Grab bag

Some helpful articles I’ve bookmarked recently (or not so recently): “How to Pray for Afghan Christians” (Kevin Carson) “Jesus Is Literally All They Have Left” (Randy Alcorn) “9 Things You Should Know About the Taliban” (Joe Carter) “Celebrating 50 Years Of Marriage” (Paul Tripp) “Preaching the Funeral Sermon I Once Most Dreaded” (Hershael York) — […]

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Best books of 2021, so far

For all the hard things that happened in 2020, one of the best (for me) was that I was able to read more books last year than I read in many years.  My pace is slower this year, but I’ve still read about 55 books, so far.  Here are some of the ones I have […]

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Books to encourage your sanctification

Romans 12-13 is about some everyday practices in the believer’s life that need sanctification.  Both the first verses (12:1-2) and the last verse (13:14) of that section emphasize the basic steps of sanctification: Aggressively put off sin Joyfully put on Christ and righteous replacements of sin Intentionally cultivate a renewed way of thinking To help […]

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Best books of 2020

I know.  This is late.  I had good intentions.  But I just didn’t get it done. (I might have been reading another book instead.) So a few weeks into the new year, here are some of the best books I read last year. As I did last year, I will categorize them around some general […]

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Book Review: Gentle and Lowly

Many years ago, while counseling a troubled married couple, the wife asked me, “How do you deal with anxiety in your life?” I don’t remember what precipitated the question, but I remember my response: “I’m not sure what to tell you. [I hadn’t had any biblical counseling training yet, as you can tell by the […]

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Best books of 2020, so far

I love books.  And I not only collect books, but I actually read them (well, not all of them, but I give it a good try).  I’m not a particularly fast reader, but I am a persistent reader, so I am able to read a pretty significant number of books every year. My reading pace […]

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Writing sabbatical begins today

Today, due to the generosity and encouragement of the GBC elders, I begin a one-month writing sabbatical. I have been anxious to get started on this project.  For the past two weeks, most mornings when I awaken, I am thinking about aspects of the project — structure, chapters to include, and books to read to […]

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The best books I read in 2017

I’ve always liked to read, and I supposed that’s a benefit for me since so much of what I do as a pastor is bound up in study and reading.  I read a lot.  I read a significant amount in preparation for my sermons each week — typically somewhere between 15-20 commentaries on the passage […]

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The best books I read in 2015

The year 2015 was a good year of reading for me.  A couple of years ago I found that I was having more difficulty paying attention when reading.  I was breezing through many blogs and short works like magazine articles, but didn’t have as much patience for reading longer works. When revising my goals for […]

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