Three Kinds of Legalism

Nearly 500 years ago, a small-town professor accidentally ignited a controversy that would change Christianity forever. Martin Luther's academic critique of the sale of "indulgences" - the promise of forgiveness of sins in exchange for money - expanded to a wide-ranging disagreement about the authority of the Pope, the importance of ecclesiastical rituals, and the … Continue reading Three Kinds of Legalism

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Hearing Jesus in the Psalms

Right in the middle of most English Bibles, there is a collection of one hundred and fifty ancient Hebrew songs. Filled with emotion, imagery, and devotion to the Lord, they are a masterpiece of poetic expression as well as a profound source of encouragement, comfort, and guidance for believers in the midst of the trials … Continue reading Hearing Jesus in the Psalms

Recognizing Almonzo

Every day, after the lunch dishes are cleared away and the baby and toddler are diapered and put down in their cribs, either my wife or I will sit down on the couch with our two older children for story time. Our kids love story time. For me and Rebecca, it's a joy to watch … Continue reading Recognizing Almonzo

Seasonal Family Devotional Bookmark

     A couple of months ago, I posted a series of devotional readings for Advent and Christmastide, which walked through the highlights of the Old Testament and the Christmas narratives from the gospels. Then, just last week I shared a plan for reading through the Gospel of Mark throughout the season of Lent, supplemented by … Continue reading Seasonal Family Devotional Bookmark

Walking with Jesus: Devotional Readings for Lent and Eastertide

On March 1st, many Christians around the world will begin observing the season of Lent, a period of forty days of preparation (not counting Sundays) leading up to the greatest day of the church year - the feast of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This feast begins yet another forty day season - … Continue reading Walking with Jesus: Devotional Readings for Lent and Eastertide

12 Guiding Principles of Pastoral Ministry

In my last post, I described the "what" of pastoral ministry. This time around, I want to address the "how." How does one faithfully fulfill the calling to shepherd God's people with the gospel of Christ? But first, one word about why this matters. I don't usually write about being a pastor. That is because … Continue reading 12 Guiding Principles of Pastoral Ministry

A Philosophy of Pastoral Ministry

I feel called by God to serve him in pastoral ministry. So, over the past several years, I've spent a lot of time learning about and reflecting on the natural and purpose of ministry within the local church. Based on Scripture and guided by the helpful insights of those who've gone before me, here is … Continue reading A Philosophy of Pastoral Ministry