Christopher Chelpka

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2019-10-01: 👩‍💻👨‍💻 Let’s take some personal responsibility for our media landscape and diet. Jim VandeHei of …

2019-09-26: 📖 Last night in Going Deeper, I taught the distinction between archetypal and ectypal theology. The …

2019-09-25: 🧔🏻 Check out my new learning page. Thank you Jared Pereia for the idea.

2019-09-24: Being Spiritually Mature is Important According to Ephesians 4, it is God’s will that the church grow and become more mature. That the …

2019-09-23: ✍🏻 @Dellachelpkaart’s peaceful meditation on the 23rd Psalm, which I preached last night. “The …

2019-09-21: 📷 Lots of barrel cactus.

2019-09-16: ❤️ this picture of my daughter in front of a giant moon. @dellachelpkaArt made it with charcoal!

2019-09-14: 📚 Read The Whole Systems Approach by Bill and Cindy Adams. Great book! It helped me to better see …

2019-09-14: Class: Going Deeper Going Deeper is designed to help you mature in Christ through twice per month, in-person classes a …

2019-09-14: Class: Covenant Life Starting next Wednesday, I will be teaching a micro-class called Covenant Life. We’ll meet twice: on …

2019-09-11: 📚 Read: Catholicism Made Me Protestant by Onsi A. Kamel in First Things

2019-09-03: 🇭🇰 There are so many remarkable things about the protests in Hong Kong.

2019-08-31: 🎨 Maybe a tenth of the whole mural at Olé Mexican Grill. Who painted this? It’s so fun.

2019-08-19: 🎨 Another beautiful sunset in Tucson.

2019-08-18: ⛪️ In John 7, John says that the Holy Spirit had not come because Jesus was not yet glorified. What …

2019-08-16: Your Amazing Body A lady recently commissioned my wife to paint a helmet for her foster daughter. As usual, Della …

2019-08-09: 📕 You can now get a PDF of the Trinity Psalter Hymnal. Very handy.

2019-08-05: 🌴 I’ve seen prickly pear growing out of rain gutters before but never on the side of a palm tree.

2019-08-03: 📚 In another translation gift from David Noe, Beza writes a fervent letter to a Polish prince about …

2019-07-27: 🧘‍♂️ Mindfulness is Loaded with (Troubling) Metaphysical Assumptions by Sahanika Ratnayake is spot …

2019-07-23: 🎯 Kevin Vanhoozer explains the goal of doctrine: The goal of doctrine is to help people understand …

2019-07-22: 📚 Finished: Scaling Leadership by Robert Anderson and William Adams. It’s very similar to …

2019-07-19: 🤔 Think about this: Jesus is one person with two natures. You can understand what that means by …

2019-07-17: 📚 Kevin Vanhoozer has a lot of great ways of explaining the connection between doctrine and …

2019-07-17: Me and my sweetie. ❤️

2019-07-13: When it Rains it Pours A nervous exit into a parking lot and now we are standing on the side of Ft. Lowell Rd. It only …

2019-07-12: 💯 I’m trying to help someone very special to me level up as a freelance professional. So I took Seth …

2019-07-11: 📚 I wanted to read a book of poetry on my vacation. So glad I chose Nine Horses by Billy Collins. …

2019-07-08: 📚 I read Andrew Thomson’s bio of Thomas Boston. Boston was zealous in man-fishing, intimate with …

2019-07-08: 😲 I can’t believe how easy it was for our dachshund to blast up and down this steep hill. He did the …

2019-07-07: 🔊📚 Finished listening to another amazing Laura Ingalls Wilder book, On the Banks of Plum Creek.

2019-07-06: 📚 Finished reading Mastering Leadership by Bob Anderson and Bill Adams

2019-07-06: 😋 My son is harvesting our grapes today. Look at this juicy bunch!

2019-07-04: 🇺🇸📚 Watched fireworks from the roof tonight with my kids and read some pieces in What So Proudly We …

2019-06-26: 🦞 Celebrate crawdads!

2019-06-25: 🐾 Watching the ground squirrels from the window in my study.

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2019-06-24: 💪🏻 I met and passed my goal of 40 push-ups. It was easier than I thought it would be; the …

2019-06-23: ⛺️ The first campground was full. The second had one old man camping in his van and a zillion frogs. …

2019-06-22: 📚🔈 My family and I finished listening to The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What an amazing …

2019-06-22: 💪🏻 A week ago, I could only do 26 pushups spread out over three sets. Today, I did 36. I’m surprised …

2019-06-19: ⏸ Let’s just stand here for a moment.

2019-06-17: 💌 I updated my Now Page yesterday. And if you want the extended play version, subscribe to my …

2019-06-15: When Can My Child Receive the Lord's Supper? Covenant Kids Your child is already a precious member of the church. He (or, she, as the case may …

2019-06-15: 🍔 From an Arizona softball game a few weeks ago. I didn’t know you could do this with bread.

2019-06-15: A Simple Liturgy on Ephesians Verses for a Prayer of Invocation “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm …

2019-06-14: Finished Reading Diakonia Studies by John Collins As I understand it, Diakonia Studies: Critical Issues in Ministry is a kind of updating and …

2019-06-14: I suppose that when you create your own Indiepaper read-later feed on Micro.blog, you could share it …

2019-06-13: 🎵 For your summer playlist: My friend, Austin Britton, singing and playing his heart out on his …

2019-06-13: ⛪️ One of my elders asked me to write another ready-to-use liturgy in case I get sick or some …

2019-06-13: A Simple Liturgy on The Holiness of God in His Temple Verses for an Invocation Prayer: “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, …

2019-06-12: 📚 We have different reasons but Daisy loves books too.

2019-06-11: 📚 Currently reading: Diakonia Studies: Critical Issues in Ministry by John N. Collins

2019-06-11: Four Types of Meetings According to Patrick Lencioni For me, the most helpful point Patrick Lencioni makes in Death by Meeting is what he calls …

2019-06-08: Calling God “Father” Let’s do a little theology. In the Nicene Creed we call God, “Father.” According to Scripture, there …

2019-06-08: Sustained Focus is Not a Fad The necessity of focusing may be more difficult in the digital age, but it is not a new problem. …

2019-06-07: 🍸 Lift a glass to this beautiful olive tree. It’s about 65 years old. I wrote a little meditation on …

2019-06-07: Review: Scripture Doctrine of a Call to the Work of the Gospel Ministry William Plumer (1802–1880) was a southern Presbyterian minister and professor. He held various …

2019-06-06: Four Things Jesus Does With Miracles Jesus once fed more than 5,000 people using only five loaves of bread and two fish. With something …

2019-05-30: 👋 Meet Watchman Wee. He was created by my dad, a meticulous craftsman who always keeps a bit of …

2019-05-30: 👁‍🗨 It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to? from The Washington …

2019-05-29: 🌀 “the household gods utter nonsense”

2019-05-29: 🐌 Loading problems for my website are fixed now. Thanks to the Micro.blog slack community, esp. …

2019-05-28: Multiple Names for God The beginning of the Nicene Creed refers to God as Father and Almighty. I believe in one God, the …

2019-05-27: 🌱 Inspired by the Johnny Appleseed of hollyhocks, I now have a bag of seeds and am on a mission.

2019-05-25: ⍟ If you’d like to better understand Jesus’s relationship to the Father, or the Trinity in general, …

2019-05-25: I Believe. Amen. The Nicene Creed contains core doctrines of the Christian Faith. It puts forth a set of objective …

2019-05-24: ⍟ How a journalist pretended to be scientist and fooled the media into reporting that chocolate …

2019-05-22: A Pastoral Rule for Today I finished reading A Pastoral Rule for Today: Reviving an Ancient Practice. Drawing lessons from …

2019-05-21: Review of Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport Most of us are accustomed to a maximalist approach to technology. As long as it’s new and has some …

2019-05-20: 🎵 Finzi, Parry, and Bridge: today is a great day for listening to English string orchestra music.

2019-05-19: ⍟ Spring flowers in the backyard.

2019-05-18: Tears of Love David sang, My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue. …

2019-05-17: ⍟ I’ve had a my own website for almost two decades. But since I moved it to Micro.blog about a year …

2019-05-17: ⍟ My most valuable app got a major update. Accordance Mobile 3.0 is snappier, the UI is so much …

2019-05-16: Love Incorruptible in Ephesians 6:24 Paul ends Ephesians, with the following benediction: ἡ χάρις μετὰ πάντων τῶν ἀγαπώντων τὸν κύριον …

2019-05-14: ⍟ If you know a kid learning Latin, tell them they can win $150 and a beginning Greek course from …

2019-05-11: ⍟ You think making pancakes is soooo easy. 🥴

2019-05-11: John Cassian Explains Suffering John Cassian (ca. 360-435) was a world-travelling ascetic who thought a lot about suffering. And in …

2019-05-11: Preventing Shootings at Church What can a church do to prevent a shooting in their congregation? Here are a four practical ideas …

2019-05-08: ⍟ Beautiful California.

2019-05-05: ⍟ I love these lines in Michael Perry’s “O God Beyond All Praising”: And whether our …

2019-05-02: ⍟ A family picture

2019-05-01: ⍟ Alan Jacobs (@ayjay) on Snakes and Ladders: I have come to believe that this is what almost all …

2019-04-28: Show Me the Evidence When the other disciples told Thomas that they had seen Jesus, risen from the dead, Thomas didn’t …

2019-04-25: Two Shortcuts for Quickly Sharing Books with WorldCat Shortcut: WorldCat Search Shortcut: WorldCat Markdown Link Until recently, I used Amazon almost …

2019-04-24: ⍟ My mother is so creative. And she puts tons of love into her work. Congrats, Mom, for finishing …

2019-04-23: ⍟ Listen to my two sermons from last Sunday on what Christians can expect concerning their …

2019-04-22: ⍟ Chelpkid Number 3: “If you could snap your fingers and have anything if you want, what would you …

2019-04-21: Two Resurrections ⍟ Because Jesus’ rose from the dead, all who belong to him will be resurrected too. Westminster …

2019-04-20: ⍟ I hiked about 6.5 beautiful miles east of Tucson this morning with my son and some men from …

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2019-04-15: ⍟ Read this mini-lesson about ancient copies of the Bible.

2019-04-15: ⍟ The power of the devil can be terrifying, but Christians overcome him “by the blood of the lamb …

2019-04-15: ⍟ Congrats to Crema Coffee! Now open for business in northwest Tucson (near Bookmans on Ina). Go …

2019-04-13: ⍟ After his resurrection, Jesus said, “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these …

2019-04-13: How I Learned to Prune Mesquite and Palo Verde Trees This is the story about a 45-minute video on how to prune Mesquite and Palo Verde trees by Angelo …

2019-04-13: When Jesus Won’t Do a Miracle Lutheran pastor, Johannes Brenz (1499–1570), writes in his Commentary on John: It is not a true …

2019-04-13: ⍟ If you are looking for ways to improve your teaching, check out my little guide called Links for …

2019-04-12: Conversations on Focus and Distraction Here are three thoughtful conversations about focus and distraction. They approach the subject from …

2019-04-11: ⍟ Seth Godin’s Avacado Principles are ripe and ready to use. 🥑

2019-04-09: ⍟ It’s probably true.

2019-04-06: ⍟ Will and Lee brought down the house at the Tucson Folk Festival this afternoon! This is how they …

2019-04-06: 5,860 Households According to the Post Office, there are 5,860 households within a half-mile of the church I pastor. …

2019-04-05: ⍟ Lots of beautiful bells.

2019-04-04: ⍟ What would be a great set of classic texts to read on the doctrine of the Trinity? Fred Sanders …

2019-04-04: Appreciate Worship to Participate in Worship When you understand what worship is, it’s easier to be active and truly present in worship. Like …

2019-04-03: ⍟ Giant butterfly at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park

2019-04-03: Introducing Young MacDonald Let me introduce you to a teenage Americana band that will knock your socks off, our good friends, …

2019-04-02: The Story of Reality This Sunday at Covenant, a young man we’ve been mentoring for a few months is going to profess his …

2019-04-01: The “Lost” Books of the Bible Were Never Lost Michael Kruger, author of Canon Revisited writes on his blog: So, no one hid or suppressed these …

2019-03-30: The center of a clay tile mural handmade by Gail Roberts. You can see her amazing art all over …

2019-03-29: ⍟ According to this WaPo story, you should breathe through your nose.

2019-03-28: Dog? at (32.7299, -114.6378)

2019-03-26: ⍟ I learned a little more tonight about how to make my website more accessible to people with visual …

2019-03-23: How to Read Opposing Arguments A Play-by-Play Description Fred Sanders, professor of theology at Biola, on Twitter: Clarity …

2019-03-22: Incline Your Ear, Listen Diligently to Me “Paying Attention in Worship” John Muether, professor of church history and dean of …

2019-03-22: Pictures of the Yuma Territorial Prison I took these photos of the Yuma Territorial Prison. Another picture worth seeing is the mug shot of …

2019-03-21: Our Visit To Yuma, AZ Dear Covenant, As you know, this last Saturday through Monday I went with my family to Yuma. While …

2019-03-18: Helicopter on a stick.

2019-03-16: Golden fried alligator.

2019-03-15: ⍟ I’ve posted an update on what I’m doing now.

2019-03-15: ⍟ I wrote some summary notes on John Owen and Herbert Croft’s thoughts on deacons. Their books on …

2019-03-13: Review of Think Again: How to Reason and Argue by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong Every so often I find it helpful to read a book about reasoning. It was about that time again when …

2019-03-12: Review of How to Think by Alan Jacobs, Plus Quotes The following is a repost from my November 2017 review on Goodreads. Alan Jacobs. 2017. How to …

2019-03-12: Thanks to @ayjay, I read Think Again: How to Reason and Argue by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. This is …

2019-03-12: Private Conversations in a Very Public World Prof. Kate Klonick teaches her students about privacy with a “creepy assignment”. She …

2019-03-11: On a short walk at Thono Chul between classes.

2019-03-11: At the Ann Day Community Park.

2019-03-10: This is my sermon from this morning about Jesus’ conversation with a Samaritan woman. She wants to …

2019-03-08: Hymnary.org Helps You Find Better Hymns Faster Hymnary.org is a fantastic tool for researching church music and for finding songs to sing in …

2019-03-08: How We Choose What to Sing at Covenant The following guidelines help us choose our songs for worship each Sunday at Covenant Orthodox …

2019-03-05: On the recent @monday episode, @macgenie and @manton discussed how and why M.b is not set up up for …

2019-03-05: My church has a long name: Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Here’s a short explanation …

2019-03-04: What the Gospels Say I asked my students taking New Testament Survey to read half of one of the gospels, then write at …

2019-03-04: Why Reformed Preachers Read the Fathers Reformed preachers study the writings of our church fathers for many reasons. One reason is that new …

2019-03-02: I’m not sure what I’m listening to because I don’t know Danish, but it’s so beautiful. These kids …

2019-02-28: How to Preach like a Child Sometime preachers are told, “Preach to the children.” The idea is that if you speak in a way …

2019-02-27: Long-term project I’ve been putting off. And my wife wants this done. Do you think I can DIY this? …

2019-02-26: How (Not) to Think About Time We think about time a lot, but not always in the best ways. Seth Godin explains.

2019-02-26: Arizonans, My Family Needs Your Help Two of our kids attend Veritas Academy of Tucson, which they love. But we need help paying their …

2019-02-25: Tower Records and Apple Music When I was growing up in Phoenix, I used to buy classical music CDs from the Tower Records on 40th …

2019-02-22: “Mind-blowing” is so overused, it’s _______________! staggering startling …

2019-02-22: 📷 Today, it snowed in Tucson! This is what it looks like outside the window of my study.

2019-02-21: I deleted my LinkedIn and MeWe accounts tonight. 🥳

2019-02-21: When You Overpromise Have you ever overpromised on some work you were doing for someone else? Augustine did that when he …

2019-02-20: There is too much going on right now! 🤪

2019-02-20: Why Am I Suffering? Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of pain and suffering, it is difficult to trust that God …

2019-02-20: δύο αἴλουροι

2019-02-19: Advice on Preaching Law and Gospel Charels Spurgeon once lamented how many Christians, especially ministers, don’t get the …

2019-02-18: Get Digital Minimalism I just wrote a review on Cal Newport’s new book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a …

2019-02-16: Hospitality Requires “Systems, Not Just Smiles” Ti Adelaide Martin specializes in hospitality. She recently opened New Orleans Culinary and …

2019-02-16: I surprised my kids yesterday with personalized dance bags. Fun and organized! 😁

2019-02-15: Idelette was “the best companion of my life”, wrote John Calvin. Her biographers call her “a woman …

2019-02-14: Me and my sweets. Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️

2019-02-13: “Hey, guys! I’m at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show for a few more days!”

2019-02-13: If you love typography or the Bible or languages, you’re going to love Dodecaglotta. If you love all …

2019-02-12: Is Capitalism Based on Greed?

2019-02-11: Della hand-painted this for my mom. It’s a little creamer pitcher.

2019-02-08: You’ve got to watch Dave Tull singing “Texting and Driving” while he plays the drums. If anyone can …

2019-02-07: Is there an easy way to pull all my posts off Facebook and add them to my blog without changing the …

2019-02-07: Here is my Sunday morning sermon on John 2:1-12, where Mary says, “Do whatever he tells you.” I …

2019-02-07: Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence - Imprimis “I soon realized that in all my years as a …

2019-02-07: If you haven’t seen my I Recommend page recently, take a look. I’ve added new links and lots more …

2019-02-06: Taken just before the dentist said, “That’s one of the weirdest cavities I’ve ever seen.”

2019-02-02: Augustine on humility: “For those who would learn God’s ways, humility is the first thing, humility …

2019-02-02: Ten Reasons I Write Everything in Notebooks App New writing apps are multiplying like rabbits, and the old standbys keep improving. Frankly, it’s …

2019-02-01: I like your new profile pic @blot.

2019-01-28: techcrunch.com “Nasty FaceTime bug could allow others to eavesdrop on your microphone or …

2019-01-23: Three Lectures on the Trinity Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando has posted the three main lectures of the inaugural Paideia …

2019-01-22: With the Humble is Wisdom This morning, I sent the following letter (edited here) to my students taking New Testament Survey. …

2019-01-22: We’re mailing these to all the families in our church with young kids (ages 3–12). It’s a great …

2019-01-19: Woody Guthrie’s Fan Letter To John Cage and Alan Hovhaness (1947) - Open Culture

2019-01-18: Updated my Now Page. Check it out to see what I’m up to these days. 🤠

2019-01-18: Links for Improving Your Teaching It’s easy to get in a teaching rut and rely too much on what’s comfortable. But those …

2019-01-16: “The Top 6 Places To Try Sparkling Banana Milk” and other ridiculous headlines with this food hype …

2019-01-16: Isaac Watts Impresses Me Whenever I read Isaac Watts, I feel like I see in him the kind of pastoral disposition I want. His …

2019-01-15: James M. Wilson on The Office of Deacon You may be familiar with Samuel Miller’s book on on the ruling elder. As far as I know he …

2019-01-14: “No one is afraid to climb the heights, at least not if they have brave hearts and high courage. But …

2019-01-12: I learned a lot at the Paideia Center’s conference on the Trinity this week. Thanks to RTS in …

2019-01-12: Is Sunscreen the New Margarine? - Outside Online You can guess what this is about. And you already …

2019-01-11: Post-vacation: here’s what I’m doing now.

2019-01-07: Thanks to an @appademic article, I found and read “On Intellectual Craftsmanship” by C. Wright Mills …

2019-01-07: A few feral chickens by the night blooming cereus.

2019-01-05: I went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum with two of my kids and about forty other people from …

2019-01-02: Snow in Tucson! My sweetie and I had fun taking the kids to play in the white stuff this morning.

2019-01-01: With the new screens, the iPhone is almost a Klingon P.A.D.D. now. Should Apple go all the way?

2019-01-01: My son wants to know why K’Tesh is wearing the Roblox logo.

2019-01-01: Twenty years later, I’m relearning this awesome game and playing it with my son. Wow, time flies.

2018-12-29: I added a kind of blogroll to my Now Page. Blogrolls are a great way to discover and help others …

2018-12-28: Now I have a now page.

2018-12-27: I am determined to play the first movement of the a-minor Saint-Saëns cello concerto in tune and up …

2018-12-26: Good news! You don’t have to wait until 2019 to start reading the Bible.

2018-12-26: Magnets: A Common Apple Magic Trick As a young kid, I thought magnets were about the coolest things …

2018-12-25: Leo is having a very cute Christmas.

2018-12-24: Christmas Eve fondue!

2018-12-24: Should My Church Use GitLab? I’m trying to learn how to use GitLab. I know it’s designed for developers, but I think it may be …

2018-12-24: Feel the fun.

2018-12-21: Salt River Canyon

2018-12-20: I just added Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ by Andrew David …

2018-12-18: Christopher Green’s talk on project management and teamwork is really good. And it includes some …

2018-12-17: My dad’s beautiful handwriting.

2018-12-15: Do You Believe in the Trinity? Tomorrow, we have three people joining our church. One is a new believer. Yay! To join, each will …

2018-12-14: Your Blog Doesn’t Have to Be on Facebook or Twitter Anymore About ten years ago, a lot of people started to abandon their own blogs and personal websites …

2018-12-14: Reading the various reflections tonight on the closing of the Weekly Standard reminds me of all the …

2018-12-14: Warning: this lost baby javelina might melt your heart.

2018-12-14: Robot celebrities are going to redefine the media, according to me, based on this.

2018-12-12: I am enjoying @manton‘s current “12 days of microblogging” series. If you are curious about blogging …

2018-12-11: Our Trip to Concho Valley OPC This last weekend I took some of my kids to the White Mountains. We went to celebrate with the …

2018-12-11: You can greatly improve your knowledge of the Bible by memorizing these brief outlines of the Old …

2018-12-10: Christopher! Exercise is Really, Really Important Exercise Wins: Fit Seniors Can Have Hearts That Look 30 Years Younger 🖇 Every now and then I need a …

2018-12-10: Check out Michael Kruger’s great list of books on the nature/authority of Scripture. He annotated it …

2018-12-09: My daughter thinks, “He’ll have a short but good life.”

2018-12-04: I’m looking forward to reading Cal Newport’s thoughts on digital minimalism.

2018-12-04: J. Todd Billings and Stephen Shaffer explain how pastors who tend to their theology strengthen their …

2018-12-03: To help my Old Testament studetns learn how to read Song of Songs, I shared with them Billy Collin’s …

2018-12-03: Do you pray for librarians? Read John Dury’s (1596–1680) job description of the Reformed …

2018-12-01: Musical Masterpieces Recomposed Only a month and a half ago I heard a new recording of Bach’s Cello Suites, which had been …

2018-11-30: How To Change Your Micro.blog Font (To Display Multiple Languages) With websites hosted on Micro.blog, you can edit the default themes by adding custom CSS. Here’s how …

2018-11-30: The Incarnation and God’s Eternal Presence And the Word became flesh. Καὶ ὁ λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο. These words in John 1:14 testify to the …

2018-11-30: What non-dance items would you put in your dance bag?

2018-11-29: Helping Men Find Good Work I learned about two new studies today that I can’t wait to study more closely. The first is …

2018-11-25: Guess what I get to read? 😁

2018-11-24: When Telling Off the Devil, You Don’t Need to Say Much Be bold. Don’t hesitate. In a sermon on John 1:14, Martin Luther tells us how to beat back the devil …

2018-11-23: ProtonMail is 50% off!

2018-11-22: How To Give Thanks During a Civil War The following is Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863: The year that is drawing …

2018-11-21: 😋 Some Thanksgiving veggies, with marshmallows.

2018-11-20: A Tucson sunset and moonrise at Christ the King Episcopal Church.

2018-11-20: 📚 I’m excited to read Loving God with Our Minds: The Pastor as Theologian today. Gonna start with …

2018-11-19: 👍🏼 Manton Reece - Breaking up Facebook is up to us

2018-11-17: If you eat more mozzerella cheese, can you increase the number of doctorates awarded to civil …

2018-11-16: A Simple Liturgy for When the Pastor Isn’t at Church What do you do when the pastor isn’t at church to preach and lead worship on Sunday? This happened …

2018-11-16: Guess who said this about Martin Luther. ”That great man of God, a third Elias, and a second Paul, …

2018-11-15: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will …

2018-11-14: String Musicians, Christmas Kaleidoscope is the Christmas Music Book You Need to Buy It’s almost Christmastime, and if you’re a string player wanting to play some Christmas music this …

2018-11-09: Prof. Libbie Groves’s dramatic recitation of Jonah (in biblical Hebrew!) is both funny and serious, …

2018-11-08: An Easy Way to Type Ancient Greek and Hebrew on an iPad I’m using an Apple Smart Keyboard with a 10.5” iPad Pro running iOS 12.1. 1. Connect a keyboard. You …

2018-11-07: Today, I’m going to learn Hebrew like my daughter eats spaghetti.

2018-11-06: Learning about discourse analysis in Biblical Hebrew this morning.

2018-11-04: His first time seeing pumpkin seeds in a pumpkin. “Awesome!”

2018-11-03: Pie eating contest. Ready, set, no hands!

2018-11-03: Google+, Mike Elgan, and the Future of the Internet In order to reestablish the Internet as thee online social network, we need to study social network …

2018-11-02: Good Customer, Bad Customer Everyone with a bank account, cellphone or online shopping habit has at least one CLV score, more …

2018-11-01: Re-Scheduled Gregory of Nazianzus Reading Group Because I’m trying to get over an illness, I am rescheduling the last session of the Christian …

2018-10-31: Is Reformed worship boring? Imagine that for your whole life you had only eaten dinner at Medieval Times, the stadium seating …

2018-10-30: Can an iPad Pro replace your laptop? It works for me. For a little more than a year now, I’ve been successfully using my 10.5” iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + …

2018-10-27: Tomorrow, I’m going to start preaching through the amazing gospel of John. If you’d like to hear …

2018-10-23: You can identify some cat breeds by the cat’s pawsition.

2018-10-22: Anyone want a pizza burrito?

2018-10-22: Covenant colors in Tucson.

2018-10-21: I saw the Salton Sea for the first time on my way home from presbytery yesterday. And since I only …

2018-10-21: John Fesko’s Helpful Research on Covenant Theology The modern thesis that Covenant Theology was an innovation of the 17th-century is coming undone. By …

2018-10-17: Has anyone invented a spam filter for phone calls? I could really use one. 😩

2018-10-16: Thomas Watson has some good advice on how to read and search the Scriptures.

2018-10-15: This is my former professor, W. Robert Godfrey, as drawn by my seven-year-old. Note the handsome …

2018-10-15: Q. What do you call four bullfighters in quicksand? A. Cuatro sinko.

2018-10-13: It’s been fifteen months since the accident. But after many repairs, Matt Haimovitz is getting his …

2018-10-12: No school today and it was raining. So while the ground was easier to dig, the kids expanded our …

2018-10-12: I’m bad about overusing the word like. The Linguistic Evolution of ‘Like’ helps explain why.

2018-10-11: This one is for @MichaelHorton_: “Connected with this general view are the facts that he “learned …

2018-10-11: Round 2: Gregory of Nazianzus Study Tonight Tucson, see you tonight at the Christian Theology Reading Group? We’re continuing our study of the …

2018-10-10: Ryan McGraw on Corporate Prayer: Why and How Today, I read Ryan McGraw’s exegetical defense for corporate prayer and its necessity for preaching. …

2018-10-10: Charm, writes Joseph Epstein, is “a disappearing luxury”. Which is sad because charm …

2018-10-09: The dictionaries won’t tell you this, but when a scream and squeak have a baby, it’s called a …

2018-10-09: If you do work that benefits your community, you can dramatically increase your impact by …

2018-10-06: I’m trying to get faster at arranging a little pile of Hebrew Strong Verbs into a chart. I give …

2018-10-04: It’s #NationalPoetryDay and my son, Samuel, is about to turn twelve. Time moves so fast! Here he is …

2018-10-04: I’m learning Latin so that I can read untranslated books. But, as this video shows, there are many …

2018-10-02: Learn to teach; teach to learn.

2018-10-01: The U. S. economy is massive. The GDP for just the Tucson metro area—where I live—was $39 billion in …

2018-10-01: Brent Orrell: “Amid the fast-forward distractions of our high-tech world, studying more durable …

2018-09-29: Wouldn’t it be great if you could read an conversation between Bryan A. Garner and David Foster …

2018-09-28: In Christian Dogmatics, @jtoddbillings writes that ministers are “representatives of the unity …

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2018-09-27: “Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God …

2018-09-23: Wisdom is reading and living the patterns of life well. 💬 Mark Strom, Lead with Wisdom

2018-09-22: I’m reading Divine Rule Maintained by Stephen Casselli and was blown away his description of …

2018-09-21: There is a Secret Code in Proverbs 1:1 In preparing my Sunday School talk on the nature of wisdom, I came across a fun fact in Roland …

2018-09-21: So, I’ve been learnig and using Notebooks on my iPad all week and am loving it.

2018-09-21: “Siri, if I’m still using social media in six months, remind me to read this article by @ayjay …

2018-09-21: They were getting ready for school in the bathroom when I overheard one sibling say to another, …

2018-09-20: Thanks to @appademic for sharing these workflows for study and research.

2018-09-20: What happens when a we fail as a community to hear a true accusation or wrongly believe a false one? …

2018-09-20: This mostly vacant mall in #tucson is going to get redeveloped as a town center. 👏

2018-09-19: Scrivener’s zoom feature is very useful for those who speak/teach/preach from an iPad. So, I made a …

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2018-09-18: Watched the CSO perform Beethoven’s 9th tonight with the kids. You can too! With your own kids, of …

2018-09-18: Cool. With iOS 12, Voice Memos are now available on iPad.

2018-09-17: Have an opinion on Scrivener vs Notebooks (for iPad)? I’d love to hear it!

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2018-09-14: Good news! We’re installing a new elder at Covenant this Sunday.

2018-09-14: WaPo: In a discovered letter, Ronald Reagan writes to his dying father-in-law about Jesus.

2018-09-14: Historical Theology FTW! Thus, what we have in Vindiciae Legis is a detailed exposition of virtually every topic found in …

2018-09-13: A tip from Gregory: sermon introductions are sometimes conclusions for last week’s sermon Although the title for The Five Theological Orations has “no basis in the manuscript tradition”, as …

2018-09-12: Read @MichaelHorton_’s chapter in Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics (ed. …

2018-09-11: What questions do you have about Gregory’s first two Theological Orations? If you plan to attend the Theology Reading Group this Thursday, here are some questions to get you …

2018-09-07: It’s #2KDay! Let’s read some George Gillespie with J. V. Fesko Since it is #2KDay you are probably wanting to either play a video game or review “the agreements …

2018-09-07: I’ve Written Some Devotions for Anchor Devotional For the September edition of Anchor Devotional, I’ve written a series of thirty mini-devotions …

2018-09-06: I had a good time meeting teachers and students at the Quest Carnival tonight. Yummy food trucks! …

2018-09-05: Reformed Worship Book Recommendations Thanks to everyone who came out tonight for my lecture on the Regulative Principle of Worship. I had …

2018-09-04: Watch out for these three enemies of productivity: excitement, frustration, and fear. Advice from C. …

2018-09-03: ⛪️ I preached from John 1 for my third sermon on wisdom.

2018-09-03: Celebrate Labor Day with Mark Twain, Mother Jones, Samuel Gompers, and more!

2018-09-01: Fowler’s Modern English Usage is Still Super-Duper Two weeks ago, I got a copy of the amazing Garner’s Modern English Usage. I thought it might replace …

2018-09-01: Last night, I finished Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich: Wealth, Poverty, and Early Christian …

2018-08-31: My second sermon on wisdom ⛪️ Paul prays that the Colossians that would “be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all …

2018-08-30: Tucson loves her murals. This one is at the Spay Neuter Clinic (Grant/Stone).

2018-08-29: A 📷 from my study: a nostalgic clown bank.

2018-08-28: Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. 💬 Dr. Seuss

2018-08-28: Christian Theology Reading Group (Tucson, Fall 2018) If you are in Tucson and interested in discussing classic Christian texts, please join me this fall …

2018-08-28: Review of Bible Vocab App by Rob Turnbull For a few years, I’ve been learning biblical Hebrew and Greek vocabulary with Bible Vocab by Robert …

2018-08-25: My church has a new website! What do you think?

2018-08-25: Wisdom Literature and Evangelism Derek Rishmawy writes on twitter: This may seem obvious, but the wisdom literature is actually …

2018-08-25: We woke up to a zillion flying ants in our atrium!

2018-08-24: Man Refuses To Join Local Gym, Claims He’s Just Part Of The ‘Universal Gym’

2018-08-24: Pray or Study? False. Recruiting officers do not dispute whether it is better for soldiers to have a right leg or a left …

2018-08-24: Review of The Spirituality of the Christian East by Thomaš Špidlík Tomaš Špidlík (1919–2010) was a Roman Catholic patristics scholar from the Czech Republic. The …

2018-08-23: 📷 from my study: Leo enjoys the new couch.

2018-08-23: NewsGuard uses a set of criteria to tell you if a news organization is trustworthy. And they just …

2018-08-22: More on the Mode of Consecration Why is NO ONE talking about the diversity of views within the Reformed tradition on the mode of …

2018-08-22: Words of Consecration How Protestants thinks about the words of consecration before a sacrament is administered: The word …

2018-08-21: My Sermon Wasn’t Great: A Meta-Moment I preached Ephesians 4:7-16 last Sunday night, and it was a challenge. It turns out Ephesians 4:7-16 …

2018-08-21: I’m working to improve my Hebrew over the next few months with help from Matthew Patton. Thankful …

2018-08-20: Wow. A father and son record their scary drive through a wildfire.

2018-08-20: 📷 from my study. This honeycomb party-ball hangs over my desk. Someday, I might replace it with a …

2018-08-20: I finished The Writer’s Diet by Helen Sword. It is a brief guide to writing well. And it explains …

2018-08-19: ⛪️ My a.m. sermon on Psalm 104; the first in a series on wisdom. O LORD, how manifold are your …

2018-08-18: Creaturely knowledge of God continued (Maximus the Confessor) We know God from His creation, not His being (Century I:96): >We do not know God from His being …

2018-08-18: Can finite creatures comprehend the infinite Creator? No, but that doesn’t mean we’re left in the dark about God. Though God cannot be perfectly …

2018-08-18: Finished: Wisdom Christology by Daniel J. Elbert IV. He answers the question, “Why seek wisdom in …

2018-08-18: dare, drill, cram, hide, ambush, sling, haunt, walk, grapple, trade, sing, purr, absorb, suffuse, …

2018-08-17: I like the new Indiepaper integration. Since “read later” articles can be accessed within one’s …

2018-08-16: I finished Paul’s Theology of Preaching: The Apostle’s Challenge to the Art of Persuasion in Ancient …

2018-08-15: This guy is perfectly mimicking our grape vine, just not on the grape vine.

2018-08-12: Master, the scribes are getting restless.

2018-08-11: Cloudy With a Chance of Wisdom Proverbs tells us that fools ignore the world God has made. They live their lives against the grain …

2018-08-10: Excerpt: Notes Nearing Ninety: Learning to Write Less by Donald Hall (HT: aldaily.com)

2018-08-10: I had planned to start teaching A Stronger Servant last week but had to postpone in order to prepare …

2018-08-09: Definition of the wisdom of God: >That perfection of God by which He uses His knowledge for the …

2018-08-09: I just noticed that the Kindle editions of Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics are 80% off right now, only $5.99 …

2018-08-09: Want free Greek/Latin lessons taught by an A+ classicist and educator? Check out latinperdiem.com by …

2018-08-08: In that last Gregory quote, Gregory was commenting on the book of Jonah. I thought I was done …

2018-08-08: I’ll have whatever he’s having tonight 👉 @ayjay

2018-08-08: For God alone of all things cannot be escaped from or contended with; if He wills to seize and bring …

2018-08-08: My Dream for WSC-IV and Why I Chose CC0 Headnote: This post talks about two different ways you can mark your work for re-use via Creative …

2018-08-07: 📚 I loved Duane Litfin’s big-picture intro to Greco-Roman rhetoric in part one of this book. I’ve …

2018-08-07: Use your frequent flyer miles to help families separated at the border (HT: Lifehacker)

2018-08-06: My wife just turned a big dream into a reality and finished painting the first of THREE large murals …

2018-08-06: It would be better for us to talk about attributes of canonicty instead of criteria of canonicty. …

2018-08-05: 📚 Finished reading: Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law by David …

2018-08-04: Google has released its 2018 Scholar Metrics. You can see the most-cited articles from among the …

2018-08-02: A new version of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is under way. And anyone can help. 🚀

2018-08-02: ⛪️ In my recent sermon on Psalm 139, I compare Jonah’s feelings about the presence of God to …

2018-08-01: My son wants to teach himself how to code. He’s eleven. Any suggestions?

2018-07-31: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?” — Wisdom in Proverbs 1:22

2018-07-30: I’m planning to preach a series of sermons on the subject of wisdom. To prepare, I’m …

2018-07-30: “Like any other life-sustaining resource, language can be depleted, polluted, contaminated, eroded, …

2018-07-27: My son and I looked up what family the badger is in. It’s in the mustelid family, which includes …

2018-07-27: Our lab mix and dachshund had themselves a real good time cornering this guy tonight. Thankfully, we …

2018-07-26: 📚 Life in the Trinity and The Trinity and the Covenant of Redemption are two books that need to fall …

2018-07-26: 📚 Finished reading: Life in the Trinity: An Introduction to Theology with the Help of the Church …

2018-07-24: Finished Reading: From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research by Michael Kibbe. It’s a …

2018-07-24: Some of the young adults at Covenant are challenging themselves to memorize Jonah 2. Way to go! I …

2018-07-23: Ever thought deeply about the story of Jonah? It’s a simple story, but its simplicity has a way of …

2018-07-23: Lampham’s: Where Writers Work

2018-07-20: On meditation: >There is as much difference between a truth remembered, and a truth meditated on, …

2018-07-19: I finished Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations today and I’m trying to take his advice: “To read …

2018-07-19: Preventing Suicide by Karen Mason: A Review Suicide is a sad reality of life under the sun and clergy are often asked to help. According to …

2018-07-18: Dance classes have started again for the Chelpkas and all five kids are involved now. They love it …

2018-07-18: Offering a New Class: A Stronger Servant I’ll be teaching a new class in August called A Stronger Servant. Initially, this was a leadership …

2018-07-17: The reading spree continues! 📚 Today I finished On the Apostolic Preaching by Irenaeus and Gregory …

2018-07-17: Over the weekend I finished Eugene Peterson’s memoir, The Pastor. I highly recommend it. 📚 At one …

2018-07-16: On being anxious : >Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow—only today of its strength. — …

2018-07-15: “Let’s make lunch for Mommy! I’ll pick the ingredients.”

2018-07-14: I finished Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God’s Word and Keep People Awake today. By Gary Miller and …

2018-07-14: Singing this at church tomorrow: What thou, my Lord, has suffered was all for sinners’ gain: Mine, …

2018-07-14: The number of people in 2015 that watched a Bob Ross marathon: 5.6 million.

2018-07-13: Back to the Listserv? I think @dancohen and @ayjay are right that we need a move Back to the Blog, but I hope no one …

2018-07-13: The snuggle is real.

2018-07-12: “You can observe a lot by watching.” —Yogi Berra

2018-07-11: Mini-review of <i>The Covenantal Life</i> by Sarah Ivill For a class I’m teaching on covenant theology (i.e. the study of God’s promises), I read The …

2018-07-11: Currently reading: The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene H. Peterson 📚

2018-07-10: Tim Herrera: “Our brains tend to prioritize immediate satisfaction over long-term rewards.”

2018-07-05: Quotes from Lead with Wisdom: How Wisdom Transforms Good Leaders into Great Leaders by Mark Storm Of the many books on leadership I’ve read, Mark Strom’s Lead with Wisdom: How Wisdom Transforms Good …

2018-07-04: What is Holding You Back From Sin? The road of sin is easy to get on and it’s easy to stay on. As Jesus said, “The gate is wide and the …

2018-04-17: 7 (Sarcastic) Reasons to Keep Using Facebook and Never Try MeWe Are looking for Facebook alternatives like MeWe? Maybe you’re a little worried about trying …

2018-03-16: 21 Prayers for Mealtime I found a collection of mealtime prayers in a Bible that once belonged to my wife’s …

2017-11-10: Meaning of “The Spirit Bears the Curse” by Derek Webb On Wednesday, I wrote about Derek Webb’s new song, “The Spirit Bears the Curse,” and how it unnerved …

2017-11-08: Derek Webb’s new praise song is scary, painful, and heart-breaking One of Jesus’ apostles, John, ends a letter he wrote with these words: “Little children, keep …

2017-08-04: The Productive Pastor Everyone wants a pastor who works hard and works smart. Productive pastors make good use of limited …

2017-04-28: A Preacher&#039;s Workshop in Tucson, AZ With the help of some friends, I’ve created something special: a preacher’s workshop …

2017-03-02: How to Block Pornography On Your Android Phone If you are looking for a way to block access to pornography on your Android smartphone, I’ve …

2016-07-01: Review and Summary of The Best Method of Preaching by Petrus van Mastricht When Petrus van Mastricht (1630–1706) wrote The Best Method of Preaching he was a well-respected …

2016-03-14: &quot;We Can&#039;t Afford to Do Self-Indulgent Things&quot; Benjamin Zander teaches important some lessons in music and pastoral theology.

2016-03-01: The Problem with Academic Writing Peter Dreier, a professor of politics at Occidental College, has had enough of self-serving, …

2016-02-27: Review of Honest Evangelism in Modern Reformation Modern Reformation published my book reivew of Honest Evangelism: How to Talk about Jesus Even When …

2016-02-16: Can Bullet Journal Replace an iPhone? About about a month ago, I replaced my iPhone with a Bullet Journal. Does it work? Yeah, so far …

2016-01-13: Now You Can Read J. I. Packer&#039;s Puritan Books How to Think About Old Books in the Digital Age If you need some cheering up about the digital age, …

2016-01-05: Christmas Leftovers “Born on a New Day” by The King’s Singers is breathtaking. I couldn’t even …

2015-12-01: Calvin on the Christian Life by Michael Horton A review of “Calvin on the Christian life: Gloryifing and Enjoying God Forever” by …

2015-11-23: God&#039;s Glory Alone by David VanDrunen A review of “God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life” by David …

2015-10-20: Five Popular Websites Just Got Blocked, Forever! Read The Mind-Blowing Reason Why These Sites Got Blacklisted For a long time, advertisements have …

2015-09-08: Statistical Motivation for Evangelism Americans don’t get invited to church, but just might go if you asked. Let’s talk about …

2015-08-26: A Checklist for Going to Trial (OPC) Not official, but hopefully helpful. As a member of the judicial committee for my presbytery, …

2015-06-12: How to Prepare for Seminary: A Comprehensive Guide Everything you need o know about how to prepare for seminary. Not everyone needs to prepare for …

2015-06-04: Seminary Advice on Preparing for Seminary How should you prepare for seminary? This what the seminaries say. From the moment I decided to go …

2015-05-21: Matthew Poole&#039;s Exegetical Humility Matthew Poole’s honest confession teaches an important lesson in humility.   Have you ever …

2015-04-30: Hidden Christian Jargon Christian jargon is not always what you think it is. When talking with non-Christians about …

2013-01-16: Why People Resist the Gospel Resistance to the gospel is like resistance to poetry. So is this strategy for overcoming it. As a …

2012-05-31: 10 Reasons to Affirm the Moral, Civil, and Ceremonial Laws Philip S. Ross’s ten reasons to affirm the historic, three-fold distinction of law in the Old …