Rob Lister

Take Heed How You Read

By Rob Lister Jan. 25, 2013 12:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

As we near the outset of a new academic semester, I thought this comment from John Frame was a fitting word of encouragement for Talbot faculty and students alike concerning the nature of our engagement with God’s word.

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New Book

By Rob Lister Nov. 26, 2012 10:32 p.m. Theology

Crossway has just released a book I wrote on the doctrine of divine impassibility. The title is God is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion.

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Prayer and Productivity

By Rob Lister Mar. 7, 2012 12:00 p.m. Spiritual Formation, Theology

One of the things I've struggled with over the years is knowing how to best pursue my own productivity goals.  At various times, I’ve experienced everything from “productivity pride” to “productivity disappointment” to “productivity envy.”  Along the way, I have learned that I don’t have to battle my productivity struggles in my own strength.  And as a result of some of those lessons, I’ve collated a few items that I regularly pray for in relation to my productivity pursuits.

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Keeping Holiday

By Rob Lister Dec. 8, 2011 6:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation, Theology

I love reading good children’s literature to my kids.  I especially love it when a great narrative for kids comes packaged together with really good theology.  Such is the case with Starr Meade’s Keeping Holiday (Crossway, 2008)—a book so satisfying narratively and theologically that we are re-reading it to our kids this holiday season.  The best way I can describe it is to say that Keeping Holiday is part Narnia and part Pilgrim’s Progress for kids.

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Four Thoughts on Christian Prayer

By Rob Lister Sep. 22, 2011 6:00 a.m. Spiritual Formation

Recently, the church I attend concluded a summer sermon series on prayer that encouraged my prayer life.  Now that the series is over, I thought it might be useful to jot a brief reflection on several of the key points that have stuck with me throughout this series.

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A Free Bible Resource for Children

By Rob Lister Aug. 23, 2011 12:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

Recently, prior to one of our family trips this summer I stumbled across what looks like a great resource for kids produced by “Faith Comes By Hearing.”  It's been a blessing to our kids, so I thought I'd pass it along.

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"The Wingfeather Saga"

By Rob Lister Jul. 7, 2011 6:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Spiritual Formation

Here’s a summer reading suggestion.  Take Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga for a spin.  It’s a stirring fantasy epic that is sure to delight both young and old in your home just as it has in ours. 

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