August 5, 2014
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.”
July 8, 2014
“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
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 …
October 29, 2013
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.
September 9, 2013
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.
August 9, 2013
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.
May 9, 2013
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.