About Joey Cochran


I was raised in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Business Administration in 2004 and completed my Master of Theology from Dallas Seminary in 2009. I served as the General Manager of Campus Dining Services for Dallas Seminary during my seminary years. I currently serve as the High School Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church Tulsa. Before joining the Fellowship Bible Church staff, I volunteered in youth ministry for ten years. I am married to Kendall, the most amazing woman I've ever met. She is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. We are blessed with one daughter, Chloe born October 2008 and one son Asher born June 2011. I enjoy analyzing music and movies, and I also enjoy making social and cultural observations and commentary. I have an incredible passion for youth ministry, and I have a scholars heart. I really enjoy reading and studying about the New Testament, Old Testament, Theology, Pastoral Ministry, and Youth Ministry.

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Manhood & Theology: Exegesis (CBMW Guest Article)

I had the pleasure of contributing to CBMW’s series on Manhood and Theology. I wrote on exegesis, talking about how every man needs to read the Book, his church, his family, and his world.

Here’s an excerpt:

Men are leaders. As leaders they need to be exceptional exegetes, because exegesis is at the heart of leadership. According to the Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, exegesis means both “to lead” or “to explain” (203). The dictionary clearly points out: “In biblical literature it is always used in the sense ‘to explain, interpret, or describe’” (203). But let’s not forget this term’s full field of meaning.

Solid leaders are extraordinary readers. Albert Mohler writes in The Conviction to Lead, “When you find a leader, you have found a reader” (Kindle location 1188). Would you describe yourself as an extraordinary reader? I’m not just talking about an extraordinary reader of the Wall Street Journal or biographies, like George Washington and Winston Churchill. I’m talking about an extraordinary reader of the Book and your context.

You see, exegesis starts with the Book, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, but it doesn’t stop there. Extraordinary exegetes read the Scripture and explain it in the context of their church, family, and world. After all, what good is reading, if you don’t explain it?

Leaders are explainers, and explainers are leaders.


View-Worthy: 10.30.14


Adoption, What Edwards Preached to Kids, Reformation Day, Butcher/Baker/Biotech Maker.


Sara Hagerty. All My Children Are ‘My Own’. (CT)

Editor’s note: In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sundayauthor and mother Sara Hagerty shares with us the following essay about how the language we use around adoption reflects our understanding of our adoption into the family of God.

“We prefer not to refer to our children as ‘adopted children’ as we see adoption as having been a one-time event. We just call them our children,” Hagerty said.

Deal of the Day

A God-Sized Vision by Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge $2.99

Book Review

Tom Nettles. Living by Revealed Truth. Reviewed by Joe B. Kim. (Themelios)


Gloria Furman. What Did Edwards Preach to Kids?

“Mommy and Daddy and your siblings love you so much. But guess who loves you m-o-o-o-ost of all?” This is a question we’ve asked our children since they were tiny, prompted by the excellent children’s book by Noel Piper, “Most of All Jesus Loves You” (illustrated by the talented Debby Anderson). Our response to Christ’s love is to love him with our everything. We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).

This is what Jonathan Edwards preached to children in his congregation. In a sermon preached to children, Edwards gives many reasons “why children ought to love Jesus Christ above things in the world.”* A few of his reasons are excerpted below…

Robert Rothwell. What Is Reformation Day All About? (Ligonier)

On Friday, much of the culture will be focused on candy and things that go bump in the night. Protestants, however, have something far more significant to celebrate on October 31. Friday is Reformation day, which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God’s Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates?

Jim Mullins. The Butcher, the Baker, and the Biotech Maker. (TGC)

Over a cup of coffee, Wendell—an entrepreneur with a PhD in biomedical engineering—told me that he was thinking about making a career change. “I don’t want to waste my life,” he said. “I want to do something that has real significance, where I can glorify God and actually love people.” He went on to ask me if I thought he should become a pastor, a missionary, or a nonprofit leader—jobs he thought really mattered in God’s economy.


1 Samuel 26:23 “The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness.”

“The first foundation of righteousness undoubtedly is the worship  of God.” John Calvin

Logos 6 Released

As the Logos 6 release continues to make the circuit in the Christian Blogosphere, I want to take this moment to say that I am extremely happy with this product and the new release of Logos 6. You might know that about a month ago I happily switched from Accordance to Logos. I wrote about it here.

And like I said before, the Logos 6 release is making its way around the internet. Check out these posts here:

Joe Thorn’s Article: Logos 6 – BOOM!

Aaron Armstrong’s Article: A Look at Logos 6

Jeremy Walker (Ref21): Logos 6 Arrives

Andy Naselli: Logos 6 Releases Today

What I Like About Logos 6

First, I appreciated the seamless transition. Like I said, I’m just getting used to the Logos product. There is nothing worse than when you just learn a product and then they overhaul it and you have to learn the whole thing again.

The Logos 6 release intuitively transitions users to new functionality. It’s not like a whole new product, yet at the same time, you get all sorts of new options in that product you’ve loved.

I’m really excited about the new Atlas features and all the additions to the Lexham study sources. These I’ve made great use of over the last month.

Check Out this What’s New video for Logos 6

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View-Worthy: 10.29.14


Pugilistic Pastors, Penal Substitution, 7 Figures, Healing Handlers of Mud.


Mark Moring. Pugilistic Pastors. (CT)

I find it a fascinating coincidence that Fight Churcha new documentary about preachers who hold “fight clubs” at their houses of worship, was released on Netflix less than 24 hours after controversial pastor Mark Driscoll resigned from Mars Hill Church.

Deal of the Day

Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax $2.99

Book Review

H B Charles Jr. On Preaching. Reviewed by Garrett Kell. (9M)


Derek Rishmawy. The Beauty of the Cross: 19 Objections and Answers on Penal Substitution.

That said, I do want to engage some of the broadly theological objections against it, as well as correct popular caricatures of the doctrine along the way. I have to say that a number of the issues that people have with penal substitution are quite understandable when you consider some of the silliness that passes for biblical preaching on the subject in popular contexts. Those who affirm the doctrine as true and beautiful do our hearers no benefit when we defend misshapen, caricatured versions of the doctrine. I’ll try to do my best to avoid that in what follows.

Joe Carter. 7 Figures: Family Structure and Economic Success. (ACTON)

Family structure is one of the most significant, though oft-overlooked, factors that affect the economic fortunes of Americans. A new study from AEI titled “For Richer or Poorer” documents the relationships between family patterns and economic well-being in America and shows how radically it can affect income.

Lore Ferguson. Healing Handlers of Mud.

It can be tempting when we speak about polarizing subjects to use mud as a weapon instead of a healing agent. To use rhetoric and lost trust to increase the divide instead of close it. But Christ is a reconciling agent and nothing is beyond his ability to change and heal.

Let us be healing handlers of mud.


Philippians 3:3 “For we are the circumcision who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.”

“To worship God in spirit is to worship from the inside out.” Donald S. Whitney

What Trunk Club Knows about the World’s Values: Style, Part One

The other day I got curious. Why? Because of well placed social media advertising. It has a high success rate. The reach and frequency of it plants messages necessary to arouse consumer curiosity — and all the other stuff I learned in my marketing undergrad.

Needless to say, I clicked through on a Trunk Club ad, and I learned a lot about myself. What’s Trunk Club? It’s kind of fascinating. It’s a program that pairs men with stylists who help them pick their wardrobe. Men, or wife/girlfriend, interact with a personal stylist who learns the wants and preferences of a fellow.

Guys fill out a brief survey requiring self identification. Is his current style level clueless, confident, or aficionado? What looks does he find most appealing? What brands does he gravitate to most frequently?

The stylist sends a trunk that includes a whole outfit or two or more. If you like what you receive, you keep it, and are billed for it. But you can ship back everything for free, if you wish.

This business concept got me thinking about what this program says about our values. There are a number of values in our world that Trunk Club taps into. This is the first part in a series that will explore these values.

We Value Style

“He is the dapperest dressed man in all Christendom.”

That is the tongue-in-cheek introduction I heard applied to Gregory Alan Thornbury at a recent conference. No doubt, it is an apt introduction. Only Paul David Tripp contends against Thornbury for this claim. You know this is true if you navigate the evangelical conference subculture I sojourn.

You also might recognize other finely styled Christian influencers. Dr. Anthony Bradley, another King’s College man, and Albert Mohler both come to mind. Mohler emphasizes publicly the importance of dressing professionally. These men have fine tastes in clothing and classy style.

I will not fault them for this. Please keep in mind that this is not a critique; it’s an observation. I’m not judging this value as either morally wrong or good. The dapper yuppie look is similar to the flannels, military lapels, or pearl-snap urban outfitters of the A29 ilk. This style value is a matter of contextualization.

The world values a well put together style. Certain assumptions come with this: success, productivity, and prestige are a few. It’s also been shown through studies that those who dress well perform better at work, school, and are happier people. Or at least that’s what my seminary student dean told me when we discussed the business professional dress code of my alma mater.

Trunk Club taps into this perception of style’s importance, the penchant for having a polished look. It can be casual or professional, but it’s a look. It’s intended to catch the eye and attract.

Does Scripture make observations about fashion swagger?

Scripture says that a woman’s outward adornment should be modest (1 Tim. 2:9). This is clear. But I would like to juxtapose this observation to the remarkable description about how our world responds to style in 2 Chronicles 9. When the queen of Sheba visits and talks to Solomon, she sizes him up. After listening to his wisdom, she sees how the Lord prospers him.

And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the LORD, there was no more breath in her. And she said to the king, “The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, half the greatness of your wisdom was not told me; you surpass the reports that I heard. (2 Chr. 9:3-6)

One metric the Queen of Sheba uses to measure Solomon’s prosperity and wisdom includes the fine garments of his servants. Solomon had the luxury to dress his servants well. Note no mention is given of Solomon’s garments; it can be assumed kings have fashion swagger.

Scripture records that fine garments elicit a response from people. They are a sign of success, prosperity, and blessing from God. This is the world in which the Queen of Sheba lives and Trunk Club knows that this value withstands the test of time. We’re not in one piece neo-prene Star Trek suits yet.

The Lord doesn’t look at outward appearances, he looks to the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). But the world sure does look at outward appearances and forms judgments based on style.

How should Christians respond to this as we engage the world? Should Christians embrace fashion swagger to be conversant with the world? Should we ascetically suppress it? How do we do this and be modest? What do you think?

View-Worthy: 10.28.14


Freedom as Authority, Secular Sex Ethics, Visit Their Workplace, Criticize w/out Being Mean.


David Koyzis. Freedom as Authority. (First Things)

More than half a century ago, Roman Catholic philosopher Yves René Simon observed that authority has come to have a bad reputation in the modern world. Our western societies value personal freedom so highly that any intervention by an authority outside our own wills is deemed an imposition at best and outright oppression at worst. The French Revolution of 1789, perhaps more than any other event in recent history, has implanted in western consciousness the myth of the heroic popular revolt against oppressive authority. So thoroughly did the Revolution succeed in this that the default position for many of us today is to be suspicious of authority’s claims from the outset, whatever their content.

Deal of the Day

Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals by Brian Croft and Phil Newton $2.99

Book Review

Chris Bruno and Matt Dirks. Churches Partnering Together. Reviewed by Matthew Spandler-Davison. (TGC)


Aaron Armstrong. The Preposterous Inconsistency of Secular Sexual Ethics.

“Sexual preference is a human right.”

I read these words Sunday afternoon as CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi, best known as the host of Q, announced that he had been fired from theCanadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) because of his sexual preferences, and would be suing the taxpayer-funded broadcasting company for a hefty sum.

Greg Forster. Pastor, Why Not Visit Their Workplace? (TGC)

If you’re a pastor, every week congregants visit you in your workplace and watch you do your job. Part of your job is to prepare them to take what they learn from you in your workplace and carry it back to their own workplaces. Wherever they do their work—on the job or in the home—they need your support to persevere in honesty, diligence, self-control, and generosity, in the midst of terrible brokenness.

One of the most important things you can do for them is return the favor. They visit you in your workplace regularly. Why not visit them in theirs?

Matt Smethurst. How to Criticize Other Christians without Being Mean. (Christianity.com)

At various times in my Christian life I’ve been startled by the ease with which I can jump to conclusions, assume the worst, and demonize those with whom I disagree. In these moments the Lord has often reminded me, sometimes painfully, of a simple truth: don’t let your zeal for principle eclipse your love for people.


Habakkuk 2:4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.”

“In every part of our worship we must present Christ to God in the arms of faith.” Thomas Watson

Kevin Vanhoozer on the logoscentricity of Christ and Christianity

Is There a Meaning in This TextKevin Vanhoozer’s Is There a Meaning in This Text? is a critical work in the study of exegesis. His key dialogue partner with whom he interacts and critiques is Jacque Derrida and his system of Deconstructionism. What I’ve enjoyed most about this book is reading about how these philosophical and theoretical systems on exegesis work and then connecting this to how I’ve seen people in real life articulate these same ideas.

The following are a series of quotes from the end of Chapter two

Not only is Jesus the sign of the presence of God, but he is the originator of creation and salvation. Jesus’ supreme authority follows from his authorship. Moreover, the Bible virtually defines life and death, heaven and hell, in terms of God’s presence and absence. The story of salvation is the story of how humanity regains the presence of God through God’s gracious gift of Christ.

Either Christ is the “home” or locus of God’s presence, truth, light, and the fullness of being and grace, or he is not. Jesus himself certainly appeared to have a logocentric understanding: “I am the light of the world”; “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 8:12; 14:6). Christology here appears wholly logos-centric: Jesus Christ is the source and center, not only of meaning and truth, but of joy, freedom, and abundant life as well.

There is some warrant, therefore, in calling Christianity logocentric. Against Derrida, however, this emphasis on God’s presence in Christ does not lead to a diminished regard for the written word. That divine revelation is mediated through Word and Spirit — that is, through Scripture read in faith — was a constant theme of the Reformers, for instance. And, precisely because the written word is accompanied by the Spirit, the Christian need not choose between logocentrism and writing (as defined by Derrida). On the contrary, the authenticity of the written text is guaranteed by a “real presence.” In the Christian tradition, then, written words may mediate personal presence, just as Christ mediates the presence of God.

Brothers We Are Not Professionals by John Piper

broswearenotprosThis review first appeared at Lifeway’s Pastors Today web blog.


John Piper. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Books, 2013. 320 pp. $14.99


Church and Ministry


Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is the culmination of ministry lessons learned by one of the most respected pastoral leaders in the 20th-21st century, John Piper. Piper shares thirty-six lessons that cover subjects such as ministry philosophy, theology, purpose, function, and the study habits of a pastor. Each chapter offers pastors piercing insights from Piper’s thirty years of ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church. You will find summations of his many other works imbedded in these poignant chapters.

This edition of Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is recently updated and expanded, including six new chapters: 4, God Does Make Much of Us; 6, God is the Gospel; 13, Be Bible-Oriented – Not Entertainment-Oriented – Preachers; 18, Pursue the Tone of the Text; 22, Help Them Act the Miracle; and 27, Bodily Training is of Some Value.

Rather than focusing on business, technology, systems and processes – as many pastoral handbooks do these days – Brothers, We Are Not Professionals makes its ballast heart matters. Piper kicks off the book with these words from chapter one, “We pastors are being killed by the professionalizing of the pastoral ministry” (1). This concern of Piper’s, that the church is becoming increasingly professional and decreasingly inspectional on heart matters, is a driving force behind each of the book’s talking points. After all, the pastor who has a healthy heart, filled with affections for Christ, will shepherd the church well.

Benefit for Pastoral Ministry

I cannot think of a better book for a pastor to walk through in order to warm his heart to Christ and the Church. Young pastors need to read this book and reread it; veteran pastors should keep returning to this book.

Reading Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is like sitting with Piper and drawing from the well of wisdom he would offer in an hour long conversation, while also heeding the prophetical warnings concerning temptations that will assuredly seek a pastor.

Brother, We Are Not Professionals caused me to reflect on subjects I otherwise would not have considered. Many of Piper’s exhortations were novel considerations for me. He encouraged me to read biography (Chapter 16), pursue the tone of the text (Chapter 18), and bodily train myself (Chapter 27).

Other concepts I knew to be functions of the pastorate took on deeper meanings. An instance of this is the chapter on Magnifying the Meaning of Baptism (Chapter 23). This chapter arrested my attention and reinforced a fierce conviction to defend a credo-baptistic view.

Furthermore, Piper helped me think through matters of ethics like abortion (Chapter 33), racism (Chapter 32) and how to handle calamitous events like 9/11, Columbine, or hurricane Katrina (Chapter 30).

Above all, this book prompted me to be passionate and serious in all areas of life. Piper writes – echoing Spurgeon’s exhortation to earnestness in Lectures to My Students: “Brothers, we must let the river run deep. This is a plea for passion in the pulpit, passion in prayer, passion in conversation” (172).

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is a library essential. I know I already said this, but it is worth restating: buy this book; read it; read it again every few years. If a young pastor asked me: “What should be my first read on the pastorate as a pastor?” I would suggest this one. This book will help some through a spiritual desert and rescue others from a dangerous or deadly path towards destruction.

Will you, pastor, carve out time to enrich and enliven your soul rather than look for the next fix to your most recent ministry problem or the next silver bullet trick to enter mega-church land? Listen to this fitting point from Piper:

For you own soul and for the life of your church, fight for time to feed your soul with rich reading…If you want to stay alive to what is great and glorious and beautiful and eternal, you will have to fight for time to look through the eyes of others who were in touch with God. (80)


Essential            Recommended            Helpful            Pass It By 


If Scripture is a map and prayer a compass pointing to God, then Brothers, We Are Not Professionals is a travel guide worth consulting.

View-Worthy: 10.27.14


Oliver Crisp Interview, Don’t be that Parent on Halloween, Wrong Reason to Join a Church, Stop Apologizing for God.


Kevin P Emmert. The Softer Face of Calvinism. (CT)

Few figures in church history have been so much loved or hated, admired or despised as John Calvin. Calvinism—the theological orientation bearing the French theologian’s name—has also had mixed reception. Reformed theologian Oliver Crisp, professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, says Calvinism and the Reformed tradition is more diverse and amiable than is often thought. CT assistant online editor Kevin P. Emmert talked with Crisp about his new book, Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology (Fortress Press), and the landscape of Reformed theology.

Deal of the Day

The Lost Art of Disciple Making by LeRoy Eims $2.99

Book Review

Ed. Jason Sexton. Two View on the Doctrine of the Trinity. Reviewed by Jennifer Guo. (Grace4Sinners)


Dan Darling. On Halloween, Don’t Be That Parent.

So it’s Halloween and parents everywhere are finalizing their plans for next week. Candy is purchased and placed in the requisite pumpkin bucket near the front door. Costumes are selected and purchased. And evangelical car trunks stand ready to be decorated for the church parking lot. It’s go time.

But before you venture out at the end of this week, make sure you are ready, as a parent, for the holiday. To get you ready I’m here with some important things not to do.

Nick Batzig. 7 Wrong Reasons to Join a Church. (Reformed Forum)

Committing yourself and your family to a local church is one of the most important decisions you will ever make this side of eternity; and yet, for all the weightiness of it, it is a decision to which the larger part of church attenders have given little to no thought. Over the past three decades, I have witnessed multitudes of individuals and families choose to join churches for the wrong reason(s). While there is a plethora of helpful resources out there to help people understand the right reasons to join a churchthe right reasons to leave a church and the right way to leave a church, there is very little that speaks directly to wrong reasons to join a church. While more could be added to them, here are 7 common wrong reasons for which people join churches…

Tony Reinke. Stop Apologizing for God. (DG)

Putting God behind the cage of politically correctness isn’t going to happen. The attempt itself will prove to be the death of our worship, our gospel, our mission, and our holiness. In the end we make ourselves trivial.

God is not a kitten. He’s a tiger. He’s good, but he’s not tame. He is the God we find in Ezekiel. If we chose to live in denial, our worship will weaken, our standards of purity will diminish, our mission will skid to a halt, our message will be hollowed out, and our part in God’s global work will become more and more trivial.

Cultural irrelevance may not be the worst consequence of yawning at God, but it’s certainly one of them.


John 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

“To worship God in truth is to worship him as he commands.” R C Sproul


Age of Ultron, Heaven and Previews that Oversell or Undersell

Recently, the trailer to the latest installment of the Avengers serial: Age of Ultron released. Anytime a preview to a highly anticipated movie releases there is always a wave of response from the populace. That response can be read on Twitter, overheard in cafes, and felt weighty in the air of light-hearted conversation. People become passionate about their expectation on entertainment. I mean, if we’re gonna dish out $10-15 for an evening at the theater, that preview better not oversell, right? So conversations wage over prediction, projections: Will this preview let me down or will it fulfill my need for catharsis?

Previews and Sunday Worship

I’m not gonna Jesus Juke a punchline at the end of this article. I’m going to show you my cards right here. The reality is movie previews are similar and dissimilar to Sunday Worship. Movie trailers preview movies and they often oversell; Sunday worship previews heaven and it cannot oversell.

The correlation of the two, movie previews and Sunday worship, really depends on where you go on Sunday. Some churches try desperately to emulate the elements of affective movie trailers: climactic music, punchy one-line tweetables, whimsical, humorous, passionate, suspenseful moments. Why do they do this? Well, the Sunday preview is said elsewhere to offer a glimpse of heaven and lead you to wonder and long for its mystery. At least that is a common cliche I’ve heard. Have you? No doubt, those churches want people to want heaven, and you can’t fault them for that; it’s a genuine motivation.

But wouldn’t you agree that you’ve entered many churches for a Sunday preview and left knowing it dramatically undersold, even misrepresented the astonishing wonder and magisterial splendor that is heaven? I have. I’ve left embarrassed that I was caught in those places, just like I felt after walking out 30 minutes into the first The Avengers movie.

Walking out of The Avengers, you think I’m nuts. Don’t you? Blockbuster cast, amazing effects, all the one-liners you could ever want. Why would I walk out of that? Well, I’m not talking about the more recent The Avengers (2012) with Robert Downy Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. I’m talking about The Avengers (1998) with Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman. I’m talking about the shameful one with Sean Connery in a bunny suit, holding the world ransom by mastering the weather. It doesn’t get more shameful than that. How did I find myself viewing that odious film in the Palace 9 theatre on Ft. Worth’s Sundance Square as a Junior in High School?

I got oversold on a hyped preview.

Heaven Can’t Be Oversold

As much as we conjecture what heaven will be like, we really don’t have much idea. Whether it’s Randy Alcorn’s Heaven or the C. S. Lewis portrayal in The Great Divorce, I think we’re going to stagger and shudder in wonder and exultation of the Heaven which is for real. Thankfully, I can’t get oversold on something that is such a mystery.

Friends, whatever happens on Sunday morning is really a meager morsel of heaven. It’s the dregs of coffee or the crumbs of a Fig Newton, which is a cookie folks, not a cake! It’s the navel lint to the perfection we’ll behold. It’s a minute foretaste of heaven indeed.

We need to be careful what we present on Sunday mornings because people will leave, not oversold, but scoffingly undersold, because pyrotechnics were leveraged rather than providence proclaimed.

I firmly believe the key to properly previewing heaven isn’t wowing people with contemporvant antics but proclaiming the God who is. When people witness others astonished by the gospel paradox, lapping up delight in Christ, and sitting under the preached Word, they will not scoff, be put-off, be undersold or oversold. They will taste the goodness of God breaking into the world of men; they will trade the secular universe for the created cosmos.