March 24, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_R. C. Sproul Jr. answers the question all of us ask at one time or another: How Should We Understand the Promise Jesus Makes in John 14:14, “If You Ask Anything in My Name I Will Do It?”

Mark Altrogge poses the question, What do you want people to say at your funeral? Good question to think about. What will they say?

Understanding the person of Jesus Christ is one of our most vexing challenges. Justin Taylor leans on Stephan Wellum to think about whether God was in the tomb as a corpse.

I understand being very upset with where our culture is going? How should the church respond to those who actively disobey God’s moral law? Should we preach the gospel or advocate stoning? You are right, stoning is the wrong answer.


February 25, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_How do we determine what God’s will for our lives is? Should I buy Crest or Colgate? Should we move or stay? I don’t think God is going to tell us. Follow God’s revealed will, seek wisdom, and act. Paul Tripp helps his readers unpack this important issue.

The “Jesus Calling” devotional is a huge success right now. If you are at all tempted to use this book, please read this first. It strikes me as a Neale Donald Walsh type book for Christians. We have the “Daily Bread” in our foyer. Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” is exquisite. Right now I’m using the “The Mockingbird Devotional.” It too has a great gospel focus. These are all very good resources if you are hunting for a devotional.

Speaking of devotions, Erik Raymond offers some suggestions about how to mine truth from God’s word.

I recently linked to a post on tithing. Here Ray Ortlund weighs in on the issue. I always appreciate what Ray writes.




January 30, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_It is very important to know our hearts. Our lives flow from our hearts (Pr 4:23). Sinclair Ferguson offers a short catechism about our hearts. Question 6 is very helpful.

Are you ever frustrated with how you feel? Of course you are. Who feels the way they want to, or better, need to all the time. This is why we need Paul’s command to rejoice. We don’t always feel joyful. David Murray offers a strategy as to how we can get a better handle on our feelings. This is a nice followup to Sinclair Ferguson’s offering above.

Finally, Peter Jones is an astute “spiritual” interpreter of our culture and age. Here he offers a religious interpretation of the Grammy’s the other night. What I saw of the show was very disturbing. I wonder where it is all going. When no one wears any clothes and sex with anyone or anything is permissible, what will be left to titillate? Perhaps at some point when the emptiness, the vacuousness of sexual promiscuity is realized our culture will move back in the other direction. We can only hope.


December 30, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Interested in reading the Bible through this next year? Justin Taylor lists many of the resources available to help you do this. For example, did you know that if you choose to listen to the Bible instead of reading it, it only takes twelve minutes a day?

I don’t think New Year’s resolutions are necessarily a bad idea. Perhaps the biggest problem with resolutions is that we seldom keep them. Paul Tripp says that the change we all need typically doesn’t come in one big moment but rather in the little ones we make every day. What do you think?

Twisted Sifter reveals their top 100 photos of the year. You will be amazed.

Here’s one for you sports aficionados:


November 5, 2013

Here is a reminder that we never know about the influence we might have. Our task is to know the Word and love the people around us. We love those around us by sharing the truth. Perhaps there is a Spurgeon in your company today.  By the way, “The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon” by Lawson is free all month long. The Nook version can be found here.

Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves. How does this look in our lives? Here David Murray gives ten ways we can practically love those around us.

We are saved by works. This sounds heretical but it is true. God is a just God. Those who enter heaven will do so on the basis of perfect law-keeping.

Cross Talk” is free TODAY ONLY. I read this book several years ago and it is definitely worth the time (since money isn’t part of the equation). So, get it now.

Our kids are brain damaged:


September 17, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_As you probably know, I think parents ought to do their best to have their children with them in church. Here is a helpful post that Deb alerted me to that talks about this challenge. All of us need to read this post.

Speaking of raising our children in church, here Trevin Wax reminds us that the point of church isn’t to merely learn. What do we tell our kids when they already know ALL the stories?

“Acting the Miracle” is John Piper’s new book on sanctification. It releases at the end of this month. However you can download the whole thing in PDF form and read it now.

“Give and it shall be given to you …”


August 20, 2013


Piggybacking on yesterday’s post about books, Nicolas McDonald is composing a list of the best novels. I love good stories. Here is his list of honorable mention books.

I appreciated this short post on when to use him, her, whom, he, she, and who. I still have nightmares about a test regarding the use of who and whom in high school. Who is for subjects, whom is for objects. I bet you already knew that.

Our educational system isn’t kind to boys. This shouldn’t surprise us given the political climate of our day. Alas, silly ideas have huge consequences. Christina Hoff Sommers from Time weighs in on the issue. Here is a quote:

Schools must enforce codes of discipline and maintain clear rules against incivility and malicious behavior. But that hardly requires abolishing tag, imposing games of tug of peace or banning superhero play. Efforts to re-engineer the young-male imagination are doomed to fail, but they will succeed spectacularly in at least one way. They will send a clear and unmistakable message to millions of schoolboys: You are not welcome in school.

Finally, Thabiti Anyabwile addresses the battle over gay marriage. Because of the graphic nature of what he writes, you might not want to read the whole thing. TMI. I appreciate what he writes about homosexual relationships and love as well as the issue of gay rights. While the yuk factor is inescapable, I’m not sure it helps believers properly interface with the lost. Thabiti writes:

Consider how many times you’ve read the word “gay” or “homosexual” in this post withoutthinking about the actual behaviors those terms represent. “Gay” and “homosexual” are polite terms for an ugly practice. They are euphemisms. In all the politeness, we’ve actually stopped talking about the things that lie at the heart of the issue–sexual promiscuity of an abominable sort.