The “Trivial” Old Testament?

Do we really need to read and study as well as preach and teach from the Old Testament?  Can’t we just stick with the Gospels and Paul’s letters? To answer these questions briefly, it would be unbiblical and unchristian to avoid and ignore the Old Testament.  I appreciate Bruce Waltke’s words on this topic: “The… Continue reading The “Trivial” Old Testament?

Radical(ly Normal)

"You don't have to live crazy to follow Jesus."  As the subtitle, that statement is a great summary of Josh Kelley's new book, Radically Normal.  As you may have already guessed, this book was written in response to some movements in American evangelicalism that lay a guilt trip on Christians for not following Jesus in… Continue reading Radical(ly Normal)

“God Seeks Nothing Extraordinary From Us”

Here’s a great excerpt from a 1534 sermon Martin Luther preached on Matthew 22:34-46.  These are good words to think about in response to the modern-day “radical” movement. “The Lord’s reply is especially irksome, that the everyday routine works which people are commanded to do, namely, that they are to love God and the neighbor,… Continue reading “God Seeks Nothing Extraordinary From Us”

Duties of Citizenship: Only Voting?

As I mentioned in August 2013, Wayne Grudem’s book, Politics According to the Bible is a worthwhile resource on American politics and the Christian life. Now, I can’t stand the title of the book and I surely don’t agree with everything Grudem says in it, but it was a stimulating read for me (here's my… Continue reading Duties of Citizenship: Only Voting?

Radically Ordinary

One major and glaring weakness in David Platt’s bestselling book, Radical, is his failure to discuss vocation – the places and positions God has called his people to in this life.  I do agree with Platt that the church in the United States is much too “Americanized” and some of us need to get off… Continue reading Radically Ordinary