No Room in the Inn

I used to shake my head at the Israelites who complained about bitter water just after they watched God deliver them from the strongest nation in their world. I also thought proudly that, if I had lived in the little town of Bethlehem, I would have given up not just a room but my entire…

And I Quote… December 12

And-I-QuoteWhen Christians unite around something other than the gospel, they create community that would likely exist even if God didn’t. As a modern-day tower of Babel, that community glorifies their strength instead of God’s.

Mark Dever & Jamie Dunlop, The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive, (Crossway, 2015), 23

Un-Ambiguous Praise

Love is a wonderful thing—on that point almost everyone agrees. Yet this wonderful word called “love” has been assigned a bewildering variety of meanings. The Beatles famously asserted that, “all you need is love.” Countless young couples have allowed their passionate “love” for each other to override what was once an unshakeable commitment to purity.…

And I Quote… December 5

As the goldfish swimming in the bowl is unaware of the temperature and taste of the water in which he swims, so often the most powerfully formative forces of our societies and cultures are those with which we are so familiar as to be functionally unaware of how they shape our thinking, even our thinking…

Wordsmithy | Part Five

Chapter Five—The Memoirs of Old Walnut Heart In which Wilson emphasizes that writing what needs improvement is always the first step to improving your writing. Chapter Six—Ancient Roman Toddlers In which Wilson points out that the study of dead languages is by no means the worst way to improve your handling of the language you…

Friday Findings—December 2

True Leadership Is Sacrifice, Not Privilege “Christian leadership — in the home, the church, and elsewhere — is not for those clawing for honor and recognition, but for those most ready to fall to their knees and be inconvenienced by the needs of others. They are those who, in a sense, have their house sufficiently…