Author: Zach Barnhart

Teach Us To Want: Longing, Ambition & The Life of Faith (Jen Pollock Michel)

The word “desire” has become a misnomer of sorts. In the Christian life, we too often equate desire with sinfulness, like jealousy or sexual temptation. At best, we view desire as something that should be merely suppressed or given up in the pursuit of holiness. It’s wanting, and there’s no room for that in our dogma. And yet, Jesus says to us, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mk. 10:51) Katelyn Beaty, in the foreword to Jen Pollock Michel’s Teach Us To Want, pointedly asks the question. “What if, despite all the ways desire has been...

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Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

Go around the circle at your small group this week. Ask the folks on your staff and leadership team. Pitch this question to your spouse or your children, “Have you talked to someone about Jesus this week?” When we’re not stretching the truth or embellishing, most of us reply, “No.” There are many reasons why we may reply in the negative. Maybe our work environment doesn’t lend itself towards opening up about our faith. Maybe we haven’t spent much time with people that given week. But I think the prevailing problem is that even in moments of opportunity to...

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A Peculiar Glory: How The Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Truthfulness (John Piper)

“It is a stupendous claim that any book written by human hands is the infallible word of God” (39). The Bible without a doubt is the most polarizing, the most significant, the most widely-read, and the most important book in all of human history. On that, we can all agree, Christian or not. But there’s much gray area we find in churches getting into when it comes to which qualities Scripture does have. Lately, Evangelicals have felt a lot of the pressure to state their claims unashamedly on what the Bible is, and thankfully, we’ve witnessed a host of...

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The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary (J. Alec Motyer)

Everyone who has a passion for preaching or expositing God’s Word has felt this tension, “Which kinds of commentaries should I invest in?” Some feel that buying a commentary series, made up of different authors, looks best on a shelf and stays united in their overall method and intent. While those might be true, I would argue that it’s most of the time more beneficial for us to search for commentaries book by book, looking for the cream of the crop for each individual book. While it may not look as nice, this is truly the best practice for...

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Justification and Freedom

Galatians 5:1-6, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accept circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision...

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