February 13, 2015
I know there has been a plethora of posts dealing the 50 Shades. I certainly don’t want to add my voice to the cacophony. The film seems to be a movie that further pushes our culture in the wrong direction. We can’t begin to imagine what poisonous fruit it will bear. How we must guard ourselves and our loved ones from this satanic scat. As usual, Al Mohler, adds his interpretative voice. Tim Challies points us to ten articles he’s written about the how to, and why we should, avoid pornography.
Men, What Your Wife Wishes You Knew about Valentine’s Day (and Every Other Day of the Year) is helpful. I don’t think you can go wrong heeding the insight of this post.
Here, my go to guy on the book of Revelation, Greg Beale, unpacks the meaning of the number 666. If you are drawn to the book of Revelation, Greg’s treatment of the number will help you understand other symbols in the book.
October 14, 2014
There are some books worth nabbing. First, Elise Fitzpatrick’s Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ is $0.99 for Nook and Kindle. Union with Christ is one of the most important but least understood doctrines there is. When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart is free for Nook and Kindle. Who Am I: Identity In Christ is a free audio book. This book is written by Jerry Bridges and read by Alistair Begg.
One Thing I Want My Kids to Remember About Me is a good reminder for all parents.
In case you were wondering, pot really is bad for you.
Nancy Guthrie writes about The Best Things About the Boring Parts of the Bible.
Paul Tripp’s words are directed toward pastors, but what he says is good for all of us. If nothing else, you will gain insight into the mind of the pastor.
September 10, 2014
For those of you who want to be digging deeper: here is a piece on the Abomination of Desolation. I like the way the author unpacks the passage.
How can we help new people in church? What People Who Are New to Your Church Want You to Know answers this question.
David Murray weighs in on How to Criticize a Preacher. I’m asking for it, I know.
“Male violence against women is a real problem in our culture, one the church must address …” So Russell Moore begins his fairly short piece encouraging the church to address the issue of violence against women.
Here are a couple of interesting sports links. First, The Simple Technology That Accidentally Ruined Baseball discusses what has happened to professional baseball over the past ten years. Interesting. Finally, Kevin DeYoung discusses Three Questions to Help Diagnose Possible Football Idolatry.
August 19, 2014
Last week we were up at our family’s cabin above Butte Meadows. There are a couple of phone lines but no TV and very slow internet. This to say we hadn’t heard a thing about Ferguson until we returned. I’m not qualified to comment in any way about the event. Thabiti Anyabwile is moving back to the States. I do think what he writes is worth thinking about. Ray Ortlund appreciates his honest post.
John Piper articulates what happens to us at conversion. This a helpful primer about our salvation.
This month’s free audio book from Christian Audio is Anna and the King. “This poignant story of Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam has captured the fancy of millions worldwide through not only the book, but the play The King and I. Wonderfully narrated by Anne Flosnik and nominated for a prestigious Audie Award in 2013, it is certainly one of the most entertaining audiobooks we have given away.”
Often when reading the Bible we interpret too literalistically. Don’t throw rocks yet. When something is symbolical we can easily miss the point of what is being said. I’m “all thumbs.” What do you picture when I say that? Yeah, you don’t imagine that I have five thumbs on each hand. Clumsy, yes, but not five thumbs. Too often when trying to interpret prophecy we default to a literal interpretation. So when the Bible says that there is no sea in heaven does it mean that there will be no long walks on the beach? R. C. Sproul unpacks the meaning of this enigmatic line.
July 22, 2014
Mark Altrogge relates six critical truths about anger. Here is the first one: “Anger is not caused by other people or our circumstances. It comes out of our own hearts.”
How might we encourage a fellow saint struggling with sin. David Murray gives some direction.
Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians describes the tragic situation in northern Iraq. Ten years ago there were 100,000 believers in Mosul. Today there are 200.
This is cool:
June 3, 2014
Here are a several posts worth considering:
We want to feel God’s presence. I do, don’t you? The temptation is to become a mystic. Steve Blyth grapples with the issue from a Biblical perspective. This is an important subject to grapple with.
Here is a post by Challies. How are we to interpret scripture? This piece provides a helpful grid in understanding and applying the Bible.
“Legalism devalues Christ and torments us.” Ray Ortlund helpfully quotes Luther.
I often think of myself as a hack. I really never know what I’m doing, but I dig in and see what happens. There is another definition of hack (think computer hacker). This articulate kid seeks to hack his education. Pretty interesting.
February 25, 2014
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.