What you-had-to-be-there jokes tell us about good writing

We’ve all had that really funny experience that is never funny when we try to tell it to other people. “You had to be there,” we say as an excuse for our lack of eloquence. But it’s not our fault, is it? There are simply some very hilarious moments that are only hilarious if we […]

Should Christians read Non-Christian books?

Jesus didn’t isolate himself from the world. Instead, he conversed with, dined with, and died for, sinners. Of course the Bible doesn’t say anything about Jesus reading contemporary fiction, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Bottom line: Non-Christian literature gives us a deeper understanding of the human condition.

Bible Reading: Do not Forget the Lord

Do not forget the Lord

Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.  Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,  and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you […]

Receivers vs reproducers of the Word: Which one are we?

I often ask members of our church if they are receivers or reproducers of God’s Word. Let me illustrate the difference. Imagine being in Sudan. You walk into a thatched hut with a small group of Sudanese church leaders, and you sit down to teach them God’s Word. As soon as you start, you lose […]

Answer me this: What is the message of Christianity?

If you were to ask the average Christian sitting in a worship service on Sunday morning to summarize the message of Christianity, you would most likely hear something along the lines of “The message of Christianity is that God loves me enough to send his Son, Jesus, to die for me.” As wonderful as this […]

The problem with books and moving

I have lived in exactly ten houses and in two different countries so far in my life and I’m about to move again pretty soon – houses, not countries. And one of the most frustrating things about not having a place to call your own is not being able to have a place to keep […]

Books, hobbies and deathbeds

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I love this passage from The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis. I read the book a while back and practically flew threw it. You may have noticed that the books you really love are bound together by a secret thread. You know very well what is the common quality that makes you love them, […]