January 12, 2015
If you are at all tempted by sloth, you might want to read this article. I appreciated what this person had to say.
Often it can be difficult to determine which promises in the Bible apply to believers personally. This piece helps one navigate the question.
Here are Barna’s top ten findings for 2014. As is usually the case, the news is mixed. My dad sent this link to me.
Gospel Formed is free today for Kindle. It looks like a good read.
Also, one of the best devotionals is Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. It is this month’s free audio book from Christian Audio.
December 29, 2014
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?
November 19, 2014
Believers celebrate Jesus in many ways. He is our Savior, Brother, and Friend. We can tend to emphasize his humanity, love and vulnerability. And, well we should.
On balance, he is the mighty God. We mustn’t forget this. If we do, we create an improper view, I might say, image of Jesus. We can refashion Jesus into a god who is more manageable. With manageability we lose our sense of worship and awe. We, to some degree, domesticate Him.
I don’t think we actually forget that He is the God-Man. I’m suggesting that we might unconsciously emphasize Jesus’ humanity over his deity.
As you know, the Apostle John lived and walked with Jesus for three years. He saw Jesus raise the dead; He witnessed the Transfiguration. He encountered the resurrected Jesus. Yet, how did John respond when he encountered Jesus in the book of Revelation (1:17)? “When I saw him, I fell at this feet as though dead.” John, in spite of his familiarity with Jesus, was overwhelmed when he encountered him. The veil was removed and John understood as never before who Jesus is. John, in spite of his history with Jesus, in spite of being the conduit of the Holy Spirit used to give us the gospel of John, three letters, and the book of Revelation, was stunned when he encountered Jesus.
If John was stunned by his encounter with Jesus, what will it be like for us? Indeed, every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, that He is God. This awareness won’t be forced; like with John, it will be the reflex of stunned hearts and minds. It will be the only appropriate response to the glory of our precious Savior.
Let me conclude with several quotes from people whose articulation far surpasses mine. First, from Charles Wesley’s eloquent Christmas carol “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”:
Christ, by highest Heav’n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.
I love songs that make me think. This song does this. “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th’incarnate Deity.” We are often impressed with people, with their skills, gifts, wealth, and power. On that Day when we stand before Jesus the people who have impressed us in the past will be on their knees beside us. Those who impress us today will be long forgotten when confronted with the glory of Jesus. Those who impress us today will be like a candle when compared to the sun.
Finally, I love this quote from Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” It is a dialogue about meeting Aslan, the Christ figure:
“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
November 17, 2014
Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God is free for Kindle. Looks like a great tool for Dads (or Moms) who still have kids at home. Also, I’m always looking for helps along the way incase I get asked to speak to kids.
Do You Hear the People Sing? deals with how important it is to be able to hear the voices of other saints during Sunday morning worship. Sunday morning isn’t about performance; it is about corporate worship.
Mark Altrogge writes about The Unbelievable, Incomprehensible, Mind-Blowing Power Available To Us.
October 22, 2014
Mark Altrogge calls parents to keep praying for their unsaved children. I say, “Amen.”
David Murray has started the first of several posts dealing with submission. It should be a good series.
Aaron Earls writes about what Millennials misunderstand about marriage. I understand the problems caused by broken marriages, however, simply living together won’t solve the root problems.
Jacob Abshire offers a free ebook on Christian accountability.
August 19, 2014
Last week we were up at our family’s cabin above Butte Meadows. There are a couple of phone lines but no TV and very slow internet. This to say we hadn’t heard a thing about Ferguson until we returned. I’m not qualified to comment in any way about the event. Thabiti Anyabwile is moving back to the States. I do think what he writes is worth thinking about. Ray Ortlund appreciates his honest post.
John Piper articulates what happens to us at conversion. This a helpful primer about our salvation.
This month’s free audio book from Christian Audio is Anna and the King. “This poignant story of Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam has captured the fancy of millions worldwide through not only the book, but the play The King and I. Wonderfully narrated by Anne Flosnik and nominated for a prestigious Audie Award in 2013, it is certainly one of the most entertaining audiobooks we have given away.”
Often when reading the Bible we interpret too literalistically. Don’t throw rocks yet. When something is symbolical we can easily miss the point of what is being said. I’m “all thumbs.” What do you picture when I say that? Yeah, you don’t imagine that I have five thumbs on each hand. Clumsy, yes, but not five thumbs. Too often when trying to interpret prophecy we default to a literal interpretation. So when the Bible says that there is no sea in heaven does it mean that there will be no long walks on the beach? R. C. Sproul unpacks the meaning of this enigmatic line.
July 7, 2014
If you only read one thing today, make it this post by Justin Taylor. He writes about how afraid we are to be alone with ourselves. In fact, it might be worth reading twice.
Randy Alcorn writes about why our children so quickly abandon their faith once they get to college.
Jonathan Parnell predicts that one day the abortion industry will self-destruct. We can only hope.
Should we bind Satan? I’ve heard people attempt it many times. Clint Archer weighs in.