A Balanced View of The Christian (Stott)

 If you follow Jesus and want to learn more about yourself as a Christian one excellent place to turn is 1 Peter 2:1-17.  This is that great text where the Apostle calls God's people living stones, a holy priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, etc.   It's really a gold mine for understanding our… Continue reading A Balanced View of The Christian (Stott)

Slave of Christ

The NT teaching that Christians are “slaves” of Christ is a metaphor full of meaning.  Jesus owns us because he’s purchased us with his blood.  He’s our Lord and Master because he owns us.  We have a duty to trust him and obey him because we are not our own.  In body and soul, God’s… Continue reading Slave of Christ

“Who Am I” by J. Bridges: A Review

If you are a follower of Jesus, what answers would you give to this question: “Who am I?”  There are some that might first come to mind, such as “a child of God,” or “a Christian,” or maybe, “A disciple.”  Or, perhaps on those bad days in life we might answer, “I don’t know!” or… Continue reading “Who Am I” by J. Bridges: A Review

Gospel-Centered Discipleship (A Review)

I’ve recently been looking into books that give guidelines and helps for discipleship and mentoring.  As a pastor, I regularly meet with men to pray, read Scripture, and give encouragement, so some structure and advice is always helpful.  I just finished Jonathan Dodson’s Gospel-Centered Discipleship, so I thought I’d review it here. This little book… Continue reading Gospel-Centered Discipleship (A Review)

A Pastor Is Not A Tour Guide

Here’s the excellent opening to Eugene Peterson’s great book: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction (p. 16-17). “I don’t know what it has been like for pastors in other culture and previous centuries, but I am quite sure that for a pastor in Western culture at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the aspect… Continue reading A Pastor Is Not A Tour Guide