September 10, 2014

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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.

Buckle up and read what Camille Paglia has to say. She is provocative to say the least. For example she  says: “If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts.” Yep, she isn’t popular with some of the high-tower feminists. She also says the idea that gay people are born that way is the “biggest canard.” Interesting reading.


November 15, 2013

Ann Voskamp writes about the real truth concerning boring men. I think I fit that category.

Continuing with the marriage theme, how about “Gospel-Centered Sex?” Husbands and wives both need to read this.

This month Crossway is giving away their web version of the ESV Study Bible. In my not so humble opinion, I think this is the best study Bible on the market. I have the Reformation Study Bible and find it valuable. However, the ESV Study Bible has much more extensive notes.

What does it mean to be gospel-centered?


June 24, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I love reading stories, both fiction and non-fiction. Here, Barnabas Piper contends that men should read more stories than books about how men should live. Sounds really good to me. Go read a book.

Mark Altrogge writes about “When My Hair Looks Like A Van Gogh Sunflower.” His point is that we need others to help us see what we can’t. Good stuff.

Here are “9 Things You Should Know About The Bible.” I bet some of your nagging questions about the Bible will be answered by this piece.

This next post is a defense of how I use my time. Thom Rainer recently conducted an nonscientific study about how much time pastors spend preparing sermons. The average time is 13 hours. I’ve said many times that I’m both a packrat and a plodder. It probably takes me closer to 18 hours by the time I finish the necessary reading.

As I was assembling this blog post I was listening to Redemption Hill’s “His Eye Is On The Sparrow.” I felt it was too good not to pass on to you:

Debbie alerted me to this graphic. Sums things up pretty well.


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.


June 29, 2012

First, there are a couple of ebook deals that need mentioning. First, Desiring God is offering a free ebook entitled Take Care How You Listen. The book discusses how to listen to a sermon. Second Mile Marker 825 is $2.99 for Nook and Kindle. 35 people have reviewed it on the Amazon site and all 35 people gave it 5 stars. Here’s the book’s blurb:

On January 15, 2002, this man’s car flipped 5 times, his wife died, & his skull cracked open… but he was rescued… Join Jason Mirikitani on his miraculous real-life journey that is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming… as he re-learned faith in a God that was present when He seemed most absent, hope in a God when He seemed most unreliable, and love for a God that seemed to leave him in the dark. This unbelievable story will grab you and not let you go… and leave you at the end with a refreshed sense of newness and trust in a faithful God.

Erik Raymond has written a helpful piece encouraging husbands to not treat their wives like a guy.

Finally, Dane Ortlund’s piece on living the gospel is worth reading several times. It is a wonderful reminder of what God has done for us a how we struggle to live the truth. Here’s a tantalizer:

And I suppose the whole Christian life is simply the process of bringing my sense of self, my Identity with a capital ‘I’, the ego, my swirling internal world of fretful panicky-ness arising out of that gospel deficit, into alignment with the more fundamental truth … You are this new being, fundamentally, as one united to Christ. So wake up tomorrow and do whatever you have to–with a Bible, singing, prayer, meditation, a friend, listening to a sermon, a walk around the block–do whatever you must to start your day in gospel alignment.


March 9, 2012

Birthdays are like New Years Eve to me. They aren’t much fun. Here Amy Scott articulates why birthdays are better ignored. Pretty funny and Amen.

As you probably know, yesterday was “International Women’s Day.” Here is Mary Kassian’s take on the day. In the end she encourages women to be women and men to be men:

Men and women are equal, but different. I believe that we will see the dignity of women upheld when we embrace our God-given differences—not when we deny them. What we women need is to be women—to be the relaters, responders, mothers and nurturers that God created us to be. And we need you men to step up to the plate and be men—to be the providers, protectors and fathers that God created you to be. We need you to assume the responsibility of leadership in our homes and communities and to go to bat for women who are abused, downtrodden, oppressed, and forgotten. We don’t need women to be more like men—or men to be more like women. We need radical, counter-cultural men and women who dare to delight in God’s design.

This last one is too good to ignore. I was alerted to this by Wes. Do you believe in the Rapture, the gathering of God’s people at the beginning of the Tribulation? Who’s going to watch Fido and Frisky while you’re basking in the glow of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? Why not pay an atheist to do it? Here, you can pay a mere $135 ($20 for each additional animal) for the peace of mind knowing that you won’t be neglecting your pet while you’re in Paradise. Don’t get mad at me for this; I simply couldn’t resist. Wait a minute … I don’t believe in the Dispensational Rapture either. I’ll take care of your vermin for $100.