March 21, 2014
Second, Doug Wilson discusses total depravity. If you have questions about what it is, or how it is supported biblically, I encourage you to read this post. It is the deep end of the pool but well worth your time.
Finally, this video reminds me that we have to do more:
July 17, 2013
First here is “Kirsten Powers: How a Liberal Democrat and Former Atheist Came to Know Jesus Christ as her Savior.” I love conversion stories. This is a good one.
What is the longest book in the Bible? Here is a hint: the book of Psalms weighs in at number three.
Family devotions are always difficult. Parents, not the church, have the responsibility of raising children in the discipline and admonition of the Lord. Why not use the Heidelberg Catechism to disciple your children? Here is some help in using the catechism with your kids.
Here is a brief response to the George Zimmerman verdict (I know you are probably tired of hearing about it.) by H. B. Charles Jr. I think that most of us who hail from Europe have trouble resonating with the response from the African-American community. The difficulty with an event like this is that it is truly impossible to really know what happened that fateful night. Because of this I identify with people on both sides of the debate.
Church discipline is always difficult. Here is a reflection of how the excommunication of a father ended up being a positive thing.
When J.I. Packer speaks, we should attempt to hear what he is saying. In this article his concern is that too many churches in America are playing the numbers game. Whether a church is large or small, it is always tempting to gauge success and faithfulness based on the size of the congregation.
At Bowman, it always seems that there is some pushback when using the Apostles’ Creed. The word “catholic” trips us up. Here is a brief discussion of the word.
25 Common Phrases That You’re Saying Wrong. Don’t you hate it when you find out you’ve been revealing your ignorance? I do it all the time.
I enjoyed this piece about the difference between British and American humor (warning: there is some very minor crude allusions).
September 19, 2012
August 10, 2012
First, here is a helpful piece that we at Bowman need to think about. It is entitled “10 Ways to Ensure I’ll Never Revisit your Church.” We have lots of visitors but few return in a sustained fashion.
Here is a wonderful piece about how we might infuse the gospel into our everyday conversations. Let’s do it.
I often mention that Proverbs 22:6 is a just that, a proverb and not a promise. Here Mark Coppenger unpacks the verse. I don’t know of any other element of our lives that keeps us more in touch with God than our children.
Because we are fallen, we often think of God as BORING. How sad is this? Words fail me. Here Kevin DeYoung citing Chesterton helps us fight the silliness.
Here are a couple of book deals. Sinclair Ferguson’s book “In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life” is $0.99 in the Kindle format. Most of us have probably watched “Chariots of Fire” at some point in our lives. The main character, Eric Liddell, wrote a book called “The Disciplines of the Christian Life.” It is free this month from Christian Audio.
Finally, here are two of my favorite folks talking about about the Christian life. I bought the book being discussed for my Dad earlier this year.
July 24, 2012
How do spanking my child and pain in my life relate to each other? Yep, they both relate to discipline. Perhaps our halfhearted discipline of children connects with our view of how God disciplines us? Here is an insightful post by Tony Reinke about the relationship between these two issues.
In this post, Tullian tells us that we often function with a view that is more karmic than Biblical. I think he has a point.
Here are seven tips about sharing Christ with our neighbor. At the end of the day, simply being a neighbor will provide the platform needed to share our dearest truth.
Piper’s ebook “Adoniram Judson: How Few There Are Who Die So Hard!” is free in either format. So is “David Brainerd: May I Never Loiter On My Heavenly Journey!” If you ever have questions about how to get an ebook on your preferred device, don’t hesitate to ask.
July 18, 2012
Worship wars; we’ve are all veterans. Here is a very interesting piece about why we love the music we love. It helps explain why both young and old feel so strongly about the music they love. Turns out …
Hearing familiar, favorite music stimulates the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter involved in pleasure and addiction, providing the same rush as eating chocolate or that winning does for a compulsive gambler.
Here are 40 things girls should know about guys. Most of them are pretty much right on.
Some of the best Christian literature was written in the more distant past. Here is a listing of a number of free ebooks. If you’ve never read any of the Puritans, I encourage you to read some of Thomas Watson’s stuff. It is amazingly easy to read and very helpful. Also, “The Constantine Codex” is free today for Kindle and Nook. Looks like another Christian “DaVinci Code” type book.
This post is about historical theology. Many of us loosely see ourselves as Reformed. My theology is Reformed in a baptistic sense. Some classically Reformed dudes would say that that is oxymoronic. There are two streams of Reformed Theology. One from Scotland and one from the Netherlands. Justin Holcomb tracks down the two streams discussing their similarities and differences.
Don’t miss this video by Voddie Baucham. I appreciate what he says about what the gospel is and what that means as to its delivery.
July 17, 2012
In this piece Jim Hamilton tackles the issue of motherhood from the perspective of Biblical Theology. It should be an interesting read.
Along those same lines, Al Mohler interacts with Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods.” Louv in his book contends that children don’t play outside any more. They are only happy when there is an electrical socket nearby. I must confess I haven’t thought a great deal about this issue. I’ve observed it; I haven’t reflected much about it. My Mom during the summer would essentially kick my siblings and me out of the house on Saturdays and during the summer. “Don’t come back until it’s dinner time.” This to say I might be biased. I don’t understand the mindset of a child who would rather play in an artificial world than the real world. What do you think? Here’s a quote:
Is contact with nature necessary for healthy childhood? Louv is absolutely confident that children have a deep need for contact with the natural world and its wonders. “Unlike television, nature does not steal time; it amplifies it,” Louv insists. In his view, “whatever shape nature takes, it offers each child an older, larger world separate from parents.” The natural world offers children an opportunity to think, dream, touch, and play out fantasies about how he or she imagines the world. Nature brings a capacity for wonder and a connection with something real that is endlessly fascinating and largely outside human control.
Here are Tim Keller’s 10 helpful ways to evangelize. I realize I’ve linked to these 10 suggestions before but I think they are worth thinking about again.
Finally, here one can find links to a free Piper book called “Sanctification in the Everyday.”