February 25, 2015
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
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.”
June 11, 2014
“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
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
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
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
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.