Where Is All This Going?

September 26, 2014


February 18, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_There is a ton of good stuff today. Here are four destinations that I believe are worth your time:

Here is a wonderful story of conversion. “Sara’s Story” is worth reading.

Tithing is one of those issues that changes radically from the Old Testament to the New Testament. “Tithing for New Covenant Believers–Yes or No?” helpfully unpacks the concept.

Doug Wilson, one of the brightest and best of our generation, insightfully discusses the issue our our government’s role in the global warming panic in his piece “Weapon of Mass Confusion.”

What should we say to those who are hurting?


September 9, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_The subject of biblical preaching is Christ and him crucified.  Yet, much “preaching” today isn’t about Jesus, it is about 10 Steps to a Happy Life. I believe these “How To” sermons do more harm than good. Jared Wilson articulates this truth.

Want to know more about sanctification? Here is a link to a free ebook in both formats that is a library full of helpful information about growing in obedience.

Should the United States Attack Syria? is a thoughtful, non-polemical discussion about whether or not our nation should attack Syria.

Go outside, even if it is smokey. Get up and get going. It is good for you. Really.

Tomorrow, those of us who lug around iOS devices will be one more step towards obsolescence. As rumor has it, there will be two new iPhones on the Apple menu. Here is a fun take on the 5C.


July 26, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Once again, there is so much good stuff on the internet that I feel compelled to pass some of it on.

Here is a helpful piece on what the word law typically means in the New Testament. Understanding what is being said is vital to accurately unpacking the New Covenant.

Every read “The Screwtape Letters“? Here are 31 single sentence summaries of each chapter. This is a great way to quickly digest/remember Lewis’ thought in the book.

In The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same department, here is a fascinating look at Alexander Hamilton’s adultery and apology. Be sure to read the last paragraph.

I don’t often recommend articles from Guideposts. That said, this one is too good to miss. Sometimes God’s surprises are breathtaking.

From the When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade Department:


January 11, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Once again I’m reminded that this is not my Dad’s America. I know I shouldn’t be surprised but it is disheartening. As you have probably heard, Louie Giglio’s involvement at the president’s inauguration created such a stir that he removed himself from the event. He did this because of a sermon he preached nearly 20 years ago in which he spoke of the sin of homosexuality. This from a man who said, “Clearly, speaking on this issue (homosexuality) has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.” Again, this is not my Father’s country. If you hold to the historic Christian truth, you will be ostracized. Here is the statement from Addie Whisenant of the Presidential Inaugural Committee:

We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection, and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part because of his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.

I might modify the last line , “…we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all but Christian Americans.” There is no room for Christians who hold to the historic truth found in the Bible.

Here is Giglio’s letter to his church explaining what happened. Russell Moore and Al Mohler weigh in. The Apostle Paul said it best in 1Cor 4:13 where he wrote, “when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.” We are the scum of the world. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the moral earthquake taking place around us.

Kelly James Clark at the Huffington Post writes about The Most Persecuted Religion in the World. You already know which religion this is.

Erwin Lutzer’s (one of Scott W’s favorites) Getting to No: How to Break a Stubborn Habit is free today for Nook and Kindle.

Sam Storms tracks his pilgrimage from Dispensationalism to amillennialism. I include this because almost the exact same thing happened to me at about the exact same time. I know someone had to think it up originally (John Nelson Darby) but one would never come away a Dispensational Premillennialist simply from reading the Bible. You have to be taught it in order to see it.

Finally, I’ve saved the best for last. Don’t miss Run, Dog Run. It is a wonderful reminder that the gospel isn’t a new law.


November 27, 2012

Matthew Tuininga helpfully answers the question, Is America in Decline. Here is a quote:

 What concerns me is the tendency of some Christian conservatives to fall into the sort of pessimistic ranting about decline that makes us look just like those pessimistic Puritans, rigid Federalists, die-hard Confederates, and other grumpy groups whom history has left behind. If you are convinced that we have taken a wrong turn you are entitled to your opinion, of course. But please don’t implicate Christianity in your pessimism. There is nothing particularly Christian about the feeling that America is in decline, any more than there is anything Christian about the certainty that it is in a period of national and global ascendancy

Greek scholar Bill Mounce has an interesting piece entitled The Translation Conundrum. I’m a lover of literal translations but he explains why sometimes a looser translation is better.

How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen? is free today in the Kindle format. Packer’s Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is $2.99 for Kindle. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. If you struggle with my Calvinism, I’d encourage you to read what Packer says.

from Denny Burk by Denny Burk

Here’s the bad news from The Beckett Fund website:

Today, a federal court denied a request to halt enforcement of the abortion pill mandate which forces the Christian-owned-and-operated Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., to providethe “morning after pill” and “week after pill” in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines up to $1.3 million dollars per day

Hobby Lobby is the largest and first non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate.  The Green family has no moral objection to the use of preventive contraceptives and will continue covering preventive contraceptives for its employees. However, the Green family’s religious convictions prohibit them from providing or paying for the abortion-inducing drugs, the “morning after” and “week after” pills, which would violate their most deeply held religious belief that life begins at conception.

You read that right. The United States Government is forcing these Christian business owners to pay for abortion inducing drugs in their employees’ insurance plans. It doesn’t matter that it violates their religious liberty to conduct business in a way that is consistent with their conscience. Obamacare mandates that these Christians comply or face fines that would put them out of business.

When the controversy over the abortion mandate erupted earlier this year, the American public by and large got the impression that this was about conservatives who wanted to ban contraception. Nothing could be further from the truth. No one wants to outlaw contraception. This controversy is about the fact that the government is forcing pro-life business owners to pay for chemical abortions. It is perhaps the most egregious violation of religious liberty in the history of the United States, yet I’m wondering if anyone is paying attention. Wisdom is crying in the streets. Can anyone hear her?

This cannot stand. This must not stand. This fight is not over. Not by a longshot.


November 16, 2012

Here are Things You Don’t Want To Hear Your Worship Leader Say. We don’t have to worry about this one at Bowman. Ora has impeccable taste. Although, I have seen a cowbell lurking on stage.

Wonder who the Antichrist is. Here are the The 7 Most Popular Contenders for the Title ‘Antichrist.’

Here is an interesting article about how the government spends money. It is entitled Who is to blame for the unsustainable expansion of America’s welfare state? – a look at food stamps. If you wonder where all the money is going, this is worth checking out. I think you will be surprised.

You’ve got to watch and try the video below. I laughed out loud.


November 15, 2012

I have three somewhat related posts this morning. Specifically, they are related to last weeks election. Knowing that many feel the sky is falling, I believe that these three posts will be encouraging.

First, in the “We’ve Been Here Before” category, this post entitled Were the 1960s when it all went wrong? reminds us that history is repeating itself. I think you will be encouraged by this piece. Here’s a quote that will give you a sense of where the article goes:

By Finke and Stark’s math, American church membership has steadily risen from 1776 to the 21st Century, with current rates approximately triple what they were in the days of the founding fathers.

Importantly, Mike Leake cautions against ungodly fear. Who is in control of all this anyway?

I care little about a discussion on Obama, Romney, or any third-party candidate. What I do care about are those professing to be believers being swept up in worldly fear.

Finally, Ray Ortlund encourages his readers to work towards a gospel culture. Isn’t the gospel America’s only real hope?

If we want this culture to thrive, we can’t take doctrinal short cuts. If we want this doctrine to be credible, we can’t disregard the culture. Churches where the doctrines of grace create a culture of grace bear living witness to the power of Jesus. I think of it very simply like this:

Gospel doctrine – gospel culture = hypocrisy
Gospel culture – gospel doctrine = fragility
Gospel doctrine + gospel culture = powerIf we want our churches to compel the attention of our mission field — and, of course, we do — then, brothers, build a gospel culture! Don’t settle for preaching the truth only. Build a relational ethos that feels like the gospel. It’s powerful.


November 13, 2012

I have an eclectic assortment of stuff today.

First, here is an interesting piece entitled The Day My Dad Chopped Down an Idol. While the story is about actually chopping down an idol, the application works for all of us.

Of course, last week was an interesting week on a number of levels. This is true not only because of the election but also because of David Petraeus’ resignation. Al Mohler addresses both events. The most interesting part of what he wrote is about the election and demographics. For example, he writes: “Married women favored Mitt Romney (53%) rather than Barack Obama (46%). Non-married women, in contrast, favored Obama (67%) over Romney (31%). Note the scale of that reversal.” What is this about? Tom Chantry and Nathan Machel both discuss the election. Machel writes: “We looked at disasters like Greece and Spain and Argentina, and said ‘We want some of that!'” Chantry says, “Make no mistake about it: a vote for the President was a wicked act.  It is not sufficient to say that he is pro-abortion; the man is in favor of offing unwanted kids outside the womb as well.” As you can tell, neither writer minces words.

Justin Holcomb writes about the theology of Thomas Cranmer. Cranmer was clear about the gospel. This is worth reading. Here is a quote:

According to the Thomas Cranmer’s anthropology, what the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies. The mind doesn’t direct the will. The mind is actually captive to what the will wants, and the will itself, in turn, is captive to what the heart wants. The trouble with human nature is that we are born with a heart that loves ourselves over and above everything else in this world, including God.

Some of you will remember the book Peace Child. This video captures what has happend in the village where Don Richardson was missionary. Amazing grace!

Finally, here is a fun video encouraging people to attend a retreat. At least watch the first minute or so.