December 29, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Yesterday in church I encouraged folks to read the Bible through in 2015. Tim Challies discusses various plans to accomplish this.

Speaking of the Bible, perhaps you either read or heard about this Newsweek article. Whether you’ve encountered the article or not, I’d encourage you to work through these two posts (one, two). The value of the Newsweek piece is that it represents the common static believers encounter in relation to the Bible. Thus by studying the aforementioned posts you will be prepared to intelligently respond to the common arguments you might encounter.

Randy Alcorn’s Ten Practical Ways to Control Spending and Wisely Manage God’s Money is both helpful and wise. I think most believers in America need to consider his direction in this area.

Lore Ferguson grapples with not getting what we ask for from God.

Given the motorcycle culture of Bowman, perhaps we ought to bring them into the church?


You Can’t Take It With You

September 21, 2012

A sad news story that powerfully illustrates “you can’t take it with you.” Think of how the treasure could have been used to make a short-term and long-term difference in people’s lives.

$7 million in gold found in dead Nevada man’s home

By Isolde Raftery, NBC News

Stack of coinsWhen Walter Samaszko Jr. died at his home in Carson City, Nev., he had $200 in a bank account. But as officials later discovered, Samaszko had about $7 million stored neatly around his home, the Nevada Appeal reported.

In late June, neighbors called authorities because of a smell emanating from Samaszko’s home. He was a recluse who had told them he hated the government and feared getting shots, but still, it had been a while since they had seen him, according to the Appeal.

According to the coroner, Samaszko, 69, had been dead for at least a month. He died of heart problems, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

In came the cleanup crews, which discovered boxes of gold in the garage.“At that point, we took the house apart,” said Carson City clerk-recorder Alan Glover.

They found gold coins and bullion, tiny dos-pesos, $20 gold pieces, Austrian ducats, Kruggerrands and English Sovereigns dating  to the 1840s – enough gold to fill two wheelbarrows.

Read the rest of the story.

Randy Alcorn

Money, Money, Money

June 27, 2012

Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.  — Proverbs 3:9-10

What we do with our money says something. It eloquently speaks to what we value or honor. If we delight in serving others we will give generously; if we treasure pleasure we’ll exhaust our bank account in the quest for experiences that light up our senses; if we love contentment and security we will spend every extra cent pursuing the right gizmo.

Where does your money go? What does it say about your treasure? The Widow’s Mite story reminds us that it isn’t so much what we give but what we keep that pleases the Lord (Luke 21:1-4). Also, keeping in mind the point of the proverb, as we honor the Lord with our wealth he will see to it that we have plenty. Keep the Lord the lord with our wealth and the other stuff is thrown in.

Eating The Apple

March 20, 2012

Here is an interesting article by Carl Truman on the scam Apple plays on many of us (me included).

The fascinating thing about Apple is, of course, the company’s ability to pull off the same con-trick time after time.  We all know that capitalism requires the constant creation and recreation of markets.  Apple have this down to fine art: they release an under-equipped product; indeed, by the time the product is released there are usually rumours circulating about the upgrade to come; and then a year or so later (if that long) they release the new version (at about the same time as the rumours of an even newer version start to spread).   There is not even any real competition here beyond mere chronology.  Apple competes, in effect, against itself, and everyone’s a winner.  That sounds very close to a commercial equivalent of the secret of perpetual motion.

Lewis and Money

March 19, 2012

Lyle Dorsett once told a story about C. S. Lewis in an interview about Lewis. Dr. Dorsett said:

There was one woman that wrote to Lewis and said, ‘I can’t take this money you are going to give me. I just, I just can’t do that.’ And he said, ‘Don’t be silly. You need it, I have it, take it, and thank God for it.’ Her response was, ‘Well, I will and thank you. No wonder God has blessed you with so much money.’ Lewis’ answer was, ‘Be careful what you say there. Nowhere in my New Testament do I see that money is a blessing. Jesus tells us something quite different. He says it’s almost impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. He talks about the deceit of riches.’ And he said, ‘I need to give this money away, or it will destroy me.’

(HT: Dane Ortlund)


February 24, 2012

Here’s a piece by Ann Voskamp about doing the “I do.” You might also read this. It is one of the links from the “I do” piece. Here’s a quote from the first link:

The preacher paused, then he had asked it. “Isn’t it sad that John Denver later divorced that woman he loved so much? Isn’t it sad that the great flute player James Galway, who was so entranced by that John Denver song that he recorded an entire record of songs and called it ‘Songs for Annie’? He played those songs as only that Irish flute player can play—and then he divorced his wife.”

Here are some info graphics about our tax dollars. Somehow understanding where our money goes doesn’t ease the pain of it’s departure. That said, we can rejoice that we don’t live in Sweden.

Andrew Case has written a few books on how to pray for our spouses and children. I have his book on my desk that discusses how to pray for one’s wife. He offers these books free in either Kindle or Nook format. They can be found here.


June 2, 2011

If you click on only one link from this post, please read The Pitfall of perfectionism. Once again it is powerful reminder of our need for the gospel.

Here’s an article dealing with men, temptation, and the gospel. It highlights both the strengths and weakness of the male gender and how the gospel transforms men.

I love Seinfeld. In this post Eric Raymond connects an episode of Seinfeld to listening to sermons (or studying Scripture). He makes a good point. The purpose of sermons and study isn’t to gain new information; it is to be transformed. This, by the way, is why I don’t include sermon outlines in the bulletin.

Consider Jesus. He’s the One you’re looking for.

Kindletopia. Amazon is offering over 600 books for $0.99, $1.99, or $2.99. I’ve already bought more than I should. I’m getting to the place where I don’t think I’m going to be able to read all the book I have before I die. Here’s a piece on how to find free Christian books on Amazon.

Finally, for those of you who loathe those who constantly parrot the praises of the Mac, here’s an article detailing Apple’s inevitable demise. (Please note: I typically don’t scrounge around the Huffington Post.)


June 1, 2011

Those of you who dwell with me in Kindletopia, Piper’s book, Think, is $2.99. It’s a great price on a solid book.

Douglas Wilson has a helpful article on time management. All of it is good stuff.

Here’s some great wisdom from Mark Driscoll about our idols.

“There is no idea more foolish or pernicious than this — that a person who is not sanctified, not made holy in this life, should afterwards be taken into the blessedness that consists in the enjoyment of God. Such a person cannot enjoy God, nor would God be a reward to them. Holiness is perfected in heaven, but it is always begun in this world.”  John Owen