Nominal Versus Genuine Believers

CHINOs are unfashionable. I'm not talking about the pants, but CHristians In Name Only (CHINO). Maybe you've heard the same concept under the definition of "nominal Christian." But what is a "nominal Christian" versus a genuine believer? A nominal Christian (Christian in name only) is someone who uses God as a means to some other end. Nominal Christians are … Continue reading Nominal Versus Genuine Believers

2022 in Books

Rediscover Church by Jonathan Leeman and Collin Hanson (January) How to Reach the West Again by Tim Keller (January) The Family Firm by Emily Oster (January) Spirit and Sacrament by Andrew Wilson (January) Becoming Whole by Brian Fikkert and Kelly Kapic (January) Jesus and John Wayne by Kristen Kobes Du Mez (January) Personal Kanban by … Continue reading 2022 in Books

What moves the Bible’s story forward?

The Bible is a big book, encompassing almost four thousand years of human history and containing various genres of literature from poetry to prophecy. Even though the Bible seemingly contains so many disparate parts, the church has historically discerned a general movement, or plot structure, to Scripture's story. In the recent history of the American … Continue reading What moves the Bible’s story forward?

Clearing the Decks Doesn’t Work (Or Why the “Two Minute” Rule is a Trap)

A common productivity trope is the "two minute rule": if a task will take two minutes or less, do it right now. The two minute rule can feed into a mindset where we need "clear the decks" (get small things done and out of the way) so we can then focus on the more important … Continue reading Clearing the Decks Doesn’t Work (Or Why the “Two Minute” Rule is a Trap)

Blogging the Institutes | 2.1.2 | Real Knowledge Comes from Knowing Our Flaws

When we examine ourselves in light of God's truth, we should be disabused of the idea that we ever be confident in our own abilities or desiring to brag about ourselves. Instead, we should be inclined to submit to God's will. We all should follow this path if we desire to attain the true goal … Continue reading Blogging the Institutes | 2.1.2 | Real Knowledge Comes from Knowing Our Flaws