A Reading List for 2014

One of the great joys of being a pastor is that taking time to read books is part of the job. You cannot effectively teach, shepherd, rebuke, exhort, and develop yourself in mind and heart without reading good books. The great British preacher Charles Spurgeon said, “Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will…

A Gospel-Centered Reader

Those of you visit this blog often know that I write about the gospel a lot. To reinforce what I write, I wanted to start building a gospel-centered reader as a resource for people to find gospel-centered material. A “reader” is a compilation of shorter works on a particular subject. Most of these come from…

What I Have Learned in My First 11 Weeks of Seminary

I attend seminary at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, through their online program. The online aspect is not ideal, but it is functional for me and my family. So far, I’m learning (I hope). More than anything, I’m being exposed to scholarship and lots of reading the average person wouldn’t read (not even me). I have…

Old Testament Names Are Part of Scripture Too

During a team time earlier today with our project here in Johannesburg, we were reading Numbers 13. That’s the story about Joshua going into Canaan with the other men of Israel to find out what the Promise Land is all about. As we read, we came across some difficult Hebrew names. To my surprise, after…

Seeing the Gospel in Good Books

I’m reading The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs, founder and Resident Scholar of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theology Seminary.  A few days ago, a quote caught my eye.  The funny thing is that it has nothing to do with evangelism, but about how good books point us to Christ: Great literature deals…

Don’t Let Them Fool You…Doctrine Does Lead to Joy

For  my own part, I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others.  I believe that many who find that ‘nothing happens’ when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find…