Leaders Plan

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"Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable"Dwight. D. Eisnehower "Winging it" is not an acceptable ministry strategy. Show me a leader who doesn't spend time planning and I'll show you an ineffective leader. Planning is one of the most effective uses of a time for leaders because it sharpens their focus on what is really…

Paul Williamson on the New Covenant

Paul Williamson explains his take on the new covenant in his book, Sealed with an Oath. Williamson first begins by pointing out that the concept of the new covenant appears in several places in the Old Testament, even though the actual phrase is only used in Jeremiah 31:31 (146). But since Jeremiah 31 is the…

William Dumbrell on the New Covenant

William Dumbrell has an extended discussion on the new covenant in his OT survey, The Faith of Israel. Dumbrell points out that while Jeremiah 31:31-40 doesn't explicit speak in global terms, the emphases of the text affirms "an international context" (144). The new covenant brings with it a new creation and a New Jerusalem, the…

A World Without Email | The Problem of Email

Cal Newport's book A World Without Email explores the problems that email has brought upon the world of knowledge and how to counteract them. While the book puts "email" in the title, the bigger problem is what Newports calls the "hyperactive hive-mind": having your mind bound back and forth between various messages and therefore constantly…

Tom Schreiner on the Mosaic Covenant

Tom Schreiner clearly and simply explains the intricacies of the Mosaic covenant, which he calls "The Covenant with Israel." in his book Covenant and God's Purpose for the World. Like many scholars, Schreiner believes that the Mosaic covenant is based on grace, not works: "Some mistakenly separate it almost altogether from the covenant with Abraham…

Reading While Black

In the book Reading While Black: African American Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope, Anglican scholar Esau McCaulley writes to address two worlds: those within the Black community who want to scrap the Bible because they do not feel like it addresses their struggle and a wider audience who wants to know how African Americans…

Paul R. Williamson on the Mosaic Covenant

Paul R. Williamson writes about the Mosaic covenant in Sealed with an Oath. The prominence of the Mosaic covenant in the story of Israel has led one scholar to label it "the Old Testament covenant" (94). Because of its importance, Williamson devotes significant time to explaining the meaning and functioning of the covenant. Yet, while…

2020 in Books

Oneness Embraced by Tony EvansEnding Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration by Anthony BradleyThe Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan RahBe the Bridge by Latasha MorrisonOvercoming Racial Gridlock by George YanceyColor of Compromise by Jemar TisbyThe Servant King by TD AlexanderFrom Eden to New Jerusalem by TD Alexander168 Hours by Laura VanderkamThe Systems Mindset by Sam CarpenterWork the System…

What was the zenith?

Decline narratives of American culture are so interesting to me. They seem to raise more questions than answers. Decline narratives typically go something like this: America's culture is decline. It used to be much better, but now it's not. So my question is this: What was the zenith? What was the "high point" or best…