RCT2: Why Did Christ Die?

Last week we began reading through John Stott’s classic work The Cross of Christ. The book began by pointing out the centrality of the cross. This week’s reading was chapter 2 which asks and answers an all-important question: Why Did Christ Die? Why Did Christ Die? I enjoyed this chapter not only for what it teaches but also for its literary qualities. Stott writes in such a way that by the end, truth is cascading upon truth, and the heart …

RCT: The Cross of Christ

Here we are, at the beginning of another edition of Reading Classics Together. This is a program I began several years ago in an attempt to read some of the classics of the Christian faith and to do so in community. To this point we’ve read 10 or 15 great books, ranging from Puritan to modern-day classics. Beginning today we will be taking 13 Thursdays to read through John Stott’s The Cross of Christ. The format is simple. Each week …

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‘The Code’ in the Christian Blogosphere

I’ve got something a little bit different today. This is a kind of discussion or interview I had with my friend Julian, who was asking me about some of the questions and some of the complications related to having a popular blog. I thought it would be worth sharing since it addresses some of the criticisms people have lodged against me recently. And I hope it gives a little bit of perspective to the Christian blogosphere. Here is Julian’s introduction …

Weekend A La Carte (4/30)

One more A La Carte to finish up another month. I believe I have done something like 1,300 A La Carte posts over the years. Turns out there is lots of interesting stuff to make note of! Here are a few more examples of this. An Interview with Newton – This is kind of cool. Tony Reinke has reformatted one of Newton’s letters on spiritual depression into a kind of interview. What Is a Library? – Be sure to read …

Friends of the Blog 2

In April of 2010 I announced a program called Friends of the Blog. With the costs of maintaining this blog on the rise, Friends of the Blog allowed readers to support the site while receiving tangible benefits. The program worked out very well and for that reason I have renewed it for 2011. And that leads me to announce Friends of the Blog 2. This year is the same but different. It is the same in that Friends of the …

A Question About Resources

Over the past few weeks (since I submitted the first draft of my book and got that elephant off my back!) I have been trying to spend a little bit more time with the blog. One of the ways this has manifested itself is with articles that draw attention to outside resources–book series, resources dealing with a particular topic, and news related to this site. In other words, posts like these ones: Journibles Becoming a Better Listener Living in a …

What I Hate About Blogging

Admittedly, the title of this blog post is a bit of hyperbole. That’s probably not the best way to begin an article, but I know that far more people will read the first line of the article than the last one, so if I leave the punch line too long, most people will miss it. It’s just reality. If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time you know that I truly do enjoy blogging; I don’t hate …

A La Carte (3/19)

Why Are Bloggers Male? – This article from the Globe and Mail asks why most bloggers are male. And more than one person noted that in the list of the Top 100 Church Blogs, almost all the bloggers were male. Unfortunately her answer is somewhat trite, so I appreciate the question more than the answer. “Guys seek thrills and speed. They go for the adrenalin rush. They get pumped by going higher, faster, farther than anyone else. They want lots …

A La Carte (8/27)

The Kindle Can’t Scare Me A small publisher of a very niche kind of book has some interesting things to say about Amazon’s Kindle. What it does well, what it does poorly and what it will do in the future. Do We Have Free Will? Andy Naselli answers this one over at Reformation21. It’s not one you can just skim, so bookmark it and read it when you’ve got a few minutes! Quote from Dave Ramsey Z shares a fantastic …

Behind Closed Doors

Anonymity and accountability are topics I have returned to several times over the years. They are issues that continues to concern me and challenge me as the internet grows and matures and as my involvement in it increases. A few days ago I posted some other thoughts about accountability (Drawing Out the Infection) and thought this would be a useful follow-up. Admiral Lord Nelson once remarked that “every sailor is a bachelor when beyond Gibraltar.” This was a statement about …