Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views

atonementMy most recent book, another debate-book, just released:

Andrew David Naselli and Mark A. Snoeberger, eds. Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement: 3 Views. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2015.  

31-page sample PDF (front matter + introduction)

I explain more about the book in this 5-minute video:

This book presents a point-counterpoint exchange concerning God’s intention in sending Christ to die on the cross. All of the contributors recognize a substitutionary element in the atoning work of Christ, but they disagree over the nature and objects of that substitution. [Read more…]

Toolbox for Skillful Shepherding

Andrew M. Davis, “The Practical Issues of Church Discipline,” in Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline, ed. John S. Hammett and Benjamin L. Merkle (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2012), 172:



  1. Andy Davis writes about the amazing story of his church in this 9Marks article and tells Mark Dever about it in this 9Marks interview.
  2. Seven Essential Elements of an Effective Shepherding Ministry
  3. 22 Mistakes Pastors Make in Practicing Church Discipline (an excerpt from probably the single most helpful accessible book on church discipline)


Zombie Nouns and Verbs: Why Nominalizations and Passives May Be Killing Your Writing

Cannibals eat the flesh of fellow human beings.

And words can eat fellow words.

It depends on how a person strings them together.

How do you prefer to communicate with words: to clarify or to convolute, clutter, and confuse? To reveal or conceal?

That’s why Helen Sword, author of Stylish Academic Writing (Harvard University Press, 2012), refers to one type of words as zombie nouns.

Zombie Nouns: Nominalizations

Watch this five-minute video that Helen Sword narrates (based on her article “Zombie Nouns,” New York Times, July 23, 2012):

So as a general rule, use verbs instead of the related nouns when possible.

For example, [Read more…]

The First Sermon I’ve Ever Heard That Addresses IVF

I’m sure that others have preached sermons on IVF (in vitro fertilization). But I hadn’t heard one until last Sunday. Jason Meyer preached it to Bethlehem Baptist Church (video, audio, and notes here):

Jason said that it’s the hardest sermon he’s ever preached, and he wisely shepherded our church on a difficult issue.

At the end of Jason’s sermon, our church watched this video: Paul and Susan Lim, who attend Bethlehem’s North Campus and are both medical doctors, briefly share their story about embryo adoption:

The Lims shared their story in more detail in a chapel for Bethlehem College & Seminary last year: [Read more…]