Jesus, the Savior

I wrapped up our 3-part mini-series on ICHTHUS this past Sunday by looking at Jesus as our Savior and Atoning Sacrifice. It’s a bit long but, hey, substitutionary atonement is deep waters!   You can listen to part 1 on Jesus the Christ here and part 2 on Jesus, God’s Son here.

What I’m Reading

From time to time, I thought I’d share what I’m reading and finding helpful or stimulating. If you’re reading these or anything else interesting, I’d love to know in the comments! As you might expect from Keller, a marvel of genius-by-compression on many issues of preaching. As one reviewer said, more of a manifesto than manual. […]

10 Questions to Ask When Considering Seminary

  “I’m considering going to seminary. Do you have any advice?” This conversation happens often enough–a few times a semester, and twice in the last two weeks—that I’ve compiled a list of questions I ask potential seminarians. I use these to prime the pump for our conversation and their discernment. Of course I have recommendations […]

This is Why We Read, Preach, and Teach the Whole Bible

Let me tell you why it’s wise to teach the whole Bible (or “the whole counsel of God” as some like to say). When the Holy Spirit is involved, he knows exactly what every person there needs to hear. The Spirit guides the preacher who wants to be a vessel for his work. He takes seemingly less […]

Don’t Forget to Pray for This!

The Kingdom of God is advancing, and taking over new territory. It’s easy to forget that this includes your own heart. We should be praying for God’s kingdom to take over the unconquered areas of our hearts. Anxiety shows us these unconquered areas. It shows us what we’re not trusting God for. Jesus tells us not […]

On “Zero-Sum Ministry”

I have a post up over at The Gospel Coalition entitled Escape the Zero-Sum Ministry Priorities Game | TGC | The Gospel Coalition. Here’s a snippet: When it comes to stewarding our resources, even visionary leaders can operate from a scarcity mindset. We look at our little pie of resources and divide it in to smaller and smaller pieces, […]

How We Disciple

Much is being said about discipleship these days. That’s (mostly) a good thing.  I could list 100 books that we might argue are the key to unlocking this mysterious process. But sometimes I think we run the risk of overcomplicating it. This is not rocket surgery! If I only have a few minutes with a […]

Should I Go? The Both/And of Body Life

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. Acts 5:42 As a campus minister and pastor, I have a lot of conversations with people about their involvement in church, fellowship groups, and small groups. I’m noticing an increasing […]