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Book Review: Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption by Bingham and Kreider

Book Review: Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption by Bingham and Kreider

Dispensationalism and the History of Redemption is great addition to a wide selection of dispensational resources from the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary. Many years ago DTS was known for their teaching on Dispensationalism through the works of Ryrie, Pentecost, and Walvoord. This book cements their legacy with a new group of theologians carrying their torch…

Book Review: Word-Centered Church by Jonathan Leeman

Book Review: Word-Centered Church by Jonathan Leeman

Word-Centered Church is nothing new and that in itself is wonderful. Jonathan Leeman brings an ancient thought of basing all aspects of the church on the Word of God back to the modern church. When many churches today laud themselves as “Bible-believing,” Leeman goes even further to show that everything the local church is to do flows from the Bible…

The Sin Many Christians Forget

The Sin Many Christians Forget

Living the Christian life is one of constant battle. You see, even though our sin is covered under the blood of Christ and we are no longer responsible for the judgment of that sin, we still do it. We sin all the time, because we’re fallen human beings and it’s within our nature to sin. Yet, as Christians we cannot just ignore these sins or be laid back about dealing with them…

My Reformation Story

My Reformation Story

I’m feeling sentimental after a recent birthday and so I thought I’d map out how I came to my theological position in brief terms. 

I grew up in a reformed Baptist church. Did I know it was reformed? No. Did I know what “reformed” meant? Also, no…

Book Review: Progress in the Pulpit by Jerry Vines & Jim Shaddix

Book Review: Progress in the Pulpit by Jerry Vines & Jim Shaddix

Progress in the Pulpit is the much anticipated sequel to the popular and brilliant Power in the Pulpit. While Power in the Pulpit was essentially a book on how to preach expositionally, Progress in the Pulpit is about becoming improving one’s sermon practices and becoming more efficient in that preaching…

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: 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…

Which Bible Version Should I Use?

Which Bible Version Should I Use?

I’ve received this question quite a bit over the last few weeks. So I thought I would write a short post about what every Christian should look for and look out for in regards to the translation they use for their Bible reading. There are many choices out there and one needs to be careful about the translation that they use because not all translations are the same in quality and faithfulness to the original manuscripts. Here are some questions to think about…

Book Review – The Unfinished Reformation

Book Review – The Unfinished Reformation

The Reformation has been going for 500 years now and many are asking the same question, is it over? Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo attempt to answer this question though their work in The Unfinished Reformation. By doing so, they provide a unique perspective into the doctrines of both Catholicism and Evangelicalism…

Why I Changed How I Prepare Sermons

Why I Changed How I Prepare Sermons

I’ve been preaching since I was 13 years old. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true. While, I am somewhat young to be the senior pastor who is preparing sermons on a weekly basis, I have been doing this for quite awhile. And as with any task that is done on a regular basis, I’ve developed a lot of habits. Some of these habits are good and some are…not so good. This coming Sunday I will be finishing my sermon series in Ephesians. The last 6 months in Ephesians has been a great learning experience for both my congregation and myself…