10 Quotes from John Piper’s book, Future Grace

“The commandments of God are not negligible because we are under grace.  They are double because we are under grace” (John Piper, Future Grace, 168). “The way to fight sin in our lives is to battle our bent toward unbelief” (Piper, Future Grace, 219). “The faith that justifies is a faith that also sanctifies… The […]

10 Quotes from Jonathan Pennington’s book, Jesus the Great Philosopher

I appreciated Pennington’s book. He did a good job showing that “Christianity is more than a religion. It is a deeply sophisticated philosophy” (Jonathan T. Pennington, Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life, 159). Here are 10 quotes that stuck out to me: “When we try to live without knowledge of physics […]

Revelation: Triumph of the Lamb

Dennis E. Johnson’s book, Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation, has a lot of important and relevant things to teach us. Here are a few highlights from the introduction…  1. Revelation Is Given to Reveal. 2. Revelation Is a Book to Be Seen. “One of the key themes of the book is that […]

20 of the best books I read in 2019

Here are twenty of my favorite books that I read in 2019. I think I only read three fiction books this year. I need to fix that. I plan to read quite a bit more fiction next year. Anyhow, here’s some of my favorites… (in no particular order) Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When […]

Some of the most significant theological books I have read…

Here is a list (in no particular order) of some of the most significant theological books I have read.* God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment By James Hamilton From Eden to the New Jerusalem and The Servant King by T. D. Alexander The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis The Cost of Discipleship by […]

Remember Death by Matthew McCullough

“Even if your life plays out in precisely the way you imagine for yourself in your wildest dreams, death will steal away everything you have and destroy everything you accomplish. As long as we’re consumed by the quest for more out of this life, Jesus’s promise will always seem otherworldly to us. He doesn’t offer […]

8 Quotes from *Simple Church* by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger

1. “To have a simple church, you must design a simple discipleship process. This process must be clear. And must move people toward maturity. They must be integrated fully into your church, and you must get rid of the clutter around it” (Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger, Simple Church, 26).   2. “A simple church is […]

10 Quotes from Greg Gilbert’s book *What is the Gospel?*

“An emaciated gospel leads to emaciated worship. It lowers our eyes from God to self and cheapens what God has accomplished for us in Christ. The biblical gospel, by contrast, is like fuel in the furnace of worship. The more you understand about it, believe it, and rely on it, the more you adore God […]

18 Quotes from Dave Harvey’s book Rescuing Ambition

1. “Our search for approval is over. In Christ, we already have all the approval we need” (Dave Harvey, Rescuing Ambition, p. 56). 2. “My search for approval is over. In Christ I already have all the approval I need. Because Christ’s righteousness has been transferred to me, all the time and energy I once squandered […]

Insights from Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret

I really enjoyed reading Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret. You should read it. Here are some observations from my reading…   Summary of the book: Trust. Trust and unreserved commitment to the Lord is how I would summarize Hudson Taylor and this book. Before he went to China he said: “‘I shall have no claim on anyone for anything. My […]

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