Maybe you love to read. Maybe you hate to read. Maybe you make time to read. Maybe you try to find every excuse possible to avoid reading. Maybe you start a book and not pick up another book until that one is finished. Maybe you start 15-20 books and only finish half…………..maybe. 🙂
However you slice it, reading is a part of life. For Christians, it is our life because God has given us a book to read: the Bible. So, Christian, you are a reader whether you like it or love it.
Thankfully, God has also given many good teachers who are also writers and that is where this blog post comes from.… Continue reading
For the last 25 years, a few weeks before Christmas I begin to get questions from friends, relatives, and parishioners asking for my opinion on Christmas gifts for the pastor or seminary student in their lives, especially as it relates to books. Since I’m a professional librarian and have trained pastors, I apparently seem like a good person to ask.
With slight variations they run something like this, “I want to do something special and I’m think about getting them [fill in with this or that large set of books], do you think they’ll like that?”
These good folks are always well intentioned, but most of the time they know next to nothing about either the books or authors or even the subject matter.… Continue reading
One of the first major hurdles that my wife and I had came at our first Christmas. We had nothing christmasy. We get our tree and she goes to the store to get lights and such to decorate. She comes home with all white lights. Of course I ask, “where are the colored lights??” I mean, is it really Christmas without colored lights? After a volley back and forth, I yielded my colored light position, though obviously lights were meant to be
colored. This is one of those question that belongs in premarital counseling.
The first Christmas of course was accompanied by a spectacular light but this light had nothing to do with lighting a tree in the living room.… Continue reading
PS23, joined with two guest, Eric Dodson and Nate Pickowizc, gather to discuss the nuances of evangelizing family. You can watch / listen to the full video. But you can also scroll down and follow specific quesitons in the video.
How do we evangelize our family? What main principles do we need to consider? Here.
Many folks find this time of year to be one of joy, reflection, celebration, and wonder. It is this last thing – wonder – I want to address in this post. Specifically, I want to share with you some of my own wonder as it relates to that thing we call the Incarnation.
I love to reflect upon the Incarnation and I have had ample opportunity to do so as I preach through John’s Gospel for my local church. By drawing on what I have learned in my study I hope to reinvigorate in all of us the wonder which I believe should accompany any contemplation of the fact that, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”… Continue reading