Jonah Wasn’t the Main Character

When you grow up in Sunday School, it’s tempting to think you know everything there is to know about the book of Jonah. I mean, we all grew up with the story. Flannelgraphs of a giant whale (even though we know it was a fish); Bible story books with pictures …

The Purpose of a Writer (and Anybody Else)

Do you ever wonder what you’re doing? Or why you’re doing it? Sometimes I feel that way about writing. I wonder whether I should even be doing this. I don’t really have the life experience of an author much older than I have. I haven’t gone through as much hardship …

When Earthly Beauty Looks Beyond Earth

It’s so easy to forget how much beauty there is around us. I went for a walk yesterday, mostly to enjoy the cool breeze and get some exercise. The streets around my neighborhood wouldn’t necessarily be called scenic. It’s a sort-of-rural-sort-of-suburb kind of area–lots of houses, a few fields with animals …

Why Do You Sing On Sunday?

  On the surface, a concert isn’t that much different from Sunday morning worship. Sure, there are some differences. But if you think about it, both involve music. Both have someone standing up front, usually with a guitar, and singing into a mic while the audience sings along from their …

The Greatest Kind of Deliverance

My most recent study project is Psalm 40. It’s a beautiful prayer of trust in God and cries for deliverance. I’ve been going section by two-or-three-verse section, trying to dive into the rich truth this psalm contains. At its core, this chapter is about trust and deliverance. It’s about waiting …

Methuselah | An Advent Poem

This is one of those poems that comes out of my unofficial position as family poet. We had an event at our house the other night, and my parents wanted a poem for it. I decided to write it in the style of a John Piper Advent poem. Like most …