In the book of Ecclesiastes, the author presents a raw and honest description of the realities of life in a fallen world under the sun. Life is short and the fact that every day we are getting closer to our death should affect how we live. Ecclesiastes exposes the folly of man as he strives to serve himself by pursuing earthly goals and pleasures. Continue reading “Trust Jesus, who saves us from life’s vanity.”
John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress was first published back in 1678 and is now second only to the Bible in the number of copies it has sold worldwide. It has even been called “the second best book in all the world.” Continue reading “Book Review: Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan”
For the last couple years my wife, Dianne, and I have been struggling with infertility. We have desperately prayed to God for a child and yet He has not given us one yet. There have been some months where we get our hopes up and are just completely devastated when the pregnancy test reads negative. Continue reading “Does God Punish Believers?”
This J.C Ryle clothbound set from Banner of Truth is an incredible resource not only for pastors but also for those who want to grow in spiritual maturity. Continue reading “Book Review: J.C. Ryle Clothbound 12 Volume Set”
The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson is easily one of my favorite books on pastoral ministry. I know I am a little late to the game in reading it since it came out in 2013 but better late than never. This is not a book on the growth of specific leadership skills or how to increase your influence. It’s about understanding that a pastor is just a man justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to God’s glory alone, who happens to be a pastor. Continue reading “Book Review: The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson”
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
This verse is commonly used to share it with those who are going through a difficult season. But have you thought about what this verse is actually saying? It is not saying cheer up and think better thoughts about your trial. In this letter, James is challenging us to be doers of the Word and not just hearers. James says lets see your faith in action. What we see here is that joy comes when we realize that the ultimate purpose of trials is spiritual maturity. Continue reading “Holiness, grown in trials, bears joy in the Christian life.”
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. – Hebrews 12:14
What is holiness?
One of the things that I like about reading Puritan works is that these men lived out what they wrote. They weren’t pastors trying to be accomplished authors. The books that were written by the Puritans were written as a result of pastoral ministry. Continue reading “Book Review: The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson”
There are some books that I have read in the past where I have thought I could read that one again at some point. With Ryle’s Holiness immediately when I finished it, I could have easily started reading it again Continue reading “Book Review: Holiness By J.C. Ryle”