December 29, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Yesterday in church I encouraged folks to read the Bible through in 2015. Tim Challies discusses various plans to accomplish this.

Speaking of the Bible, perhaps you either read or heard about this Newsweek article. Whether you’ve encountered the article or not, I’d encourage you to work through these two posts (one, two). The value of the Newsweek piece is that it represents the common static believers encounter in relation to the Bible. Thus by studying the aforementioned posts you will be prepared to intelligently respond to the common arguments you might encounter.

Randy Alcorn’s Ten Practical Ways to Control Spending and Wisely Manage God’s Money is both helpful and wise. I think most believers in America need to consider his direction in this area.

Lore Ferguson grapples with not getting what we ask for from God.

Given the motorcycle culture of Bowman, perhaps we ought to bring them into the church?



February 25, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_How do we determine what God’s will for our lives is? Should I buy Crest or Colgate? Should we move or stay? I don’t think God is going to tell us. Follow God’s revealed will, seek wisdom, and act. Paul Tripp helps his readers unpack this important issue.

The “Jesus Calling” devotional is a huge success right now. If you are at all tempted to use this book, please read this first. It strikes me as a Neale Donald Walsh type book for Christians. We have the “Daily Bread” in our foyer. Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” is exquisite. Right now I’m using the “The Mockingbird Devotional.” It too has a great gospel focus. These are all very good resources if you are hunting for a devotional.

Speaking of devotions, Erik Raymond offers some suggestions about how to mine truth from God’s word.

I recently linked to a post on tithing. Here Ray Ortlund weighs in on the issue. I always appreciate what Ray writes.



Somehow we’ve lost the wonder of having God’s Word.

ESV Audio Free

January 3, 2014

This month Christian Audio is offering the audio version of the ESV for free. It usually costs $28.98. As I mentioned a few days ago, using an audio Bible you can listen to the entire Bible in a year if you listen just 12 minutes a day. Who doesn’t waste at least 12 minutes every day? Put the audio Bible on your phone, tablet, or computer and start listening.


December 30, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Interested in reading the Bible through this next year? Justin Taylor lists many of the resources available to help you do this. For example, did you know that if you choose to listen to the Bible instead of reading it, it only takes twelve minutes a day?

I don’t think New Year’s resolutions are necessarily a bad idea. Perhaps the biggest problem with resolutions is that we seldom keep them. Paul Tripp says that the change we all need typically doesn’t come in one big moment but rather in the little ones we make every day. What do you think?

Twisted Sifter reveals their top 100 photos of the year. You will be amazed.

Here’s one for you sports aficionados:

Pretty Fun …

December 18, 2013

I know my posts have been rather light (in number and content) this week. I could have discussed Harold Camping’s death, or repentance Ted Haggard style, or the problems with the updated NIV, or how to read the Bible in a more meaningful way. But, I’ve chosen the lower road and am satisfied with feel-good stories.


October 2, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I appreciate Tim Challies’ call to the church to persevere in prayer. It is directed to pastors but it is an encouragement all believers need to hear. If we really believe that the almighty, loving God of the universe hears and responds to our words, we will be driven to pray. So what is it that we don’t believe?

Ann Voskamp posts Scot McKnight’s important observation of, and encouragement to, the American church. I link to this not because I believe Bowman is off track here but rather as a reminder of why we do what we do at Bowman. Here is a quote:

Instead of asking the Bible to talk to us about what we’d like to hear — what we need is to be led to the Bible to hear what God has said.

Finally, “John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, Doxology” is free for Kindle. It has been a few years since I read this book, but as I remember, it is worth reading. You have to understand that I think that John Calvin is one of God’s greatest gifts to the church since The Apostle Paul.


July 17, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I’ve been derelict in my blogging duties lately. So, here are some posts worth considering …

First here is “Kirsten Powers: How a Liberal Democrat and Former Atheist Came to Know Jesus Christ as her Savior.” I love conversion stories. This is a good one.

What is the longest book in the Bible? Here is a hint: the book of Psalms weighs in at number three.

Family devotions are always difficult. Parents, not the church, have the responsibility of raising children in the discipline and admonition of the Lord. Why not use the Heidelberg Catechism to disciple your children? Here is some help in using the catechism with your kids.

Here is a brief response to the George Zimmerman verdict (I know you are probably tired of hearing about it.) by H. B. Charles Jr. I think that most of us who hail from Europe have trouble resonating with the response from the African-American community. The difficulty with an event like this is that it is truly impossible to really know what happened that fateful night. Because of this I identify with people on both sides of the debate.

Church discipline is always difficult. Here is a reflection of how the excommunication of a father ended up being a positive thing.

When J.I. Packer speaks, we should attempt to hear what he is saying. In this article his concern is that too many churches in America are playing the numbers game. Whether a church is large or small, it is always tempting to gauge success and faithfulness based on the size of the congregation.

At Bowman, it always seems that there is some pushback when using the Apostles’ Creed. The word “catholic” trips us up. Here is a brief discussion of the word.

Is Jeremiah 17:9 true of believers? I appreciate this balanced answer.

25 Common Phrases That You’re Saying Wrong. Don’t you hate it when you find out you’ve been revealing your ignorance? I do it all the time.

I enjoyed this piece about the difference between British and American humor (warning: there is some very minor crude allusions).


June 24, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I love reading stories, both fiction and non-fiction. Here, Barnabas Piper contends that men should read more stories than books about how men should live. Sounds really good to me. Go read a book.

Mark Altrogge writes about “When My Hair Looks Like A Van Gogh Sunflower.” His point is that we need others to help us see what we can’t. Good stuff.

Here are “9 Things You Should Know About The Bible.” I bet some of your nagging questions about the Bible will be answered by this piece.

This next post is a defense of how I use my time. Thom Rainer recently conducted an nonscientific study about how much time pastors spend preparing sermons. The average time is 13 hours. I’ve said many times that I’m both a packrat and a plodder. It probably takes me closer to 18 hours by the time I finish the necessary reading.

As I was assembling this blog post I was listening to Redemption Hill’s “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” I felt it was too good not to pass on to you: