October 9, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_R. C. Sproul’s book, The Promises of God: Discovering the One Who Keeps His Word, is free for Nook and Kindle. I don’t know how long it will last. While we’re talking free ebooks, Monergism has over 150 free ebook, and they are all good.

Why Did God Allow Satan to Harm Job and His Family? Certainly, this is a question worth grappling with.

Will Christians Be Secretly Raptured? If you think so, I’d encourage you to read this Gospel Coalition piece.

Kevin DeYoung helpfully writes about things we won’t regret. I want to keep my regrets to a minimum.


Where Is All This Going?

September 26, 2014

The Speech

August 28, 2013

I think we are all aware of the speech Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered 50 years ago today. I’m still amazed not only at his vision for America but his oratory prowess.  In light of this anniversary, here are a few links:

David Mathias and  Al Mohler helpfully comment on King’s legacy and trajectory.

Some might not be aware that King was a scholar. He had a PhD in theology from Boston University. Here is an interesting audio discussion of his beliefs.

Finally, here is the speech. Notice how he warms up during the delivery. According to the piece by Mohler, the “I have a dream” portion of the speech wasn’t in his manuscript. I think this is evident given he doesn’t use his heavily relied on notes (something I do) during this part of the speech.


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).


April 12, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Several months ago I posted this video about the abortion clinic at 3801 Lancaster in Philadelphia.  Babies born alive because of botched abortions were routinely killed. At least one woman died because of an abortion procedure gone wrong. Here are some of the heart-rending details. This alone will move you:

A woman who worked for Gosnell testified that she was called back to a room at his abortion clinic in Philadelphia where the bodies of aborted babies were kept to hear one screaming amid a shelf-full of dead babies. “I can’t describe it,” says the woman. “It sounded like a little alien.” She says the body of the child was about 18 to 24 inches long and was one of the largest babies she had seen delivered during abortion procedures at Gosnell’s clinic.

Have you noticed that there has been almost no media coverage regarding this place? Why is this? Trevin Wax weighs in.

Every Sunday the people of Bowman hear the gospel in some sense. The reason for this is because through Jesus all of our needs are met. Our challenge is to believe this unbelievably good news. Here are two videos that are well worth watching. Both of them point to the impact of the gospel in our lives.



December 12, 2012

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here are a few odds and ends worth thinking about:

First, Al Mohler interacts with a recent Newsweek article questioning the historicity of Jesus. This issue is always worth grappling with. Our faith is constantly challenged.

You’ve heard me say that I’m a packrat and a plodder. I’m always collecting ideas and nothing comes quickly for me. I’m the tortoise not the hare. Mark Altrogge reminds us that God is looking for plodders.

The inimitable Carl Trueman tells us that freedom of speech is under attack. Here is his closing salvo:

Tell someone Jesus is the only way of salvation and find that they have gone away and killed themselves, and one day you too might be subject to a criminal investigation

In my effort to walk with the Lord I root against all San Francisco teams. Rooting for the Niners is like hoping Ahmadinejad has a pleasant day. Anyway, Barry Zito, pitcher for the leftest Giants, once pitched for the team on the bright side of the Bay. This to say, perhaps there is hope for Zito. Maybe, one day, he’ll return to his pure roots. I digress. Here is an article about how God has drawn Barry to himself.

What are we doing to alleviate eternal suffering?

Consistently Pro-Life

March 7, 2012

I’m pro-life because God says don’t kill (1Peter 4:15). I’m pro-life because I appreciate the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12). I’m pro-life because God calls us to stand with and protect the powerless (James 1:27). Every 30 seconds in America a defenseless human baby is killed. As Abel’s blood cried out to God, Genesis 4:10, surely the blood of the baby who died while you read this post cries out as well.

If this is happening in our wonderful country, you can imagine what is happening in countries. I know conversations like this can seem overwhelming but there are small things that all of us can do. Here’s a link to a blog about a family who attempts to adopt Down Syndrome (I know, who would do that?) children from other parts of the world. Adopting from a foreign country is an expensive sport. Most all of us can spare $20 or whatever to help this family help the powerless.

Here is a video that Bonnie and Mikaila posted on their Facebook pages. It tells how we can all help protect human life in Uganda.

Let’s be consistently pro-life.



February 28, 2012

What is the most important thing a pastor needs? You are probably ahead of me on this one. A pastor needs prayer. I make many decisions throughout the day that impact not only me personally, but also my family and those whom the Lord has entrusted to my care. Here’s a reminder of this vital ministry and how specifically to pray.

In a similar vein, here is a post about spiritual gifts. In this piece Timmy Brister is saying that the presence of gift in the church points to our neediness as saints. Overall the reader is encouraged to connect and serve in the body of Christ.

In the wisdom of God, He has designed that we are all ministers to one another in various ways through a variety of gifts.  Have you considered what God is saying about us with the equipment of so many gifts?  We are a needy people! You are a needy person. We do not realize how profound our spiritual needs are, but God does, and He has made provision for our needs through the gifts of His Spirit exercised through the lives of His people.

Here Kevin DeYoung partially tackles everyone’s favorite verse (Matthew 7:1 – “Don’t judge). He encourages his readers to not assume they have the facts before becoming judgmental. At least scan his “don’t assume” list.

Some people in the church seem to have the spiritual gift of discouragement.” Obviously, we want to be people of encouragement. I want to be like Barnabas.

Little Miss Red Shoes.

So tonight please pray for JUSTICE, for Little Miss Red Shoes and the countless little African girls (and others all over the world) who are raped, beaten, blamed, sold. Lord have mercy on them.



September 14, 2011

About a month ago at Bible study Al Roberts made a comment to the effect that believers are more generous than non-believers. The more I’ve thought about this, the more sense it makes. Here’s an editorial pointing to this truth.

Our God is an amazing designer. At times I’ve watched cheesy movies and thought that the monsters looked too unreal. It’s pretty hard to outdo God in the scary monster department.

Want a happy job? Maybe it’s time for a seminary degree. Here’s a list of the 10 happiest jobs. Notice as well at the bottom of the page the 10 least happy jobs.

Some folks struggle with election because in their view it doesn’t reflect on God’s justice in a positive way. Here’s an illustration that might help put the doctrine in a proper perspective.

Election keeps no one out of heaven, but guarantees that those God has chosen will be there.  Election is meant to be a comfort and encouragement to believers.  Never are unbelievers encouraged to try do discover if they are elect.  The message for unbelievers is you are all are invited.  Come one, come all.  Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!

What’s the point of the Rich Young Ruler story? Matt Perlman weighs in.

Rather, his point was to reinforce the point of that parable — that none of us are lawkeepers but are only justified by acknowledging our sinfulness, as the tax collector did (18:13-14). This is what it means to receive the kingdom of God as a child (18:17) — you don’t rely on your own efforts, but simply cry to God for mercy. Jesus was bringing the rich young ruler to see the same point about salvation that he just made in verses 13-14 and verse 17.