Theological Primer: Substance and Accidents

According to Aristotle’s logic, there is a basic distinction between the thing itself (substance) and what may be said incidentally about the thing (accidents).

What I Learned on My Week Long Digital Fast

I’m convinced almost all of us would be happier, healthier, holier, and more productive if we checked email less, checked social media less, turned on the television less, went to the movies less, picked up our phones less.

The Fantasy of Addiction

Peter Hitchens, writing on the “Fantasy of Addiction” in the February issue of First Things: But it makes little difference. The belief is implanted in the modern mind, taught to the young not by explanation, experiment, and example but by being repeatedly and universally assumed. First of all, it is conventional wisdom, built into thousands of sentences, newspaper articles, TV and radio programs, sermons, speeches, and private conversations. Secondly, it is what we desire. Which of us, indulging in some pleasure, is not secretly relieved to find that others are weaker than we are, have nastier and more selfish pleasures,…

Seven Reasons Prayer Meetings Fail

It’s amazing how twenty minutes of structure-less praying can feel like forever, while an hour of carefully planned prayer can go by in a flash.

Book Briefs

I hope you’ll find something helpful in this list of recent reads.

Billy Graham on Eternal Life

“I’m looking forward to that day when I’ll see Christ face to face. Are you?”


The Missing Word in Our Modern Gospel

If we want to give people a message that saves, instead of one that only soothes, we must preach more like Jesus and less like our pop stars.

Marriage Tune Up: Five Books, Five Questions

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which means husbands will be scrambling for babysitters, flowers, and chocolates. But more important than any material gift that can be given, the best thing for spouses (besides the word and prayer) is simply time. Time to talk, time to listen, time to read, time to reflect. With that in mind, here are five marriage books worth reading (together or separately) and five questions husbands and wives can ask themselves and share with each other. Five Books Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God…

Monday Morning Humor

An oldie, but a goodie: that dreaded silver medal, strangle a guy, the involuntary luge.

On Writing Books and Getting Published

Writing is good, and you can get better. Publishing is hard, and it may not happen. Don’t stop reading. Hone your craft. Learn, grow, be self-aware.