How I Set Up My Desks: One for Sitting, One for Walking

I spend most of my waking hours working on my computer. I do a lot of reading, research, writing, editing, and emailing. And I do most of that at a desk.

I’ve customized my desk setup for what I do. Of course, this isn’t how everyone else should set up their desks, but my setup may give you some ideas for how to customize your desk for what you do.

My Desk for Sitting

Here’s my desk setup:

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Perman_deskI had not given much thought to organizing my desk until Matt Perman published a series of blog posts on it in 2009. Matt recently revised and expanded his series into a handy little book: How to Set Up Your Desk: A Guide to Fixing a (Surprisingly) Overlooked Productivity Problem. Here’s my endorsement:

Matt Perman has served me so well in applying a Steve Jobs-like approach to my workflow: simple, intuitive, elegant, and efficient. I’ve followed most of his advice about setting up my desk (as well as processing my email), and it works beautifully.

Here are five components to my setup: [Read more…]

Be More Specific Than “Points” or “Things”

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Speakers and writers often say something like this: “My sermon has three points” or “I’d like to share four things.”

This book taught me not to do that:

Wayne McDill. 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching. 2nd ed. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2006.

I took my first homiletics courses in college in the 1999–2000 school year, and the first edition of this book was one of my main textbooks.

That book has served me well over the last fifteen years. It taught me to use language precisely. [Read more…]

David Bebbington Reviews “Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism”

Several years ago Collin Hansen and I coedited a debate-book on evangelicalism.

David Bebbington’s famous quadrilateral features prominently in our book (cf. pp. 70, 73, 75, 95, 106, 119, 121, 122, 128, 151, 153, 157, 169–76, 182, 188, 196, 209–10), so I was eager to see what Bebbington thinks of our book in his review. I read his review in December 2012, and I’ve been checking regularly since then for this review to become available online. It’s now available as a PDF:

David W. Bebbington. “About the Definition of Evangelicalism . . . .Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals 83 (2012): 1–6.

Overall, his review is favorable and generous. I’m grateful.

A Dramatic Reading of The Pilgrim’s Progress for Kids

Charles Spurgeon read John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress over one hundred times. Many Christians today haven’t read it even once. That’s a tragedy!

The Pilgrim’s Progress is a favorite story at our home, and we’ve used several good resources for our children. We’re delighted to add one more: a dramatic reading for kids. This abridged reading is 1 hour and 44 minutes. Our kids love it.

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(This abridgment, which J. I. Packer endorses, has corresponding curriculum that becomes available this month. I haven’t seen it, but I suspect that it’s good.)

Taking God at His Word

takingSeveral years ago I attempted to write a short, accessible chapter on the doctrine of Scripture as part of a book that Kevin DeYoung edited. Now Kevin’s most recent work is a short, accessible book on the doctrine of Scripture:

Kevin DeYoung. Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014.

It’s what we’ve come to expect from Kevin: sound, edifying, accessible, and witty. This is the best overall popular-level book on Scripture that I’m aware of.

  1. This 20-page PDF sample includes the front matter and chapter 1.
  2. Two DeYoung interviews: (a) TGC and (b) Books at a Glance
  3. Kevin preached on this topic at T4G a few weeks ago: “Never Spoke a Man Like This Before: Inerrancy, Evangelism and Christ’s Unbreakable Bible.” My school’s president called this sermon “powerful and massively important.”