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Pastor Blair’s Top Ten Books Read in 2017

As usual, my top ten tend to reflect my interests in history. I choose the ranking on how much the book influenced my thinking. If I have found myself still pondering and dialoguing with the content much later, I rank the book higher.  The reviews can be found in my earlier blog posts. Trueman, Carl R. Luther on the Christian Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.  ...

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How I was introduced to Indelible Grace?

How I was introduced to Indelible Grace? Prior to working on my doctorate, I was a college and university pastor in Tennessee. We had our own Bible study on Sunday morning (and on Sunday Evenings after church services in the summer). Prior to our study we sang songs, and I could tell the students were interested in songs with substance. So, at one of my conferences, I cam...

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What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2017 through December 2017)

What Pastor Blair Has Been Reading (from October 2017 through December 2017)   Beale, G.K., The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: 1-2 Thessalonians. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2003.  This was a nice overview of the Thessalonian correspondence. I consulted it from time to time. However, it suffers from both a lack of detail in some areas and possibl...

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Preparing for 2018

It’s that time of year again when you hear of people making New Year Resolutions. I am no different. I do try to set spiritual goals for myself that are realistic but also stretch me to depend upon God for lasting fruit. To that end, I have found Donald Whitney’s questions for self-evaluation very helpful. (http://biblicalspirituality.org/10-questions-to-ask-at...

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