Marriage Matters, by Winston Smith

Every married couple (and every Biblical counselor) knows that marriages grow in grace (or become progressively embittered against each other and hardened to the gospel) one ordinary moment at a time. In Marriage Matters, Winston Smith reminds the reader from 1 John 4 that God is purposefully in those so-called ordinary moments, that extraordinary change … Continue reading Marriage Matters, by Winston Smith

Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

The title of Dave Harvey's book, When Sinners Say "I Do": Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage, reminds us of an important reality that he will continue to unpack throughout the rest of the book - marriage is the act of two sinful, self-absorbed, needy individuals seeking to live together in one-flesh union. … Continue reading Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

This Momentary Marriage, by John Piper

If you could only read one book on marriage, this would be the one I would recommend. Piper unpacks the beauty of marriage as a living parable of Christ's deep, abiding, covenant-keeping, sacrificial love for His church. From Genesis through Revelation, marriage is seen as but a shadow of a far greater reality. Marriage is … Continue reading This Momentary Marriage, by John Piper

Review of A Guide to Biblical Manhood

If you are looking for a great book that will explain God's design for men, you need to read A Guide to Biblical Manhood by Randy Stinson and Dan Dumas. Youth pastors, youth leaders, and parents, if you are looking for a resource to help you with inspiration, information and ideas on how to raise … Continue reading Review of A Guide to Biblical Manhood

Biblical Counseling: The Growth of a Movement

I first read Jay Adams' landmark work Competent to Counsel in 1990, 20 years after it was first published. At that time, I was an investment banker serving as a lay youth worker in a growing Southern Baptist church, and Adams opened my eyes to a ministry that I had never before considered. Three years … Continue reading Biblical Counseling: The Growth of a Movement

Tim & Kathy Keller on Marriage

W.H. Auden, in A Certain World: A Commonplace Book, wrote this of marriage: "Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotions but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate." Could this statement be true? The assertion that any relationship … Continue reading Tim & Kathy Keller on Marriage

The Word Who Creates and Sustains Everything Became Flesh

You really can't meditate on the significance of Christmas without coming back repeatedly to the prologue to John's gospel. It is worth looking at John 1:1-3, 14 again here. These rich verses point out clearly that Jesus is eternal ("in the beginning" Jesus was there), and that he is the embodiment of God's complete revelation … Continue reading The Word Who Creates and Sustains Everything Became Flesh

Christmas From 30,000 Feet

It is possible to get so caught up in the details of Christmas that we lose the overall significance of this amazing God-becoming-man miracle called the incarnation. Take some time this week to step out of the details and take a 30,000 foot fly-over of what really happened at the incarnation. To do that, I … Continue reading Christmas From 30,000 Feet

Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel

I wrestled to find a suitable title for my review of Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter's new book, For The City. Obviously, I decided ultimately that their subtitle, "Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel," was the most appropriate description of this book. For The City is the story of two church planters who, by God's … Continue reading Proclaiming and Living Out the Gospel

Equipped to Counsel: A Training Program in Biblical Counseling

Accompanying the recent growth in the biblical counseling movement has been an increased need for training and skill development in this paradigm. To that end, I am excited to offer this review of Equipped to Counsel: A Training Program in Biblical Counseling, developed by John Henderson, PhD. Dr. Henderson is an experienced biblical counselor in private … Continue reading Equipped to Counsel: A Training Program in Biblical Counseling