One of the best ways to remember Christmas's true meaning is to thoughtfully and methodically meditate on Christmas over several weeks leading up to the actual day of Christmas. To help you do that, I recommend several Advent resources you can read on your own or with your family. For those of you who are … Continue reading Preparing for Christmas
(I also write for the Wisconsin Association of Regular Baptist Churches' blog. This post was first posted there and I thought I would share it here as well). I recently read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. It is a short book that explores the importance of the Christian community. As with almost any book that I read, … Continue reading Life Together
According to the famous saying, a failure to plan is a plan to fail. I don’t know that the saying is applicable in all situations, but in many, it is true. I have found it to be right in the area of Bible reading. When I have a plan and try to stick with it, … Continue reading What is your plan?
(Once again, Michael Porto brings the content of this post) As we saw last time, it is so important that we not only eat the word, but that we also digest it so that we profit from it. We want to be doing so because the care we provide to others needs to be gospel … Continue reading Eat the Word #4
Today's post is from Michael Porto. Allow me to destroy some of our concepts of the 21st century devotional life. You do not have to mine incredible truths from the Word on a daily basis. You do not have to remember what you read from two weeks ago and know how it connects to what … Continue reading Rethinking Daily Devotionals
Family devotions (or sometimes called Family Worship) is a daunting task for husbands and fathers. If we are honest, few things conjure up dread in most men than the idea of leading family worship. Sure, some men naturally lead well and enjoy their role in leading family worship, but if you are like me, the … Continue reading The hard job of being a husband and/or father.
I’m currently reading Andrew Peterson’s new book, Adorning the Dark. It is a fascinating inside look into his songwriting process and the journey he has been on the past couple of decades. I have been amazed at how much I am relating to his songwriting process. I’m amazed because if you know me at all, you … Continue reading Clapping in church…or at least nodding your head (and dozing does not count).
My father bought a small 14’ aluminum fishing boat when I was a boy. I remember it had a 20-horse outboard motor on it so it could move pretty fast on the calm waters of Lake St. Clair in Michigan. I loved sitting in the bow when dad would crank up the throttle and feel … Continue reading Rowing Alone
My wife and I listened to a sermon yesterday about Sabbath rest. Here is the link to the sermon if you are interested in listening to it as well. I highly recommend it. If you do listen to it, you will find helpful reminders about what Sabbath is, why we need it, and how to … Continue reading Sabbath Rest
I’ve had plenty of people say that to me in the course of a conversation. When that happens, I (sometimes successfully) try to suppress the urge to interrupt them and say, “Ah, but you are a theologian!” Theology is simply the attempt to understand what God has revealed about Himself. It is the study of … Continue reading “I’m no theologian…”