Practical Tips on Prayer

Have you ever asked the question, “how should I pray?” 

The disciples did, and Jesus answered them with an outline for prayer including specific words to say. Christians often refer to this as “The Lord’s Prayer” and I have addressed it in my book already. However, regarding structure for a moment, I would like to address another basic model for prayer. Commuting to and from work has allowed me extended time each morning to engage in prayer, and this specific framework has benefited me greatly. 

Book Review: What is an Evangelical?

When I am reading a rather long book, my heart is often restless in my inability to complete gigantic tasks in short amounts of time. Perhaps this is why I often dread mowing my yard. I recently took a short break from some larger reading plans and opened “What is an Evangelical?“ by D.M. LLoyd…

Preparation for Ministry: A Book Review

Jesus repeatedly exhorted Peter to “feed my sheep” (John 21:15-19) referring to this apostle’s unique role in teaching and proclamation of the Word. 

It is with these verses in mind that we shift to a short review of Allan Harman’s wonderful, and short, book entitled, “Preparation for Ministry” (Banner of Truth Trust). The page count, 117, causes many seminary students and pastors to rejoice. Though short in length, it is pivotal in its considerations of topics concerning the call to ministry, choosing a theological college or seminary, one’s early ministry, and staying renewed and committed after many years of serving. 

Becoming Compatible: A Book Review

My wife and I are blessed with many Christian marriages that encourage, challenge and mentor us. One such couple leads the marriage ministry at our current church. With much gratitude and thanks, we were invited to a wonderful Saturday morning marriage conference, Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage. The speaker, comedian, and pastor, Mark Gungor, provided challenging and insightful wisdom regarding marriage, both founded in Scripture and cloaked in laughter.

The Reason for God: A Book Review

When the skeptic hands his faith-filled friend a Richard Dawkins book, with humility and patience, you could hand them Timothy Keller’s The Reason for God. With philosophical argumentation in his holster, Keller seeks to position faith and doubt, the skeptic and the believer, on equal playing fields. 

Teaching the Bible: Its purpose and benefit.

The necessity of teaching the Scriptures, according to Paul, is rooted in its salvific association with Christ. It is important to note Scripture does not save, but the person of Jesus Christ alone does (Acts 4:11-12). The importance of teaching, as Paul describes above, is its ability to save both teacher and hearer because it is the truth concerning the person, nature, and work of Christ.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible: A Book Review

Max Anders’ makes the claim the he can aid the reader in understanding the Bible in only one month. At first I was skeptical, but then I completed his book 30 Days to Understanding the Bible. Anders’ task, concisely stated, is to give the reader an aerial view of Scripture. He describes his approach as the reader sitting in the window of an airplane and peering down at the mountain ranges of the Bible. In other words, the reader will have a large and broad understanding of Scripture.

Found: God’s Will (A Book Review)

I never expected someone to tell me that God’s will for my life is, “Do whatever you want!” (pg. 68). However, this is exactly what respected theologian and pastor John MacArthur posits in his concise, pocket-sized book Found: God’s Will. I failed to mentioned this autonomous freedom is prescribed as the sixth principle in discerning God’s will for your life. Also, the self-will granted by John MacArthur is only applicable if the first five principles are guiding and controlling your life. It is within these six principles (total) that MacArthur provides a biblical case in determining and understanding God’s will for your life. The following review will examine each principle in summary, following the book’s outline.

Day 5: The LILOE Devotional

Will your master say to you, “Well done good, and faithful servant?” Will you choose the life Jesus calls you to live, or will you chart your own course? In light of eternity, Jesus matters because He will say either “depart from me I never knew you,” or “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Day 4: The LILOE Devotional

JESUS MATTERS: PART I  “I and the Father are one.”  John 10:30  Surrounding Jesus, a group of impatient Jews pressed him to answer their inquiries. Some indicted him as demon possessed while others sought more religious or scientific explanations for his words and miracles. Jesus himself answered their question concerning his identity, “I and the…

Day 3: The LILOE Devotional

The call to love God with our everything comes from the reality that God loved us first with His everything. One of Jesus’ disciples understood this saying, “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). In light of eternity, God matters, and loving him with our everything matters the most because we exist in response to His first great love of creating us.

A Blueprint for the Bible

Structure is important for building furniture, and a blueprint is included from this Swedish home assembly furniture provider. Likewise, structure is essential to comprehending the Scripture and Anders’ book is that blueprint.