Edwards on the Expensiveness of Gospel Blessings

Going through Jonathan Edwards’ Sermons on the Lord’s Supper for my PhD work has been fun. I’m not an Edwards scholar by any means, but I think these sermons capture the pastoral heart of this amazing genius. There are many gems like this one: But we shall show in some particular instances how gospel provisionContinue reading “Edwards on the Expensiveness of Gospel Blessings”

Jesus, the True Shepherd

One of the tragedies of contemporary American Christianity is our neglect of the Old Testament. Most Christians haven’t really read it, and don’t know what to do with it. Many people are down with Jesus, but don’t like the “angry” God of the Old Testament. But if we don’t read the Old Testament, we can’tContinue reading “Jesus, the True Shepherd”

What’s the Point of Education?

As I ramp up to begin teaching a number of online classes for Kepler Education, I’ll be posting thoughts and musings on the nature of education, especially classical Christian education. These are mostly posts for myself, to remind me of why I’m a teacher. Why do I get up every morning, excited to teach youngContinue reading “What’s the Point of Education?”

Parenting & the Way of the Cross

Yesterday, I posted about Tim Keller’s insight that all true love is sacrificial love. For love to truly make a difference in the lives of others, it must be substitutionary love. In other words, it requires us to stand in for others, to take hits for them, to help carry their burdens–to be, in someContinue reading “Parenting & the Way of the Cross”

Easter and Sacrificial Love

Easter, the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, can be confusing. For some, the meaning of Easter is lost among the chocolate bunnies and colorful eggs. It’s just another cultural holiday, an empty shell of an egg that was once filled with religious meaning. For others, it might still be a religiousContinue reading “Easter and Sacrificial Love”

A Shoe in the Wilderness

When the blood started flowing, God provided a shoe for my son … We recently had a chance to escape from the oppressive Southern heat and humidity and enjoy the cooler temperatures of the Northwest. Although I love living in Raleigh and appreciate being within a days drive of either the mountains, ocean, and funContinue reading “A Shoe in the Wilderness”

A Rhetoric of Love – Book Review

Recent decades have witnessed a revival of sorts. Schools across the country (even the world) identify themselves as “classical Christian” schools. Although differing among themselves about the meaning of “classical,” these schools all share a common vision of pursuing a form of education starkly different than that offered in the modern educational paradigm. Indeed, theyContinue reading “A Rhetoric of Love – Book Review”

Hope for the New Year – “Behold, I Am Making All Things New”

From a sermon I preached yesterday at Resurrection Life Church: Text: Revelation 21:1-8 It’s often said that “the baby born in Bethlehem was born to die,” or something like “the road from the manger in Bethlehem leads to a bloody cross.” All that is true, and we should never forget it. But the baby JesusContinue reading “Hope for the New Year – “Behold, I Am Making All Things New””

Dorothy Day & the Courage of Conviction

In My Own Words by Dorothy Day My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was my first exposure to Dorothy Day (besides a few quotes here and there). What a remarkable lady! This is a great little introduction to an intellectual brave enough to follow the Crucified Lord in a life of humble service andContinue reading “Dorothy Day & the Courage of Conviction”