Theology

Musings, excerpts, and somewhat random thoughts.

Bible Study Magazine Articles

I have recently had the opportunity to write for Bible Study Magazine, a print magazine put out by the good folks at Logos Bible Software. My particular articles focus on using their software and resources to study various passages. You can find my articles below. You...

Translating Important Texts

I once had the privilege of working as a marketing manager at Logos Bible Software. Since leaving the company almost 4 years ago, I have been amazed at the pace at which it has grown and the new projects and initiatives they’ve undertaken. One such initiative is...

Charles Simeon on the Resurrection of Jesus

In preparing to preach on Jesus’ resurrection this week at Redemption Hill Church I read a great sermon by Charles Simeon (see also) from his Horea Homileticae. Whether I quote from it on Sunday or not, it was a great encouragement to my soul. Thought I’d...

Jesus and the Table

I’m preparing this week to preach from Matthew 26:1-35. In studying and praying, I’ve found N.T. Wright’s commentary, Matthew for Everyone, to be more than informative–it has been both a weight and wind to my soul. It only seems fitting that...

Pastor Arrested for Not Preaching Loud Enough

My kids thought I should be aware of a law they discovered in school today. Apparently in the Corpus Juris Civilis, also known as the Code of Justinian, it was against the law to preach in such a way that your audience couldn’t hear you. I was particularly...

Running With the Apostle John

Chris DeRoco, a pastor at Redemption Hill, in his sermon on 1 John 4:7-12 made reference to a story about the Apostle John in which the Apostle runs after a wayward disciple. In an online forum, a friend asked where the reference was from. I couldn’t find it in...

Jesus Died – Good!

The term “Good Friday” seems like such a paradox. Whether you’re a Christian or not, the brutal torture and execution of a man on a Roman cross is far from anyone’s definition of a “good” Friday. At best, we might be able to come to...

31 Great Questions to Start Your New Year Asking

Life is busy. We all (well, at least I) have the tendency to rush through each day trying to accomplish as much as humanly possible. A day turns into a week. A week turns into a month. Then *blink* it is Christmas again. All the while, much of what we do is simply...

My Good Friday Confession

Good Friday seems like a good time for confession. So, here it is: The last several weeks I have worked (hard) to try and pull off something our church has never done before–have two Sunday morning services. Currently, we have about 400+/- people show up for our...

How to Pray Before You Start Reading Your Bible

The next time you sit down to read your Bible, take a moment to reflect on the prayer of a pastor who, in March of 2010, held the New Testament, in his own language, for the very first time (Prayer is at minute 1:45 of the video, but watch the whole thing). O God, O...

A Thousand Times A Second

While reading Zacharias Ursinus’ commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism the other night, I came across a quote that I had once heard, but had since misquoted and, honestly, never knew where it was from. I was happy to finally come across the quote in print. Our...

Death is an enemy, not a friend

I was reading Michael Horton’s new book, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, and that line struck me. Death is an enemy, not a friend. Perhaps it is my longing to be with Christ (Php 1:23) or my love for the song “I’ll...

Thither will I go.

A footnote in Leon Morris’ commentary on John 1:14 caught my heart and mind this morning. I hope you enjoy it as I did: Laurence Housman brings out something of the wonder of it all: “Light looked down and beheld Darkness. ‘Thither will I go,’ said Light. Peace...

Shortcomings

O Living God, I bless thee   that I see the worst of my heart as well as the best of it,   that I can sorrow for those sins that carry me from thee,   that it is thy deep and dear mercy to threaten punishment     so...

Sullied Streams of Great Saints

I started reading John Piper’s The Legacy of Sovereign Joy: God’s Triumphant Grace in the Lives of Augustine, Luther, and Calvin the other night. In his intro about the importance of studying the great saints of the past, Piper reminded me, through the...

Valley of Vision – Praying with Puritans

I am indebted to Joe Thorn, pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in Saint Charles, IL, as he has help to inspire an awakening of prayer in my life. He recently shared on his blog a discipline he’s incorporated into his life of stopping, three times a day, to meet with...

Charles Spurgeon on Death

I can’t say that many books I read talk about death much, however I find that it is a topic that I often encounter when reading Charles Spurgeon. What is even more interesting (in a good way) is that I always leave Spurgeon’s writings on the subject with...

Baptism: Its Purpose, Practice and Power

I was flipping through my Logos library the other day and randomly came across Michael Green’s, Baptism: Its Purpose, Practice and Power (Logos | Amazon). I decided to give it a glance, and I’m really glad I did. I’m only two chapters in, but I have...

John Calvin and Singing from the Heart

I wrote the other day about John Calvin’s call for depth in the music we sing in church. In it was a challenge for those who lead worship to not simply play and sing in such a way as to “tickle the ears” of the listeners, but to sing deep,...

John Calvin Says No Ear Tickling in Church Music

There was a lot of different worship music being played in the office today. Of it all, I was particularly drawn to the stuff done by Red Mountain Music, whom I had never heard before. While I am more naturally inclined to a folksy sound, I was mostly taken away by...