By God's grace it has been a fruitful year of reading, and I have learned a great deal again, especially in terms of how I ought to read more going forward. So, here are the first 5 of 25 books that I enjoyed this year, with very short reviews to whet your appetite. My simple hope is to encourage you to read more and to enjoy your reading more. They appear in the order that I read them.
Sometimes it feels like those of us in the Reformed camp have lost a lot of our joy, which actually makes no sense if you really believe the doctrines of grace. But, perhaps in an effort to combat one-inch deep, smiley, God always just gives you everything you want, prosperity silliness, we have - at times - become (or at least appeared to become) joyless, cynical, pessimistic grumps. The guys at LINC shook that out of me.
The English have a bit of a reputation for being a slightly chilly bunch when it comes to relational warmth, and churches like this one can fight that cultural norm and point to the gospel while doing it.
In this sermon, I covered the concept of Solus Christus (Christ Alone). I felt like I was holding a candle up to the sun.
In October 2017 we preached through the 5 "Sola's" of the Protestant Reformation. These are essential principles that changed the course of the church from where it had headed into error, and put the scandalous gospel of grace back into the ears, minds and hearts of the people who so desperately needed it. In this... Continue Reading →
It's a funny thing, place. It is true that you take yourself with you wherever you go, but it is also true that where you go isn't where you are from. Here isn't there, and here has been very good to us. I am sure there will be too.
This text is as well known and overused as Footprints. But it is powerful when understood in the context of God's love for his church.