20 Quotes from A Praying Life

In A Praying Life, Paul Miller writes, "Oddly enough, many people struggle to learn how to pray because they are focusing on praying, not on God.... Consequently, prayer is not the center of this book. Getting to know a person, God, is the center" (20). While offering relatively little concerning the practical mechanics of prayer, Miller encourages readers … Continue reading 20 Quotes from A Praying Life

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A Bright-Eyed Orthodoxy

What should I say about a book that says more in a paragraph than I could say in a chapter? G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy is a masterpiece that speaks unexpectedly to the 21st century, as it did to the early 20th century. Chesterton's goal was not to write a typical apologetic of the Christian faith, but rather … Continue reading A Bright-Eyed Orthodoxy

Get Your Hands Out of Your Pockets, God! – 59

The psalmists are well known for their evocative poetry and impassioned pleas. They consistently push us to reexamine how we worship and pray; fundamentally, how we speak to God, giving us (God-authorized) language to do so. While I was reading Psalm 74 the other day, verse 11 particularly stood out to me. It reads, "Why do you hold … Continue reading Get Your Hands Out of Your Pockets, God! – 59

The Shallows: An Ankle-Deep Review – 58

Nicholas Carr is a first-rate writer, and The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011) demonstrates his skills. Lucid and informed with crystalizing turns of phrase, his style is easy, enlightening, and enjoyable to read. It's no surprise this book earned him a finalist's spot for the Pulitzer … Continue reading The Shallows: An Ankle-Deep Review – 58

Does Your Brain Change with Internet Use? – 57

Yesterday, I finished reading The Shallows by Nicholas Carr, and I must say it's a fascinating and somewhat foreboding read. In the next few days I hope to have some summarizing thoughts for you all, but I just wanted to whet your appetites with a brief passage today. In a 2005 interview, Michael Merzenich ruminated on the Internet's power … Continue reading Does Your Brain Change with Internet Use? – 57

Daniel 1 – 56

Daniel chapter 1 introduces the book, its message, and its major themes in intriguing ways, drawing the reader into its story, prophecy, and application. One way it does this, quite profoundly, is by inclusio (i.e. placing similar material at the beginning and end of a passage/text). As Goldingay explains, "Thus the chapter opens with Nebuchadnezzar but closes … Continue reading Daniel 1 – 56

The Path of Least Resistance: An Eroded Conscience – 55

Some weeks ago I visited a men's Bible study, and as we were talking the pastor said something that stuck with me. To paraphrase, he said, "When we sin, we only get better at sinning." His point was over time sin erodes our conscience with the result that sinning becomes easier. To put it another way, giving in … Continue reading The Path of Least Resistance: An Eroded Conscience – 55

Trump, Machen, and Truthfulness – 54

What do Donald J. Trump and J. Gresham Machen have to do with each other? Not much, I imagine. But in my reading of Machen's classic Christianity and Liberalism I came across a passage with peculiar application to the recent controversy sparked by the President's allegations of wiretapping. In his chapter on Christ, Machen discusses how the liberals (he's … Continue reading Trump, Machen, and Truthfulness – 54