Jen Wilkin’s Pop Quiz on the Bible

At the recent TGC conference, Jen Wilkin gave a brilliant breakout on adult education in the local church. We need more classes, more active learning environments, more bars raised, more disciples learning the drama of redemption and their place in making disciples and making much of Jesus till the trumpet blares.

With all of the access we have to the Bible—and the resources we have to help us learn the Bible—it’s time we take Bible literacy seriously again.

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.