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Doodle: Follow Jesus, Into The Wilderness

Mark’s Gospel begins with a voice crying out in the wilderness (Mark 1:3). This is where John conducts his public ministry (Mark 1:4), where he baptises Jesus (Mark 1:9), and...

A Miscellany Of Bad Advice Offered By Christians

A few weeks back, Tim Challies put together what became a very popular article: 40 Random Pieces of Advice for the Christian Life. His rationale for writing it was that,...

If Jesus Were 'Wild At Heart': The Gospels Reimagined

Annually around Father’s Day John Edlredge’s bestselling book Wild At Heart makes a resurgence. And so, last week, while browsing a local Christian bookstore, my wife asked what I knew...

Is Reading Fiction A Waste Of Time?

Despite growing up before the advent of smartphones, streaming services, and YouTube, I read essentially no fiction until my early 20s. Sadly, this wasn’t because I was more invested in,...

Two Important Principles For Church Polity From Acts 15

Earlier this year I preached on the Council at Jerusalem, found in Acts 15. For readers who aren’t familiar with it, most commentators consider it to be either Acts’ centrepiece...

A Proposal For Reading Hebrews' Warning Passages

I’ve often joked that Hebrews languishes in the New Testament’s wilderness. Compared to the Gospels and Paul’s writings, most Bible Christians make a wide berth of Hebrews, together with the...

The Myth Of Freedom: We're All Captives

Preaching recently on Ephesians 4:1-16 I noticed something for the first time: Paul’s emphasis on believers being prisoners of Christ. Part of the reason for this oversight is that most...

The Celebration Of Tyranny In Pastoral Ministry

A few years back I attended a seminar on church growth. During one of the sessions, a church growth guru shared an anecdote from his ministry. He was the pastor...

Preaching: Great Exegesis Without Prayer Is Public Speaking

Many years ago I wrote a reflective article about a dangerous assumption among Evangelicals, particularly those for whom expository preaching is a badge of honour. I summarised this assumption like...