Today is a day for thankfulness. Every day is a day for thankfulness. Every circumstance is a time for thankfulness. That’s not my opinion. My (personal and fleshly) opinion is that most days are for grumbling, complaining, disputing, and arguing. I do not naturally gravitate to thankfulness. I naturally move towards ingratitude and discontentment. But […]Read More Today is a day for thankfulness
What the World Needs Now Selected Scriptures June 7, 2020 Thursday morning I went for a run as I normally do on that day. I woke up particularly early, so I grabbed my headlamp to guide my way. It was somewhat warm and humid so I was a little tired on the run. A little […]Read More Sermon: What the World Needs Now
I was born in Canada, straight north of Granbury about 1300 miles. Though I spent most of my childhood years in the Unites States, and primarily Texas, I remained a Canadian citizen until 2003, when I became a naturalized American. My citizenship changed. I had always considered the United States and Texas my home, but […]Read More Remember your final end
This morning I glanced at the headlines of the newspaper and commented to my wife, “The Lord must certainly be coming back soon.” It wasn’t just the headline about China’s financial troubles and the resulting uncertainties in our stock market that triggered that comment. It was also the moral chaos that we have seen unfolding […]Read More Living in uncertain times
C. S. Lewis makes some helpful observations about greater and lesser things in an essay in God in the Dock. The first few paragraphs I quote lead one to personal application — if I pursue anything more than I delight in and desire God, I am an idolator and will have neither the thing I […]Read More Greater things, lesser things, and our culture
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been collecting articles that indicate moral dilemmas and debates in our culture. The spectrum of articles I’ve seen is broad. In January, the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision was marked. Those on either side of the debate are seemingly becoming more entrenched in their positions. The […]Read More Who decides?
Some helpful articles from the last week: Chad Hall identifies “Three Reasons We Should Not Share the Gospel” — insecurity, arrogance, and narcissism. “What do all of these poor motivations have in common? Each one places the needs and interests of the evangelist ahead of the needs and interests of the other. Evangelism should always […]Read More Grab bag
If you weary of reality shows and wonder how you should think of them, Carl Trueman has given some careful thinking to understanding confession, restoration, and its relationship to public life. A man who betrays his wife can be forgiven; but I am not sure he can be forgiven for making it an opportunity to […]Read More Real Shame
A few things spotted recently around the web: John Piper’s 8-month leave of absence ended at the end of December. Last Sunday he resumed preaching with the sermon, “Our Deepest Prayer: Hallowed Be Your Name.” He also wrote an article entitled, “Why I Am Full of Hope About Bethlehem’s Future,” and while it is written […]Read More Grab bag
A few things I’ve spotted around the Internet recently: The end of the year means the inevitable “year in review” lists. Here is a list of “Top 10 Theology and Church Stories” (with many supporting links) from Colin Hansen. Accordance recounts a brief (and recent) history of the study Bible. [Accordance is my Bible study […]Read More Grab Bag
A few things I’ve spotted around the internet lately: Can six seconds a day protect your marriage? Jani Ortlund says it can — if it’s a six-second kiss. Unbelieving pastors? Say it ain’t so. And yet there are some. Perhaps (probably?) the report by new-atheist proponent Daniel Dennett is biased, but if he could find […]Read More Grab bag
In Ephesians 5:18, Paul contrasts being filled with the Holy Spirit by the control that is experienced by those who are under the drunken influence of alcohol. While the main focus of the analogy is on being filled by the Spirit — Paul is using drunkenness as an illustration only, not as a major theological […]Read More Is alcohol ok for believers?
Phillip Jensen asks Mark Dever the question, “How do you see the culture affecting us negatively?” Most helpful statement: “We can’t fall prey to the lie that we’re going to figure out a way to follow Jesus with there being no cost. We’re not going to figure out a way that people are not going […]Read More Is it possible to be culturally cool and still effective for Christ?
In case we are still living with the misperception that entertainment is only entertainment and is harmless and innocuous, the lead two paragraphs from an article in USA Today corrects that faulty notion. When it comes to gay marriage and gay families, politicians are still bickering and courts are still deliberating. But in entertainment, it’s […]Read More Entertainment and the homosexual agenda
A few resources I’ve found recently that have been helpful: “Devotions Aren’t Magic” — among other things, regular time with Christ cultivates delight in Him. Biblical Training recently updated its web page — and all the same very helpful resources are still there at no cost — including seminary level training. A great resource. Some […]Read More Grab Bag