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A Plea to Pastors: Compress Your Sermon Recordings

Podcast sermons are a thing now, and people listen to you preach on their morning commutes. How neat is that? Let me tell you what is less neat. Because pastors can go from yelling at the top of their voices to whispering the next moment, this…

Lent to Maundy Thursday

Page CXVI (a reference to p. 116 in The Magician's Nephew by CS Lewis) is the name of a local Colorado band that fills a rather unusual niche: finding and repainting older hymns. They have released four albums of hymns, an album of lullabies, and are…

Raising Our Own Affections

I've been reading Bob Kauflin's excellent Worship Matters this morning, and this line particularly struck me: When we fail to demonstrate delight and satisfaction in God, we're not only dishonoring God, we're disobeying him. More than anyone else on…

The New Creation

Jared Wilson writes this penetrating and insightful connection between Genesis 1 and you and I: In the beginning, God created my body and mind. But my heart was without form and void, and darkness was over my soul. And the Spirit of God was hovering…

When Half Spent was the Night

This Advent season I've been musing on the unexpectedness of the arrival of Christ. It's really quite curious that God should find it fitting to come to earth as a screaming, wriggling, blood-covered baby who couldn't even hold up his own head. It…

The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul

The Psalms are an odd bird in the biblical canon; not only do we have trouble in referring to them (is it Psalm 32 or Psalms 32?), we're not even really sure what to do with them content-wise. Are they supposed to comfort us? A mere expression of our…

The Numbers Game

Mmm. Well said, John Brown. Well said. _I know the vanity of your heart, and that you will feel mortified that your congregation is very small, in comparison with those of your brethren around you; but assure yourself on the word of an old man, that…

Worship Leaders, We are not Rock Stars (review)

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. The modern church is an interesting paradox. We've become cooler, more flashy, and more attractive so that those who were bored and uninterested by the…

Never Did He Fail

His cure was wide, with houses far asunder; But never did he fail, in rain or thunder, In sickness and in mischance, to visit all, The furthest in his parish, great or small, Upon his feet, with staff in hand for aid. -Chaucer, Canterbury Tales

Altogether Lovely, Holy, and Unfailing

Here is an excerpt from an interview with Paul Washer that will make your heart leap for Christ: The person that I most admire is Jesus Christ. He is the only perfect Person. There is simply no comparison. The difference between Him and all other men…
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