Campfires and God

Campfires and God

Recently, I spent ten days at my parents’ house in Ludington, Michigan, on a study break to work on my preaching menu for this next year. Each evening, my Dad and I would start a campfire around 8:30 p.m. and…

The Holiness of God: You've Got to Read This Book!

The Holiness of God: You’ve Got to Read This Book!

I recently re-read R.C. Sproul’s classic, The Holiness of God. It was a feast for my soul. I first read Sproul’s book in 1988 at the beginning of my first pastorate. Sproul is a gifted theologian and author who has…

What's Ahead on the "Preaching Menu"?

What’s Ahead on the “Preaching Menu”?

As we prepare to come to the church in Crystal Lake, I’ve been working on a couple of sermon series for this fall. My first Sunday in the pulpit will be October 6, when we will begin a six-part series…

Fear

Fear

By all circumstances, it was a normal, quiet night in northern Michigan as I lay asleep in my room over the garage in back of my parents’ motel. The year was 1982. The night air was tranquil. I had put…

What's Up with the NIV?

What’s Up with the NIV?

I’ve been using the NIV Bible now for over 30 years. In case you’re not familiar with this acronym, it stands for the “New International Version.” The NIV is one of the most popular Bible translations among evangelicals in the…