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The Books I Read in 2018 (And I Ranked Them)

So I read more books in 2018 than I've read in a year in a long time. Maybe it's due to my wife, who devours book, or maybe I've just decided to educate myself more than I wanted to in the past. For whatever reason, here I am, with the 12 books I read in… Continue reading The Books I Read in 2018 (And I Ranked Them)

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Other Books, The Bible

Grace Is Something So Incredibly Radical

I've been reading Tullian Tchividjian's excellent book One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World the last week or so, and it is truly excellent. He discusses the need for a greater understanding for grace in a world that lives by and believes in what he calls "performancism," being judged and evaluated based solely on your performance.… Continue reading Grace Is Something So Incredibly Radical

Other Books, The Bible

We Are Joy Seekers, Pt. 1: Looking in the Wrong Direction for What Satisfies Most

I've learned something over and over this year that Blaise Pascal explains quite succinctly: "All men seek happiness. This is without exception...This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves."* We're all looking for happiness in something. We look for satisfaction. We look for joy. We look for… Continue reading We Are Joy Seekers, Pt. 1: Looking in the Wrong Direction for What Satisfies Most

Other Books, The Bible

A Better Possession and an Abiding One

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you… Continue reading A Better Possession and an Abiding One

Other Books, The Bible

The Heart of the Contrite

"For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: 'I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite." - Isaiah… Continue reading The Heart of the Contrite