January 12, 2015
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.
November 24, 2014
This is an old video from Piper. I think it is worth listening to several times every year.
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.
September 23, 2014
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.
July 3, 2014
There are several free ebooks worth grabbing right now. Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God is free for Nook and Kindle. This seems like it might be a handy resource for anyone who has to speak to children from time to time. Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John is free for Kindle and Nook. Lion of Babylon, this month’s free audio offering from Christian Audio, is probably worth listening to.
David Murray writes about 10 Reasons God Stops Us in Our Tracks.
I think about church growth from time to time. Here is an interesting article about the issue.
I Want a Patriotic Church. Don’t hate me for this.
You might have heard that Louis Zamperini has died. We will hear a lot about him this year with Angelina Jolie’s film Unbroken being released on Christmas Day. Here is his testimony at a 1958 Billy Graham Crusade.
March 24, 2014
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.
March 10, 2014
Do you ever wonder what to do with Lent? The two links in this post argue for both sides of the issue. If you are curious about the practice, this might be the place to start.
Several Sundays ago, I preached about church membership. As I discussed membership, I also addressed church discipline. This post, thoroughly but briefly, outlines the issue of church membership.
Do you want more of the backstory of what is happening in Ukraine? Here are the Cliffs Notes: