Monthly Archives: November 2012
A funny video from Long Hollow Baptist Church in Nashville.
Seven links for your weekend reading.
A recommendation of Jonathan Rogers’ “The Wilderking Triology” for kids.
Kindle Deal of the Day: The Path of Celtic Prayer: An Ancient Way to Everyday Joy by Calvin Miller. $0.99.
In uncertain and dangerous days of high infant-mortality rates, leprosy and plagues, the Celts breathed candid prayers out of the reality of their lives: Desperate prayers for protection. Praise for the God who was king over all creation. Honest prayers of confession. In these pages, Miller introduces us to six types of Celtic prayer that can connect us to God more deeply by helping us pray out of the circumstances and uncertainties of our own life.
Kevin DeYoung on taking a break from social media:
I think you should consider a fast periodically—for a few days, a week, or maybe longer. Here’s how I benefited from being away (more or less) for two weeks.
A great review of Ross Douthat’s Bad Religion that concludes with this timely word:
Praise God for Douthat’s models—Reinhold Niebuhr, C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and others like them—believers who’ve gained cultural prominence and used that influence to add salt and shed light. But plenty more through the centuries have been just as faithful and have been ridiculed or even killed by the powers that be. Where we fall on that continuum is in God’s hands, and to whatever extent we aim at the respect of the world we’re asking for trouble.
My question to you, my readers, what might you change or add to these graphics? Do …
An interview with the author of “A Year with G.K. Chesterton: 365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder”
Kindle Deal of the Day: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer. $2.99.
If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all? J. I. Packer shows in this new edition to the popular IVP Classics how both of these attitudes are false. In a careful review of the biblical evidence, he shows how a right understanding of God’s sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.
Slate magazine on The Quiet New England Revival:
There’s a palpable sense of momentum growing among evangelicals in New England, who say this hard soil may soon bear fruit thanks to institutional efforts, individual leaders, and an intangible sense of energy often credited to the Holy Spirit. But do they have any hope of success in the most proudly and profoundly secular region in America?
Now we need to ask whether Barth himself was a universalist. Here’s why people think he is.
The words “God is my helper” are astonishing. Think about them for a moment. They literally change every situation. God, the God of the universe, the omnipotent, all-wise, all-loving, righteous, true, angel terrifying, sinner saving, God is MY HELPER. Woah. Woah!
“A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word …
My concern was related to the kind of culture that arose in some Puritan circles, not the confession of faith they held.
Kindle Deal of the Day: How Can a Good God Let Bad Things Happen? by Mark Tabb. FREE.
It’s a timeless question: If God is good, why do bad things happen? We pray for blessing, but we feel cursed. Following Christ seems to make life harder, not easier–then why should we continue? Using the book of Job, Mark Tabb searches for the answers to these questions and others that relate. Encounter an honest discussion of suffering and find real-world comfort and strength for the trials you face.
Here’s some info on the Liberate 2013 Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, February 21-24.
A sermon is a sacred trust. The church trusts you to deliver the sense of the eternal Word of God into their lives. Taking into account Lincoln’s wisdom from his illustration, here are a few of my thoughts on sermon preparation and delivery; the first two being long and the rest being short.
Here is what I’d want to say to a man in my church (“Bob”) who was abusing his wife.
If you have to intimidate in order to gain control, the people you’re leading don’t respect you.
Jones made his comments in an interview with the Forerunner Chronicles about his religious awakening. In the nearly 15-minute long video, he also talks about taking an “all inclusive …
A summary and brief review of Christopher Wright’s “The Mission of God”
Kindle Deal of the Day: The Christ of Christmas: Readings for Advent by Calvin Miller. $2.99.
Each devotion includes a full-page Scripture reading, main message, call-out quote, and written prayer. For anyone who desires a longer stay, there’s an additional passage to read from outside the Gospel accounts based on the day’s theme, as well as discussion questions that encourage group study or family time.
There is no such thing as a balanced life. It’s a false goal, a mirage propagated by a culture that doesn’t recognize a blunt fact of life. Some things are just more important than other things in life. Everything is not equal and no, everyone and everything doesn’t deserve a few moments of your time.
From The Telegraph - In its search for ‘relevance’, the Anglican Church is losing relevance:
In the 21st century, what is the purpose of the village church? For much of the establishment of the Church of England, the answer seems to be “relevance” – they must earn their status in society by reflecting society’s diversity of background and opinion. The great irony is that they want to make relevant something that is actually devalued by the attempt to make it relevant. God doesn’t do “relevance.” He just is - and, for most religious consumers, that’s what makes him so appealing.
Daniel Block, a respected evangelical Old Testament scholar whose new commentary on Deuteronomy will be a valuable addition to any believer’s shelf, wonders if …