February 25, 2015

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_The Bowman newsletter should arrive in the next day or two. Any who are interested in reading my contribution can find it here. I’m hoping it will generate helpful dialogue about how Christians should respond to the idea of sabbath.

In the Our Crazy World Department, Wesleyan University has expanded the list of letters defining sexual identity: LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM. As usual Carl Trueman helpfully weighs in.

Mark Altrogge writes about Why you should think twice before badmouthing Obama. Good point.

Here is why we must not forget the Psalms.

Finally, for the theological geeks, Justin Taylor distills some conclusions from Everett Ferguson’s 975-page tome on Baptism. Ever wonder how the early church viewed baptism? This piece will provide a head start.


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.”

“I still prefer to believe that sex is a substitute for religion and that the young man who rings the bell at the brothel is unconsciously looking for God,” Father Smith said.

– Bruce Marshall, The World, the Flesh, and Father Smith.


April 1, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_These three links in some sense are all related.

First, I’d encourage you to read “Ministering to the Sexually Broken: An Interview with John Freeman.” I know it isn’t talked about much in our circles, but my guess is that sexual brokenness is rampant. Here’s a scary quote:

The average age of exposure to pornography today is seven for boys and nine for girls. Twenty years ago, ten-year-olds didn’t have to decide whether they may be homosexual. Today, the culture often forces this question upon them. Many ten- to twelve-year-olds, wrestling with sexuality, now use the Internet to investigate this.

Since we are on happy topics today, how about the issue of cutting? Yeah, who thinks about that? “Cutting to the Heart of Self-Injury” probably deals with an issue that is far more prevalent than we’d imagine.

When should people get married these days? I’m very much an advocate of early marriage. In my view, those who put it off end up fornicating. Like Paul said, it is better to marry than to burn. Proverbs speaks of the wife of one’s youth. Gene Fant at First things interacts with an article by Charles Murray at the Wall Street Journal, where Murray outlines his five rules for living a happy life. Murray’s first recommendation is: “consider marrying young.”

No longer practical to have young boys in the choir … the surgical solution was surprisingly unpopular …


March 25, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_The big news yesterday on the evangelical front was World Vision’s capitulation to gay mirage. Many articulate voices have expressed their criticisms. If you are interested, here are John Piper’s, Russell Moore’s, and Denny Burk’s opinions. All of them are pretty much spot on. If you only read one take on the issue, read Carl Trueman’s. No one, except for maybe Doug Wilson, says it better.

How do we handle a bad mood? I appreciate Tim Challies‘ encouragement.

Today oral arguments started before the Supreme Court in the government’s case against Hobby Lobby. We need to pray for this situation. Our religious liberties are at stake. Often slippery-slope arguments are fallacious. This case does represent a true erosion of religious liberty. If the government can force corporations to supply abortion-inducing drugs, it seems that it might force other actions that are contrary to one’s religious beliefs. What is next?

This kid is going to be good …


January 30, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_It is very important to know our hearts. Our lives flow from our hearts (Pr 4:23). Sinclair Ferguson offers a short catechism about our hearts. Question 6 is very helpful.

Are you ever frustrated with how you feel? Of course you are. Who feels the way they want to, or better, need to all the time. This is why we need Paul’s command to rejoice. We don’t always feel joyful. David Murray offers a strategy as to how we can get a better handle on our feelings. This is a nice followup to Sinclair Ferguson’s offering above.

Finally, Peter Jones is an astute “spiritual” interpreter of our culture and age. Here he offers a religious interpretation of the Grammy’s the other night. What I saw of the show was very disturbing. I wonder where it is all going. When no one wears any clothes and sex with anyone or anything is permissible, what will be left to titillate? Perhaps at some point when the emptiness, the vacuousness of sexual promiscuity is realized our culture will move back in the other direction. We can only hope.


January 14, 2014

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_What helps us live a less sinful life? Cole Brown in his piece Lies My Pastor Told Me: “That Will Make You Sin” grapples with the question.

Married couples sometimes think, “I don’t deserve to be treated like this!” How can spouses reframe their thinking to avoid this potential troublesome thought?

Sam Allberry grapples with The Idol Behind Same-Sex Desires. The solution he offers is one that heterosexual people need to remember as well.

Speaking Truth in Love: Counsel in Community is free today only for Nook and Kindle.


November 15, 2013

Ann Voskamp writes about the real truth concerning boring men. I think I fit that category.

Continuing with the marriage theme, how about “Gospel-Centered Sex?” Husbands and wives both need to read this.

This month Crossway is giving away their web version of the ESV Study Bible. In my not so humble opinion, I think this is the best study Bible on the market. I have the Reformation Study Bible and find it valuable. However, the ESV Study Bible has much more extensive notes.

What does it mean to be gospel-centered?


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.


February 9, 2013

Here are some links that are worth your time, even if this is Saturday.

First, here is a helpful piece about how to encourage our children to be morally pure. We have a better weapon than fear of negative consequences.

Teenagers need to know about the risks of promiscuity, as well as about the benefits that total life purity brings. But the most powerful way to impact prom-night decisions is for parents, leaders, and peers to more fully awaken teenagers to God’s Son.

Suffering is something we all go through. Some of us suffer more than others. I haven’t tracked down the background comments for this post (I’m assuming Mark Driscoll said something positive about Joel Osteen.) by Carl Trueman, but his observations from the book of Job about suffering are immensely helpful. Read and remember the next time suffering arrives in your life.

On a lighter note, here are 28 simple ideas that are borderline genius.

Here is a wonderful video from the True Woman ’12 conference. Be sure to hear Joni Eareckson Tada’s poem at the end.