Let Justice Roll: White Americans, White Christians, and the Martin Luther King Holiday

This morning our nation awakens to the second official holiday of the year: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our other federal holidays include New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day (in most states), Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Our kids have no school, my son will attend a midday birthday party, and… More Let Justice Roll: White Americans, White Christians, and the Martin Luther King Holiday

Thank You, John Piper: 70 Reasons on Your 70th Birthday

Today — January 11, 2016 — John Piper turns 70. I ‘met’ John Piper in 2000 when I was 19 years old and my summer mission trip leader had us read The Pleasures of God together. I was transfixed, and transformed. Never had I encountered such an explicitly God-centered worldview or such compellingly clear theological prose. My way… More Thank You, John Piper: 70 Reasons on Your 70th Birthday

Two Things at Once: Polarized Public Discourse and the Mosaic of Intellectual Maturity

Juggling takes practice. It’s not easy to keep three things moving between two hands. Without some level of ambidexterity, a lot of things will be hitting the floor. American public discourse is rarely ambidextrous. In a society saturated with click-bait, sound bites, and hashtag activism, public dialogue often proves unable to keep even two things mentally… More Two Things at Once: Polarized Public Discourse and the Mosaic of Intellectual Maturity

How to Prosper in All of Life: The Main Thing You Need to Do in 2016

We sure do want a lot out of life. By now your social media feeds have been filled with articles about New Year’s resolutions and 2016 goals — mind, body, and spirit; work, rest, and play; personal, professional, and relational. There are the optimists who are aiming high, and there are the pessimists who are… More How to Prosper in All of Life: The Main Thing You Need to Do in 2016

Seven Marks of a Bottleneck Leader

What’s a “bottleneck”? Literally, it’s the “neck or mouth of a bottle,” the place where the bottle grows most narrow. Metaphorically, it pictures “a point of congestion or blockage” or “a situation that causes delay in a process or system.” ¹ Leaders should increase the quality, efficiency, and productivity of their teams, but there are… More Seven Marks of a Bottleneck Leader

The Enemies in the Psalms (Student Question)

Occasionally I post responses to questions I receive from my students or other readers. Here’s my answer to a question that came by email recently. Student Question: When David is lamenting his pursuers and the dangers he’s facing, are we to interpret those only as human enemies, or can we apply the idea to the workings… More The Enemies in the Psalms (Student Question)

The Main Thing: Gospel-Rich Theology and the Students of Boyce College

College is supposed to teach you many things, and those many things are all important in their own way. The big ones, of course, are pretty comprehensive, like character, virtue, a mind awake, and a noble work ethic. The next tier is more personalized but still vital: a major, a vocational direction, and a set… More The Main Thing: Gospel-Rich Theology and the Students of Boyce College

True and Clear: A Call to Biblical Preaching

I took my first preaching class thirteen years ago: Sermon Preparation and Delivery with Dr. Michael Boys. Hundreds of sermons, lectures, and lessons later, the two pillars he established still stand tallest in my mind. Pastor Boys taught us that accuracy and clarity are the most essential elements of biblical preaching. Accuracy is like air,… More True and Clear: A Call to Biblical Preaching

A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89) by Allen Ross (Review)

A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89) (Kregel Academic, 2013) is the second installment in Allen Ross‘s multi-volume commentary on the Psalter in the Kregel Exegetical Library series. Ross currently serves as Professor of Divinity in Old Testament at Beeson Divinity School. This second volume covers Books II-III of the Psalter (42-89). Ross introduces each psalm with… More A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89) by Allen Ross (Review)

When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible by Timothy Michael Law (Review)

When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible by Timothy Michael Law (Oxford University Press, 2013) is a narrative retelling of the rise and fall of the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures. I have chosen to limit my review to general impressions since (1) I am a… More When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible by Timothy Michael Law (Review)

The Apostolic Fathers: Holmes’ Text and Wallace’s Lexicon (Review)

When evangelicalism turns to books, our functional motto is: “The newer, the truer.” We stir our hearts with fresh devotionals, hone our skills with modern ministry manuals, deepen our discernment with cultural exposés, and study our Bibles with contemporary commentaries. When it comes to the freshly published word, we have an embarrassment of riches. But our… More The Apostolic Fathers: Holmes’ Text and Wallace’s Lexicon (Review)

The Story Bible (Review)

Teaching our children the Bible is the highest responsibility we have as Christian parents. This teaching involves love, shepherding, discipleship, and modeling, but it never involves less than reading the Scriptures. Nothing can replace the reading and memorization of the normative English Bible. However, children’s story Bibles can be a helpful supplement for smaller children. The… More The Story Bible (Review)