[Note: This is part 4 of a series exploring how we know these 27 books belong in the New Testament canon, drawing freely on two books by Michael Kruger, Canon Revisited and The Question of Canon. View parts 1 and 2 and 3. ]   In my last post, I began unpacking my definition […]

How Do We Know the New Testament Canon? Part 4- ...


I knew the year would come when my reading output would decline significantly (at least in terms of books completed). Well, this year it finally did. Several factors likely account for this: we moved into a new house in January, our third child arrived in May, I took on some […]

Top 10 Reads from 2019 (and 2018)



(Note: this piece was delivered as a meditation at the Lord’s Supper for my church. I have chosen to leave the style and address unaltered.) For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, […]

Waiting for Advent at the Lord’s Supper


[In Parts 1 and 2, we began a series asking how we know these 27 books belong in the New Testament canon. In this series I’ll be drawing freely on two books by Michael Kruger, Canon Revisited and The Question of Canon. ]   Having considered and rejected the Roman […]

How Do We Know the New Testament Canon? Part 3- ...



In the previous post, we began  a series asking how we know these 27 books belong in the New Testament canon.  In this series I’ll be drawing freely on two books by Michael Kruger, Canon Revisited and The Question of Canon.  We will be examining two models for how to answer the question, beginning in […]

How Do We Know the New Testament Canon? Part 2- ...


The year was A.D. 350, and a group of Christian bishops had gathered in Ephesus for what became known as the Council of Fabrica. The goal of this council was to settle the issue of which books belonged in the New Testament. Of course, most of the New Testament books […]

How Do We Know the New Testament Canon? Part 1



I had the enjoyable experience of flying to Colorado Springs last month to sit down with Jim Daly and John Fuller of the Focus on the Family daily broadcast. This is a program that I’ve personally benefited from as I’ve watched some of their helpful marriage and parenting interviews recently. […]

Tilly speaks with Focus on the Family about overcoming envy


Dear subscriber friends, A post went out to you mistakenly yesterday ahead of its scheduled pub date. Links to Tilly’s Focus on the Family interview will not be live until tomorrow, November 15! So sorry for the techno-glitch!  

Date correction on Focus on the Family post



I slipped between the sheets and rested my belly between us. She turned towards me in the dim light. I could see that her eyes were wet. “I’ll stay here with you,” I murmured. “Don’t worry. Go to sleep.” “I’m scared,” she said. “It’s okay, honey,” I said. “I’ll stay […]

I didn’t believe in death until I had to explain ...


The Bible makes some astounding promises about prayer. And few are more so than Jesus’s unblushing statements in Matthew 7:7–8 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who […]

Why Hasn’t God Answered My Prayer? 4 Possible Reasons