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.

5 Ways to Read More of the Bible

Life is loaded. Add up the ingredients of a routine day: getting kids ready for school, packing lunches, getting ready for work, traffic, co-workers, projects, meetings, helping with homework, kids extracurricular activities, exercise, church functions, and more. And this recipe alone doesn’t make it difficult to regularly read the Bible.