooked.  The basic thrust of the book is that as the gospel grabs our hearts it will also flow out of our lives … Continue reading

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2014 Book List – Part One

Once again, I’ve pulled together a list of the books I’ve read over the last twelve months.  That is, books that were not related to sermon preparations and such.  Perhaps if you got some gift cards for Christmas, you might … Continue reading

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A Book on The Book

Let me start by saying this is something of a review of Kevin DeYoung’s new book Taking God at His Word (Crossway, 2014).  He begins with a good sound premise.  That being that Psalm 119 shows us what to believe … Continue reading

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A Prayer for the New Year – Adapted from Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions

Lord God Almighty, I understand that I am unable to do anything without your help, so I ask you to enable me by your grace to fulfill your will. Give me grace to do whatever brings most glory and honor … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part Three

Do We Know Jesus?  Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul (Adolf Schlatter) – This was my main source of devotional reading this past year.  Schlatter (1852-1938) was a German theological professor, writer, pastor, and speaker well known in his … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part Two

Common Prayer:  A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro) – My wife and I have been using this in our devotionals together in the mornings.  Not that we actually do that every morning but, when we … Continue reading

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2013 Book List – Part One

As has been the case these last few years, I’ve pulled together a list of the books I’ve read over the last twelve months.  That is, books that were not related to sermon preparations and such.  Perhaps if you got … Continue reading

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Where Has Jesus Been?

“Where have you been?”  Parents can often find themselves asking their children that question.  The child has come in from outside showing telltale signs of playing in something that has now attached itself to various parts of their body.  It … Continue reading

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An Advent Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer for all seasons and circumstances.  But perhaps most especially during the season of Advent, the time of waiting for the coming of the King… Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name. Wonderful Counselor, … Continue reading

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How Far Does It Go? Far As the Curse Is Found!

The Apostle John wrote these sobering words in 1 John 5:19, “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” That’s a pretty stark contrast.  What does this description of … Continue reading

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Exmas in Niatirb

I don’t usually include long quotes here but I’ll make an exception in this case.  In God in the Dock, a collection of essays by C. S. Lewis, there is an entry entitled “Xmas and Christmas:  A Lost Chapter from … Continue reading

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Who Is Christmas For?

Who is Christmas for?   It is not for the rich of this world who believe themselves to have much to offer.  Christmas is for the poor of this world who know themselves to have nothing to give. Christmas is … Continue reading

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It’s Been 50 Years…

…since the death of C. S. Lewis on November 22, 1963.  That, of course, is not the death that is getting the most press these days.  The attention has been nearly exclusively on President John F. Kennedy and his assassination … Continue reading

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Letting Nothing Come Between Us

I was reading in Romans 3:21-31 this morning, meditating on the righteousness that comes by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  Connected to that, I’ve going through Adolf Schlatter’s Do We Know Jesus? this year in my devotional … Continue reading

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2012 Book List – Part Four

We’re on the home stretch, the fourth and final installment in this little series… The Gospel According to Disney (Mark Pinsky) – This one gets the “best subtitle award” for sure with its “Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust.”  Pinsky explores … Continue reading

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2012 Book List – Part Three

We’re now at the half-way point of this little series of book reviews… Introverts in the Church (Adam McHugh) – I cannot begin to say how liberating it was to read this book.  I’ve known for many years that I … Continue reading

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