• 2018,  Weekly Round Up

    Weekly Roundup: December 14th 2018 (Merry Christmas, Pastor Wang, SBTS report on Slavery, lectures on caring for each other, my favorite books in 2018, and an excellent podcast on listening)

    Merry Christmas from us here at Broad Oak Piety. By “us” I mean, me, by myself… sitting on a couch… in my living room. Anyways, I have really enjoyed my journey with you in 2018 and by God’s grace look forward to a continued discipline of writing and ministering in 2019. This will be my last “new” post for 2018 as I will be taking a sabbatical for a couple of weeks. I am trying to use my sabbatical to really spend time with my family and unplug from technology altogether. I am sure there is plenty of materials I’ve written in the last several months you can catch up…

  • 2018,  Chapter Plodding

    Chapter Plodding (No. 7): The Reluctant Evangelist (and the order of salvation)

    This week I am pulling in some highlights from chapter 6 of Coekin’s excellent book, The Reluctant Evangelist: Moving From Can’t and Don’t to Can and Do.  A few key takeaways that are worth noting for you:  There is a biblical order to our salvation.  God predestined and elected many sinners for salvation; then He sent Jesus to die for us on the cross; next He sent someone to explain to us what he has done in his gospel; through which His Spirit called and regenerated us to respond with repentant faith; and then God justified and adopted us as his children; so that We start praying with joyful gratitude (63-64)…

  • 2018,  Jonathan Edwards,  Meditation

    Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (8): Humble Yourselves

    8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God. Today Edwards speaks of humility and how it drives our character and love for others. God help us when we believe the lie that the sins of others are worse than our own. Paul speaking to Timothy calls himself the chief…

  • 2018,  Meditation,  Meditation Mondays

    Meditation Mondays: Justice is Coming

    Lamentations 3:34-36: “To crush underfoot all the prisoners of the earth, to deny a man justice in the presence of the Most High, to subvert a man in his lawsuit, the Lord does not approve.” Meditation: Although the Lord is using Babylon to judge Jerusalem it doesn’t mean that the Lord approves of the wickedness of Babylon. This may seem like a tension for our feeble minds, but this is not a tension for the Lord. The Lord despises those who oppress. The Lord despises those who deny men justice here on earth. Think even of our own government in the United States. Romans 13 teaches us that government is…

  • 2018,  Weekly Round Up

    Weekly Roundup December 7 2018: (George Whitefield and How to listen to a sermon, Hellfire, Hospitality and the Gospel, the Gospel comes with a house key)

    At Broad Oak Piety this week: He Will Have Compassion Living With the End in Mind Chapter Plodding: The Reluctant Evangelist Harsh Tones, Technology, and a Sabbath Articles Elsewhere: Mere Hellfire by Doug Wilson An excellent article recapturing language around eternal hell and the wrath of God that is much needed in today’s American Evangelicalism.  Two Great Podcast Episodes: Take Care How You Listen (to a sermon or anything for that matter) The great revivalist George Whitefield is used to help us understand how to be good listeners, especially of sermons. On Hospitality and the Gospel Excellent podcast on how Kent and Rosaria Butterfield thing hospitality intersects with the gospel.…

  • 2018,  Books

    My 18 Favorite Books in 2018

    1. On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior Karen Swallow Prior’s book, On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books is probably my favorite read of 2018. I said this in a tweet, but there is not a lazy sentence in this entire book. I find Prior not only engaging as a writer, but crisp as a thinker. This book promotes living the virtuous life and demonstrates the benefits of reading well and reading broadly. We only have one life to live, but through the characters Prior examines in the classic books she highlights how we can learn much about what it means to live…

  • 2018,  Communication,  Counseling,  Sabbath,  Technology

    Harsh Tones, Technology, and a Sabbath

    The tone of a person’s voice can be a window into the heart. Tone has the ability to change the entire motive of a sentence or interaction. Now, sometimes serious tones are required to communicate serious messages, but I have a growing concern that we rarely consider our tone when interacting with others. I often hear folks justify harsh, critical tones by saying things like; “well that’s just how she/he interacts, that’s their personality”. Combine excuses like that with a culture that loves sarcasm and we have the ingredients for unloving transactional relationships. Sadly, this is perhaps showcased best in our marriages. I am noticing more and more a default…

  • 2018,  Books,  Chapter Plodding

    Chapter Plodding (No. 6): The Reluctant Evangelist

    We are in chapter five of Coekin’s book, The Reluctant Evangelist. I really loved this chapter because Coekin spends a few moments working through a doctrine of God that is often neglected: the doctrine of divine simplicity. We also get a heightened sense of God’s sovereignty. Here are a few key takeaways from this chapter: “God’s centre is everywhere but his circumference is nowhere” (55) All of God’s being is “personally present in His simplicity”. (55) God is His attributes. He does not divide Himself. “Nothing and nowhere in the universe exists except by God’s personal presence to sustain and govern it.” (55) Since God is everywhere “our most private gossip,…

  • 2018,  Jonathan Edwards

    Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (7): Living with the End in Mind

    7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life. I read a Francis Chan book a while ago and in that book, he challenges readers to think of the Great White Throne of Judgement- the day we’ll stand before God. From there he asks “what would you hope you would have done on that day?” What Chan’s getting at is that Christians should live their lives in hindsight. We should make decisions today based on decisions we hope we would have made at the day of judgment. This is what Edwards is saying with today’s resolution. We…