Favorite Podcasts of 2019

Every morning, I try my best to take Eddie (the dog) on a 3.5 mile walk in my neighborhood. For a majority of that time, I enjoy learning from various thought-leaders and/or being entertained through podcasts. Below are 10 that I go to regularly, depending on the day and the mood I am in. Which ones would you add to the list? Pastor Writer with Chase Replogle Chase is both a pastor and a writer. I desire to do these things as well, and do them well. His podcast has become a favorite of mine because of our like-mindedness and...

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Books On My “To Read” List in 2020

Below are several books I hope to read this year. After the link to the book, I include the description provided by Amazon. What books do you hope to read this year?   Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler “Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of the prosperity gospel, a creed that sees fortune as a blessing from God and misfortune as a mark of God’s disapproval. At thirty-five, everything in her life seems to point toward “blessing.” She...

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2019 Book Honorable Mentions

Yesterday I posted my favorite books from 2019. Below are five books that, though they didn’t make my top 10, were definitely books I recommend you pick up if you haven’t already: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport   Digital Minimalsim: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport   Eternity is Now in Session: A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught about Salvation,  Eternity, and Getting to the Good Place by John Ortberg   Every Step an Arrival: A 90 Day Devotional for Exploring God’s Word by Eugene...

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Top Ten Books of 2019

  I was introduced to several really good and helpful books this year. Below are my favorites from 2019. Tomorrow I will post a few “honorable mentions.” After I link to the book, I share a bit of why I enjoyed the book, followed by a quote from the book itself. What were some of your favorites? The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel by Dean Inserra This book really struck a chord with me on a host of levels. First, I grew up and pastor in the buckle of the Bible Belt. “Cultural Christianity” is my middle...

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Advent 2019 – Merry Christmas!

From Russ Ramsey’s The Advent of the Lamb of God: “Since Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit God told them not to touch, every generation had been groaning with the pains of childbirth, longing to be delivered from the effects of their first parents’ fall. And now their deliverer had come. He was the hero of their story, the perfect spotless lamb sent to adorn the doorposts of their hearts with his own blood. He was the descendant from Eve sent to crush the head of the deceiver. He was Isaac’s ram caught in the thicket, God’s perfectly timed...

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Advent 2019 – Day 24

From Nancy Guthrie’s (editor) Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus: “What God did when he sent his Son into the world is an absolute guarantee that he will do everything he has ever promised to do. Look at it in personal sense: ‘All things work together for good to them that love God’ – that is a promise – ‘to them who are called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8:28). ‘But how can I know that is true for me?’ asks someone. The answer is the incarnation. God has given the final proof that all his promises are sure, that he...

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Advent 2019 – Day 23

From Fleming Rutledge’s Advent: “I asked my mother yesterday to tell me why, in our family when I was growing up, we did not decorate our house until Christmas Eve. I knew the answer, of course—we were conscientious Episcopalians—but I wanted to hear what she would say. She surprised me. She said, ‘I think Christmas should come in a burst.’ Exactly. Auden writes, ‘Nothing can save us that is possible.’ The human race cannot expect to receive any lasting comfort from the world. The comfort that we so desperately need must come from somewhere else—in a burst of transcendent power...

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Advent 2019 – Day 22

From Fleming Rutledge’s Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus: “One of the most excruciating passages of literature that I have ever read is about a Christmas dinner. It is in William Styron’s novel—his best by a long way, in my opinion—called Lie Down in Darkness. The family whose desperate and doomed lives make up the plot of the novel gather around the table. It is gorgeously laid with the family silver, linens, and crystal (this takes place in Tidewater Virginia). The dining room is gleaming with candlelight and festooned with evergreens. The mother has outdone herself with the...

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Advent 2019 – Day 21

From David Zahl’s Seculosity: “Christianity at its sustaining core is not a religion of good people getting better, but of real people coping with their failure to be good. . . Your life depends on letting go of control.”

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Advent 2019 – Day 20

From Eugene Peterson’s Practice Resurrection: “Why doesn’t Jesus advertise himself? If he wants to be known as God present with us, to heal and save and bless, why doesn’t he get our attention and let us know pointblank what is going on? If all those verbs and nouns that Paul has spread out for us to consider and receive are the real thing, why doesn’t Jesus at least raise his voice? The short answer: God reveals himself in personal relationship and only in personal relationship. God is not a phenomenon to be considered. God is not a force to be...

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