J.C. Ryle was a Reformed writer and pastor who was dubbed by his contemporaries as “A Man of Granite with the Heart of a Child.” Some of his most popular works include Practical Religion, Christian Leaders of the Eighteenth Century (1869), Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (7 vols, 1856–69), and Principles for Churchmen (1884). Here …

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When I was in 6th grade, I called my teacher a bad word. According to Bill Cosby, “Kids say the darnedest things.” I wish I could claim that moniker in that unfortunate moment, but I couldn’t as a 12-year old. I was certainly cognizant enough to know that just letting underdeveloped, unfiltered vocabulary flow out of my mouth …

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In 1st Thessalonians we read a letter written to a spiritually young community of Christians living in a society entrenched in the worship of dieties that brought both blessings and curses to their followers. Because of achaelogical findings, we know that the normal, every day Thessalonian was worshipping hundreds of idols, even trees, hills, and …

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Yesterday Deb and I invited some friends over from church for what would turn out to be a  mildly-successful cookout. I’m thankful for the mild success (zero burnt dogs, zero undercooked meats), because we’ve never actually hosted one of these things before. People living in the jungle typically don’t appreciate these types of events like us …

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