Grow as a Writer

By no means will I claim to be a fine writer, but I’m pleased with the progress I have made over the last few years. Below are some of the resources I have found especially helpful in honing the writer’s craft and simply encouraging me to write. You should know that all of these I read or listened to for […]

A Prayer for Evangelism

Pure and Holy Triune God, We confess this day that we have failed in various ways to uphold your law. Particularly, we have shrunk away from sharing the gospel. We confess that even our zeal for evangelism has at times been mere posturing. Our fear of rejection and persecution, of ridicule and mockery has given us pause. We have not […]

Like a Horse Plunging into Battle

Jeremiah 8:6-7  6 I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle.  7 Even the stork in the heavens knows her times, and the turtledove, swallow, and crane keep the time of their coming, […]

Reading Resources for Children

It’s summer and I’m looking for activities for my children, which means I’ve been looking for good books for them to read. Unfortunately, the trips to the library that I enjoyed so much as a child are problematic due to the world’s attempts to normalize sin. What to do? Below are some book lists I’ve discovered in the past few […]

Going Backwards to Go Forwards

I’m finishing up a book review of James M. Hamilton Jr.’s Typology–Understanding the Bible’s Promise-Shaped Patterns for another publication, but word-count restraints meant that some things have to be left unsaid in that article. I think this is helpful: Hamilton articulates something that I have also noted in my work on Amos: to see connections to grace and Christ in […]

Corporate Confession of Sin: Ps 119:161-168

King of kings and Lord of lords, you stand above all princes and rulers. Forgive us for ascribing power to others above you. We have been fearful of the persecution of princes when we ought to stand in awe of you and your words. Yet we thank you for giving us your word as an anchor for our souls in […]

Confessing Sin, using Ps. 119:153-160

Gracious God, we call on you for forgiveness this morning in all humility. We deserve the wages of sin, all the afflictions of this life plus everlasting torment in hell. We have not sought you and obedience to your rules as we ought, so we plead that you would redeem us from sin and affliction. Give us life! “Great is […]

Prayer of Confession: Ps 119:145-152

“With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD!” We cry out to you for help this morning as those who are small and despised, who have experienced the misery of sin. Save us from our sin. Hear our voices, according to your steadfast love. We have brought sin near to us, yet we thank you that you are […]