Destinations

February 25, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_The Bowman newsletter should arrive in the next day or two. Any who are interested in reading my contribution can find it here. I’m hoping it will generate helpful dialogue about how Christians should respond to the idea of sabbath.

In the Our Crazy World Department, Wesleyan University has expanded the list of letters defining sexual identity: LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM. As usual Carl Trueman helpfully weighs in.

Mark Altrogge writes about Why you should think twice before badmouthing Obama. Good point.

Here is why we must not forget the Psalms.

Finally, for the theological geeks, Justin Taylor distills some conclusions from Everett Ferguson’s 975-page tome on Baptism. Ever wonder how the early church viewed baptism? This piece will provide a head start.

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Destinations

February 16, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I appreciated this short piece by Ray Ortlund. Indeed, Romance is not stupid.

Ever wonder about Lent? I appreciate Carl Truman’s take on this increasingly popular evangelical activity.

How we need to be praying for our brothers and sisters in Muslim lands!

Finally, don’t hate me for this, why are Christian movies so bad?

Destinations

February 13, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I know there has been a plethora of posts dealing the 50 Shades. I certainly don’t want to add my voice to the cacophony. The film seems to be a movie that further pushes our culture in the wrong direction. We can’t begin to imagine what poisonous fruit it will bear. How we must guard ourselves and our loved ones from this satanic scat. As usual, Al Mohler, adds his interpretative voice. Tim Challies points us to ten articles he’s written about the how to, and why we should, avoid pornography.

Men, What Your Wife Wishes You Knew about Valentine’s Day (and Every Other Day of the Year) is helpful. I don’t think you can go wrong heeding the insight of this post.

Here, my go to guy on the book of Revelation, Greg Beale, unpacks the meaning of the number 666. If you are drawn to the book of Revelation, Greg’s treatment of the number will help you understand other symbols in the book.

 

Destinations

February 11, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Francis and Lisa Chan’s new book on marriage is available as a free download for the next several days from Christian Audio.

Paul Tripp helpfully delineates 23 things that love is. I need to spend some time with this list.

David Murray weighs in on why Christians are hated so much. The problem, as you might guess, is Jesus.

I appreciated Al Mohler’s reflection “The President at the Payer Breakfast.” Does our esteemed president really not understand the treat from Islam?

I enjoyed Your dog is not a human being. Stop treating her like one. But she’s so cute!

Destinations

January 12, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_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.

Election Day 2014 — if you haven’t voted, now’s the time. Election day for many of us has become a barometer of just how far our country has slipped. It seems that the more we vote, the more we are reminded that in our country the bad is viewed as good and the good as bad. The problem isn’t endemic to the good old US of A, it is found throughout the Western World. Christianity and it’s Judeo-Christian ethic is waning. Because of this, I often hear people predict that the time of our Savior’s return can’t be far off.

But here’s the thing: Christianity is booming throughout the Third World and other places. In China, where as recently as a generation ago there were only one million saints, today there are 90 million who name the name of Christ. This pattern is repeated throughout what we might call the back corners of the world. Literally, thousands are being converted every day. It is amazing how the church is exploding in other parts of the world. And, by the way, these new believers are morally conservative. Yep, good is good and bad is bad.

Other than Jerusalem and Rome, most of the locations mentioned in the New Testament are predominately Muslim today. I can imagine as Islam crept into the Near East that people said to each other that the return of Christ can’t be far off. Things were getting worse. You get my point. I believe that God is going to do great things over the next several centuries regardless of how bad they are here.

My grandmother expressed the hope that Jesus would return before she died. She hasn’t been with us now for decades. I know that many of us have this hope. After all, most of us want to avoid the valley of the shadow of death. Yet, based on the reality of the exploding church in other parts of the world, I think it is time for Debbie and me to start thinking about where to store our bodies until Jesus returns.

Destinations

October 22, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here are a few links for your reading pleasure:

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.

My men’s book study early next year will be on the book Ordinary by Mike Horton. Here Horton is interviewed about the book.