“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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“Till All the Blood was Spent” – A Passover Poem

During this Easter season at Kosmosdale Baptist Church, we have been unfolding the plagues upon Egypt which culminate in the death of the firstborn son. But if families heeded the words of Moses, their firstborn sons didn’t have to die. “Till All the Blood was Spent” Written 3/23/18 Months it took to build the house […]

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35 Truths That Have Changed My Life

I turn 35 today. And these years have been filled with incalculable blessings and mercy. I especially feel gratitude for the preachers, authors, professors, and friends who have influenced me over the years. Would you mind if I share some of their wisdom with you? Some of the sources will be obvious, and other statements […]

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My Top 10 Reads in 2017

In no particular order, here are my 10 favorite books that I read this year. I commend them to you for 2018! Tolle lege. Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing, by Andy Crouch Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World, by Mike Cosper Destroyer of the Gods: […]

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