Book Review: Prayer Points

This is a very nice book as far as its aesthetic value is concerned. I like very much the compact size and the faux leather appearance. The cover is also imprinted with a verse of Scripture (Psalm 145:18) and some trees along the spine. The copy I received also contains a small dust cover which… Continue reading Book Review: Prayer Points

Matthew 13: Kingdom of God (a sermon text)

I preached a couple of weeks ago (again!) and I decided to use Matthew 13 as my text. I had been doing some light research on the chapter and taught a little of it in my Sunday school class so I took the next logical step and went ahead with a full blown manuscript. It… Continue reading Matthew 13: Kingdom of God (a sermon text)

Advent Day 6: Matthew 6: Continuing to be Different

Read: Matthew 6 Let's be short today. Maybe. Matthew six is a chapter that has been abused and misused by preachers throughout the ages. And by pew-sitters too. I'll be honest when I say that it is not a terribly complicated passage of Scripture to understand, but it's not necessarily easy to understand either. It's… Continue reading Advent Day 6: Matthew 6: Continuing to be Different

Learning to Talk, Lenten Reflections #3

In a little book I have called Answering God, author Eugene Peterson writes, "But the first requirement of language is not to make us nice but accurate. Prayer is not particularly 'nice.' There is a recognition in prayer of the fiercer aspects of God…Psalm language is not careful about offending our sensibilities; its genius is… Continue reading Learning to Talk, Lenten Reflections #3

Reflections on a World Afire, Lenten Reflections #1

One of the last acts I performed as a member of Facebook was to follow a link to a blog post and read the blog post. It had something to do with Daniel 11 so I thought this would be a good thing–given that I am currently neck deep in a study of Daniel in… Continue reading Reflections on a World Afire, Lenten Reflections #1

Book Review: Aloof

Title: Aloof Author: Tony Kriz Illustrator: Jonathan Case Publisher: Thomas Nelson Year: 2014 Pages: 228 [Disclaimer: I was provided a reader's copy of Aloof through the Thomas Nelson BookLook Blogger program. I was not compensated for my review and I was not asked to write a positive review. My review is only to be fair… Continue reading Book Review: Aloof

Book Review: Pray the Scriptures When Life Hurts

Title: Pray the Scriptures When Life Hurts Author: Kevin Johnson Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Year: 2014 Pages: 128 [Disclaimer: I was provided an electronic preview copy of this book through NetGalley. I was not compensated in any way nor am I required to positively review the book. Thanks for reading.] A few years ago I… Continue reading Book Review: Pray the Scriptures When Life Hurts

Daily Office: July 4, 2014

Today is the Fourth of July which means a lot to many people here in the United States. It's a happy time to celebrate freedom and the glorious wonder that is the backyard BBQ. I like spending my freedom doing things that folks in other countries cannot do so freely. For example, reading my Bible… Continue reading Daily Office: July 4, 2014

Daily Office: June 30, 2014

The Daily Office readings for today, June 30, 2014 are as follows. I draw from the Book of Common Prayer, Year 2, Proper 8: Psalm 106:1-18 (I just read the entire Psalm) Numbers 22:1-21 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 21:12-22 These were some wonderful readings and I'll briefly share just a few thoughts on them in order… Continue reading Daily Office: June 30, 2014

500 Words with Luke’s Gospel: Praying

I will be honest: I struggle with prayer. Eugene Peterson wrote in one of his books that's quite OK if we struggle and that when we don't have words the Holy Spirit prays for us. Many people struggle, yet for some reason I find little comfort in that. For some reason this is the one… Continue reading 500 Words with Luke’s Gospel: Praying

Book Review: The Case for the Psalms

Title: The Case for the Psalms Author: N. T. Wright (Unofficial) NT Wright: Amazon Page Publisher: Harper Collins; HarperOne Page Count: 200 Date: 2013 There are many preachers and theologians I admire to the point of buying anything they write and listening to anything they preach. Among them are Eugene Peterson, D.A. Carson, Frederick Buechner,… Continue reading Book Review: The Case for the Psalms

Jesus, the World, and Us

Friends, This is a sermon I preached from John 17:6-19 on May 24, 2009. My congregation has been going through some tough times lately and this sermon was a great way to put those issues in perspective. The battle we wage is not against the flesh; Jesus prayed for and prepared us for the battle… Continue reading Jesus, the World, and Us

New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts, Mark 1-2

I have posted new prayer thoughts and homiletical points at A Pastor’s Prayer Journal. Here’s an excerpt: I have studied through Mark in depth five or six times and taught it in various situations at least four or five times. It is my favorite Gospel of the four perhaps because of it’s quick pace, literary… Continue reading New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts, Mark 1-2

Intercession for Sodomites and Gomorrahites

Intercession for Sodomites and Gomorrahites Genesis 18, Luke 15 Properly speaking, of course, a Sodomite is someone who lives in Sodom the ancient city that one afternoon Abraham, the father of our faith, stood interceding for. A Gomorrahite is someone who lived Gomorrah. I suspect we have clung to the former because it is much… Continue reading Intercession for Sodomites and Gomorrahites