Review of Desiring the Kingdom by James Smith

A Review of ‘Desiring the Kingdom’ by James K. A. Smith

Introducing ‘Desiring the Kingdom’ and James Smith’s ‘Cultural Liturgies’ Series Warning: this is going to be a long discussion/review of Desiring the Kingdom by James Smith. I apologize in advance for venturing a bit into the weeds… it just offers a lot to chew on. According to ‘Desiring the Kingdom’, the first book in James […]

The Power of Snowball Reading

The Power of Snowball Reading: An Effective Study Method

If you’re looking for a way to learn (and remember) more about the subjects that matter to you, snowball reading is an incredibly effective study method – and it doesn’t take much work or effort. Just a commitment to read about the things you care about… A Tale of Two Bonhoeffer Biographies A few years […]

My Experiment with Narrative Sermons

Telling Stories: My Experiment with Narrative Sermons

The First Narrative Sermon I Ever Heard The preacher got up and warned everyone it was going to be… different. And it was. He preached the whole thing as if he was Zaccheus (You know, the wee little man who climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see?). He told […]

Reading for Writing: 3 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Reading

Reading for Writing: 3 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Reading

Writing well begins with reading well. And I’m not just talking about reading instructional books. The simple act of sitting down with a good novel can teach you just as much about writing as attending a class on English composition.

The Book: My Testimony

The Book: My Testimony

“Lord, if you’re there…show yourself to me.” Another night. Another prayer. And nothing but silence. I’d nearly given up on Him. The only thing keeping me going… the only thing compelling me to pray each night… was a thin hope, a slight chance that He might be there. Like blowing a few bucks on a […]

Why you should listen to your uncle's rambling family stories

Why you should listen to your uncle’s rambling family stories

As a boy, I spent hours and hours listening to my grandmother tell family stories about her childhood. She told me about my great-grandmother and the obstacles she faced as a woman who was committed to sharing the gospel. I heard about prayers she’d seen answered and miracles performed. I can still hear her voice […]

The Day

When I opened my eyes this morning and pushed through the haze of half-sleep, the one thought that didn’t enter my mind was that today would be the day. And though the blare of our little alarm clock signaled it was time to get ready, just as it had hundreds of times before, there was […]

Yet

BEEP—BEEP—BEEP–the sound of the alarm jolted her out of bed and onto her feet like a cattle prod. She blinked for a moment, trying to get her bearings. Where am–, she answered the question before it had formed. Home, I’m home. “What time is it?” she asked aloud, rubbing her eyes. No one answered. Though […]