Is a Sermon Incomplete Without Application?

This is not just a post for preachers. It’s for anyone who takes the Bible seriously. So many of us sit in the pews (or chairs) on Sundays waiting for the “most important” part of the sermon: the application. It’s so important that many preachers and many congregants think that unless a sermon gives you…

How Not to Read the Bible

Part 4 in a 10 part series. View series intro and index. We are taking a step backwards a bit in our Gospel-Centered Devotions series. Before I get to how to keep Christ at the center of the New Testament (part 8), I want to briefly walk through some unchristian ways to read the Bible. We learn…

The Psalms and Jesus

I am passionate about gospel-centered ministry and interpretation. Perhaps Luke 24:27 has influenced me recently more than any other verse. After Jesus’ resurrection, he is walking to Emmaus with two disciples. They are depressed because Jesus has died and they thought he was the Messiah. Jesus snaps them out of their depression and tells them…

Hear the Music, Don’t Learn the Steps

Part 5 in a 10 part series. View series intro and index. If you are anything like me (let’s hope not), your bent is to read the Bible to get information. You want to mine the peaks and valleys of Scripture for intellectual ascent, to out-wit, out-smart, or out-argue someone else in a theological debate. You want…

The Gospel in All of Life

Part 3 in a 10 part series. View series intro and index. It is not just enough to know conceptually that every text is a road to Christ. It’s also not enough to know how to set up a devotional time. After all, intellectual knowledge never saved anyone from hell and creating a good devo plan…