Struggling to Fit Church on Your Plate?

This post originally appeared at Gospel-Centered Discipleship. Many American churches have long reveled in the cultural phenomenon known as the “potluck.” The regular challenge of the potluck is, of course, to maximize limited plate space by trying to fit as much food as possible. Rookies overload with the initial dishes and run out of room... Continue Reading →

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Enduring Faithfulness in the Mundane

I love this quote by G. K. Chesterton that I ran across again while reading back through Jared C. Wilson's Gospel Wakefulness (a worthy read, by the way): Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, 'Do it again'; and the... Continue Reading →

The Freedom of Forgiveness

by Mike Phay Jesus once told a story (Matthew 18:23-35) about a servant who owed his master a ridiculous amount of money—billions of dollars in today’s currency. In order to recoup at least some of this astronomical debt, the master—well within his legal rights at the time—commanded the sale of this servant and his entire... Continue Reading →

The Brass Verdict (book review)

Reviewing The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly (Little & Brown, 2008). Be warned: this review contains spoilers. Over the last month, I've been on a mystery-crime-thriller kick, mostly reading some of the Jack Reacher series (by Lee Child), and also the Harry Bosch and Lincoln Lawyer books by Michael Connelly. In my opinion, Connelly exceeds Child... Continue Reading →

On Reading in 2019

by Mike Phay Thus far in my life, I've had the good fortune to avoided chronic back pain. For this, I'm very thankful. Over the holidays, however, I picked up some real tightness along the right side of my spine. Nothing major. For now, just a minor inconvenience. But for me, it’s been quite unusual... Continue Reading →

My Top Reads of 2018

by Mike Phay The Letters of John Newton by John Newton. Newton’s letters accompanied me throughout the year, even during some very dark days. At their core was the truth, purportedly spoken by Newton on his deathbed: “I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great savior.” This truth continues to shape me: Jesus... Continue Reading →

Are You Ready for Christmas?

by Mike Phay A common refrain drifting through conversations during the holiday season is the casual, “Are you ready for Christmas?” By which we generally mean, “Do you have all of the presents bought and wrapped, all of the decorations hung, all of the food bought, and all of the other to-dos crossed off your... Continue Reading →

You Have One Job

by Mike Phay I know it’s coming. I’ve read it before. But maybe the story will be different this time. But alas, it’s not. It never is. Genesis 3 always follows Genesis 1 and 2. It’s like watching a train wreck over and over again, and I’m a passive observer with the unfortunate privilege of... Continue Reading →

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