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The Year In Commentary: Anthony Bradley
I don’t always agree with Anthony, but he always makes me think a bit deeper, wider, and further.

23 Reasons to be joyful
Here’s a fantastic way to end 2012 and begin 2013.

Gospel-centered expectations
Great word from Tim Brister on our attitude as we go to church.

In praise of denominations
As someone with a few burn marks, I need to remember this.

The lost art of the handwritten note
I received one of these from a friend recently and it impacted more than any of the thousands of other communications I received last year.

A bit of hopeful news for Hobby Lobby
The eventual outcome of this issue may be far more pivotal that the election result.


Children’s Bible Reading Plan

This week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.

This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.

If you want to start at the beginning, this is the first 12 months of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

And here’s the first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

And here’s an explanation of the plan.


A Hallelujah from Head to Foot

That’s what Augustine said a Christian should be: A top-to-toe hallelujah, a body-and-soul hallelujah, a muscle-and-mind hallelujah.

Can’t say I always agreed with this. As a young Christian, worship was a “preliminary” to the main event, the sermon. Singing was like soup or salad: you had to do it to get to the steak. The tantalizing dessert of Christian service followed, the sweet experience of going out into the world with the gospel on lip and in life. By that time the “boring” soup or “tedious” salad was long forgotten.

Twenty-plus years on, worship is often my favorite Christian experience, especially public worship. Although I’m no singer, I just love to sing with God’s people and to lift up my eyes to heaven and believe that God sees and hears and enjoys our joyful noise. It’s just so good for the soul, so comforting, so energizing, so inspiring.

Let all the angels of God worship Him
Recently, while studying Hebrews 1v6, I was stunned to read that when Jesus was born into this world, God said, “Let all the angels of God worship him.” As soon as Jesus breathed his first breath of air, God commanded all the angels, ALL the angels, from all over the heavens and the earth to cease what they were doing and to gather in one place to worship God in baby skin. Cherubim, seraphim, archangels, and all other ranks of heaven’s hosts made their way to Bethlehem to sing, adore, admire, and magnify Jesus. Every single last one of them! What a worship that must have been!

And if the angels worshipped Him, we should worship Him even more because:

  • We have a lower status than the angels
  • We have a lower nature than the angels
  • Jesus took our nature not angelic nature
  • Jesus took our sin, something he never did for the angels.
  • Jesus died for our sin, something his holy angels never needed
  • Jesus has now taken our nature to the highest throne of heaven

No wonder the hymnwriter not only wrote:

Hark! The herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the newborn King
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!’

But also:

Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies’
With th’angelic host proclaim, ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem!’

Yes, let all the angels of God worship Him, but let us also be Halleljuahs from head to foot.


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Don’t check your email first thing in the morning
When I obey, it works.

Make me an Asian” and everlasting Splendors
Trillia Newbell takes a pop at a racist App and concludes: “Race helps us learn about our neighbor, to connect, to understand how to serve one another and enjoy the fullness and goodness of God’s creation.”

Top Biblical Studies Books 2012
Breaking my rule of ignoring all “Top Whatever” blogs to bring you some mind-stretchers and heart-enlargers.

Why we need to rediscover wonder
When was the last time you had a Psalm 8 moment? R C Sproul Jr’s A Call to Wonder will help you get started.

The most ignored sin
If it became the most targeted, our churches would be transformed.

What is the secret of a productive and joy-filled life?


The magnificent tyranny of the Gospel

Seven reasons for preaching from a text rather than a topic:

  1. Scriptural precedent
  2. Honors the Bible
  3. Distinguishes the sermon
  4. Tethers preacher
  5. Easily remembered
  6. Variety
  7. Sets limits

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Got a PhD in  theology? Go work for a church
Shouldn’t be as a last resort either.

Preaching and complementarity
Good preaching helps women stay complementarians.

How John Piper helped me in the midst of darkness
Mike Leake was surprisingly helped by two unpromising truths.

My first one-star review
Pretty painful. Only consolation is that it’s from Jay Adams’ colleague.

Poor students struggle as class plays a greater role in success
“For poor, the leap to college often results in a  hard fall.”

27 science fictions that became science facts in 2012
If this doesn’t make you worship God, nothing will.