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Holy Week Posts

In 2020 and 2021 I wrote a series of Holy Week posts for each day of the week. As we enter into Holy Week 2022, I thought I might share them again. The intent is for them to be used as devotional readings for each day of the week. You can click the links below […]

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“Is Justification Relevant to Youth Ministry?” An Interview with Modern Reformation

Recently, I was interviewed by the folks at Modern Reformation about my new book on Justification and the doctrine’s significance for youth ministry and reaching the next generation with the gospel of Jesus. Here’s a key quote from the interview: “We can only offer our youth the gospel rest of being justified in Christ if […]

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Our Teenagers Are Longing for Jesus

I wrote this article for Rooted as part of their series of posts through the book of 1 Peter leading up to their national conference in October. This year’s theme is: “Living Hope: A Walk Through 1 Peter.” Here’s the lead-in: “Whether they realize it or not, the teenagers we love are aching for Jesus […]

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Sermon: “Known by Jesus”

This past weekend I had the opportunity to serve as the speaker and preacher for Disciple Now (DNOW) weekend at First Presbyterian Church — Rome, GA (EPC). DNOW’s are evangelistically-oriented youth conferences, where students are encouraged to invite their unbelieving and unchurched friends. It was encouraging to see how not only the youth group at […]

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Top Ten Books on Justification

As part of promoting my new book on Justification, Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM) asked me for my top ten list of books on the doctrine of Justification. My book is intended to be an introduction to the topic, so these are couple other places to go if you want to dig deeper. That’s the beauty […]

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The Gift of People with Down Syndrome

I want to share with you a fantastic article entitled “The Gift of People with Down Syndrome” written by Stephanie O. Hubach in byFaith magazine (our denomination’s magazine). We’ve just begun walking this road with our daughter Henley (who has Down Syndrome) and have already been taught so much. She is such a gift from […]

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My Book is OUT NOW!

Today is BOOK LAUNCH DAY! Get your copy of my book A Student’s Guide to Justification from the following book sellers and online outlets: Christian Focus Amazon (paperback) Amazon (Kindle version) 10ofThose Christian Book

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Truly Happy: Rudolph, Augustine, and Our Misfit Hearts

As everyone knows, the day after Thanksgiving is when Christmas celebrations can begin in earnest. Most of us would permit the spinning of holiday records and purchasing one’s Christmas tree at this point. Though corporate America and malls start advertising Christmas around Halloween, after Thanksgiving we can all jump in with few qualms of conscience. […]

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Guiding Teenagers Toward Life with God, Part II [New Blog Post on Rooted]

I wrote this article for Rooted as part two of a two part series. It’s ultimately about prayer. Here’s the lead-in: “We don’t have to get God to like us or love us through our prayers. God is already favorably disposed toward us because of Jesus.” Click here to read.

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Guiding Teenagers Toward Life with God, Part I [New Blog Post on Rooted]

I wrote this article for Rooted as part one of a two part series. Here’s the lead-in: “When our students articulate confusion about relating to God, we have an opportunity to engage with them personally and to walk with them in discipleship.” Click here to read.

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