“For God So Loved the World” – A Hymn

Using the tune to “This Is My Father’s World,” I wrote a hymn called “For God So Loved the World.” It is three verses long, and the words are below. I was reflecting on truths in John 3, as well as the third-day resurrection of Jesus, and these notions shaped the three verses. They speak […]

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10 Favorite Reads in 2019

In 2019, here–in no particular order–are the top ten books I enjoyed reading: The Case for Jesus, by Brant Pitre Made for Friendship, by Drew Hunter Keeping the Heart, by John Flavel Confronting Christianity, by Rebecca McLaughlin The Imperfect Pastor, by Zach Eswine Hearers and Doers, by Kevin Vanhoozer None Greater, by Matthew Barrett Matthew, […]

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“O Night Most Holy” – An Advent Hymn

Set to the tune of “Be Thou My Vision,” here are the lyrics to a Christmas hymn I’ve written, called “O Night Most Holy.” “O Night Most Holy” For Advent 2019 VERSE 1 O night most holy, Do you hear that cry— Sound of salvation That fills up the sky? Word of the Father Now […]

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“My Cry I Raise” – An Easter Poem

For Easter 2019, I wrote the following poem reflecting on Christ’s resurrection. “My Cry I Raise” Written 4/19/19 Hear my voice as I recount the things I felt and heard. You need to know what I will share, so capture every word. Friday neared the Sabbath when they laid him down inside, the one they […]

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20 Years of Preaching the Bible

Today is April 18, 2019, which is twenty years since my first sermon on April 18, 1999. I have a deep love for opening God’s Word with God’s people, and I hope this joy never fades. Throughout these twenty years, I have learned and heard many important truths about preaching Scripture, and it seems fitting […]

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My 10 Favorite Reads in 2018

I love reading top-10 lists, and I write up my own near the end of each year. This list focuses on works of theology or discipleship that I highly commend to you. In no particular order, they are: Echoes of Exodus: Tracing a Biblical Motif, by Brian Estelle Can We Trust the Gospels? by Peter J. […]

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“There Is a Manger” – A Song for Advent

For Advent this year, I wrote these lyrics to “There Is a Manger,” which should be sung to the tune of “There Is a Fountain.” The five verses of “There Is a Manger” take you from the manger to the empty tomb, stopping at a hillside and a mother and a dragon along the way. […]

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I Wrote a Commentary on the Book of Daniel

During the fall of 2018, a new commentary series from Crossway will launch. The ESV Expository Commentary series will be a 12-volume set on the whole Bible, and I was honored to write the commentary on the Book of Daniel (available for pre-order now and soon to be released on September 30, 2018). This volume–number 7–contains […]

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Calming the Storm: Something Greater Than Jonah Is Here

In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus calms a storm. And when you read the story, there are multiple correspondences to the story of Jonah. In fact, the way Mark narrates the story seems to have been influenced by the events in Jonah 1. There are at least eight points of correspondence: The key character gets into a […]

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18 Observations about Nine Plagues

God brought ten judgments (known as the “plagues”) upon Egypt in Exodus 7-12. The first nine plagues are set apart from the tenth by multiple literary features. While considering the tenth judgment–the death of the firstborn–is a worthy focus, the following comments are limited to Plagues 1-9. Some of these observations can be noted in […]

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