February 25, 2015
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
October 14, 2014
There are some books worth nabbing. First, Elise Fitzpatrick’s Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ is $0.99 for Nook and Kindle. Union with Christ is one of the most important but least understood doctrines there is. When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart is free for Nook and Kindle. Who Am I: Identity In Christ is a free audio book. This book is written by Jerry Bridges and read by Alistair Begg.
One Thing I Want My Kids to Remember About Me is a good reminder for all parents.
In case you were wondering, pot really is bad for you.
Nancy Guthrie writes about The Best Things About the Boring Parts of the Bible.
Paul Tripp’s words are directed toward pastors, but what he says is good for all of us. If nothing else, you will gain insight into the mind of the pastor.
October 7, 2014
First, some free ebooks. Crossway is giving away Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson through October 12. Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us is free today for Nook and Kindle. It looks really good.
In Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court: What Now for the Church?, Russell Moore helpfully comments on yesterday’s Supreme Court move. How should Christians respond now that we know that same sex marriage will be the law of the land?
I appreciated Bleep! Why Christians Shouldn’t Cuss. Here is the short answer: “This is why Christians don’t cuss: we cherish the purpose for which God gave words.” This is at least worth thinking about.
Dan Martinusen yesterday linked on Facebook to Is Your Church Worship More Pagan than Christian?. Again, this is worth thinking about.
Read The Shyness of C S Lewis in Speaking of His Longing for the Far Off Country several times today. You will be blessed.