Excellent or Praiseworthy – September 2022

Happy autumn, friends! Everything listed below was encouraging, helpful, or informative to me during the month of September. I hope it blesses you.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)


1. Nicky Gumbel’s Fitting Farewell to HTB Church: ‘The Best Is Yet to Come’

This is the second time I’ve shared a story about a pastor who is retiring after decades of faithful ministry. Nicky Gumbel’s ministry has blessed millions and should be held in high honor.

2. 5 Reasons Introverts Make Great Pastors

I recently had a conversation with a friend who is a huge introvert. He has a heart for pastoral ministry but feels his introversion disqualifies him. My hunch is lots of people feel the same way. This article makes the case for introverted pastors.

3. Why Sinning Is Not Inevitable

In Christ, we have power over sin.

4. Dallas Willard’s 3 Fears About the Spiritual Formation Movement

You’ll need to be a subscriber to CT to read this entire article. If you’re able, however, it’s an interesting read about the spiritual formation movement and the subtle ways it can take our eyes off Jesus.

5. How God Humbled Me Through a Church I Didn’t Agree With

I really appreciate this article. I wish more Christians could see the benefits of worshiping with brothers and sisters from different theological camps.


1. How to Pray

Some great insights about one of the most important things we’ll ever do.

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