Sin is the violation of God’s law not the violation of some aspect of Freudian psychoanalysis (1 John 3:4). Perhaps one of the most destructive, incapacitating fruits of pietism is the naval-gazing obsession with the war inside of a man. Retreating from his responsibility to mature in God’s law, develop, and fight, the pietist sees no culpability and thus no calling to reform his external environment. Thanks to Freud and Jung, he is too busy looking inward. Not that a man goes without mortifying his flesh! Far be it from me to suggest that sinless perfectionism is a legitimate, orthodox [...]
I'm excited to share with you that as of today, you can purchase my latest book Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification! This has been an incredible journey, and a humbling one at that. The book has been something I've dreamt about for a long time, and it is hard to believe that we have come this far. I pray that you find it to be challenging, both biblically and practically, as well as refreshing. Sanctification can be a tricky thing, but the call to be holy as God is holy is a serious one we must consider. Two quick [...]
Disclaimer: I don't mean for the title of this blog post to sound so self-serving. "I want this, I want that, me, me and more me." I'm not coming at it from that angle. I'm coming (hopefully) from the angle of Scripture and what we ought to want from the preaching of God's Word. (Much is done today in the name of preaching and much of it horrendous. But that is not my aim.) I should also mention that this is my approach to delivering sermons, as well as listening to sermons. Though not exhaustive, here are some of things I want from [...]
3 months, 12 sermons and 52,000+ words later... My first book is now available for purchase. I titled it The Fight for Joy: Reflections on the Book of Philippians and you can pick it up several different ways: My eStore (use coupon code '3TQE5DZN' for 20% off!) Amazon.com Barnes & Noble.com Books-A-Million Kindle (Coming soon!) Amazon (United Kingdom) Live in Italy? Grab it here. (Available in Europe) I'm so excited about this book as it is the combination of commentary/exegesis, personal stories, and reflection. It is more than just a book about a letter to the church at Philippi. For me [...]
"If we would be sanctified, our course is clear and plain--we must begin with Christ. We must go to Him as sinners, with no plea but that of utter need, and cast our souls on Him by faith...If we would grow in holiness and become more sanctified, we must continually go on as we began, and be ever making fresh applications to Christ." -J.C. Ryle, Holiness (Cambridge, UK: James Clarke, 1956), 32. Quoted in Jared C. Wilson's Gospel Wakfulness (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2011), 135.