October 3, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp’s Relationships: A Mess Worth Making is free for Nook and Kindle. I believe this will only last through the day.

The Getty’s have a new album. Sounds good. Come Ye Sinners is very fun. Who would have thought Kristyn could do Appalachian type music.

Lore Ferguson tackles Sexual Temptation and the Unmarried: Three Things to Remember about Christ. What she says is helpful for the married and unmarried alike.

Here we see the Hound of Heaven at work:


September 23, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I don’t have much to recommend this morning. Here are a few links worth checking out:

Mental illness is probably more prevalent than most of us think. It is a very troubling experience for all those involved. David Murray briefly writes about it and links to a free ebook discussing how we might serve those with mental illness.

Can Christian freedom allow believers to watch risqué TV shows and movies? Some might lean on Titus 1:15 for support. Mike Leake unpacks the verse and writes of it’s application.

How about gambling? Should believers gamble? Andy Naselli leans on Vern Poytress to address the issue. Here is a quote:

Gamblers have false gods. They have such false gods because they fail in knowing God and in experiencing fellowship with God. That is the root. Gambling is a tax on alienation from God.

Finally, I’ve always appreciated the romantic aspect of baseball. I love the tradition, the statistics, and the game itself. I say this even though I don’t think I’ve watched nine innings of baseball this year. Walter White, I mean Bryan Cranston has fun capturing the game.


September 12, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_There’s lots of good stuff out there today. Here’s a smattering …

Every read Hamlet? Maybe we should. Here Leland Ryken unpacks some of the lessons from the play. Makes me want to spend the day reading it.

I have a love hate relationship with poetry. However, the older I get the more I like it (especially when I really get it). You have to love the work it takes to understand it. Anyway, here Josh Blount unpacks the messages of two poems. It is worth spending time with these two works.

Tim Challies writes about why curious people don’t get bored.

R. C. Sproul believes every believer should read Moby Dick. I’ve worked my way through the book several times. It is tough going. R. C.’s word’s aren’t. They are worth reading.

Here is an interesting devotional on 9/11.

Here is Scotty Smith on dealing with tragedy.


September 10, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I’ve been saving stuff. Here you go …

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.


September 3, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims is free for Nook and Kindle

Christian Audio’s free book is Francis Schaeffer’s book How Should We Then Live. This is too good to pass up.

Should we tithe in this age of grace? Don Carson tackles this thorny question.

How does church conflict develop? We’ve all probably observed it at some point. My view is that it takes decades for a church to recover from serious conflict. Here is the typical path to tragic conflict. I pray Bowman continues to be spared from this disaster.

In this brief post, Ray Ortlund, using the book of Jonah, reminds his readers of the many resources God has to confront us. Thankfully, God does this.

Here is Tim Challies list of the greatest hymns. You probably won’t completely agree but your list might be very similar to his.

On a more serious note, here is one more evaluation of Victoria Osteen’s comment that have been flying around the internet of late. Here is a blurb:

Yes, the 37-second clip is a rambling mess born from almost incomprehensible Biblical ignorance. Yes, I hope these comments cause Osteen disciples to seriously reconsider their devotion to the most mega of America’s megachurches. But if these words succeed in toppling the Osteen empire, isn’t it a bit anticlimactic when the Osteens have said a thousand things that are even more theologically indefensible during their time at Lakewood Church?


June 14, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Aimee Byrd asks, “What is your Reading Level?” I’m not sure how we should respond to what she has written. I don’t know how to fix things. As she suggests, I’m not sure our techno-centric culture is helping.

Lately, because of this article in The Daily Beast, there has been a renewed interest in life and death of Thomas Kinkade. One of the best interpretations of his life has come from the pen of Matt Schneider. His piece is entitled “The Drunken Downfall (and Death) of Thomas Kinkade.” Here are some of Schneider’s poignant words:

The dilemma with Kinkade’s art is that he sweeps human suffering under the rug. It sees the world through a pre-Fall lens. His paintings are a big fat lie. And I have to wonder if the dishonesty actually contributed to his personal suffering more than it helped. In other words: What would have happened if Kinkade had struggled with his pain in his art rather than painting a facade over the human predicament?

Today and Tomorrow Paul Tripp’s A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You is free for Kindle and Nook. It’ll set you back $10 on Amazon. Should be an excellent book.




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: