October 22, 2014
Mark Altrogge calls parents to keep praying for their unsaved children. I say, “Amen.”
David Murray has started the first of several posts dealing with submission. It should be a good series.
Aaron Earls writes about what Millennials misunderstand about marriage. I understand the problems caused by broken marriages, however, simply living together won’t solve the root problems.
Jacob Abshire offers a free ebook on Christian accountability.
December 9, 2013
One of my favorite theologians weighs in on this important issue:
October 8, 2013
Your Pastor Needs YOU! is a post that I really appreciated. Short and sweet, but good stuff.
Mark Altrogge in Keep. On. Praying encourages his readers to be persistent in prayer. It is so easy to fail in this critical area.
There are many good ebook deals today. Here are a few: Stephen Altrogge’s “The Greener Grass Conspiracy” is $0.99. Lydia Brownback’s “Joy: A Godly Woman’s Adornment” is $0.99. “Work Matters” by Tom Nelson is $0.99. Mike Horton’s “The Gospel-Driven Life” is $3.99 for Nook and Kindle.
Something is seriously wrong with us as a race:
October 30, 2012
Should we Trick or Treat? I never had a problem with it (even as an adult). Some might, so here is a short defense of the activity.
I don’t know how aware you are of the Complementarian versus Egalitarian debate that is usually raging in the church. Of course, complementarians believe that God has ordained that men and women have different roles in the church and at home while egalitarians disagree with this concept especially when it comes to male headship. Rachel Held Evans’ book A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master has just been published. Here Kathy Keller, Tim’s wife, takes Rachel to task. Here’s a (long) quote:
- “you began your project by ignoring (actually, by pretending you did not know about) the most basic rules of hermeneutics and biblical interpretation that have been agreed upon for centuries.”
- “To insist that it would be ‘picking and choosing’ to preclude the Levitical code from your practice of biblical womanhood is disingenuous, if not outright deceptive.”
- “In making the decision to ignore the tectonic shift that occurred when Jesus came, you have led your readers not into a better understanding of biblical interpretation, but into a worse one.”
- “Throughout your book, you have ignored or even hidden from readers the fundamental principles of scriptural interpretation—including the difference between narrative and didactic, as well as the importance of placing commands in their context within redemptive history.”
- “So ‘love’ is the reason you will reject some parts of the Bible and embrace others? But where do you get your definition of love if not from the Bible itself? And if you say, ‘Parts of the Bible express love, and other parts express power interests,’ you’ve clearly gotten your standard and definition of love from outside the Bible—specifically, from contemporary sensibilities—and these are your ultimate authority and norm.”
- “You have become what you claim to despise; you have imposed your own agenda on Scripture in order to advance your own goals. In doing so, you have further muddied the waters of biblical interpretation instead of bringing any clarity to the task.”
Finally there are a ton of great books reduced this week just in time for Reformation Sunday (Day). I would imagine that the same deals are available for Nook.
- Center Church by Tim Keller – $8.99
- Gagging of God by D. A. Carson $6.99
- Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem $19.99
- The Christian Faith by Michael Horton $19.99
- Union with Christ by Michael Horton $0.99
- For Calvinism by Michael Horton $5.99
- The Kingdom and the Church by Michael Horton $0.99
- A Place for Weakness by Michael Horton $4.00
- Don’t Stop Believing by Michael Wittmer $5.99
- Heaven Is a Place on Earth by Michael Wittmer $5.99
- Gospel Coach by Scott Thomas and Tom Wood $4.99
- The Next Story by Tim Challies $4.99
- For the City by Darrin Patrick and Matt Carter $4.99
- How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens by Michael Williams $3.99
October 17, 2012
The last couple of trips in the car I’ve been listening to a White Horse Inn podcast about parenting. In the podcast Mike Horton interviews Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson about their book Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus. I wish that I had had this book when we were raising our children. It is about raising children not just with the law, but also with the gospel. You can listen to the podcast here.
As many of you know, I believe all saints should be baptized, the sooner the better. What reason might one have for living in active disobedience to Jesus? Anyway, Mike Leake also grapples with the question of the timing of baptism. What does the Ethiopian eunuch’s example say to us?
Should we take the Bible literally? Well yes and no. Here is what I mean. I can be more symbolic in my interpretation than some people are comfortable with.
Just how strong is your faith God? Here is an amazing story in a secular newspaper about a pastor who met with a tragic accident and yet praises God for his grace. We all need faith like this.
“The convictions that I have about the work of God and his purposes has so captivated my life that I can’t see life any other way than that he is ordering all things for his purposes, which is what the Bible teaches us. … I lived yesterday, today, and by his grace I’ll live tomorrow with great certainty that he is ordering all things for his purposes.”
Matt Chandler reminds us that no one dies early.