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On Congregational Lamentation (New Song)

If a Christian lamentation is nothing else, it is a longing gaze heavenward—it is a grief and discontentment for the present death and destruction that Adam’s sin occasioned, and it is the expectation for what God promised: that our eyes will be wiped of our tears and our broken hearts will be bound up. Christian lamentation is the shameless acknowledgement that things are not as they should be, and things are not as they will be.

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How God Resurrected My Marriage

**I wrote this post in October, 2015, and have waiting to publish it. The primary reason for the two-year delay is that there were individuals who needed to hear this story about my family in person before reading about it... Continue Reading →

Dear Oppressed Brother

Take this as an encouragement to cry out to God; let him hear your complaints for the injustice you have experienced and let him hear your request for vindication, and then trust that God will administer justice better than you could ever imagine. 

Early Discoveries of a Young Pastor

On April 9th, 2017, I was ordained to pastoral ministry. I count it one of the greatest moments in my life, and as a young pastor who has been in the game for a grand total of three months, naturally... Continue Reading →

Comparing Webs: A Critique of a Critique of Five-Point Calvinism

*The following is a brief paper I wrote for a class at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in which we were asked to compare and analyze the systems represented by the works Whosoever Wills: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism and Whomever... Continue Reading →

What Is “Christian Liberty”?

I am a 25 year-old Calvinist. Which means, most people in Christian circles would categorize “young, restless, and reformed." Unfortunately, outwardly speaking, I confirm all of the stereotypes one might have about a 25 year-old Calvinist: I do wear cuffed... Continue Reading →

Beware of Cool-Shaming

Hear ye! Hear ye! All ye with Warby Parker thick-rimmed glasses and skin-fade hipster dues. All ye with full sleeves and skinny jeans, with tobacco breath (not from cigarettes, that's gross; totes pipes and stogies, just like Spurgeon, duh). All... Continue Reading →

Art and Objectivity, Part 2

A while back, I wrote a blog about art and its relation to objectivity, trying to get the ball rolling in a conversation that I think is worth having. I recognize that describing it as “getting the ball rolling” may... Continue Reading →

Stricter Judgement for Justified Pastors?

“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” - James 3:1 If you are a pastor--or an aspiring pastor--you are most likely familiar with a number... Continue Reading →

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