New and Noteworthy Books — April 2024

The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution (Thomas Nelson) by R. Albert Mohler Jr. “Our Father, who art in heaven … .” The opening words of the Lord’s Prayer have become so familiar that we often speak them without a thought, sometimes without any awareness that […]

The Privilege of Prayer: Are Unanswered Prayers a Gift From God?

Pray and leave the results to God’s wisdom In 1990, country music mega-star Garth Brooks released a song that, like many of his records in those days, quickly ascended the charts to number one, a song that, wittingly or unwittingly, riffed on a topic of practical theology: It was called “Unanswered Prayers.” As the best […]

Grace and Truth: On Baseball and the Christian Life (Likely, Part 1)

Anyone who has been around me for more than one day probably knows this: I love baseball. My wife would say that’s an understatement. It’s been a lifelong flame that still burns bright but is also an agent God used to get me off the farm in northeast Georgia, into journalism, and later into ministry. […]

Grace and Truth: Let Us Be Slow to Type and Quick to Think

If you are a regular reader of The Courier, you may have noticed a significant uptick in our social media presence. At risk of undermining everything you are about to read, I would encourage you to follow us on all our platforms — Facebook, X, and Instagram. Communicating as followers of Christ on the internet […]

New and Noteworthy Books — March 2024

Reactivity: How the Gospel Transforms Our Actions & Reactions (Crossway) by Paul David Tripp Digital media and technology are altering the way people act — and react — toward each other. Criticism, outrage, and controversy dominate social engagement, and unfortunately many Christians have joined in the chaos. It’s a troubling contrast to Jesus’s words in […]

For a Gospel-Centered Walk With God, Soak in Galatians

Galatians is key to our daily Christian walk Many Christians, post-conversion, tend toward legalism or antinomianism in their pursuit of sanctification. I’ve seen this trend both in churches I’ve pastored and in Christian friends. One woman grew up in a strict Reformed Baptist home. She always tended toward legalism and fought it biblically for years. […]

New and Noteworthy Books — February 2024

Given our theme this month of Christ in all of Scripture, these books all relate to helping believers better understand how the Old and New Testaments fit together and how they all culminate in Christ and His gospel. The Christ of Wisdom: Redemptive Historical Exploration of the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament (P&R) by […]

Want a Miserable Life? Confuse Law and Gospel

What if your church’s elders passed down a fiat that members couldn’t take more than 1,999 steps on the Lord’s Day without facing church discipline? Just one more step would represent a long trip — a no-no on the day God set aside for worship. What if they said you could not carry your Bible […]