A Monday Devotional on Self-Denial (Flavel)

The English Puritan Thomas Manton (1620-1677) wrote a helpful treatise on self-denial. He based the treatise on Jesus' words from Matthew 16:24: "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself..." (NASB). It's a longer treatise with some very helpful insight. Here's a paragraph that I marked up this morning. I hope it… Continue reading A Monday Devotional on Self-Denial (Flavel)

Deep Discipleship: A Brief Review

Someone recently mentioned this book to me: Deep Discipleship by J. T. English (B&H, 2020). The main argument of this book is that Christian discipleship must be done in the local church and by the local church. After lamenting the doctrinal shallowness of many churches, English gives a biblical way forward: to make and grow… Continue reading Deep Discipleship: A Brief Review

Behaviors, Addictions, and Helping One Another (Welch)

Scripture often calls God's people to help one another (1 Cor. 16:11, 2 Cor. 1:11, Phil. 4:16, 1 Thess. 5:14, etc.). One aspect of loving one another in a Christ-like way is giving others of our time, energy, and effort to help when and where help is needed. Speaking of this topic, here's how Ed… Continue reading Behaviors, Addictions, and Helping One Another (Welch)

Mentoring for Men

 While there are overwhelming numbers of Christian books on many topics (parenting, anxiety, homosexuality, Bible commentaries, etc.), I haven't seen too many on mentoring.  Sure, there are some mentoring books out there, but as far as I can tell it's not an area that has been covered as much as other areas.  Because I've not… Continue reading Mentoring for Men

On Not Burdening New Christians (Sibbes)

 When discipling and teaching new Christians it can be tempting to instruct them in our personal preferences, spiritual habits, and religious opinions.  For example, if someone really likes a certain translation of the Bible, she might want the person she's discipling to really like that translation too.  Or, if a person is very passionate about… Continue reading On Not Burdening New Christians (Sibbes)