Destinations

August 5, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_There is a free ebook worth nabbing. R. C. Sproul’s Surprised by Suffering: The Role of Pain and Death in The Christian Life is free for Nook and Kindle.

Jared Moore writes about 10 Myths about Lust. Here is a quote:

The only answer for a lustful heart is constant repentance and faith in Christ.  God is more beautiful and more valuable than fulfilling our lustful desires. If you embrace and meditate on His beauty, all sin will appear ugly and detestable.

 

The Van Gogh That Breaks My Heart is an interesting piece attempting to track down Van Gogh’s faith pilgrimage.

In A Fine Line, Aimee Byrd tracks down why preaching is so important. Here is a snippet:

“…throughout our week, we get discouraged as we try to live as we are called. We are tempted and sometimes fall into sin. We are weary in the race that is the Christian life. We forget who we are and what Christ has done. We fall into our default mode of self-righteousness. But “God has ordained the preaching of the Word so that we may be rescued yet again.” We were there because God ordained it. And that makes all the difference.”

“There is no better test as to whether a man is really preaching the New Testament gospel of salvation than the fact that some people might misunderstand it and misinterpret it to mean that it really amounts to this–that because you are saved by grace alone it does not matter at all what you do, that you can go on sinning as much as you like because it will abound all the more to the glory of grace. That is a very good test of gospel preaching. If my preaching and presentation of the gospel of salvation does not expose it to that misunderstanding, then it is not the gospel.” ~ D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Destinations

March 19, 2014

I haven’t posted this week. I suspect that this one will rankle some folks. Dabble at your own risk.

I don’t typically read this fellow’s blog, but I think this post is right on. It is entitled “When Pastors Live In Multimillion Dollar Mansions, It’s Not A Sign Of God’s Blessing– But Our Sinfulness.” By the way, the post isn’t just about pastors. Good stuff.

Daniel Hyde tells his readers why it is important to preach predestination. I think it is impossible to really preach the Bible without dealing with predestination.

Mike Leake writes about “Why I don’t typically pray for a ‘hedge of protection.'” I don’t think that this is a big thing, however, it is worth thinking about.

MacArthur deals with the question of whether visits to heaven are real. You hopefully know the answer to this. It irks me that people get so excited about someone supposedly going to heaven and reporting that it is real. We have the Word of God, an infallible authority I might add, saying it is real. I digress …

Russell Moore asks where the prosperity gospel is found these days. It is alive and well, as you would expect. If you like TV preachers, read this at your own risk. I warned you.

You might have already seen this. It is been floating around for a few days …

Destinations

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.

Destinations

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.

Destinations

August 9, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I’ve been more out of the office than in lately. Once again, there are many good articles worth considering.

First, some free stuff (I love free stuff). This month’s free audio book from Christian Audio is Stott’s insightful book “Basic Christianity.” Also Sinclair Ferguson’s wonderful book “In Christ Alone” is free. Finally, Wiersbe’s “Be Equipped (Deuteronomy): Acquiring the Tools for Spiritual Success” is free for the taking.

Based on my limited experience, one of the most difficult things we have to do in life is forgive others. Many of us have a list of personal Hitlers in our lives. Here Tullian illustrates the truth that people who are forgiven, forgive.

As we leave church on a Sunday morning we might very well discuss with our family whether or not we liked the sermon. Tim Challies says that this sort of critiquing isn’t what we should be doing with sermons. As you might suspect, I appreciate what he says.

People who are opposed to Calvinism typically don’t use scripture to argue against it. I suspect this is because scripture is the Calvinist’s home court. Usually the mode of attack is more straw man based. Caricatures, misinformed myths of Calvinism are attacked. Michael Patton discusses twelve common myths about Calvinism. Even those who believe in the doctrines of grace should read what he has to say.

Finally, here is a encouraging post about the power of singing. The piece was written with Sunday mornings in mind, however, I think that the power of gospel-centered music he articulates is available the rest of the week as well.

Destinations

May 9, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_If you are getting older, like me, you have probably thought about the fact that the day might come when you won’t be able to care for yourself. If you are like me, you probably push that thought to the far recesses of your mind hoping that that eventuality never transpires. We don’t want to be a burden to our children or anyone else for that matter. Russell Moore writes about why we really don’t want to be a burden to our children. You might be surprised at what he says.

This map shows that over half of the world lives in one incredibly small area. Keep praying.

Preaching is about Jesus. While talks might be informative, insightful, and even encouraging, if they aren’t about Jesus ultimately the information, insight, and encouragement isn’t from the gospel. It might be helpful but it isn’t the help Jesus died to give. Even though the talk might be heard in a church with Bibles open, it still isn’t the good news. John Koessler reminds us that Jesus has to be part of every sermon.

From Mark Altrogge:

This Sunday, encourage your pastor after his message. But here are couple things you might not want to say:

  • Wow that was the best sleep I’ve ever had!
  • I know you were preaching on Matthew but I just couldn’t stop thinking about those locusts in Revelation.
  • Nothing you said applied to me but my roommate sure needs to do what you said.
  • I love that illustration – I have no idea what you were illustrating but I really love the illustration.
  • Have you heard John Piper’s message on that same text?  Wow is it good.
  • I really liked the first five minutes of your message but then I had to go outside for a couple smokes.
  • I think you meant to say, “Father Abraham send Lazarus to touch his finger to my tongue,” but you said, “Father Abraham send Lazarus to stick his tongue in my mouth (I actually said that once by accident).
  • You know what would’ve made that message better? If you would’ve used some Scripture.
  • I love coming to this church because the worship music is so awesome.  The messages are ok too.
  • Wow that message was deep – would you mind explaining it to me?
  • Do you know you said “Uh” 93 times during your message?  I know because I was counting.
  • I think you meant to say “hermetically” sealed instead of “hermeneutically” sealed didn’t you? (I  said this last week).
  • Here’s a funny portrait of you I drew you while you were preaching.
  • That message was awesome! What was it about again?
  • Thanks for working so hard on the message. I know preaching isn’t very enjoyable for you so thanks for serving us.
  • Have you ever thought about doing something besides preaching for a living?

Destinations

May 9, 2012

Yesterday morning I posted the Larissa and Ian video. Several times in the video Piper’s Momentary Marriage was mentioned. If you have some way of reading PDFs (ereader, tablet, or computer) the book can be downloaded here for free.

As you probably know, The Avengers movie is out and doing well. It will probably be a lot of fun to watch. Here Mark Driscoll has some great commentary that highlights the parallels between superheros and the gospel.

Life even for the believer is filled with regrets flowing from our sin and failures. Here Mark Altroggee encourages his readers by reminding them of how God uses even our greatest failures. Good stuff.

I know this won’t interest many of you but it resonates with me. Here, Kevin DeYoung briefly walks his readers through a week of sermon prep. I really connect with his first and last entries. Also, like Kevin the sermons I preach are in flux until I move from behind the pulpit at the end of the service.

Destinations

February 29, 2012

Is It Right for a Christian to Take Anti-Depressants? This is a timely piece that deals with a vexing question.

“There are some Christians who believe any psychiatric drug is a spiritual rejection of the Bible’s authority. I’m not one of them. But there are other Christians who seem to think, with the culture around us, that everything is material and can be solved by material means. I don’t think that’s right either.”

Luther had a great way of saying things. Like Shakespeare, he also knew how to deliver an insult. Here, Luther will insult you to your heart’s content. A well thought-out insult is a thing of beauty.

Ever walk out Sunday morning and wonder what in the world the pastor was talking about? Don’t answer that. Here is some direction by the president of Wheaton College, Phil Ryken, on how to listen to a sermon. This is good stuff.