Thanks to Toby Sumpter for drawing my attention to these posts by Nancy Wilson: Standards Loving the Standard I’m guessing there are other parents out there who have a sense of the inevitable tension that comes when training your children. These are healthy reminders to keep the bigger picture in …

You have probably heard the news or seen the headline that Dr. Jack Kevorkian is dead. According to Ezekiel 18:23 the LORD takes “no pleasure in the death of the wicked.” That is profoundly true, and an amazing thing to consider when Dr. Kevorkian was a man whose actions opposed the Living God …

About a month ago I posted a quote from The Pastor as Minor Poet, by M. Craig Barnes, which essentially described the thesis for the book. If you are not a pastor, this book isn’t for you – though some portions might be a helpful read for pastors’ wives (which I’ll speak to shortly). This …

The Monster in the Hollows is the third installment in Andrew Peterson’s “The Wingfeather Saga.” We are first introduced to Janner, Kalmar (a.k.a. Tink), and Leeli Igiby in the series opener, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness. The brothers and sister live in the small town of Glipwood …

Besides the new, adorable things that Evangeline (my almost 11 month-old daughter) did yesterday, the highlight of the day was, without a doubt, meeting Carrie Underwood at the Whole Foods in Green Hills. Even today it still doesn’t seem real, but it happened, and here is the story.I was …

May 3, 2011

Last week I had the privilege of attending a breakfast with some fellow pastors (and aspiring pastors) in the Nashville area. Reverend David Cassidy was a guest, speaking to the group on the topic “The Reading Life of the Pastor.” It was an excellent talk and conversation, and encouraging and …

April 23, 2011

In the quiet of Holy Saturday, I want to take a moment to reflect on the Lenten Season. From time to time I’ve thought that Lent might be more “effective” if it took place in the dreary days of winter. Somehow that would seem more appropriate, wouldn’t it? (Of course, I’m speaking as a …

March 18, 2011

Roughly six months ago I read and posted a brief review of Marilynne Robinson’s Home. In it Ms. Robinson tells a different, but overlapping story with that of Gilead. Arguably, Gilead should be read first, since it was written first, and I now I wonder how my experience of Home might have been …

Pastors Joe Thacker and Rich Lusk discuss St Mark Reformed Church’s upcoming Living as the Church Conference: “Mission: Its Meaning and Manifestation.” After listening to the podcast you can get more information and register for the conference HERE. To listen without flash click HERE.

March 11, 2011

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers, the following conversation takes place between Frodo and Sam while resting from their arduous climb up the stairs of Cirith Ungol. The simple eloquence, the way in which we are reminded that we have a place in God’s story of the world is profound.‘I don …

Rich Bledsoe provides a fascinating historical and theological analysis of the principalities and powers on the Biblical Horizons Blog. While lengthy, they are well worth your time and consideration. Part 1 covers the period from the Early Church through the Reformation. Part 2 explores the …

In the Lord’s providence I was made aware of two articles today. The first, Parish Evangelism, is a brief summary of the ministerial approach of Thomas Chalmers in Scotland in the 1800s. Take a couple of minutes to read it, and I think you will be impressed with Chalmers’ vision for ministry …