Mark Vroegop on Writing & Lament

Lament isn’t a topic or genre where writers tread. But we need it. Mark Vroegop wrote a powerful book on lamenting, how to do it, why we need it, and more. Listen as Mark and I talk about the journey of writing this needed book.

Show Notes

Mark’s Book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1433561484/jeffmedd-20

Mark’s Site: http://markvroegop.com/

Mark’s Books: http://markvroegop.com/books/

My sermons on lament: http://www.makingmuchofjesus.org/sermons/series/learning-to-lament

Resources for lament and suffering: https://jamedders.com/resources-during-suffering-and-lament/

My article at Desiring God on Lament: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/you-cannot-handle-your-pain

Book, Deep Work: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1455586692/jeffmedd-20

My blog: https://jamedders.com/

My books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00PQTDMLO

The Peril of Potted Plant Christianity

You’ve seen the row of potted plants in the garden section of your local home improvement store. Row after row of flowers, succulents, bushes, evergreens. They are nestled together for hours. Rubbing shoulders for days.

But are they together? Are they connected? Not at all. Sure, they are next to each other, but they aren’t connected in the soil, they aren’t sharing the spray from the hose. Their roots are restricted. They don’t pull and tug when one is moved.

John Calvin Starter Kit

After writing Humble Calvinism, I should have seen this coming. But, I didn’t. My bad. I frequently get asked questions about Calvin, the person, and Calvin’s various views on things.

Let’s clear some things up real quick:

I’m no historian. Nor am I a church history buff. Sure, I like it, but I don’t know a ton about it. Just because I wrote a book on the five points of Calvinism, that doesn’t mean I’m an expert on John Calvin’s life, theology, and writing.

Wear Your Beliefs On Your Sleeve

Benjamin Vrbiceck’s new book, Don’t Just Send A Resume: How To Find The Right Job In A Local Church, is the kind of wisdom pastors need today as they look for work in the local church. Benjamin gives sage advice for pastors in this stage.

When Benjamin asked if I’d be willing to contribute a short essay to encourage pastors while they apply and interview in churches, I couldn’t say no. You’ll also find contributions from Jared C. Wilson, David Mathis, Jeremy Writebol, Kristen Wetherell, Dave Harvey, and more.

The Best a Man Can Be?: Gillette’s Got a Gospel

If you haven’t seen Gillette’s video on the epidemic of toxic masculinity that exists in the USA—and the world—watch it. It’s a solid 1:48.

We’ve heard their tagline for years, “The Best a Man Can Get,” and like many company slogans, it reaches higher than it could ever achieve. I mean, after all, it’s only metal blades for cutting face hair. But with their new video, new website, and new commitment—they want to see men be the best a man can be. More than products, they are promoting person.