Jonathan Edwards’ Most Famous Publication

Jonathan Edwards. 20016. The Life and Diary of David Brainerd (Orig Pub 1749). Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra In February 2008, I read a biography by John Piper which focused on the lives of three saints whose affliction bore fruit for the Lord. Having known affliction in my family life—my wife […]

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Prayer to Increase Faith

Almighty Father, I praise you for the gift of another day, let the newest of the day (Isa 43:1) be expressed in new faith. I confess that I have to  frequently blocked your access to my heart in despair, in self-pity, and in cynicism not worthy of your love. Thank you for not giving up on […]

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Rational Learning

“Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” (Rev 3:8 ESV) Earlier in my preface, I argued that the act of knowing brings us closer to […]

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Sedniev Teaches Improv to Speakers

Andreii Sedniew.[1] 2013. Magic of Impromptu Speaking: Create a Speech that Will Be Remembered for Years in Under 30 Seconds. Santa Clara: Andreii Sedniev. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Confession time. Analysis paralysis is my default setting. I write out my sermons and generally over-prepare for presentations. As I tell my colleagues, I don’t do […]

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Prayer for Strength

Holy Father, I praise you for creating me. For giving me life and health and all the many blessings of family. I confess that I have not always used time wisely and not always made the best lifestyle choices. Thank you for another day–I have learned not to take them for granted. The gift of time […]

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Behavioral Learning

In my earlier discussion of perceptions (click here), I argued that we learn to respond behaviorally a long time before any rational decisions are made. Behavioral learning starts with a simple idea: do more of activities that bring pleasure and do less of activities that bring pain. By contrast, rational learning starts with making comparisons: […]

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Kinnaman and Lyon Research Faithful Living, Part 3

David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. 2016. Good Faith: Being A Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme.[1] Grand Rapids: BakerBooks. (Goto part 1; goto part 2) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra In their book, Good Faith, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons divided their argument into three sections: Understanding Our Times. Living Good Faith. The […]

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Prayer for Moms

Dear heavenly father: Thank you for mom. The one who always came running when I got into trouble as a child and has modeled your presence in my life ever since. The one who always listens to me, even when I make no sense and go on and on. The one who says nice things about […]

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The Goads

“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads. And I said, Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.” (Acts 26:14-15) Friends in Christ sometimes ask how my marriage to a Muslim has informed my faith and call to […]

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Kinnaman and Lyon Research Faithful Living, Part 2

David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. 2016. Good Faith: Being A Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme.[1] Grand Rapids: BakerBooks. (Goto part 1; goto part 3) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra The notion that Christianity is irrelevant and extreme feels odd, having grown up at a time when things were different. In the course […]

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