Category: Theology

  • How God Sees His Church

    I long for Christians to see the church as God sees the church. If we did, I believe, we would value it as he values it and find a greater and more joyful confidence in what he is doing in and through the church.

  • The Goodness of Creation

    The Goodness of Creation

    An extended meditation on the goodness of God’s creation, based on a sermon I preached on January 22, 2023.

  • The God Who Forms and Fills

    The God Who Forms and Fills

    A sermon on Genesis 1:2

  • “All Things Are More Ours by Becoming His”

    “All Things Are More Ours by Becoming His”

    My freshman year of college I memorized a poem by a 17th century pastor, George Herbert. I’ve since learned that Herbert died at age 39 as a pastor of a small country church, with never more than 100 people in his congregation. But before he became a pastor, he was a rising star in academia […]

  • Bavinck’s Christian Worldview

    It wasn’t until I started reading Herman Bavinck’s The Wonderful Works of God (I already owned his four-volume Reformed Dogmatics but had only dabbled in it) that I decided I wanted to read everything that Bavinck had written. That decision prompted me, in 2020, to purchase his recently-translated (2019) Christian Worldview which I wish I […]

  • The Magic of Writing

    The Magic of Writing

    In the month of November, my wife and I decided that we would spent thirty minutes writing every weekday evening of the month. We didn’t quite reach that goal, but we wrote a lot more than we would have if we had made no goal at all. Because I spend a lot of my workday […]

  • Jonathan Edwards’ Method of Study

    Jonathan Edwards’ Method of Study

    Did Jonathan Edwards have a particular method that allowed him to think through a topic with such rigor and clarity?

  • Two Resources for Preaching

    When it comes to preaching—and, for that matter, many areas in life—my motto is always learning. Once you stop learning, you not only stagnate: you revert. Still, it is helpful to have a tried-and-true method for accomplishing a task, especially when you are called to accomplish that task, again and again—with excellence. Over the course […]

  • The Preaching of 18th-Century Revivalists in England

    Eighteen years ago, my parents gave me a book by J. C. Ryle which I have picked up again: Christian Leaders of the 18th Century. It contains brief biographical sketches of men who “shook England from one end to another”—men such as George Whitefield, John Wesley, William Grimshaw, and Daniel Rowlands. Reading sections of this […]

  • Be Careful What You Call Christian Persecution

    In the final beatitude on the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches his followers to expect persecution. “Blessed are you,” he declares, “when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account” (Matthew 5:13). But we must carefully consider what we call persecution. Certainly, persecution involves being […]