As I've wrestled with Scripture the past several years over the issue of manhood, Genesis 1-3 has remained foundational in the development of my theology of Christian masculinity. I find myself continually returning to this text in order to glean insights on God's plan for redeemed manhood. It is my contention that an important feature … Continue reading Was Adam “With” Eve While She Was Tempted?
In their helpful book Effective Bible Teaching, James C. Wilhoit and Leland Ryken remind us that ineffective teaching arises at one of two levels: (1) the planning and preparation level; (2) the presentation level. In this post I want to focus on the planning and preparation level. What happens in the planning stage that causes us … Continue reading How Our Preparation Can Make Our Teaching Ineffective
By delivering His people from sin’s power and penalty, God has given every Christian a testimony—a story of sin and grace; justice and mercy; failure and redemption. Yet, a personal testimony of salvation in Christ is unique to all other stories we can tell. We might have warm-hearted stories of time spent with family or … Continue reading The Value of Your Salvation Testimony
In This Series The Vital Importance of Personal Discipline Spiritual Disciplines, Part 1: Is Self-Discipline Unspiritual? Spiritual Disciplines, Part 2: The Priority of Bible Reading and Meditation Spiritual Disciplines, Part 3: Bible Reading: Some Practical Suggestions Spiritual Disciplines, Part 4: What is Biblical Meditation? ********** In the next two posts, I will focus on the … Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines, Part 5: Why Pray?
As a pastor, I make theological reading a priority. The truth contained in these books informs my teaching and writing, undergirds and permeates my counseling, and enables me to discern harmful doctrinal trends that may be influencing my people and the greater church. Earlier this year I read The Holy Trinity by Robert Letham and Inerrancy … Continue reading The Importance of Devotional Reading for Pastors and Theologians