Why It’s Great to be a Georgia Bulldog

In case you’ve been living under a rock, I have news: The Georgia Bulldogs are national champions. Again. Stetson Fleming Bennett IV, yes, that short kid who we all thought would be nothing more than a scout team quarterback, led the Dawgs to an undefeated season, a second straight national title, all while making Texas Christian University look more like the Oglethorpe County Patriots. Honestly, I wouldn’t have been surprised if TCU coach Sonny Dykes asked for a running clock in the second half.

As the confetti fell in LA and Kirby hoisted the big golden trophy, it was great to be a Georgia Bulldog.

As I’ve spent the day basking in the post-championship glow, I’ve reflected more deeply about what it is about this sport and this team that gives us such emotional swings. Why do we care so much about how well some 20-year-olds can throw an odd-shaped ball through the air? Why does this win give such joy — and those losses such pain?

What does it even mean to be a Georgia Bulldog?

We all could answer this question in different ways. For me, growing up near Athens, I learned early on that being a Dawg fan was about way more than wins and losses. After all, I came of age in the Donnan years, when consistent wins and national recognition were hard to come by. Yet even though the wins were fewer and the losses more frustrating, I still loved being a Georgia Bulldog.

See, for me, being a Dawg was about wearing lots of red and black (and avoiding every shade of orange). It’s about eating at Sonny’s BBQ and seeing relics of the 1980s carefully pinned to the walls. It’s about listening to Munson’s gravely, pessimistic voice over the radio, and itching to find out what Loran Smith has to say from the sidelines. It’s about taking preschool field trips to Sanford Stadium, having David Pollack come speak to your FCA, listening to an offensive lineman address your church, or knowing a coach’s son shares a locker with your brother, It’s about seeing people of all stripes come together on Saturday afternoons. It’s about walking past the practice fields to pick up your new wife from class.

For me, being a Dawg is about loving the place I’m from. It’s about a culture, a community, an unspoken bond that connects every person who dons red and black. And it’s only since moving away from Athens that I’ve come to appreciate these things so much. Indeed, for all these reasons, it is great to be a Georgia Bulldog.

So, for me being a Bulldog isn’t about winning; it’s about home.

But, boy oh boy, the winning is fun.

Check that — it’s really, really fun. I never thought I’d experience one national championship, much less two back-to-back. I never thought we’d beat anyone 65-7 — much less in the National Championship game. I never thought “Glory” would be the envy of the college football world. 

But here we are — at the peak of the mountain, making history with each and every win. As I try to tell my oldest son, who’s a budding Dawg fan himself, “We’re living in the glory days. Let’s enjoy it while it lasts.”

Because I know the winning won’t last forever. One day, we’ll remember Stetson as fondly as we remembered Herschel. One day, we’ll ache for 2022 as we ached for 1980, with all sorts of memorabilia from these years adorning restaurants across northeast Georgia. One day, someone else will be king of the college football world.

And that’ll be okay. Because then — like now, and like before — it’ll still be great to be a Georgia Bulldog. 

2022: A Year in Reading

A few years ago, I decided to read more. 2022 ended up being my most book-filled year yet. While I didn’t match the number of books my beloved wife read (seriously, it’s astounding), I did end up reading 55.

Here’s a list of the books I read with a brief description. I share these in case any of these books sound interesting to you. But first, I want to highlight a few books I enjoyed most..


Nathaniel’s Book of the Year

Everything Sad Is Untrue
by Daniel Nayeri (Levine Querido, 2020)

What an absolutely remarkable book. I could try describing it, but I don’t think I’d do it justice. Nayeri weaves together beauty, tragedy, sorrow, and hope, with gems of wisdom (and gospel!) hiding just beneath the surface. It’s my favorite book of the year, and it’s one I want to read again.

Sadly, being named my book of the year won’t guarantee any more book sales or golden stickers on the cover. But I do hope you’ll take time to read this gem for yourself.

Best Title (and Guaranteed to Change Your Life)

Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I’ve Loved
by Kate Bowler (Random House, 2018)

Everything Happens for a Reason is brutally honest book about cancer, faith, and hope. There’s no Christianese or empty platitudes here — just a powerful, heart-wrenching memoir. Bowler says out loud what everyone who’s suffering is thinking. Her willingness to do so is almost therapeutic, as it lets the reader know they’re not alone in feeling this way. She put words to things I’d felt from my own suffering. It’s a remarkable, beautiful book.

The Book That Finally Convinced Me to Read a Parenting Book

Habits of the Household: Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms
by Justin Whitmel Early (Zondervan, 2021)

I’m generally not one to read parenting books, but this book from Justin Earley was refreshing and grace-filled. I particularly enjoyed his chapters on work and play. He succinctly lays out theology of these topics which are often sorely neglected.

The Best Sportswriting I’ve Ever Read

Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero
by David Maraniss ( Simon & Schuster, 2005)

I knew about Roberto Clemente, but I came to appreciate the man, the player, the humanitarian, the legend so much more through this book. Maraniss’ writing is superb, as this book contains some of the best sportswriting I’ve ever read. In particular, Maranniss’ multi-page description of Clemente’s batting was pure poetry. I read it once, then read it again, and then read it out loud to Katie, marveling in the vivid imagery Maraniss evoked. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a Clemente at-bat, but I felt like I did after reading it.

Most Mind-Blowing Book

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot (Crown, 2011)

Wow. This book was jaw-dropping in so many ways — the amazing feats of science, the tragic treatment of Lacks and her family, and the ethical questions inherent in medical research that few are willing to talk about.


Books I Read with my Kids

The Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown and Company, 2007)

I read this book after reading the Disney+ adaptation. It’s a modern-day children’s classic. While the plot is captivating, but it’s the characters who stand out. We all know (or are) a Constance Contraire.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
by Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown and Company, 2008)

In the second book, the Mysterious Benedict Society is back in action in a decidedly different tale. Season 2 of the Disney+ show was loosely based on this book — very loosely. The book is far better in every way.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
by Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown and Company, 2009)

I found this to be the weakest of the Benedict books, though I did enjoy another adventure with these delightful characters.

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages
by Trenton Lee Stewart (Little, Brown and Company, 2019)

This book jumps forward many years, and the characters are all coming to grips with the inevitability of change. New addition to the team, Tai Li, is a joy and keeps things fresh.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C. S. Lewis

What is there to say? This book is required reading every few years for our family. I loved re-reading it to the little ones, seeing them get tense as Tumnus plans his betrayal, seeing their grief as Aslan sacrifices himself, and their joy when he returns. I also love them seeing the connections. As my oldest said, “Hey, that’s like Jesus!”

The Horse and His Boy
by C. S. Lewis

This foray into the world of Narnia isn’t filled with as much child-like wonder, but its reflections on providence and suffering are superb.

Winnie the Pooh
by A. A. Milne (Troll, 1926)

It’s an absolute classic. No matter how young (or old) you are, you will be delighted by this jaunt through the Hundred Acre Wood with Christopher Robin, Pooh, and their many friends.

When We Were Very Young
by A. A. Milne

This collection of poems are whimsical and aimed at children. Most importantly, Pooh bear makes his first appearance in this book.

The Risen One: Experiencing All of Jesus in Easter
by Scott James (B&H, 2021)

We read this book as a family during the leadup to Easter.


The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte Press, 1995)

Somehow, I was one of the few who didn’t read this book in middle school. So I was shocked when a book that seemed like a light-hearted story about a young Black boy suddenly turned into something much, much more. This book brought me to tears, and it humanized history in a powerful way.

That Hideous Strength
by C. S. Lewis (Scribner, 2003)

Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, the first two books in Lewis’ space trilogy, are superb in every way. That Hideous Strength feels like Lewis lost the plot. (When Merlin shows up — yes, the old bearded wizard — I knew we were in for a wild ride.) Many people adore this book, if for no other reason than its prophetic foreshadowing. But it’s simply not my cup of tea.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
by Andrew Peterson (Waterbrook, 2008)

So many people love the Wingfeather saga books by Andrew Peterson, so I was eager to try the series. However, this first book took a while for me to get into. The book has all the ingredients, but it doesn’t quite seem to come together in a satisfying way.

North! Or Be Eaten
by Andrew Peterson (Waterbrook, 2008)

In part 2 of the Wingfeather saga, things get more complicated for the family. This book is still uneven, but the conclusion is powerful and satisfying.

My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George

I don’t think I’d survive very long if left by myself in some remote mountain. But reading this beautiful little novel made me think that maybe — just maybe — I could.

The Deal of a Lifetime
by Fredrik Backman (Simon and Schuster, 2017)

Backman is known for his magnum opus, A Man Called Ove. While this book is shorter and less impressive, the protagonist shares a remarkable similarity to Ove.

A Christmas Story
by Jean Shepherd

This book compiles the stories from author and humorist Jean Shepherd that inspired the movie, A Christmas Story.

The Prince and the Pauper
by Charles Dickens

Before, everything I knew about the prince and the pauper I learned from Mickey Mouse. This year I decided to read the actual book.

Christian Nonfiction

The God of the Garden: Thoughts on Creation, Culture, and the Kingdom
by Andrew Peterson (B&H, 2021)

This book is about trees. And creativity. And community. And all the ways God breaks into our hardened hearts with his love and grace. Peterson is a gifted songwriter and author, and I so appreciate his vulnerability in telling us about his life and his creative process. (And, of course, his love of trees.)

How to Be a Patriotic Christian: Love of Country as Love of Neighbor
Richard J. Mouw ( IVP, 2022)

The title of this book probably makes you think it fits into one certain camp of evangelicalism. But it doesn’t, at least not cleanly. I reviewed this book for Christianity Today, and I found it to be a welcome reminder to love the place where we are.

Truth Over Tribe: Pledging Allegiance to the Lamb, not the Donkey or the Elephant
by Patrick Miller and Keith Simon (David C. Cook, 2022)

Like Mouw’s book, I came into the reading expecting one thing. The end-result was surprising and refreshing. The anecdotes and stories in the book are worth the price of the book.

Political Gospel: Public Witness in a Politically Crazy World
by Patrick Schreiner (B&H, 2022)

Another of the many public theology books I read in 2022. Much like the other books I’ve mention, Schreiner will likely make you nod with agreement at some points — and make you uncomfortable in others. But maybe that’s what we need more of — thinking more critically about our political engagement. And, as he told us in a podcast conversation, “Christians aren’t political enough.

Plain Theology for Plain People
by Charles Octavius Booth (edited by Walter R. Strickland II, Lexham Press, 2017)

Dr. Strickland at Southeastern Seminary has done us a great favor in republishing this edition of an early African American theology book. Booth’s theology is simple, pastoral, and to-the-point. You can tell it was born not in the academy, but out of a burden for fellow churches, pastors, and believers.

Bearing God’s Name: Why Sinai Still Matters
by Carmen Imes (IVP, 2019)

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Imes while she was at Southeastern for a conference, and I picked up her book. The highest praise I can give this book is that after reading it, I wanted to study and preach Exodus. So well done, Dr. Imes.

Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image
by John Behr (St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2013)

John Behr was a speaker at the Center for Faith and Culture’s spring conference, and he proved to be the most out-of-the-box thinker at the conference. This book is a brief reflection on theological anthropology.

Meditations on Preaching
by Francis James Grimké, selected and edited by Caleb Cangelosi (Log College press, 2018)

Grimké was a leading African-American pastor in the early 20th century. This book is a collection of some of his best thoughts on preaching, including gems like this: “What the people need to know is not what we think, what we have to say, but what God thinks, and what he has to say.”

Born Again This Way
by Rachel Gilson (The Good Book Company, 2020)

Rachel Gilson shares her remarkable testimony of going from a lesbian atheist to Christ-follower. Along the way, she points to timeless truths about God’s vision for marriage and sexuality.

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers
by Dane Ortlund (Crossway, 2020)

I read through this book for a second time, this time in a study with our church’s Wednesday night group. The book provoked wonderful conversation, and it made a lasting impact on many in our group.

Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion
by Rebecca McLaughlin (Crossway, 2019)

Rebecca McLaughlin has become a leading apologist and Christian thinker, articulating Christian beliefs to people not naturally disposed to accept them. The most helpful part of this book was her defense of a Christian view of gender against critiques that it’s outdated or patriarchal. Much of her wisdom helped me in a particular sermon on the role of men and women in the church. (Also, check out our podcast conversation with Rebecca on recovering friendship.)

Making Faith Magnetic: Five Hidden Themes Our Culture Can’t Stop Talking About… and How to Connect Them to Christ
by Daniel Strange (The Good Book Company, 2021)

Another apologetics book, Making Faith Magnetic is a form of cultural apologetics. Dr. Strange (yes, that’s actually his name) looks at a series of key shared values across all cultures and reveals how the the gospel both subverts and fulfills them. (His podcast conversation was particularly fun as well.)

Digital Dominion: Five Questions Christians Should Ask to Take Control of their Digital Devices
by Jeff Mingee (10publishing, 2022)

Jeff has been one of my most consistent, faithful writers at the Center for Faith and Culture, and this book of his is the culmination of his meditations on faith and technology. For more on this topic, check out our podcast conversation with him.

Following Jesus in a Digital Age
by Jason Thacker (B&H, 2022)

I read this book right after reading Mingee’s. I was expecting significant overlap, but I was surprised how different and complementary they are. Thacker’s book looks at the big-picture issues of following Christ in an increasingly digital age. (Are you seeing a pattern here? Listen to our podcast conversation.)

Streams in the Wasteland: Finding Spiritual Renewal with the Desert Fathers and Mothers
by Andrew Arndt (Navpress, 2022)

This is a book, in part, about spiritual disciplines. But Arndt looks to an oft-neglected group of people — the desert fathers and mothers.

Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth
by Andrew Greer and Randy Cox (Worthy Inspired, 2017)

I probably would have enjoyed this tribute to Rich Mullins if I were more familiar with his music and life story. Nevertheless, I appreciated the words and anecdotes from those who knew and loved him.

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy
by Tim Keller (10 Publishing, 2012)

A short, simple book rooted in the gospel.

Talking Social Justice: Stories and Questions for the Worried, Wistful, and Woke Evangelicals
by Howard Lawler (Salpizo, 2020)

Few topics are more divisive among evangelicalism than social justice. In this book, Lawler seeks to provoke thought and help us think outside the box when it comes to these issues. He doesn’t really reveal his own angle until late in the book, and he always wants to keep you thinking.

A Trail Guide for Church Ministry: A Proverbial Journey
by Howard Lawler (Salpizo, 2021)

A veteran pastors’ collection of tips and proverbs to others following the same path of ministry.

Rediscover Church: Why the Body of Christ Is Essential
by Collin Hansen and Jonathan Leeman (Crossway, 2021)

Does being a part of a church community even matter anymore? Can’t we just live off virtual sermons and podcasts? This book answers these important questions.

Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith
by Michael Reeves (IVP, 2012)

I finally read this brief classic on the Trinity. I’ve heard people reference and adore it for almost a decade, so I was glad to finally read it myself.

Praying the Bible
by Donald S. Whitney (Crossway, 2015)

A simple, helpful book to improve your prayer life. But Whitney doesn’t prescribe self-help tricks or gimmicks. He’s pointing us right back to the scriptures.


Attack the Day: Kirby Smart and Georgia’s Return to Glory
by Seth Emerson (Triumph, 2020)

Seth Emerson is among the best beat writers covering college football, and we Georgia fans are lucky enough to have him covering the Dawgs. This book chronicles the end of the Richt years, the beginning of the Smart years, the miraculous 2017 season, and the ups and downs of 2018 – 2019. Needless to say, Emerson probably should write a sequel.

Top Dawg: Mark Richt and the Revival of Georgia Football
Rob Suggs (Thomas Nelson, 2008)

Much like Emerson’s book for Smart, this book gives a summary of Mark Richt’s rise to becoming Georgia’s head coach, his early years, and recounts all those glorious moments (like the “hobnail boot”). What’s remarkable are the similarities between Richt’s and Smart’s early years; both took over good-but-not-great programs, instilled an increased toughness, and saw immediate improvement.

Leo Mazzone’s Tales from the Braves Mound
Leo mazzone with Scott Freeman (Sports Publishing, 2003)

If you grew up with 1990s Braves baseball (as I did), Mazzone’s peak inside the bullpen is simply a delight. The stories about Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, and the like are gold.

General Nonfiction

I Have a Dream: Writings & Speeches that Changed the World
by Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by James M. Washington (Harper One, 1992)

We published an article at the Center for Faith and Culture which challenged people to read MLK honestly. In editing the piece, I was convicted. I’d read a lot *about* MLK, but I’d read very little of what he actually wrote and said. So I bought this book. I read it. And I’m incredibly glad to have done so.

For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School
by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (Crossway, 1984)

Katie has read so many books on homeschooling, and she thought I’d enjoy this one. I honestly did. She shares many wise reflections on the importance of reading and literature to a child’s education.

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace
by Sarah Mackenzie, 2nd ed. (Classical Academic Press, 2015)

Katie loves the Read Aloud Revival podcast, which she has gleefully shared with me. I was delighted to read this brief encouragement to homeschool parents.

Liberty’s Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World
by Michael I. Meyerson (Basic Books, 2008)

The American Revolution is my favorite period of U.S. history, so when I found this book for free, I had to take it. This book is focused mainly on the Federalist Papers, which Hamilton and Madison wrote to promote the Constitution.


I read several commentaries in 2022. Here are the ones I completed:

  • Genesis Vol 2: A New Beginning – James Montgomery boice
  • NAC Genesis 11:27-50:26 – Ken Matthews
  • Eexploring Genesis – John Phillips
  • Genesis Vol 3 – James Montgomery boice

2021: A Year in Reading

In all the ups and downs of 2020, I decided I wanted to read more — both of the Bible and of books in general. I continued this priority in 2021, and it ended up being one of my most book-filled years yet. Here’s a list of the books I read with a brief description. I share these in case any of these books sound interesting to you.


How Lucky: A Novel
by Will Leitch (Harper, 2021)

How Lucky is simply terrific. We picked the book up because it’s set in Athens, GA—just a mile from where Katie and I lived as newlyweds. So, yes, Leitch induced a severe sense of homesickness. But the book gave us more than nostalgia. With a disabled protagonist, the book is a testament to human dignity, friendship, and kindness. Honestly, thinking about the characters right now brings a big grin to my face. They’re that delightful. (Full disclosure: There’s a lot of language, so know that before going in.)

by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010)

This book is the fourth (and presumably final) book in Robinson’s stellar Gilead series. This novel dives into issues of race and inequality, and it gives a deeper look into Jack Boughton’s compulsive, slightly neurotic, always paranoid psyche. Della loves him despite his many obvious flaws, in a way that depicts God’s love for us. As a result, this book about a tremendously flawed character is teeming with grace.

Lovely War
by Julie Berry (Viking, 2019)

Where to start with Lovely War? It’s a World War I love story told from the perspective of Greek gods living in the modern world. The idea sounds crazy, but it totally works. Katie read this book in 2020 and insisted I read it too. I’m glad I did.

The Christmas Pig
by J. K. Rowling (Scholastic, 2021)

Full disclosure: I was unsure about The Christmas Pig. The first quarter of the book is really heavy (especially for kids), and dare I say a tad boring to get through? But once the magic begins, the book finds its footing. I won’t spoil anything for you, but Rowling explores themes of love, sacrifice, and new life. (And, oddly enough, the book feels like a literary version of a Pete Docter Pixar film.) I do think there are a tad too many characters to grow emotionally connected to, but by and large The Christmas Pig is an enjoyable, inspiring book.

Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic, 1999)

A delightful story about a brave little boy on a journey to find his dad (or so he thinks). Bud is such a lovely, spunky character. I also enjoyed learning how key characters in the book (a former Negro league player, a black-led jazz group) were inspired by the author’s own grandfathers.

One Came Home
Amy Timberlake (Random House, 2014)

In my estimation, this book is a modern classic. One Came Home, cut from the same cloth as True Grit, tells the story of a girl who sets out to find her sister who’s presumed dead. Along the way, she encounters more adventure and danger than she bargained for.

by A.A. Milne (1926)

Milne’s classic book is one of my favorites to read to the kids. But I’m not sure who enjoyed the book more — me or them. Milne’s love for his own son permeates the pages, and it’s a love I like to share with my children.

A Bear Called Paddington
by Michael Bond (1958)

I was introduced to the character of Paddington by the 2015 movie of the same name. But what a joy this little bear is! A refugee from “darkest Peru,” Paddington humanizes refugees of all kinds and urges us to treat others with love and dignity.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll (1865)

I once heard that Carroll was under the influence while writing this book. And after reading it? Well… I believe the rumors. This book is bizarre, an off-the-wall fever dream. While I appreciate how its uniqueness, Alice in Wonderland is not my cup of tea.

by C. S. Lewis (Scribner, 2003)

Perelandra is part 2 of Lewis’ criminally underrated Space Trilogy. It plays out like a retelling of Genesis 1-3 on Venus, and the protagonist seeks to stop the deceiver before Venus suffers the same fate as Earth. If you haven’t read it before, give it a chance. It’ll win your heart (and mind).

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
by C. S. Lewis (1952)

I’ve never completed the Narnia books, so I’m slowly working my way through them. Between Reepicheep’s bravery, Eustace’s growth as a character, and the overall sense of adventure, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was one of the more enjoyable so far. The end reminded me of the best parts of Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet or Perelandra.

The Red Pony
by John Steinbeck (1937)

Do you want a light coming-of-age story about a boy and his horse? The Red Pony is not for you. This brief novel is composed of several short stories about a boy growing up in an isolated part of the western frontier. The story is fraught with tension that never resolves, and Steinbeck includes graphic depictions of animal violence. Not an enjoyable read.

Junius Maltby
by John Steinbeck (1932)

Steinbeck’s short story is a cautionary tale of sloth. While not as unsettling as The Red Pony, it’s still not one I anticipate to return to.

Anne of Avonlea
by L. M. Montgomery (1909)

Confession time: I read the original Anne of Green Gables with deep reservations, but Montgomery’s classic was a lovely little novel. Sadly, I found Anne of Avonlea to be inferior in every way. I have lots of problems with this book, but I’ll boil it all down to one character: Davy. Let the reader understand.

The Green Ember
by S. D. Smith (Story Warren Books, 2014)

We’d heard high praise for this young adult fantasy book, so we were eager to pick it up. I enjoyed it less than the kids. The pacing was inconsistent, and it sometimes felt more interested in world-building than telling a compelling story. But I appreciate the world Smith was trying to build, and I hope subsequent books live up to their potential.

The Bronze Bow
by Elizabeth George Speare (1961)

I first read this book in middle school. Reading it now, some 20 years later, gave me a fresh appreciation for Speare’s storytelling and her ability to make us feel like a part of the first century world. We understand how radical Jesus must have been to young, angsty revolutionaries ready to burn Rome to the ground. But what Jesus offered was transformative, as we see in the life of the protagonist.

Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling

Katie and I had long awaited the day when we could introduce the kids to the Harry Potter books. That day arrived this fall. Our plan is to read one each fall as the kids grow older.

The Best School Year Ever
by Barbara Robinson (1971)

A sequel to the infamous novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, this book continues telling the stories of the mischevious Herdmen kids. While not as memorable as its predecessor, Robinson still inspires lots of laughter and a few heartwarming moments.

Christian Nonfiction

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution
by Carl Trueman (Crossway, 2020)

Why is the world the way it is? In other words, how could we arrive at a point where the statement “I’m a woman trapped in a man’s body” could be readily accepted by almost everyone? Trueman traces the development of the “self” through hundreds of years of Western thought. His work is impressive, wise, and surprisingly readable considering the breadth and depth of the topic. One of the most important reads of the year.

Reading While Black: African-American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope
by Esau McCaulley (Intervarsity Press, 2020)

McCaulley highlights the unique exegetical contributions of the black church to biblical interpretation. I simply loved this book. Having listened to McCaulley’s podcast The Disrupters, I could hear his voice as I read his words. Chapter 6 (“What Shall We Do with All This Rage”) stood out for his thoroughly biblical handling of a complex problem. A marxist McCaulley is not, and we’d all do well to cling to the Scriptures as firmly as he does when our cultural headwinds urge us not to.

Family Worship
by Donald Whitney (Crossway, 2019)

We have wanted to incorporate formal family devotions into our family routines, but we’ve had lots of fits and starts. Family Worship was a brief, helpful reminder on why and how we can do so. Whitney urges brevity, simplicity, and consistency in family worship, and we have tried to incorporate these practices into our family routines.

For God So Loved the World: A Blueprint for Kingdom Diversity
edited by Walter Strickland and Dayton Hartman (B&H, 2020)

Strickland and Hartman takes us on a tour of the what and why of kingdom diversity, featuring chapters from significant names in Southern Baptist life and some names who’ve influenced my own thinking. In particular, I appreciate the chapters on complementarianism — explaining the differences in complementarian thought and charting a path forward that’s both faithful to the inerrant Scriptures and empowering women to use their God-given gifts.

The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians
by D.A. Carson (Baker Books, 1993)

I’ve read this book multiple times through the years — during my pastoral internship, then again in my first years of ministry. I read it again with my intern and found it as powerful and challenging as ever. Carson interacts with various passages of 1 Corinthians, and the insights for ministry are practical and wise.

Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry into the News
by Jeffrey Bilbro (IVP Academic, 2021)

What is this news addiction doing to us? Is there a way out? And, most importantly, how should our Christian faith lead us to think about these questions? Bilbro addresses these topics in this book, which is wise, practical and liberating. (I wrote a review of the book at the Christ and Culture blog.)

A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society (Collector’s Edition)
by Eugene Peterson (Intervarsity Press, 2019)

Eugene Peterson is best known for The Message translation of the Bible. But I wish he were more known for his devotional writings — like this book. In it, Peterson wades through the Psalms of Ascent and offers application to aid us in spiritual formation.

Cannabis and the Christian
by Todd Miles (B&H, 2021)

How should Christians think about marijuana? With the growing marijuana legalization movement, we can no longer simply say it’s bad because it’s illegal. We need to think Christianly about this substance, applying biblical ethical principles to this topic. This brief book by Todd Miles helps us do this very task. (I interviewed Miles about this book for Christianity Today.)

Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life
by Tish Harrison Warren (Intervarsity Press, 2016)

Does God care about how we brush our teeth, wash the dishes, or drive to work? Tish Harrison Warren says yes. This simple book is one of best books I’ve read in the past five years, so I made a point to read it again with my intern.

On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts
by James K. A. Smith (Baker, 2019)

On the Road with Saint Augustine is equal parts travelogue, apologetic work, historical theology, and autobiography. Smith helps us see how Augustine is much like each of us — a flawed human being who finds hope and healing in a life-changing resurrected ancient carpenter.

Enjoying the Bible: Literary Approaches to Loving the Scriptures
by Matthew Mullins (Baker, 2021)

Mullins, a literature prof, urges us to treat the Bible like literature. In particular, we can take principles for reading poetry and apply them to reading the poetry in the Scriptures. Doing so, he argues, will help us love the Bible on its own terms, not just see it as a collection of principles. In other words, there’s a reason why God gave us the Bible in all its various genres, as opposed to giving us a divine encyclopedia.

The Work of the Pastor
by William Still (Christian Focus, 2010)

This powerful, punchy, practical little book is one of my favorites on pastoral ministry. I re-read it, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

Restarting the World: A New Normal After a Pandemic
by H. Norman Wright and Bryn Edwards (B&H, 2021)

In theory, this little book could be helpful. Ironically, though, I received it while the delta variant was just beginning to ravage the country. So… maybe the title was a bit premature? Nevertheless, there are some helpful insights, and the book is brief, simple, and easy to read.

Mere Discipleship: Growing in Wisdom and Hope
by Alister McGrath (Baker, 2018)

In this book, a collection of lectures delivered over the years, McGrath interacts with and applies key components of C.S. Lewis’ thought. I noticed that he shared some of his observations in the book in his lecture at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture this year.

The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry
by S. Joshua Swamidass (Intervarsity Press, 2019)

Joshua Swamidass proposes a new way of reconciling the creation/evolution debate. I must say, parts of his theory are intruiguing, though other parts leave me unconvinced. If you’re looking for a short version of what he’s advocated, he explains in this podcast episode.

Humbled: Welcoming the Uncomfortable Work of God
by David Mathis (B&H, 2021)

A short, helpful book on a big, cumbersome problem we all deal with — the problem of pride, and the pursuit of humility. In around 100 pages, Mathis urges us to look to the example of Jesus and pursue humility.

The Multi-Directional Leader: Responding Wisely to Challenges from Every Side
by Trevin Wax (TGC, 2021)

Such a wise little book from Trevin Wax. Wax puts into words thoughts I’d long wrestled with. In particular, I appreciate his call for “epistemic humility.” The book both encouraged and challenged me in my personal life and in my ministry.

Retreiving History: Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church
by Stefana Dan Laing (Baker, 2017)

My favorite part of this book is towards the end. Laing shares the stories of notable women in church history — most of whom would are unknown in our churches. We owe it to ourselves to know these important stories of faithful saints in the past.

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers
by Dane Ortlund (Crossway, 2020)

In 2020, lots of people were reading this book, so I finally read it for myself. Ortlund interacts with Scripture and Puritan thinkers to get at the heart of Christ — and what that means for our Christian life. The short of it: Jesus loves us far more than we dare imagine. An uplifiting, scripturally rich read with short chapters, so you could easily make it a part of your devotional routine.

Why God Makes Sense in a World That Doesn’t
by Gavin Ortlund (Baker, 2021)

Ironically, I read these books by the Ortlund brothers back to back! This book is less devotional and more apologetic. Ortlund is making a case for God — appealing not just to facts and logic, but also to art and beauty. In the coming years, I think we’ll need to employ the kinds of arguments Ortlund uses in this book.

Walking in God’s Wisdom
by Benjamin T. Quinn (Lexham, 2021)

Quinn gives us a framework from which to understand Proverbs, and he draws out key themes that pervade the book. The rare commentary that’s enjoyable to read. When I teach Proverbs, I intend to consult this book!

Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit
by Hannah and Nathan Anderson (Moody Publishers, 2021)

“The heavens declare the glory of God,” and in this book the Hannah Anderson draws devotional applications from nature to spur worship and reflection, while her husband Nathan supplements these reflections with beautiful drawings.

The Gospel and Religious Liberty
by Russell Moore and Andrew T. Walker (B&H, 2016)

I read this book to prepare for a church lecture on the topic of religious liberty. It was succinct but helpful in helping me compile my thoughts.

The Expected One: Anticipating All of Jesus in the Advent
by Scott James (B&H, 2014)

We read this book together as a family in our morning devotions, and I found it to a simple, easy-to-follow guide to seeing the hope of Christ in the Christmas season. Each day, you’re prompted to read a verse, reflect on it, and pray. The devotions were simple enough for the whole family (even the littlest one) to get involved.

The Last Words of Jesus: A Meditation on Love and Suffering
by Daniel P. Horan (Franciscan Media, 2013)

A Franciscan friar offers his reflections on the seven last words of Jesus. Horan’s interpretation of Jesus’ words lean heavily into issues of justice, as his tradition often does, but he occasionally offers helpful applications.

Last Words: Seven Sayings from the Heart of Christ on the Cross
by Robert J. Nash (New Growth Press, 2020)

I found this book to be far more helpful and applicable than Horan’s book. Nash’s reflections and meditations informed my preaching of the seven last words of Jesus during Lent.

General Nonfiction

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
by Frederick Douglass

One of my goals in 2021 was to read more books by people of color, and Frederick Douglass’ infamous autobiography was at the top my reading list. Douglass is unflinching in his depiction of slavery, and his words resonate like those of an Old Testament prophet speaking God’s judgment against a cruel, inhumane system. I urge everyone — especially believers in Jesus — to read and reflect on his words.

Talking to GOATS: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard
by Jim Gray (Harper Collins, 2020)

Why did Mike Tyson give away a brand-new sports car? What was the best game you never saw Michael Jordan play? How did Muhammed Ali treat a bunch of South Carolina kids? And what’s behind the beef between Pete Rose and Jim Gray? The veteran sportscaster tells these (and other) stories you’ve never heard before. If you like sports, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Gray sometimes toots his own horn too much, but the stories are worth it.

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts (Harper Perennial, 2005)

The Founding Fathers were instrumental in the founding of our nation, but after reading this book I’m convinced that the nation wouldn’t exist without the contributions of “Founding Mothers” like Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolly Madison and others. While the men were away fighting wars and writing laws, the women kept estates afloat, ran businesses, wrote pamphlets — all while raising children. This book was an illuminating look at their experiences, filled with quotes and references to primary sources. I, for one, hope we can celebrate these founding mothers as much as we celebrate the founding fathers.

Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama (Crown, 2004)

Before Barack Obama was a President, a Senator, husband, or father, he was a young man searching for his identity. And while I don’t agree with all of Obama’s politics, I deeply appreciated his candor in this book. He tells the story of his birth, searching for the father he barely knew, reconciling the disparate parts of his upbringing, and coming to terms with his identity. Dreams of my Father isn’t the polished autobiography of elder Obama the statesman; it’s the the raw reflections of a young man trying to find his place in this world. And doesn’t that describe all of us?

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
by Alan Jacobs (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Alan Jacobs wants you to read. A lot. But lest you grow stressed, Jacobs doesn’t give you a lengthy list of literary “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots.” Instead, he urges you to read what you find interesting. Read on a whim. Follow your nose. And grow in your love of the written word.

A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South
by Ben Montgomery (Hachette Book Group, 2021)

This book tells the true story of a grave injustice against a black man in the Jim Crow South — and the surprising legal victories he acheived. While the details of the story are astounding, the book’s methods of telling said story left much to be desired. For example, several chapters are simply excerpts from the trial transcripts.

Christmas in Plains: Memories
by Jimmy Carter (Simon and Schuster, 2001)

In this short book, Georgia’s most famous resident shares vignettes of his life story through various Christmases in his life. The Christmases begin simple but grow increasingly complex in his Presidential years.


I read several commentaries in 2021. Here are the ones I completed:

A Sickness & A Cure: A Response to the Events of Jan. 6

By Pastor Nathaniel

You (like me) watched with horror what happened on January 6, 2021. While peaceful protest is a hallmark of our democracy, what happened at the US Capitol was tragic and grievous. It was a dark day in American history.

I’ve wrestled with what to say in this moment. Here are some prayerful thoughts.

A Sickness

What we saw Wednesday was merely a symptom of a deep-rooted sickness that has gripped our nation. It’s a sickness of idolatry, of violence, of only listening to facts we agree with, of pursuing worldly means of achieving power. It’s a sickness of sin.

Sadly, this is not just a sickness in the world “out there.” It has crept into the church, infecting self-proclaimed followers of Jesus.

This is our problem.

If we want a cure to the disease, here are a some biblical truths we must cling to:

1. We serve no ordinary king. Our ultimate king is Christ — and Christ alone. He is the only one who deserves our undivided allegiance.

“He… is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (1 Timothy 6:15)

2. We pledge allegiance to no ordinary kingdom. Our ultimate Kingdom is not the United States, but the kingdom of God. Our love and devotion to this temporary nation must never exceed our love and devotion for the never-ending kingdom of God.

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.” (Psalm 145:13)

3. We do not fight in ordinary ways. There are situations in which it is biblically permissible to use force — such as serving in the armed forces or in self-defense. But as Christians, our primary weapons of war aren’t clubs and violence, but prayer and intercession.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

4. We do not have an ordinary mission. We are called to be agents of reconciliation in the world, pointing broken people to their loving God. We are not — in any situation — called to be agents of chaos.

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself… Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-20)

A Better Cause

I’m not naïve. I’m sure some of you may find yourselves strangely sympathetic to the rioters’ cause. Maybe you feel a strong sense of injustice, and you want to be a part of some great movement.

Let me speak directly to you for a moment: Your ache at the realities of injustice is good; we do live in a fallen, broken world. Your desire to join in a great cause is admirable; we all want to be a part of something great.

But this is not the way.

There is injustice in the world, but this isn’t the way to fight it. We should be a part of greater causes, but we deserve something better than a violent mob.

The truth is that God already has a plan to effect change in the world — to fight injustice and give you a chance to join in something great. But this plan doesn’t involve clubs and riots. It involves everyday people of God joining together to love their neighbors and proclaim the gospel to them. If you want to change the world, join the church.

We aren’t called to fight our enemies, but to love them.

Look to Jesus

Jesus lived during a tense political time, too. The whole world was walking on egg shells; at any moment, violence could break out. The people expected the Messiah would join them in their fight — overthrowing the wicked empire they so despised.

But did Jesus do that? No. When Jesus came, he didn’t conquer his enemies, he laid down his life for them. He didn’t satisfy the crowds’ yearning for violence, he renounced those desires. When Peter drew the sword to cut off the ear of one of Jesus’ captors, Jesus reprimanded him for it.

See, their hopes were far too small. Jesus had bigger plans — plans not just for a temporary kingdom, but for a cosmic redemption of all parts of mankind.

Today, don’t let your hopes be too small. Join in with God’s bigger plans — for your life, and for the world.

As we conclude, please join me in praying for our nation — and for us. The change we want to see in the world must start in our own lives.

This post originally published at CedarRockBaptist.com.

2020: A Year in Reading

2020 threw us plenty of curveballs. It certainly threw me plenty. But at the start of the year, I set out to read more — both of the Bible and of books in general. While I didn’t read as much as I’d wished, I read more than in recent years. Here’s a list of the books I read with a brief description. I share these in case any of these books sound interesting to you.


Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making
by Andrew Peterson (B&H, 2019)

Andrew Peterson is a gifted musician. In this brief book he takes us into his own creative process, exploring the role of community and mystery in the artistic endeavor.

Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists
by Cornelius Plantinga (Eerdmans, 2013)

Plantinga urges preachers to read widely and consume a healthy dose of good writing — for the sake of the preaching, and for the sake of their own souls.

Racing to the Finish: My Story
by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Ryan McGee (Thomas Nelson, 2018)

Full disclosure: I’m an avid racing fan. But I enjoyed this book far more than I expected. Dale Jr. is one of racing’s biggest stars, but he pulls back the curtain on his struggles overcoming multiple concussions. His words were a tremendous encouragement to me as I recovered from my own pains and injuries.

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books
by Karen Swallow Prior (Brazos Press, 2018)

Prior interacts with multiple classic pieces of literature, highlighting key themes and how they resonate (or not) with the Christian faith. I came away with a greater desire to read broadly — which, I think, was one of her goals.

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
by Lesslie Newbigin (Eerdmans, 1989)

I’ve long wanted to read Lesslie Newbigin. This year, I finally took the plunge. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society is my favorite Christian theology book I’ve read in years. He explores how the church can maintain a missionary posture, and what that looks like in modern culture.

The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission
by Lesslie Newbigin (Eerdmans, 1995)

I couldn’t read just one book by Newbigin. So I read another. This book develops a theology of mission, and serves as a foundational text for understanding how and why the church exists “on mission.”

The Practice of the Presence of God
by Brother Lawrence

What can an ancient monk teach us about prayer? Much, evidently. Brother Lawrence wove prayer into every part of his life and every moment of his day — even work. We all have much to learn from this faithful saint.

The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need
by Deepak Reju and Jeremy Pierre (Crossway, 2015)

Full confession: I’m supposed to write a full book review on this one. (To my editor who’s still waiting, I’m very, very sorry.) But it will be an easy book review to write, because Reju and Pierre offer a short, simple introductory book on biblical counseling. It was a delight.

Four Views on Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design
by Ken Ham, Hugh Ross, Deborah Haarsma, and Stephen C. Meyer (Zondervan, 2017)

This book was a helpful refresher as I prepared to teach on Genesis 1-2. Balanced and careful.

The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-day Sacrifice
by Alex Kershaw (Da Capo Press, 2004)

I knew the gist of what happened on D-Day. But this book brings the soldiers’ sacrifices to light in a whole new way with a look at Bedford, VA’s tremendous loss. I come away with a greater appreciation for these and all soldiers’ sacrifice.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, 2007)

What can I say? It’s a wonderful piece of fiction with surprisingly clear Christ themes. There’s a reason these books have sold millions of copies.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis (1950)

I decided to re-read this classic to the kids. It’s every bit as delightful as I remember. (My kids enjoyed it, too.)

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde (1894)

I was in this play in high school, but I’d forgotten how funny this play is. The wit drips off the page.

A Long Way from Chicago (1998), A Year Down Yonder (2000) A Season of Gifts (2009)
by Richard Peck
(Puffin Books)

This trilogy from Richard Peck is criminally underrated. The main character, Grandma Dowdel, is among the most memorable in all of young adult literature.

Fair Weather
by Richard Peck (Puffin Books, 2003)

This novel, while not as memorable as the Grandma Dowdel trilogy, still offered a few laughs. I also learned much about the World’s Columbian Exposition, a tremendously influential fair located in Chicago in 1893.

Out of the Silent Planet
by C.S. Lewis (1938)

Most people know of Lewis’ fantasy books (The Chronicles of Narnia), but few know of his science fiction trilogy. Lewis’ exploration of space is less an adventure book, and more of a work of theology and philosophy. He causes us to wonder: If there were intelligent life elsewhere, how would they relate to God? And what would they think of us?

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens (1843)

I read this book aloud to my 7-year-old, and I was astounded at how much he understood. This book is a classic for a reason, and it’s one of my favorite reads each Christmas.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson (1971)

I’d forgotten how hilarious — and beautiful — this little book is. Robinson’s narrative helps us understand the Christmas story with fresh eyes and hearts.

James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl (1961)

This book was decidely… strange. Talking insects? A giant peach? Cloud men? Dahl lets his imagination fly. But upon re-reading this book in light of the Harry Potter books, I can only imagine that J.K. Rowling’s sensibilities (and character names) were influenced by Lewis and Dahl. Could “James Henry Trotter” be inspiration for “Harry James Potter”?


I read several commentaries in 2020 — on the book of Acts, Genesis, Isaiah and more. Here are the ones I completed:

  • Exalting Jesus in Acts by Tony Merida (Holman Refernce, 2017)
  • Exploring Acts by John Phillips (Kregel, 2001)
  • The Final Days of Jesus by Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor (Crossway, 2014)
  • The Undoing of Death by Fleming Rutledge (Eerdmans, 2005)
  • The Gospel of Genesis: Studies in Protology and Eschatology by Warren Gage (Wipf and Stock, 2001)
  • Genesis: An Expositional Commentary (Volume 1) by James Montgomery Boice (Baker, 2006)

5 Ways to Pray for #ElectionDay

The election is only one day away. We’ve studied the candidates, researched the issues, lamented our options and read politically charged articles on social media.

But have we prayed?

I’ve got to be honest. Prayer hasn’t been my first reaction. But, as Bruce Ashford and Billy Hallowell write, prayer is one of the most important tasks we have this election:

As we battle back and forth over the political situation, it’s easy to forget the importance of prayer. Ask yourself: when is the last time you prayed for President Barack Obama, or for members of Congress?

The Bible is clear; Christians are meant to seek God’s guidance for our leaders and those in authority. Yet, many of us are so consumed with fear, frustration, or even apathy that we’ve forsaken these instructions.

How, then, can we pray for the election? Over at the IntersectProject, I offer five simple ways to pray for Election Day.

Read the rest of the article at IntersectProject.org.

John the Baptist Died Believing Character Matters

A prominent child of privilege had glaring personal weaknesses. He was overly image conscious, and he constantly got in trouble for indulging his hedonistic sexual desires.

On paper, he followed God. In practice, he did nothing of the sort.

Many of the people ignored his personal transgressions. But a well-known preacher called him out, at great personal cost.

Headlines and History Books

This story sounds like it’s ripped from the headlines. In fact, it’s ripped from the history books. This is the story of Herod Antipas and his chief critic, John the Baptist.

Read the rest of the article at IntersectProject.org.

On Social Media, We Can Do More Than Complain

We have a negativity problem on social media.

We rant about certain Presidential candidates, or we rant with equal fervor about those who don’t support said candidates.

We moan about gas shortages or the long lines at the pump, or we leverage the crisis to moan about fossil fuels or why we all can’t just use bicycles.

We grumble about faddish cultural phenomena like Pokémon Go or the latest top-40 song, or we grumble at the grumblers for criticizing our pet fad.

We hurl insults at athletes who speak out on race issues, or we hurl insults at athletes who don’t speak out.

We disparage gun owners, or we disparage anyone who speaks negatively about firearms.

And the media! How we all love to heap insults upon the media, this purportedly debased, monolithic entity with sneering, moustache-twirling executives in smoke-filled rooms planning the destruction of the American Dream. All of us — right or left, conservative or liberal — can find ways to complain about the media.

And that’s just a sample of our negativity on social media. I’m sure you could add a few items to the list.

As I scroll down my feeds, I see us circling a never-ending pit of cynicism, negativity and snark — aimed directly at those who don’t see the complex world exactly as we do. And I know that I’m part of the problem.

Here’s the worst part: These complaints spew from we who claim the name of Christ. This negativity flows from we who claim to have the world’s greatest hope.

Read the rest of the article at IntersectProject.org.

Sermon | Jesus’ Greatest Hits (Matthew 14:13-33)

“The church is the means by which Jesus compassionately provides. We are the hands by which he touches people’s lives. We are the feet by which he meets people’s needs.”

We look at two of Jesus’ most popular miracles (and a lesser known story in between) and learn how we should worship our savior.

Delivered by Nathaniel at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church on October 16, 2016.

Sermon | Sex, Politics, and Suffering (Matthew 14:1-12)

“Our ultimate allegiance isn’t to a donkey or an elephant. It’s to a crucified savior. We’re not primarily Democrats or Republicans. We’re citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.”

We know what the world thinks about sex, politics, and suffering. But the more important question is this: What does God think about these things?

Delivered by Nathaniel at Cedar Rock First Baptist Church on October 2, 2016.