The 2nd Edition of The Gospel Is for Christians

Ten years have passed since The Gospel Is for Christians was published in 2010. The burden on my heart during the writing of that book was for believers to grasp and rejoice in the importance of the gospel for the Christian life. The gospel is for salvation and for discipleship. Now, in 2020, a second […]

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“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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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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The Serpent-Crusher

by Jacob Preece  The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  – Genesis 3:14-15 The curse against the serpent is recognized by Adam and Eve as more than just a physical curse against an earthly animal. After all, they had seen snakes before, Adam having named it, and […]

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Christ Jesus “in the form of God” and “the form of a servant:” Philippians 2:5-11

  by Andrew Lindsey In Philippians 2:5-11, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul commands us to humility. This passage calls us to follow Christ as our example of humility. It also, implicitly, holds out a promise to us. God the Father exalted Christ Jesus due to His humble obedience. We who have been united to Christ by faith (1 Cor 6:17) will share in His exaltation as we follow His example. Paul gives an argument from the greater to the less. Christ exercised humility, as Calvin notes, “[B]y abasing Himself from the highest pinnacle of glory to the lowest […]

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Thomas Cranmer: The English Reformer

by Tim Scott [Look at the bottom to see our latest edition of Firm in Faith] Thomas Cranmer was born on July 2, 1489, in Nottinghamshire, England. Little is known about his early childhood but he enrolled at Jesus College, Cambridge, at age 14. He went on to spend approximately 30 years at Cambridge, earning his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees along the way. His writings from this period reveal a man who was more sympathetic to Erasmus’s humanism than he was to Martin Luther’s doctrinal reforms; and sometime around the year 1520, he became a Roman Catholic priest. Cranmer […]

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The Thundering Scot: John Knox

by Daniel Scheiderer If you could look below deck on a particular French ship during an eighteen-month period in the middle of the sixteenth-century, with the Reformation in Europe well underway, you may well have encountered a haggard man among the many from Scotland. Yes, this galley slave would be working as hard as others to row the ship, but he would also be sharing Scripture with the men and throwing idolatrous images of Mary overboard. John Knox was likely born in the year 1514 and was one of many to embrace the Reformation sweeping Europe. His initial role was […]

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