Hi. My name is Adam. This is my blog. I like to think of it as a place where Life and Doctrine meet.

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3 Reasons We Must Fight for Joy in God
August 3, 2016
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3 Reasons We Must Fight for Joy in God
“To the world, the dejected Christian seems to accuse God and His service, as if he openly called Him a rigorous, hard, unacceptable Master, and His work a sad unpleasant thing… You are born and new born for God’s honor; and will you thus dishonor Him before the world?”   Richard Baxter, 1830. I’m going to […]
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The Mission Has a Spirit
July 25, 2016
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The Mission Has a Spirit
Imagine the profound idiocy of a general sending troops into battle with no weapons, radios, or air power. Such is the situation with much of modern church planting, I fear. In a quick survey of the last ten books I’ve read on church planting, not more than 5% of the total text had anything to […]
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Can a Christian Be Patriotic?
July 4, 2016
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Can a Christian Be Patriotic?
I remember the little church we would frequent had two flags: one American, one Christian. One Fourth of July weekend, I clearly remember singing the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Church and State were partners in those days, and the patriotism seemed to go hand-in-hand with Christianity. And, in many churches […]
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7 Things We Christians Simply Must Stop Saying
June 23, 2016
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7 Things We Christians Simply Must Stop Saying
I like words. I also like philosophy — logic, particularly. My twin affinities have caused my to head throb over some of what passes for Christian lingo. So, in order to alleviate my headache and help my brethren and sisteren (?) clean up their language, I humbly offer this exhaustive list of things Christians need […]
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4 Ways Rest is Resistance
June 20, 2016
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4 Ways Rest is Resistance
“I’ve got 10 lonely seconds to justify my whole existence.” That’s what Harold Abrahams famously stated in the movie Chariots of Fire. He ran, chasing his worth. We’re just like him, I’m afraid. So much of our doing — heck, of my doing — is a chasing. But in the gospel we find an invitation to […]
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Image of God over Issues
June 14, 2016
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Image of God over Issues
Once again, an act of terrible violence and evil has occurred. An unhinged Muslim man, motivated by a cocktail of false beliefs about God, hatred of LGBT people, and who knows how much personal brokenness, has injured or killed 100 people in Orlando. Sadly, it took approximately .0025 seconds for our political impulses to get […]
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3 Trust Issues We All Have
May 26, 2016
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3 Trust Issues We All Have
Trust is a sticky issue for most of us. In bygone days, we weren’t constantly bombarded with story after story of human untrustworthiness. But today our feeds are filled with clickbait-laden stories of how everyone is really quite untrustworthy. Small wonder, then, that when it comes to trusting God or anyone else, we struggle. Romans […]
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How to Read a Difficult Text
May 24, 2016
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How to Read a Difficult Text
This past Sunday I preached 1 Peter 3:1-8. It’s not an easy text to hear for modern, Western peoples. In fact, if you read it quickly, it sounds like the first line of evidence in the argument for the case that the Bible is really just an outdated, mostly useless book. Most of us read […]
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7 Pastor Pitfalls I’ve Fallen Into (And How I Got Out)
May 12, 2016
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7 Pastor Pitfalls I’ve Fallen Into (And How I Got Out)
I’m by no means a veteran pastor, but in my short tenure I’ve made enough mistakes to challenge the length of Barth’s Dogmatics. So, I thought I might summarize a few of them and how I’m learning to overcome. 1. Confusing Sermon Prep for Spiritual Sustenance The sermon is a great privilege of pastors. We get […]
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The Gospel for the Relationally Exhausted
May 9, 2016
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The Gospel for the Relationally Exhausted
It’s Springtime in Boston, and that means one thing — exodus. This time each year, around 200,000 students begin to trickle out of the city, many of them never to return, as they enter the real world of employment (hopefully). Others leave the city because of the nature of the place itself. People come here […]