Destinations

April 8, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Is mental illness actually biblical? Sometimes we struggle with this one.

The ebook 31 Days of Purity is available for free. If you are struggling with pornography this might be a good place to start.

I appreciated Paul Tripp’s “Fall in Love Again.” It is good encouragement on several levels.

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly. I never miss posts like this. I still struggle with affect versus effect.

This is a good followup to the previous link:

Destinations

March 28, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I hate to mention the issue of homosexuality, but  I think this post is helpful. Kevin DeYoung deals with why this issue isn’t like other areas where Christians might disagree. This issue isn’t like the millennium. As DeYoung writes: “At its root, support for homosexual behavior is not simply a different interpretation of Scripture; it is a rejection of Scripture itself.”

Ever struggle with depression? Here are 8 Causes of Spiritual Depression.

Jen Thron has 5 Hard Things to Pray for your Husband.

I encourage you to read Salvation in a Dementia Ward. Sometimes God takes us to some pretty dark places.

“Found: God’s Will” by John MacArthur is free for Nook and Kindle.

Destinations

March 25, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_The big news yesterday on the evangelical front was World Vision’s capitulation to gay mirage. Many articulate voices have expressed their criticisms. If you are interested, here are John Piper’s, Russell Moore’s, and Denny Burk’s opinions. All of them are pretty much spot on. If you only read one take on the issue, read Carl Trueman’s. No one, except for maybe Doug Wilson, says it better.

How do we handle a bad mood? I appreciate Tim Challies‘ encouragement.

Today oral arguments started before the Supreme Court in the government’s case against Hobby Lobby. We need to pray for this situation. Our religious liberties are at stake. Often slippery-slope arguments are fallacious. This case does represent a true erosion of religious liberty. If the government can force corporations to supply abortion-inducing drugs, it seems that it might force other actions that are contrary to one’s religious beliefs. What is next?

This kid is going to be good …

Destinations

February 26, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_One of the most intimidating ministries we can engage in is helping depressed people. The stakes are high and there is no safety net. Here are “10 Ways to Show Love to Someone With Depression.”

How do we witness to unbelievers? Tim Keller uses Blaise Pascal to answer this vexing question.

God’s will is always a difficult issue. I’m not referring to God’s revealed will. The law is clear enough. The difficult part of God’s will is unpacking the juxtaposition between God’s and our will. We act freely and at the same time do exactly what God has decreed. This goes from things as diminutive as whether or not I scratch my head when it itches to whom we marry. Tom Schreiner discusses the contours of this interface.

You wouldn’t think Robin Thicke and church signs would mix, but they do:

Destinations

September 24, 2013

Depression is something that to some degree lurks in all of our lives from time to time. For others, it rages more frequently than not. Here is a rather in depth article about depression and how the work of Christ addresses the issue.

Lies My Pastor Told Me: God Wants You to be Rich. The title says it all.

Some Halloween history:

Destinations

May 24, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here are a few quick stops that I believe are worth your time.

Relationships are difficult. More specifically, forgiveness is difficult. Here Justin Taylor touches on the responsibility believers have toward those who have hurt them. This is well worth the time it takes to read it.

Most every believer battles depression and discouragement from time to time. Some believers are crippled by it. Here are 7 Tips from John Newton On Battling Depression.

I appreciate everything Justin Holcomb writes. Here he highlights the power of grace in the life of the believer.

Michael Horton is one of the premiere theologians of our day. His family’s roots are in Moore Oklahoma, and his brother and his family still live there. Mike grapples with the age old question of how a good God could allow this awful tragedy to take place.

Destinations

July 16, 2012

Why are you cast down my soul? Mark Altrogge reminds us of our truth; truth that extracts us from discouragement.

Why are you cast down O my soul?  Why are you anxious? Here’s why – because you’ve taken your eyes off God. You’ve quit hoping in God. You’ve taken God out of the equation.  When we quit hoping in God and believing we shall yet praise him, there’s nowhere else to go but down.

Here R. C. Sproul discusses the Rapture. As usual, I appreciate what he says.

I once spoke with one of the leading representatives of this school of thought, a man who teaches the “pretribulation” rapture. I said to him, “I do not know a single verse anywhere in the Bible that teaches a pretribulation rapture. Can you tell me where to find that?” I’ll never forget what he said to me: “No, I can’t. But that’s what I was taught from the time I was a little child.” I told him, “Let’s get our theology from the Bible rather than from Sunday school lessons we heard years and years ago.”

You might have heard that an Arizona pastor was recently jailed for having a Bible study in his home. This is alarming on a number of levels, however, I’m not sure this is so much a religious issue as it is a private property issue.

“Messy Church: A Multigenerational Mission for God’s Family” is free today for Nook and Kindle. I’m not sure where the author goes but I like the idea of the title. So often churches are age-graded so that parents and children can escape each other. I think the church functions best as a multigenerational family. Also the book “The Gift of Work: Spiritual Disciplines for the Workplace” is $1.99 for Kindle. The subtitle is “learning to thrive in your job.” Sounds interesting.

Destinations

March 17, 2012

The submission issue in marriage is a minefield. Husbands can club their wives with it; wives can choke on the whole concepts; those who are unmarried look on incredulously. In my experience I don’t think there is a more explosive area than the interface between men and women in and out of marriage. Anyway, here Wayne Grudem is very helpful in articulating what biblical submission should look like. All Christian husbands need to hear what he says.

The church is a family. Like a family, it is composed of people with competing agendas. Competing agendas always make for conflict. Here Stephen Altrogge reminds us that church is a messy place. Don’t be surprised at the mess. Realize that you are contributing your share of spills. Be gracious to the other mess makers.

I’m also saying that our churches should be places where messy people feel comfortable. They should be places from which the compelling grace of God radiates forth. Places where the self-righteous and the self-hating can come and be confronted and changed by the wonderful gospel of Christ. If we’re truly preaching the gospel, then people of all sorts will be saved, and they will bring all their baggage with them.

But God …” is only $0.99 for the Kindle. I purchased this book last year but I haven’t read it yet. Here is part of the books description:

James Montgomery Boice wrote, “May I put it quite simply? If you understand those two words—‘but God’—they will save your soul. If you recall them daily and live by them, they will transform your life completely.” Boice was right. To the left of “But God” in Scripture appear some of the worst human atrocities, characterized by disobedience and rebellion. To the left of “But God” is hopelessness, darkness, and death. But to its right, following “But God,” readers of Scripture will find hope, light, and life. Following God’s intervention, the story of Scripture becomes one of grace, righteousness, and justice. In fact, this phrase is used to describe God’s activity in nearly every great salvation story in the Bible. It is the perfect phrase for highlighting God’s grace against the dark backdrop of human sin.

Destinations

February 29, 2012

Is It Right for a Christian to Take Anti-Depressants? This is a timely piece that deals with a vexing question.

“There are some Christians who believe any psychiatric drug is a spiritual rejection of the Bible’s authority. I’m not one of them. But there are other Christians who seem to think, with the culture around us, that everything is material and can be solved by material means. I don’t think that’s right either.”

Luther had a great way of saying things. Like Shakespeare, he also knew how to deliver an insult. Here, Luther will insult you to your heart’s content. A well thought-out insult is a thing of beauty.

Ever walk out Sunday morning and wonder what in the world the pastor was talking about? Don’t answer that. Here is some direction by the president of Wheaton College, Phil Ryken, on how to listen to a sermon. This is good stuff.

God’s Funeral

December 14, 2011

An exchange between Martin Luther and his wife Katharina:

“Once, when Martin was so depressed that none of Kate’s counsel would help, she put on a black dress. Luther noticed it and asked, ‘Are you going to a funeral?’ ‘No,’ Kate replied, ‘but since you act like God is dead, I wanted to join you in your mourning.’

Luther got the message and recovered.”

—Rudolf K. Markwald and Marilynn Morris Markwald, Katharina Von Bora: A Reformation Life (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2002), 139-140.

(HT: Justin Taylor)