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Profiles: Jared C. Wilson

Profiles: Jared C. Wilson

Our last profile in our series of active Christian writers is Jared C. Wilson. Jared C. Wilson is one of the most genuine voices in Christian writing today. He was a pastor for many years but has recently transitioned to being the Director of Content Strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri. He is also the Managing Editor at For the Church, a ministry of Midwestern dedicated to producing Gospel driven resources…

Profiles: Tim Keller

Profiles: Tim Keller

Our second to last profile on a living Christian leader is on Tim Keller. Keller is perhaps the most well-known in our series and for good reason. In 1989, Keller planted Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan which now has a weekly attendance of over 5,000 people. This figure alone is incredibly impressive when one understands just how unchurched the residents of Manhattan have been historically. Tim Keller is also one of the founders of the Gospel Coalition…

Book Review – The Parables of Jesus by James Montgomery Boice

Book Review – The Parables of Jesus by James Montgomery Boice

The Parables of Jesus by James Montgomery Boice is widely-known to be the gold standard on understanding the parables and after reading it I now know why. Boice thinks through each parable with clarity and direction. An easy mistake when reading the parables its to get lost with the cultural details, but Boice seldom falls into this trap…

Profiles: Mark Dever

Profiles: Mark Dever

Mark Dever has been the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. since 1994. He is also the President of 9Marks, an organization he founded to help the local church become healthy and sustain that health with Biblical practices. He is regular speaker at Conferences like John MacArthur’s Shepherds Conference, Together For the Gospel, and The Gospel Coalition…

Book Review – 8 Hours or Less by Ryan Huguley

Book Review – 8 Hours or Less by Ryan Huguley

Ministry can be incredibly difficult if one does not manage their time well. Spend too much time on one aspect of ministry and another will suffer. I know many pastors who brag about the vast amount of time they spend on their sermons because in their eyes that’s how every sermon is to be done and they have the time to study that way. Is this necessary? Does a pastor need to spend 20 hours or more to write one sermon?…

Profiles: Kevin DeYoung

Profiles: Kevin DeYoung

Today I want to introduce you to a man who is perhaps the youngest who will be in this series, but has had one of the most successful writing careers over the last decade. Kevin DeYoung has been the pastor of University Reformed Church in Lansing, MI, for the last 15 years and will soon be transitioning to take the pastorate at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC, while also becoming the Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary…

Profiles: J.I. Packer

Profiles: J.I. Packer

Lately, I’ve been asked about a lot of writers and if I thought they were any good. I don’t claim to be an expert or anything but I do read regularly and intentionally. Most of the people asking me about authors are asking about “iffy” authors who have had some theological issues or perhaps the asker just was questioning some things. So I thought I would offer over the next few weeks a few profiles on some of Christianity’s greatest living authors and some of their most enduring works…

Book Review – This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe

Book Review – This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe

As a pastor, and former youth pastor, I have read a lot of Christian books written for youth and early adults and honestly I have been completely underwhelmed by most of these books. This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe is a huge improvement over most of what is out there for young people to read…

Book Review – The Character of the Church by Joe Thorn

Book Review – The Character of the Church by Joe Thorn

The Character of the Church, Joe Thorn’s second book in his three-part series on the church, is a simple breakdown of the inner workings of the local church. Based upon a clear understanding of the Gospel, as written about in his first book, the church should show itself to be of Christ in its actions and intents. Thorn explains in this book what a church should be doing and emphasizing in order to be a healthy and biblical church…