October 7, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_First, some free ebooks. Crossway is giving away Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson through October 12. Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us is free today for Nook and Kindle. It looks really good.

In Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court: What Now for the Church?, Russell Moore helpfully comments on yesterday’s Supreme Court move. How should Christians respond now that we know that same sex marriage will be the law of the land?

I appreciated Bleep! Why Christians Shouldn’t Cuss. Here is the short answer: “This is why Christians don’t cuss: we cherish the purpose for which God gave words.” This is at least worth thinking about.

Dan Martinusen yesterday linked on Facebook to Is Your Church Worship More Pagan than Christian?. Again, this is worth thinking about.

Read The Shyness of C S Lewis in Speaking of His Longing for the Far Off Country several times today. You will be blessed.


October 3, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp’s Relationships: A Mess Worth Making is free for Nook and Kindle. I believe this will only last through the day.

The Getty’s have a new album. Sounds good. Come Ye Sinners is very fun. Who would have thought Kristyn could do Appalachian type music.

Lore Ferguson tackles Sexual Temptation and the Unmarried: Three Things to Remember about Christ. What she says is helpful for the married and unmarried alike.

Here we see the Hound of Heaven at work:

Knowing Vs. Feeling

August 22, 2013

Good literature engages the mind and the heart. It doesn’t emotionally grab us because the author says, “This is tragic.” Rather, the writer paints an engaging word picture so that his readers see what he sees in his mind and respond emotionally. Good worship music does the same thing. It doesn’t just tell us to praise the Lord. It moves us to praise the Lord because it helps us see God’s greatness. Great worship music articulates the truth about God so that we can’t help but worship. Alistair Begg is getting at this in this video:

I ran across this old John Newton hymn (“Let Worldly Minds the World Pursue”) that almost no one seems to do. I love the message:

Let worldly minds the world pursue, It has no charms for me. Once I admired its trifles too, But grace has set me free.

Its pleasures now no longer please, No more content afford; Far from my heart be joys like these, Now I have seen the Lord.

As by the light of opening day The stars are all concealed, So earthly pleasures fade away, When Jesus is revealed.

Creatures no more divide my choice, I bid them all depart. His name, and love, and gracious voice Have fixed my roving heart.

Here is a beautiful rendition of the song’s tune (through some technological wizardry the same guy plays both instruments):

Give This Kid A Few Years …

September 12, 2012

10,000 Reasons

August 28, 2012

I had made up my mind this morning that I was going to post this song on my blog. I just looked at the music menu for this coming Sunday and noticed that Ora will be leading us in this song as well. Can’t wait.


May 29, 2012

The always helpful Washington Post had an interesting piece on marriage several days ago. To me you always have to sort through an essay like this one. One interesting bit of info is that two thirds of divorces are initiated by women. This isn’t a new trend. I think it speaks to both husbands and wives seeking their own agenda: husbands before the divorce; wives in initiating the divorce.

I struggle to be creative. Put differently, I’m about as creative as the line down the middle of the road. Stephen Altrogge has just written a book about being creative. It’s $2.99 and called Create: Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Stuff (Kindle).I might just have to splurge.

I’ve said before that sometimes we have a conception of heaven that seems so pedestrian (dull). Here’s a fun article entitle Dung Beetles In HeavenHeaven won’t be dull. Here’s the best quote:

By the way, in case you’re wondering, the logic of this argument cannot be applied to cats since they were the result of an evil scientist’s failed experiment and were not actually created by God. It’s true, Google it.

Page CXVI has great worship music. Right now I’m listening to some of their new stuff that Hannah just purchased. Here’s Come thou Fount:


April 25, 2012

I find ebooks attractive for two main reasons: price and portability. The Kindle I tote in my pocket theoretically holds 3,500 books. I’ve also escaped the incessant need to build bigger bookshelves. I usually will wait until a book goes on sale so I’ll often pay a fraction of the hardcopy price. I must also say that I’m attracted to the instant gratification component of the mix. I hear of an interesting book and within a minute I’d can be reading it. However, I’d be the first to say that in a perfect world I’d also like to have a hardcopy as well. In spite of my general appreciation of ebooks, there are dissenting voices. Here is a piece called Why the Kindle is a Really Bad Kisser. The author is clearly a hardcopy woman. Also, here Tim Challies grapples with the thorny issue of ebook ownership both literal and metaphorical.

Here’s some more free music. I mentioned the first album listed on this page yesterday. I haven’t listened to the kids album (It should be very good – the words are by Sally Lloyd-Jones and the music is by some adept musicians.) but I liked the others listed (Debbie didn’t like the Hymns album.). Also, here is a Rap album by Ronald Johnson who is known as Through Hymn. It is very good. Even though I’m not in any way a fan of rap (hip-hop?, I can’t even converse intelligently about the genre), this album is worth listening to time and time again. It contains rich theology. You will learn theological truth by listening to this stuff. Yes, it is on my iTunes.

How do we answer those who are skeptical of biblical miracles. Craig Keener offers his insight:

Why do Christians sing on Sundays and at other gatherings? Why does Ora choose songs with lots of theological freight and not trite ditties? Here Mark Altrogge briefly answers this question. Here’s an excerpt:

Paul doesn’t exhort us to sing so we feel good or have an emotional experience, not that those are wrong.  But Paul exhorts us to let the word or the teaching of Christ and about Christ sink into our hearts and abide among us richly …

Our worship songs should focus on Christ, not us.  As we meditate on Jesus, thankfulness will be the natural outflow.  As we think on who Christ is and all he’s done and continues to do for us, we can’t help but be grateful and offer our selves to him in worship.

I’m always leery of songs that are about what I do or want to do (“I worship you …”). They’re not wrong; I just find it easier to worship God when the song is actually about God and not my response to him. Take me to the Grand Canyon and I’ll gush over the grandeur of the place. Show me Jesus and I’ll effuse praise.