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Reading List 2021

The Body: A Guide for Occupants – Bill Bryson Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age – Alan Noble From Adam and Israel to the Church: A Biblical Theology of the People of God (Essential Studies in Biblical Theology)– Benjamin L Gladd

Disruptive Witness: A Review

Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age We live in a distracted age- Facebook, 24 hour news cycles, alerts and notifications, text messages, emails, etc. etc. ad nauseam. We are more “connected” (at least, technologically), more informed, and more entertained than ever before. The problem, according to Alan Noble, is that “the constant distraction…

Gentle & Lowly: A Review

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers There are some books that are helpful reads. Other books are resourceful and serve a purpose for years to come. Still others are memorable for decades. And then there are books like Gentle & Lowly by Dane Ortlund. Groundbreaking, compassionate, and immensely helpful, this…

Talking Back to Purity Culture: A Review

Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality I am a simple case and point for social media marketing. I came across an advertisement for Talking Back to Purity Culture and was immediately intrigued- Not because I’ve struggled with purity culture myself. Thankfully, I was spared that trauma. No, my interests in this book…

Health Goals for 2021

Well, 2020 is coming to an end (thank goodness!). Looking ahead into next year, I know that new and exciting challenges await. To that end, here are my health/ wellness goals for the new year… Surgery: I have a surgery coming up that is unfortunately going to sideline me from running for a while. Not…

2020 Favorite Books: The Rickies

It has become somewhat traditional within the world of “Reformedom” for pastors and ministries to share their read lists at the end of each year. I encourage you to check out the 2020 recommendations from The Gospel Coalition, Tim Challies, and Christianity Today (to name a few). Joining in the fun, I give you the…

Sisters of Uncommon Grace

Back to back with pursed lips standing two sisters of uncommon grace. Yet, now their Father bids demanding to meet Him in a Holy Place. She reflects her Father’s glory exacting payment for man’s sin. Justice declares what is holy. A righteous verdict! We’re all condemned. Mercy cries, ‘Forgiven them, Lord!’ though she knows her…

Covenant

Meet me in the Sanctuary! Meet me in the Holy Place! Take off your shoes, Grace unhindered, I’ll bow my heart Just hide your face! On the desert mountain A covenant is forged With holy finger On stone inscribed. Seraphim sing, “Hallelujah!” Bated breath, Now man must die. Who can stand here In the presence…

Between Fear & Victory

Fear, A graceless future Never accounting for Presence, An inexplicable glory Triumphantly radiant in Darkness, Servantly reminding me I am not in control of Creation, Fallen and broken Crying out for the day of Redemption, The inevitable conclusion Of all God’s Purposes Promised, To the Elect of Heaven The Lion’s Pride forever Sustained, By a…

Weeping Willow

I stood underneath The large willow tree The stars sang praise But she continued to weep. I read her the Psalm And explained what I preached But she continued to sob She continued to weep. So I opened the book Of a thousand bright dreams And I quietly read Yet she just couldn’t sleep. Maybe…

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