Spirit-Filled Jesus

1. What led you to write “Spirit-Filled Jesus?” I’ve been a Bible-teaching pastor preaching through a few dozen books of the Bible over the course of a few decades, and I preached through the entire book of ...

Keep Your Head in the Clouds

Paul was a child of two worlds. He was passing through a world broken by sin, while his truest citizenship belonged to a world where God’s desired will was constantly on full display. He kept his head in the cl...

Abram and the City of God

The call of Abram in Genesis 12:1–3 consists of two commands (“go” and “be” a blessing ). Each command is followed by three promises. The first promise is “I will make you into a great nation,” and the last pr...

Hope in the Dark

If you think about it, life wasn’t fair to Jesus. He was perfect in every way. Jesus loved the unlovable. Healed the hurting. Cared for the outcasts. Touched the untouchables. If we look at his story from God’s...

Come to the Waters

“Study of the Bible must be the consuming passion of a believer’s life,” James Montgomery Boice exhorted worshipers in one of his fourteen sermons through Psalm 119. His congregation at Tenth Presbyterian Churc...

Let the Earth Hear His Voice

Bottleneck 3: Faulty Text Selection Preachers make decisions about what text or texts to preach for all sorts of reasons, often the most powerful one being the sort of preaching they have heard. Most of us w...

The Kingdom of God

Scholars have debated for years whether or not it is possible to point to a unifying theme that binds the whole Bible together. Many have argued that the search for such a theme is fruitless: it is better just ...

Evangelical Theological Method

Is there a right way to approach theology? The question of methodology is increasingly one of interest among theologians, who recognize that the very manner in which we approach theology informs both the que...

Counting the Cost

Impatience results when we are bad at math. When we fail to count the cost of a particular endeavor or situation—the cost to our time, to our wallets, or to our egos — our patience ends up in the red. Any time ...