June 13, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Want to Grow Spiritually? God’s strategy is very simple.

Here are some thoughts by Tim Challies about how to fight temptation.

Given the price America paid in Iraq, it is sad to see where things are heading. Perhaps there is a lesson here.


July 17, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I’ve been derelict in my blogging duties lately. So, here are some posts worth considering …

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.

Is Jeremiah 17:9 true of believers? I appreciate this balanced answer.

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 14, 2012

If you have hung around me for any length of time, you’ve heard me say, “I don’t know.” There is always far more that we don’t know than what we do know. Anyway, Jared Wilson affirms that it is good for pastors to say, “I don’t know.” “I don’t know” that I agree with his reason #3.

Joe Thorne gives 8 Rules for Growing in Godliness. Succinct (the halmark of Joe Thorne) and helpful.

We probably don’t believe that the Lord is lenient. But he is. This is a helpful reminder. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve. Praise him!

Stephen Altrogge encourages believers to not be so authentic. What he means is that rather than focusing on our continuing battle with sin, we should remind each other of who we are in Christ.

I’ve added a video to the homepage of our church website. It gets at the heart of the message of salvation.