“Our Missionaries”: A Message of Thanks

This summer I had the privilege of traveling to Mozambique to pay a surprise visit to Charles Woodrow, a missionary-doctor my church has supported for many years. This was the twentieth anniversary of the founding of a conference for pastors, and I was asked by his church and family to read a letter expressing my congratulations. This is a recording of that letter set to video we captured in Nampula, Mozambique. I’m thankful to Thaddeus Maharaj for accompanying me and …

They Call It “The Rock”

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of spending some time in Newfoundland—Canada’s easternmost province (and the easternmost point of North America). It was a joy to be there and to explore some of what the Lord is accomplishing  through his people. With the help of Thomas Heidman, I put together a little video I thought you might enjoy. It shows both the great beauty of the island and its great need. Please also consider checking out Mile …

Become a Patron

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian Blogger?

Christians have always been very quick to adopt new technologies to further the great commission. But what are some of the drawbacks that come from using blogs and other social media, and how can we use these relatively new platforms to the glory of God? I was asked this question recently so my answer could be recorded. So here are a few pointers about Christian blogging. If you go back and look at the long history of the Christian faith …

How Can We Glorify God with Our Time?

The way you spend your time says more about your spiritual condition than you may think. Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” In this clip, I try to expose two ways in which we fail to glorify God with our time and the deeper heart issues that lie beneath these decisions. Transcript Time has a way of getting away …

What Are The ESV Scripture Journals All About?

You’ve probably seen something recently about the ESV Scripture Journals. According to the publisher, they “pair the entirety of individual books of the New Testament with lightly lined blank pages opposite each page of the biblical text, allowing readers to take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside corresponding passages of Scripture. Individual volumes feature one book of Scripture in a thin and portable format—great for personal Bible reading and reflection, small-group study, or taking notes through a …

New and Notable Books for February

I get a lot of books in the mail and once a month or so like to sit down and tell you about some of the especially notable ones. So here they are: the new and notable books for February. Typical Woman: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ by Abigail Dodds Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons by John Piper Sola: How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church by Jason K. Allen Mere Calvinism by Jim …

Am I Judged for My Productivity in Sharing the Gospel?

On a recent trip to Rome, Italy, I participated in an Ask Me Anything event that was focused on matters of productivity. One of the questions I was asked was related to success at sharing the gospel, and if we are judged based on our faithfulness in doing so. Here is my answer. (I also thought you might be interested in seeing what it’s like to work with a translator–it forces you to think and speak in short bursts.) Transcript …

The Perils of Social Media

I’ve got one last Q&A to share from my time in the Philippines (where, over the course of the event, I spent a couple of hours answering questions). In this clip I was asked to comment on the ways Christians conduct themselves online. Here is what I had to say. Transcript How should Christians engage with current issues of the day using social media? I think we’re starting to realize that social media has some real limitations built in. Twitter …

A Protestant Look at Catholic Rome (Video)

It should be no great surprise that Rome is the most Catholic city in the world. (It is, after all, Roman Catholicism.) But that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots of history here that’s of particular interest to Protestants. In this video I take a Protestant look at Catholic Rome. This video is sponsored by Michael Horton’s tremendous two-volume book Justification which is the kind of book that would be at home in any library.

How Can I Leave My Church Well? (Video)

This is a question that I get from time to time (in different variations): “I have come to differ theologically with my church in some significant ways, so should I leave, and if so, how?” This was asked at an Ask Me Anything event in the Philippines, and here’s my stab at an answer. (Context: This specific question involved leaving a non-Reformed charismatic church for a non-charismatic Reformed one.) Transcript I have come to differ with my church theologically – …