I’ve just finished writing a study guide for three of the craziest letters in the New Testament–1, 2 Peter & Jude. The letters cover stuff like: angels sleeping with humans, gang rape, homosexuality, greed, self-made morality, godly character, doubt, faith, eternal fire, eternal life, angels disputing with demons, the end of the world, and its total renewal. If 1 Peter exults, “Jesus will return,” and 2 Peter rebuffs the claim, “Jesus won’t return,” then Jude exhorts, “Jesus is just about here.” The
Here are some of my best books from the summer: MOST ENTERTAINING FICTION Ready Player One, Ernest Cline BEST LITERATURE Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo BEST SHORT STORIES Men Without Women, Ernest Hemingway MOST UNUSUAL SCI-FI A tie between: Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess & Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel MOST PROFOUND Faith Beyond Reason: A Kierkegaardian Account, C. Stephen Evans & Philosophical Fragments, Soren Kierkegaard BEST CHARACTER FORMATION The Road to Character, David Brooks MOST SPIRITUALLY FORMATIVE Sermons on the Mount,
Think about the last time you tried to share the gospel. What was going through your head? Were you angling to find an opening to mention Jesus? Or perhaps you were more intentional, looking for an opportunity to lay out a “gospel presentation” over lunch or coffee? This kind of evangelism focuses on what we have to say, not on what others are saying. This can make our evangelism unbelievable. All too often we look to download gospel information instead
Good Friday is good because it interrupts our weekly liturgy reminding us of the bounty of grace won for us at the cross. Good Friday is hard because it reminds us of the sheer innocence of a spotless Lamb who meets utter horror—Jesus slain for our sins. Goodness, Jesus is worth pausing to adore on Good Friday as we move toward the great hope of Easter Sunday. After all, we can’t have one without the other.