Writings by Cole Huffman


Category: Discipleship

Turns of Phrase

How about a selection of favorite lines in Scripture? To keep it brief I’ll exclude the wisdom literature—Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon—as the Bible’s best turns of phrase are plentiful in those books. Here are some I like: “Behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Crescendo of the creation narrative. God’s sheer delight in his working and its fruits. Stars. Rocks. Waters. Aardvarks. People. It was all very good .... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Jan 23 | 0 comments
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Exits Stage Left

Sometimes people leave our church for another one. How do we respond to that without defensiveness or defiance? Defensiveness is hearing but not listening. Defiance is worse. In both postures pride swells and we act like our church has it together with nothing to learn. I have a book called Exit Interviews by Bill Hendricks. I read it when I was just starting out as a pastor, and try to remember from it that there is always something to learn from those who leave, and sometimes there... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Mar 23 | 0 comments
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Repentance Deficit and Conviction Deficit

There are two primary deficits in the church’s witness, historically considered. One is repentance deficit and the other conviction deficit. Repentance deficit makes us seems superior to others. Conviction deficit makes us accommodate sin. The best contemporary definition of sin I’ve found is from Francis Spufford’s book Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense. Written as an apologia to a skeptical British readership,... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Feb 23 | 0 comments
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