September 3, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims is free for Nook and Kindle

Christian Audio’s free book is Francis Schaeffer’s book How Should We Then Live. This is too good to pass up.

Should we tithe in this age of grace? Don Carson tackles this thorny question.

How does church conflict develop? We’ve all probably observed it at some point. My view is that it takes decades for a church to recover from serious conflict. Here is the typical path to tragic conflict. I pray Bowman continues to be spared from this disaster.

In this brief post, Ray Ortlund, using the book of Jonah, reminds his readers of the many resources God has to confront us. Thankfully, God does this.

Here is Tim Challies list of the greatest hymns. You probably won’t completely agree but your list might be very similar to his.

On a more serious note, here is one more evaluation of Victoria Osteen’s comment that have been flying around the internet of late. Here is a blurb:

Yes, the 37-second clip is a rambling mess born from almost incomprehensible Biblical ignorance. Yes, I hope these comments cause Osteen disciples to seriously reconsider their devotion to the most mega of America’s megachurches. But if these words succeed in toppling the Osteen empire, isn’t it a bit anticlimactic when the Osteens have said a thousand things that are even more theologically indefensible during their time at Lakewood Church?

I Surrender All

June 4, 2014

I personally have trouble with a song that makes me lie. I Surender All is one of those hymns. Blessed Assurance is another one. The chorus of Fanny Crosby’s famous hymn goes like this, “Perfect submission, perfect delight, Visions of rapture now burst on my sight; Angels, descending, bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.” “Perfect submission, perfect delight”? I can’t sing those words with any degree of honesty. Typically, the hymns that are laden with this theological perspective are from the Keswick Movement. Some of you might be arguing with what I’m saying. Zac Hicks grapples with the song “I Surrender All,” and offers a rework that focuses on the work of Jesus, instead of my work. For me personally, songs about God work better for worship than songs about me.


July 2, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_We all deal with difficult people. Mike Leake tells us how. There isn’t anything that exposes our latent self-righteousness like a difficult person.

Here are nine tips for single women (primarily). This is helpful wisdom.

This is my favorite article of the day. It details why the news is bad for us. I even appreciate the Warren Buffet quote. Just turn it off.

Here is some encouragement for parents in helping their children shape a Biblical worldview.

“What’s So Great About The Doctrines Of Grace” Is free today (I don’t know for how long.) for Kindle and Nook (actually all formats can be had here at the Ligonier website). Remember that Nook and Kindle software is available for just about any computer or device.

Also, this month’s free audio book from Christian Audio is worth snagging. It is “Jabber Crow” by Wendell Berry.


August 14, 2012

Ever wonder what to do with those Old Testament stories? What is the real point that the various authors are making? Julian Freeman offers 10 tips to help us mine out the meaning.

During our quiet time we meet with God. What should we expect from this encounter? Jeff Medders weighs in.

It may be quiet as we open the Bible in the wee hours, but inside of us — it should resemble the Battle of Mordor. Either a war is raging or a solider is readying (Ephesians 6:15).

Fred Zaspel answers the question, What is the difference between legalism and obedience? The bottom line is that obedience isn’t legalism.

Here is a post about some people witnessing in London during the Olympics. I appreciate their courage and rejoice that some people heard the truth. Be sure to watch the video at the end where the Kimya Tribe celebrates as they receive the Word of God in their language. How tragic it is that we don’t value God’s Word as we should.

This is too funny:

D.A. Carson:

Doubt may be fostered by sleep deprivation. If you keep burning the candle at both ends, sooner or later you will indulge in more and more mean cynicism—and the line between cynicism and doubt is a very thin one. Of course, different individuals require different numbers of hours of sleep: moreover, some cope with a bit of tiredness better than others. Nevertheless, if you are among those who become nasty, cynical, or even full of doubt when you are missing your sleep, you are morally obligated to try to get the sleep you need. We are whole, complicated beings; our physical existence is tied to our spiritual well-being, to our mental outlook, to our relationships with others, including our relationship with God. Sometimes the godliest thing you can do in the universe is get a good night’s sleep—not pray all night, but sleep. I’m certainly not denying that there may be a place for praying all night; I’m merely insisting that in the normal course of things, spiritual discipline obligates you get the sleep your body need. (Scandalous, 147)

(HT: Kevin DeYoung)

Is Obedience A Delight?

February 8, 2012

Do you find obedience a burden or a delight? Is loving your neighbor, whoever that may be, a source of joy or a grinding drudgery? Let us suggest that the obligations of the gospel become a burdensome duty simply because we don’t spent enough time remembering what Jesus has already done for us. We have divided the love-inspiring declarations of the gospel from the obligations of the gospel so that obedience is simply a struggle, a discipline, a duty.

Fitzpatrick, Elyse M. / Johnson, Dennis E. (2009-06-23). Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ (pp. 104-105). Crossway. Kindle Edition.