Jeramie Rinne’s Advice to Himself

Over at The Gospel Coalition, REFRESH conference speaker Jeramie Rinne has a new post on “7 Tips for My Younger Preaching Self.” The piece highlights Rinne’s commitment to the sufficiency of the Christian scriptures, along with his good humor and pastoral sensitivity. Here’s one of his “tips” that I, as a young preacher, found to […]

Are You Wearing a Soul Toupée? Me Too!

The folks at Mockingbird recently drew my attention to a perceptive collection of essays (We Learn Nothing: Essays) by Tim Kreider–a semi-frequent contributor to the New York Times. Kreider–a self-styled atheist–writes about the human condition with a kind of brash precision that makes the collection hard to put down. While some readers will be put off by […]

Urbanophile on the Urban Church

In his review of Why Cities Matter, Aaron Renn of Urbanophile (a must-read site for those interested in urbanization and the growing importance of cities) drew attention to the fact that Christians appear to be one of the groups on the forefront of thinking specifically and contextually about the city. Speaking of Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard’s […]

Should Happiness Be an End in Itself?

In Counterfeit Gods, Timothy Keller offers a now-infamous perspective on the insidious ways in which the human heart produces, worships, and becomes enslaved to idols. According to Keller, “the human heart takes good things…and turns them into ultimate things” (xiv). The result? “If we look to some created thing to give us the meaning, hope, […]

Deadlines Approaching on REFRESH Hotel Group Rates

As registration for TGCNE’s REFRESH conference with Paul David Tripp, Stephen Um, and Jeramie Rinne (8/9-10) continues to fill up, we are nearing the deadline on a number of group hotel rates. We’ve secured these hotels in hopes of ensuring a comfortable, refreshing weekend for you, your spouse (if applicable), and those attending with you from your […]

Discounted Hotel Rates for TGCNE’s REFRESH

We are happy to announce that we have secured a limited number of hotel rooms at special group discount rates for TGCNE’s REFRESH conference (August 9-10) with Paul David Tripp, Stephen Um, and Jeramie Rinne. Our hope is that these deals will help to facilitate an even more comfortable, refreshing weekend for you, your spouse […]

“Everyone in this Room is a Massive Failure” – Paul Tripp

“Everyone in this room, including this man is a massive failure. Any other view of you is a delusion. Reject it.” The question is, “What do you do in the face of the evidence of your failure?” For those unfamiliar with Paul David Tripp, speaker at this summer’s REFRESH conference, consider taking a look at the recent […]

Words for Readers and Writers

In a recently published collection of essays, novelist Larry Woiwode explores the Creator/creature dynamic that is at play in the craft of writing. Noting that the writer’s ultimate sin is to usurp the place of God–to fancy one’s self as “God of this creation”–Woiwode beautifully demonstrates how God overcomes even this tragic misstep: “What writers […]

Hope for Recovering Pragmatists

Jeramie Rinne–who will be with us at this August’s TGCNE REFRESH–has a new article available at 9 Marks. In the piece, “I Was a Pragmatist,” Jeramie confesses that he essentially spent the first seven years of his ministry looking for something that just worked. And, using this candid admission as a launching point, he goes […]