February 26, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_One of the most intimidating ministries we can engage in is helping depressed people. The stakes are high and there is no safety net. Here are “10 Ways to Show Love to Someone With Depression.”

How do we witness to unbelievers? Tim Keller uses Blaise Pascal to answer this vexing question.

God’s will is always a difficult issue. I’m not referring to God’s revealed will. The law is clear enough. The difficult part of God’s will is unpacking the juxtaposition between God’s and our will. We act freely and at the same time do exactly what God has decreed. This goes from things as diminutive as whether or not I scratch my head when it itches to whom we marry. Tom Schreiner discusses the contours of this interface.

You wouldn’t think Robin Thicke and church signs would mix, but they do:

How To Write A Worship Song

February 8, 2013

I think I’ve got it …

(HT: Z)

From the New Yorker

January 1, 2013

(HT: Mockingbird)


November 21, 2012

First, is it true that men don’t read books? Here is a short article discussing why men supposedly don’t read books and some practical encouragements to help men read. I know a group of 10 or 11 guys who read at least one one book through the fall of every year.

Of course, the David Petraeus scandal is still very much in the news. Many are asking if adultery should have disqualified him from his office. David Roach tells us why adultery matters.

Al Mohler discusses some of the interesting stuff in the news these days. Did you hear that San Francisco has banned some forms of public nudity? How wonderful is this? Also, he discusses the Anglican Church’s recent vote to not allow women bishops. Once again, I think I’m surprised.

Mark Altrogge helps us understand that rejoicing in our circumstances doesn’t mean that we have to like them.

Here are seven signs the sermon is nearing an end. Perhaps I telegraph the end a different way?

Finally, Andrew Burford called me yesterday and discussed the new Fire Prevention Fee that is being assessed on rural California home owners. If you are bothered by this new fee, this site tells you how do fight the fee and sign a petition opposing it.

Some Great Baptism Tips Here

November 14, 2012

Who knew you could actually baptize in a church?

I Need To Try This …

November 7, 2012

(HT: Z)


October 8, 2012

This piece is just funny. It answers the ageless question, Are Veggie Dogs just as good as real hot dogs?. I think you know the answer.

So I had to try one. Of course. Because I am nothing if not stubborn. All I can say is Mmmm, yummy. The texture was reminiscent of custard wrapped in a latex balloon, and it tasted like paste. There’s not enough mustard and onion in the world to make that thing palatable.

Tullian wrestles with Ted Turner’s famous pronouncement: Christianity is the Religion for losers. Yep, Ted was right.

It is sooooo easy to be judgmental, especially in areas of little or no importance. Luma tracks her pilgrimage in this area.

When it comes to secondary (non-sin) issues we are tempted to strain gnats and swallow camels (Matt. 23:24). Jesus said, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’…” (Matt. 9:13) and “And if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless” (Matt. 12:7).

I grieve in my spirit when I remember how I have condemned the guiltless.

Randy Alcorn writes about the importance of Sabbath both in this life and the life to come. Here is his concluding paragraph:

God rested on the seventh day, before sin entered the world. He prescribed rest for sinless Adam and Eve, and he prescribed it for those under the curse of sin. Regular rest will be part of the life to come in the new universe. (Wouldn’t it be wise to learn how to rest now?)

It is amazing what people can do with a cello.

(HT: Z)


August 20, 2012

I’m not fond of the word sanctification. It is a word like marathon, reminding me of something I’ll never do. I also realize that we are called to be sanctified. I’m called to work on running my “marathon.” Here Tim Challies reminds us that  sanctification is often best learned in community. No doubt he’s right.

This life is about waiting. We’re always waiting for something, or rather, for many things. This time of waiting is  trying. Putting this together, it is safe to say that we’re always being tried. Here Patrick Schreiner expresses his thoughts as his mother recovers from a significant bicycle accident. He helps us think about truth that helps us wait.

“The Apostle: The Life of Paul” is free for Kindle and Nook. Also, Dallas Willard’s “Renovation of the Heart” is free for Kindle. I don’t recommend Willard but many others do. It is hard to find grace in Willard’s writings.

(HT: DeYoung)