As Evangelicals we don’t often look to the Puritans for spiritual and practical advice in the face of persecution. But, I am becoming increasingly convinced that many Puritan writers and writings are indeed a great and largely untapped resource for the Evangelical church in America. Continue Reading…

The Greener Grass Conspiracy: Finding Contentment on You Side of the Fence
Author: Stephen Altrogge

What can a self-professed “raging discontent” teach others about contentment? Turns out, quite a bit. Altrogge reminds us that the desire for contentment is part of the spiritual war in which we are constantly embroiled in (p. 18). The image of the “Greener Grass Conspiracy” is quite helpful in helping us see the things that fight against our contentment. Altrogge reminds us of the Scriptures’ teaching that the world, our hearts, and our enemy Satan are all working against our true and greatest happiness, joy in God (p. 12). It’s a theme and a point he makes clear throughout the book.I appreciated Altrogge’s unflagging commitment to Jesus Christ as the means and the end of our pursuit of true joy and contentment. Jesus Christ is clearly presented as our ultimate hope. The Gospel is presented and the Scriptures are held up as God’s promises, and our weapons in the fight for contentment (p.94). Continue Reading…

REVIEW: Radical Together Author: David Platt

“How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?“

That’s the question David Platt confronts us with in Radical Together. It is a serious question which every pastor, church leader, and Christian should be concerned with. It is a question that has no easy answers. But, it is a question we should seek to answer in every area of our personal lives and in our lives together in the local church. What I enjoyed most about this book is the fact that David Platt never claims to have the answer to “the question,” but he invites us to journey with him and his (now former) church as they sought to find it. I found his arguments compelling, and the personal stories recounting the struggles he and his church have encountered in pursuing a “radical” relationship with God through Christ. Continue Reading…