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
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
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
Is the Christian life about doing more and trying harder, or is about resting in what Christ has already done? Is it about your performance for God, or His performance for you? The answers to those questions reveal whether you are trusting in a false gospel of "Christianity And" or the gospel of biblical Christianity … Continue reading Enormous Sin, Extravagant Gospel
Ed Moll and Tim Chester say that their book Gospel-Centered Family is "not about how the gospel fits into Christian family life, but how family life should fit into the gospel - God's greatest purpose for the universe, achieved in Christ." In less than 100 pages, Moll and Chester have written a book that is … Continue reading Gospel-Centered Family: Becoming the Parents God Wants You to Be
"Community is an instrument of worship, a weapon against sin, and a tool for evangelism - all for the exaltation of Jesus." This statement from the Introduction to Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support is both Brad House's bold thesis for the book as well as his vision for what healthy small groups can … Continue reading Community: Taking Your Small Group Off Life Support
Walter Isaacson's highly anticipated authorized biography of Steve Jobs will hit bookstore shelves tomorrow, and I am sure it will contain tantalizing details of the life of one of the great icons of American culture. Jobs' intellect and creativity were rewarded with virtually all that this world can offer, and Jobs, like Solomon before him, … Continue reading King Solomon and Our Thirst for Money, Sex & Power
Elyse Fitzpatrick would answer "no" and so would I. In her latest book from Crossway, written with the help of her daughter Jessica Thompson (also a mom), Fitzpatrick argues convincingly that "Christian children (and their parents) don't need to learn to be 'nice,' they need death and resurrection and a Savior who has gone before … Continue reading Is Raising “Good Kids” The Point?
I don't particularly like country music, but I really like country music's favorite theologian and theology's biggest country music fan, Dr. Russell D. Moore. I respect Dr. Moore as on outstanding theologian, scholar, pastor and teacher. As an adoptive parent myself, I also respect him as an advocate for adoption. But I most respect Moore's … Continue reading Tempted and Tried
Sam Crabtree has written an important book. I knew that I needed to read Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God as soon as I found out about it. And if you are a parent, boss, spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, pastor, teacher, mentor or friend, there is a good chance that you … Continue reading God-Centered Affirmation is Hard Work!