Category: Christian Living

The Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking (Craig S. Keener)

Most of us are familiar with Paul’s famous exhortation to begin Romans 12: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom 12:1-2) When it comes to defining what Paul is actually calling us to in this passage, however, there is a certain...

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The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life

There seems to be a pattern of behavior in the church that needs to change. What is that pattern you might ask? Focusing on getting people saved with little or no sense of direction provided to those who declare their allegiance to God and proclaim their affirmation of Jesus as their Savior. They come down the aisle, say a prayer, and off they go with an emotional rush that can come crashing down once the cares of the world rear their ugly head. We are all likely familiar with the Parable of the Sower. Some seed fell and nothing...

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“The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life” by Jeremy Pierre

There are many caricatures of Biblical Counseling. One popular caricature paints practitioners of Biblical Counseling as offering simplistic explanations, pad answers, and little sympathy. The caricature is just that, a caricature, and yet it arises because there is some hint of truth to it. There have been practitioners of this kind of counseling which offer simplistic explanations of problems and of people. Jeremy Pierre has written a fantastic book to help Biblical Counselors develop a more full theology of human experience, which will help them to be better counselors. The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life is a needed corrective to...

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ESV Reader’s Bible, 6-volume set (Crossway)

Every time I attempt to sit down and read God’s Word, there is one enemy that I always find myself battling: his name is Noise. You have probably met him. Noise is one of the most powerful opponents to healthy, worshipful Bible reading. Some days on my commute I listen to my audio Bible, but the incoming notifications take my mind off of the text. Some days I read from one of my study Bibles, and I end up on theological rabbit trails, which are well-intentioned but still getting my eyes off of the only infallible Word. Even on...

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Trapped: Getting Free From People, Patterns, and Problems by Andy Farmer

Thousands of Americans flock to Alcatraz, the penitentiary in San Francisco Bay. Of course, this intimidating fortress has since closed its doors to violent criminals and lawbreakers. Brave guests may choose to stand for a few moments in one of the tiny cells and imagine what it would be like to be locked up for years and possibly even serve a life sentence. Imagine being incarcerated for a moment. Your freedoms would be severely curtailed. Your abilities would be stifled. Your options would be limited. Such is the life of an inmate. While some may imagine the horror of...

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