A sermon to Winnetka Bible Church on August 14, 2016. Text: Romans 7:13–20 Title: The Insanity of Sin & The Goodness of the Law Click here to listen. Introduction: Until this chapter, it almost seems like Paul has gone on a law-bashing spree. the law brings wrath (Ro 4:15) sin is not counted where there is no… Read More The Insanity of Sin
Adam Haslett is a master at voice. Imagine Me Gone narrates the devastating effects of mental illness through the testimony of five family members. Each chapter alternates scenes, and even the process of aging is sensory as you hear the characters narrate scenes in their family saga over a 30 year stretch. The early chapter told by Celia,… Read More Review: Imagine Me Gone
I love cooking. I hate meal planning. I despise grocery shopping. I’ve spent many Sunday afternoons going through recipe websites, typing up shopping lists, making little weekly meal grids in Evernote. It would take an entire afternoon, and I would be so sick of it by the end, I would just drive to Panda Express and… Read More Cooking for One
Has the gaping crater left by the ravages of European modernism, with all its caricatured secularism and crusading feminism, actually set the stage for a neo-medieval solution? Michel Houellebecq’s satirical novel, Submission, imagines the near-future rise of an Islamic government in France as a welcomed salve to the social deconstruction of post-enlightenment Europe. In a… Read More Review: Submission by Michel Houellebecq
The following list is my initial attempt at drafting a “triage” for how to evaluate a song for use in corporate worship. Behind the three-tiered system are the following two assumptions: (1) the tiers get progressively less critical, and (2) the tiers get progressively more subjective. This is a work-in project, and I’m working from scratch.… Read More Should We Sing This Song?
Sometimes I get bored with portions of Scripture. Almost always, it’s because I wasn’t paying attention. Spiritual blindness and coldness of heart over passages usually reflect that I failed to see the engine that drives familiar words. I neglect the supernatural power that makes the thing work, and wonder at my malaise. How many times have… Read More A Supernatural String of Pearls
Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind, Gene Edward Veith Jr. and Matthew P. Ristuccia (Crossway: 2015) I loved this book. Short, insightful, stimulating. It has inspired all sorts of desires for further reading and writing. Veith & Ristuccia argue that the imagination is a largely neglected sphere of Christian spirituality,… Read More Review: Imagination Redeemed