November 17, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I have 3 quick things:

Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God is free for Kindle. Looks like a great tool for Dads (or Moms) who still have kids at home. Also, I’m always looking for helps along the way incase I get asked to speak to kids.

Do You Hear the People Sing? deals with how important it is to be able to hear the voices of other saints during Sunday morning worship. Sunday morning isn’t about performance; it is about corporate worship.

Mark Altrogge writes about The Unbelievable, Incomprehensible, Mind-Blowing Power Available To Us.


October 14, 2014

There are some books worth nabbing. First, Elise Fitzpatrick’s Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ is $0.99 for Nook and Kindle. Union with Christ is one of the most important but least understood doctrines there is. When Your Husband Is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart is free for Nook and Kindle. Who Am I: Identity In Christ is a free audio book. This book is written by Jerry Bridges and read by Alistair Begg.

One Thing I Want My Kids to Remember About Me is a good reminder for all parents.

In case you were wondering, pot really is bad for you.

Nancy Guthrie writes about The Best Things About the Boring Parts of the Bible.

Let Your Dim, Sin-Stained Light Shine Before The World. ‘Nuff said.

Paul Tripp’s words are directed toward pastors, but what he says is good for all of us. If nothing else, you will gain insight into the mind of the pastor.


November 26, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I appreciate this piece by Tullian. It is about a husband who announces that he is going to leave his wife. The wife doesn’t react but instead just keeps loving her husband. In the end, the husband returned physically and emotionally. Even though this is about a husband leaving his wife, the principle Tullian communicates might be applied in our lives at least on a weekly basis. Not that our spouses routinely want to leave us (hopefully). But, all of our mates have difficult days when they can’t seem to love us the way we’d like. The same principle illustrated in this piece needs to be applied in our marriages and lives. As we respond graciously, those we love will eventually come back.

Stephen Altrogge suggests that we should get rid of the word “should.” I’m not sure I completely buy what he’s suggesting.

Finally, I’ve said before that parents have the primary responsibility of discipling their children. This often happens best not as our children are whisked away to youth ministries but rather as they worship and serve with their parents in church. I realize that this only works for children whose parents attend church.


October 29, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_In a grace focused environment it is important to remember that we best help our children understand grace in light of the law. John Piper encourages parents to require obedience of their children.

Last week I posted a link to Tim Challies detailing 18 things he will not regret doing with his children. This week he highlights 18 things he will not regret doing with his wife. Good encouragement.

Here is an interesting piece by Halee Gray Scott, critiquing the way women’s ministry is typically run in evangelicalism. From my inexperienced position, it seems that what she says is important.

Do you ever read the Old Testament and wonder how to apply it? Eric Ortlund offers some helpful tips in his piece, A Very Brief Guide to Reading the Old Testament Devotionally.

Finally, “Christ-Centered Preaching and Teaching” is free in several formats.


October 23, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Tim Challies lists eighteen things he will not regret doing with his kids. There is good encouragement here.

The issue of divorce and remarriage is a sticky biblical issue. In what sense is remarriage adultery? Douglas Wilson grapples with the question.

Gambling has never been attractive to me. I have other vices. The idea of giving what little money I have away in the hope that I might get more in return has never gained traction with me. Yet, many do battle with this issue. Daniel Darling highlights the social cost of gambling.

In this life, the need to forgive and be forgiven never goes away. We are fallen people and intentionally or unintentionally we hurt those around us. We too are hurt. David Murray briefly talks about the variations of forgiveness and its benefits.


October 16, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Want to grow spiritually? Erik Raymond offers three tips.

It won’t surprise you that children of same sex couples don’t fare as well as children with opposite sex mom and dads. This article leaves many questions, however it does further the conversation. It will be interesting to digest the data over the years as this phenomenon becomes more studied.

Do you ever wonder what all the fuss over the debt ceiling is all about? Joe Carter sorts through the issue in a helpful way.

In a style reminiscent of “The Screwtape Letters,” John Knight in The Subtle Art of Destroying Humans highlights the strategies of the pro-abortion mindset. Think tissue not babies.

Eric Simmons piece, I Hate Porn, highlights the temporal and eternal impacts of porn. I’ve said this many times, but parents must guard the gate. Porn is a drug that the human spirit is often predisposed to. Lifelong addiction can start at a very young age. The destruction caused by porn is incalculable.

Stand to Reason reviews O’Reilly’s book “Killing Jesus: A History.” The review is rather positive except for its criticism of the way O’Reilly refers to some of the gospel accounts as myths.

Finally, “Help for Women Under Stress” by Randy and Nanci Alcorn is free today only for Kindle. My guess is that it is probably a pretty good book. I appreciate Randy Alcorn.


September 30, 2013

As you probably know, Tullian Tchividjian is one of my favorite authors. I appreciate his gospel emphasis. Tomorrow his latest book, One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World, will be released. Today and tomorrow his last book, Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free, is free for Nook and Kindle. Go get the book.

God often tells us no and we still disobey. At the same time, we know he still unconditionally loves us. How precious is this truth. Similarly, parents unconditionally love their children in spite of their disobedience.


September 27, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_We hear from time to time that we need to forgive ourselves. I don’t always say anything but when I do it is something like this: “Help me understand how you see self-forgiveness taught in the Bible?” Of course, I never get a good answer because the concept isn’t in the Bible. Here is an article that not only says that self-forgivness isn’t biblical but also that it is dangerous.

Here are a couple of parenting pieces. First, here is a LA Times Op-Ed article communicating the idea that losing is good for you. Maybe all those plastic trophies in the closet aren’t good for our kids after all. Second, Abby Lawson makes the point that God uses us even though we aren’t perfect (parents, etc.). Good encouragement.

Josh Blount encourages readers to use scripture like glasses not a Viewmaster.  The piece didn’t go where I thought it would. He has a great illustration that could be used a number of ways.

Got two minutes? Watch this:


September 17, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_As you probably know, I think parents ought to do their best to have their children with them in church. Here is a helpful post that Deb alerted me to that talks about this challenge. All of us need to read this post.

Speaking of raising our children in church, here Trevin Wax reminds us that the point of church isn’t to merely learn. What do we tell our kids when they already know ALL the stories?

“Acting the Miracle” is John Piper’s new book on sanctification. It releases at the end of this month. However you can download the whole thing in PDF form and read it now.

“Give and it shall be given to you …”

A New Weapon In The Porn War

September 6, 2013

I’ve said before that I don’t think it is fair of parents not to guard the internet gate. Children will either intentionally or unintentionally eventually end up where they shouldn’t be. I prefer internet accountability software for adults. Problem is, it is expensive. Usually there is a stiff monthly charge. The only exception is X3 Watch free, and lately it hasn’t been working for me. Open DNS seems like a helpful alternative. But it isn’t always easy to setup and it doesn’t work with all routers. It works with my ATT router at home but not the ATT router at the church. K9 is a powerful free filter but every device individually has to be setup. Also, on iOS devices you have to use the K9 browser. The browser pales in comparison to the functionality of Safari.

Now there is a new weapon in the anti-porn arsenal. It is called Pandora’s Hope. It seems easy to setup, however, it does have a yearly fee of $20. Of course, 20 bucks today isn’t what it used to be. Here is a review of the device.  If you have a better option, I’d love to know about it.