Is There a Place for Fear and Trembling? What’s your gut reaction when you hear words like fear and trembling? Is it primarily negative or positive? What should it be? Are fear and trembling fitting emotions for those who trust in Jesus? After all, what do we have to fear? […]

What Should Christians Expect at the Final Judgment? Part 1


A couple of weeks ago I was sitting in a local library and picked up this book to kill some time. I ended up reading it all, and then buying it for my church’s library. It’s a book about friendship, politics, and race relations, written by two conservative statesmen, one […]

Six Quotes from Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy’s “Unified: How ...



Hello friends!   I just wanted to give my blogging and Goodreads-obsessed readers a chance to get their free influencer copy of Seeing Green! These books are coming off the press as we speak and will be ready for their official release date on September 4th! If you 1) want […]

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In a society where unlimited porn can be carried in your pocket, Jesus’s words in the the Sermon on the Mount are more urgent than ever: “Everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Here’s a link to a sermon I […]

Fighting Lust in a Pornified World



I have two daughters, 1 and 3 years old. At this age, they spend a lot of time sitting on my lap listening to me read. We’ve worked through The Big Picture Story Bible repeatedly, along with Everything Your Child Needs to Know About God. They’ve enjoyed Grimm’s Fairy Tales […]

In Defense of the Little Red Hen: A Friendly Response ...


If your church has ever recited the Apostles’ Creed, you’re probably familiar with that awkward feeling you get when you come to the part that says “He descended into hell.”  All sorts of questions come to mind. Questions like: What does that even mean? Does the Bible teach it? If […]

Did Christ Descend into Hell? 5 Quotes from Justin Bass’s ...



  This is probably my favorite read this year so far. How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. The author, Alan Jacobs, teaches at Baylor University. [Note on the first quote:  Megan Phelps-Roper is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, former pastor of Westboro Baptist (the “God Hates Fags” church). She later […]

5 Quotes from Alan Jacobs’s How to Think


I recently became a full-time pastor for the first time. So I read a fair bit these days. It occurred to me that I could put this reading to further good use by sharing 5 good quotes from each book I finish. So expect to see these periodically from now […]

5 Quotes from Matt Perman’s How to Get Unstuck



I press my toes into the sand. They disappear; my whole foot disappears up to the arch. I push the pads of my feet forward and a furrow forms behind them. Soon, the sand that I am plowing dips into something clear. The clear substance is moving and alive. It […]

Learning about Hebrews on vacation


Note: This post was originally written in 2013. At the time, I was editor and reporter at the Macon County Times, which published the story referenced. By Tilly Dillehay A few weeks ago, my newspaper reported on a local animal cruelty arrest. A photo of a dog, which had allegedly been malnourished […]

Animal cruelty: the gateway crime?