November 12, 2014
There are a number of adoptive parents in our congregation. I don’t think that those of us with only biological children can imagine what that experience is like. No doubt there is a lot of pain associated with adoption. Teri alerted me to this piece detailing the struggles and joy of adoption.
Here is an insightful article arguing for the value of hymns in worship. I do think hymns do a better job of moving theological freight.
Finally, here are three links to stuff that I find somewhat interesting. First, Amazon is at war with some publishers over ebook prices. Second, here is an interesting summary of some common misconceptions. I’ll be surprised if you don’t learn something new. Finally, if you are ever on the prowl for a burger, here is a map of hamburger chain locations.
September 17, 2014
Here is an encouraging sermon by John MacArthur dealing with the truth that God typically uses ordinary people and churches:
September 10, 2014
For those of you who want to be digging deeper: here is a piece on the Abomination of Desolation. I like the way the author unpacks the passage.
How can we help new people in church? What People Who Are New to Your Church Want You to Know answers this question.
David Murray weighs in on How to Criticize a Preacher. I’m asking for it, I know.
“Male violence against women is a real problem in our culture, one the church must address …” So Russell Moore begins his fairly short piece encouraging the church to address the issue of violence against women.
Here are a couple of interesting sports links. First, The Simple Technology That Accidentally Ruined Baseball discusses what has happened to professional baseball over the past ten years. Interesting. Finally, Kevin DeYoung discusses Three Questions to Help Diagnose Possible Football Idolatry.
July 9, 2014
Randy Alcorn’s Seeing the Unseen: A Daily Dose of Eternal Perspective is free for Kindle.
I love this: Do Prodigals Feel Welcome At Our Churches?
Both conservatives and liberals struggle with pluralism. Everyone wants everyone else to think like they do. This article picks on liberals for their disdain for Hobby Lobby, but, as I said, conservatives have their blind spots too.
This is a lengthy article in three parts. It compares the mega-churches of today with cruise ships. Interesting stuff.
March 31, 2014
Calvin encourages us to repent and not despair. I need this one.
Did you know that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was opposed to abortion? Too bad her progeny hasn’t followed suit.
Ricky Jones answers the question, “Is Church Membership Really Required?” I hope you know the answer.
How do you get ready for church on Sundays? I’m not talking about primping and dressing, I’m getting at heart-preparation. Jordan Kauflin answers this question.
I’ve probably linked to this post before, but I love it. Kevin DeYoung writes about the glories of baseball. I appreciate all sporting events (I think I’d even enjoy watching a tiddlywinks match.), but baseball is best.
July 24, 2013
We often hear that when two or three are gathered together we have a church. What does Matthew 18:20 really mean? This is simply a helpful post on church discipline.
Porn is ubiquitous in our culture. It is very difficult to escape. Because of this it might be assumed that it is okay. This is not true; it is deadly. Russell Moore discusses the sin and how it should be addressed.
Here are 10 Basic Facts About the NT Canon you need to know. This list is worth digesting and memorizing.
Stephen Altrogge suggests that church should be like a good U2 song. In my cultural ignorance, I’ve never heard the song used in this piece.
Speaking of music, there is some great theology and encouragement in this song:
July 17, 2013
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.
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).