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…

The Checklist Manifesto Summary and Application

In his book, The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande wants to eliminate mistakes through the power of a checklist. Gawande points out that people make a lot of mistakes, usually because of ignorance or ineptitude. People may not know what to do or they may fail to apply the knowledge they do have correctly (8). Further…

Habit Checklist

You can download the habit checklist for the daily habits of prayer, exercise, and evening routine HERE. Remember to only focus on adding in one habit at a time. You can copy and paste from the template into your files.

How To Plan Your Week

Weekly planning is one of the keystone habits for a productive life. Why? Because you will either be a slave to your calendar or a slave to the chaos. A chaotic life is one lived without intention, thinking about how you will use your time. Such chaos often leads us to pass our days living…

To Don’t List

It's helpful to create a "To Don't List" for the year. Here's mine for wrapping up 2019 and heading into 2020: I won't be pressured by outside organizations to speak or present. I need to focus on shepherding the LBC body and my school work. I won't give my word to reach out to "outlier"…

Open Questions about “The Temple and the Church’s Mission”

G.K. Beale's work, The Temple and the Church's Mission, has been massively influential upon the field of biblical theology since it's publication. If you read the bibliographies of most of the major biblical theologies of the last ten years written by conservative Protestants, you will find that they interact extensively with Beale's work. The gist of…

Sustainable Youth Ministry

Mark DeVries points out that many youth ministries fail because they are not built in a sustainable way. Churches often look for superstar youth pastors to solve all their problems. But quickly the church will overload the superstar with expectations and responsibilities, leading to a gifted and promising young pastor burning out. So what can…

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Cal Newport contends that “following your passion” is bad advice. Why? Because many interesting careers have complicated origin stories (13). It’s not just, “Hey, I loved doing this, and then found the perfect job which matched my love. Often, people stumble into a field. Being passionate about often takes time and mastery  (17). Telling people…

You Don’t Have to Feel Guilty Before the Lord

"I don't have to feel guilty in my relationship with the Lord, because it's my relationship with God." An older, wiser pastor spoke those words to me while we ate lunch together a few months ago. He told me that in his church circles, other pastors constantly exhort one another to follow certain kinds of devotional…