My Top 3 Devotional Resources for Studying God’s Word

The devotional study of God’s Word is indispensable for a vibrant Christian life. Today, I want to share my top 3 devotional resources that help me dig deeper into God’s Word with more consistency. After acquiring a good study Bible, check out these resources for yourself and then let me know what resources help you study God’s Word more deeply: The M’Cheyne Reading Plan – The M’Cheyne Reading Plan comes from the work of Robert Murray M’Cheyne. A Scotsman born in the…

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Eight Tips for Selecting the Best Study Bible

Several years ago, I led a church through a study of Howard Hendricks’ wonderful book, Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible.To this day, I continue to return to his material on biblical interpretation. I highly recommend this book to all serious students of God’s Word. As for the topic of this blog post, I wanted to share Hendricks’ advice on selecting a Bible for Bible study. What follows below are the “ideal characteristics” of the…

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Pastoring while Pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies

I am often asked, “How do you pastor while pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies?” Such questions typically originate from people that understand the workload of pastoral ministry and the academic demands of an accredited Ph.D. program. To be sure, the decision to pursue a Ph.D. will exact a cost on those who dare to pursue it. There will be sleepless nights and groggy days full of anxiety, self-doubt, and irritability. And, if you are a pastor, the consistent and constant demands of…

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My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2016

While not all of these books were published in 2016, I have either read or re-read them this year and have benefited from them immensely. Between sermon preparation and Ph.D. work, I do not have a lot of time for “leisure reading.” I hope to add a little more fiction to my reading diet in 2017, so if you have some suggestions, I would love to hear them. If you are interested in taking a look at the books in…

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The Five Most Important Books I’ve Ever Read on Preaching

I not only love to preach, but I love to study preaching. In this blog post, I want to share with you the five most important works on preaching that I have ever read. This list is not the end-all-be-all list of preaching books. I’m sure that many who read this post will disagree on some points, and that is okay. This blog post is about the books that have impacted my preaching the most. However, I would love to…

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