• Blog,  Shawn Lazar

    Your Basic Problem… According to Major Ian Thomas

    Chapter 5 fromIt Takes God to Be a Man: The Spiritual Theology of Major Ian Thomas (forthcoming). Sometimes you have no choice but to amputate. Of course, that’s never the first choice or the ideal choice. Amputation is always a last resort, something chosen only after trying every other option. And yet, sometimes there’s nothing left to do with a diseased limb or organ. When the nerves die. The soft tissue rots away. The tumor spreads. The organs fail. And the doctors warn you there’s no curing it, healing it, or patching it up, you have to cut out the dead organ and replace it with a living one. But…

  • Blog,  Shawn Lazar

    One-Point Preaching: A Simple Law & Gospel Structure

    This is an excerpt from Shawn Lazar’s One-Point Preaching: A Law & Gospel Model. You Need to Know Where You’re Going I have a terrible sense of direction. Without a map, I get lost every time. Even with a map, I may still get lost, but at least I have a fighting chance! It’s the same with preaching. I’ve heard many preachers who went into the pulpit without a map and never stood a chance of getting to their destination. Consequently, neither did the congregation! The preacher vaguely knew where he was and where he wanted to go, but by the end of the sermon, he and the congregation ended…

  • Blog,  Shawn Lazar

    It Started with a Murder

    Part of Series: Day by Day with PaulRead Acts 6—7 The first time the Bible mentions the Apostle Paul is at the scene of a grisly murder. It happened in the very early years of the Jesus movement—as little as a year after the cross and resurrection.