Category: Christian Living

A Review of “How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian?” by Donald Whitney

There is no real disconnect between the theological and the practical. If we are sometimes convinced otherwise, and if we often live to the contrary, their compatibility remains. Don Whitney knows this, that’s why as he approaches the issue of assurance of salvation he aims to give us what the Bible says with keen insight to personal application. How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian? avoids the dichotomy of truth and life, by giving readers an applied theology of assurance. Whitney writes with a pastor’s heart as he seeks to teach readers “what the Bible says about assurance...

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Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (Russ Ramsey)

“The fact of death is unsettling; yet there is no other way to live.” Paul Kalanithi’s quote ironically strikes at the heart of what it means to be a Christian: to see death as a reality, and life as the preparation for it. But more often than not, we find ourselves distant from death, even disenchanted from it. We get in our cars without thinking twice about driving two-ton vehicles just feet and inches away from other two-ton vehicles, and the proximity we live toward death. For Russ Ramsey, the reminder of this proximity came through a diagnosis: “We...

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Gospel-Centered Teaching

Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax is a practical book that admonishes readers to put Jesus at the center of every lesson and sermon. Indeed, Spurgeon’s plea in the 19th century to preach the text and then “make a bee-line to the cross” is at the core of this work. The author adds, “Unless you understand the power of life transformation is in the gospel, you’ll run after anything and everything else trying to manufacture life change.” So we make it our aim to return again and again to Jesus and his gospel. Gospel-Centered Teaching is a powerful book that reminds readers...

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Personal Application and Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

There can be no argument that our society is inundated with technology. As I write this, I am wearing an exercise monitor that automatically syncs with my phone. I am typing this on a laptop while watching a smart television. All of my vehicles have Bluetooth technology where at the touch of a button on the steering wheel I can say “call (insert name)” and I am driving and talking hands-free to someone perhaps all the way across the country. Want to listen to music? Access your phone. Want to read an e-book? No problem. Download one in mere...

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Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God

I worked full-time most of my summers in college, and I loved it. I loved everything about my job and the feeling of coming home to rest, going out to eat with friends, or heading out for an evening run after a long day of work.  I changed jobs during the months of engagement to my husband. I didn’t love this job like the seemingly, perfect job I had before it, but I thought the hours would be more fitting. My new job allowed me to come in early and leave by 3:00 most days. This sounds like the...

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