Beyond the Bulletin

Family Reading List - Summer 2017

As the school year comes to an end, your children were probably sent home with a summer reading list intended to keep their reading level up to par and in full readiness for their next grade level. Well, we've compiled a Family Summer Reading List to keep your family in sync and grounded during a long crazy summer. Toddlers & »

The Miracle of Saving Faith

The term “miracle” often gets thrown around pretty casually. We often say or hear things like, “It was a miracle I found a parking spot this close!” But miracles are far more significant events than finding a choice parking space or managing to get the last cinnamon crunch bagel. Rightly understood, a miracle is an extraordinary work of God that »

A Tale of Two Collections

Before Israel embarked on a new journey into the desert, God gave His people a departure gift: the plunder of Egypt. God empowered the Israelites to take jewelry, gold, silver, and clothing from the Egyptians and carry it into the wilderness (Exodus 12:35-36). Later, this plunder was used in two collections – a collection to build the tabernacle and a »

Unseen Reward

A pearl of wisdom I’ve often found helpful is the age-old proverb, “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.” With an economy of words, it reminds me to be pleased and satisfied with all the Lord has given, and at the same time, to be wary of the fickle hunger of the flesh that can never »

Reformation Anniversary

“The Man in the High Castle” is an alternative history novel that imagines what might have happened to the United States had the Allies not won World War II. East of the Rockies, the people all speak German and live under the flag of the Third Reich while Imperial Japan rules over the land west of the Rockies. It’s »

From Drums to Drums

If I've done it once, I've done it a million times. Come home from work, unload my belongings in the entryway, greet the kids screaming (in joy or crisis, whatever the lot that day), and seek out my sweet wife for a kiss and an update of the day's activities. And every few months she greets me with a particular »

The Value of Devotional Reading

In a previous blog article, I addressed the importance of reading books that present doctrinal content. In this article, I will discuss the need for the other important component: devotional reading. The Bible says, “watch over your heart with all diligence” (Proverbs 4:23). One way we can do this is to stir the heart by reading things that are »

Giving Honors God

The story of brothers Cain and Abel centers on an offering. In another sense, we could think of the story as centering on giving. Cain and Abel knew that to approach God, to enter into relationship with their Creator, they had to make sacrifices – give – to the Lord. Moreover, their approach reveals that there was a blueprint for how one »

Books About God: The Knowledge of the Holy

Books often start with a ‘catch’—something to start readers feeling eager for more. Charles Williams’ War in Heaven, for example, begins with: “The telephone rang without result, since there was no one in the room but the corpse.” Decades ago, students were often required to memorize the opening lines of Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best »

The Rewarder

On any given Saturday, chances are good that I’ll be paying a visit to the local hardware store for the odds and ends that need to be done around the house. When I go, I’ll typically bring one or more of my boys with me, just to make the most of our time. And so, one by one, »