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If I was a man headed to Seminary…
Kim Shay: “I am not a man going to seminary, but I, and every other Christian woman, need the support of family and friends in our life long spiritual education. We need encouragement so study deeply, and with purpose. We need prayer support and encouragement to keep learning and to keep living what we learn.”

Grace doesn’t mean you get to do what you want
“We’re fleeing an older generation’s judgmental, legalistic, work-for-your-salvation mentality. That much is good. We’ve rebelled against their theology by adopting the idea that grace actually excuses the sin we want to practice. After all, we’re saved by grace and not works, right?”

Jesus is not your sin manager
Owen Strachan”: “But make no mistake: grace never softens our thirst for obedience. It actually inspires us to go on the warpath against our unholiness. We look to the cross as believers, and we see there lavish forgiveness, but also our fundamental approach to sin. In the power of the cross, we are to kill sin. We are to realize that it is a deadly serious matter. Jesus did not die to manage our sin. He died to kill it.”

4 Lessons Learned From Nursing Home Ministries
Ivan Messa draws lessons from his experience of ministering in nursing homes.

The Church is Already Diverse
Anthony Bradley argues that the church is already diverse racially, culturally, and ethnically.

Jon Acuff Resignation from Dave Ramsey’s Organization Raises Questions
This is indeed a strange one, especially following hard on the heels of Chris Locurto’s recent departure as well. I’m hoping and praying that all is well, because this is a valuable ministry that has done many people a lot of good.

Why is Deuteronomy the Favorite Book of Jesus?

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 year of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

The second year of morning and evening readings in Word and pdf.

The first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

Here’s an explanation of the plan.

The daily Bible Studies gathered into individual Bible books.

Old Testament

New Testament

Jesus On Every Page Podcast: The Angel of the Lord

Link to Jesus On Every Page Podcast

Many people have asked me to help them take the next step from the principles of Old Testament interpretation that are outlined in Jesus On Every Page to the actual practice of seeing and enjoying Christ in particular Old Testament passages.

I figured the best way to do that was a regular podcast that would not only focus on particular Old Testament passages, but also highlight the best resources on this popular subject (books, blog posts, lectures, sermons, etc). The podcast format also allows some interactivity where listeners can leave questions and comments on the blog or via the new voicemail feature on the right, and I’ll follow up on them in subsequent podcasts. I hope to also host some interviews with various Old Testament teachers and writers.

The podcasts will be hosted at and also at the Jesus On Every Page Podcast archive. The best way to ensure that you don’t miss a podcast is to subscribe to the blog by email on the right side of this page. The podcast feed has also been submitted to iTunes and should be available soon.

The timeline of today’s podcast is as follows:

1:44 Quote of the week

3:24 Book of the Week

4:16 Lecture of the week: Ears Digged Body Prepared

6:04 Blog of the Week: How were Old Testament believers saved?

7.08 Question of the Week: Where is Christ in the book of Esther?

9.50 Commentary recommendations:

William Arnot on Proverbs (online version here)

Charles Bridges on Proverbs (online version here)

Dan Phillips – God’s Wisdom in Proverbs

Ray Ortlund – Wisdom that works

Derek Kidner – Commentary on Proverbs

Anthony Selvaggio – A Proverbs Driven Life

Gary Brady – Heavenly Wisdom

11:35 The Angel of the Lord

Is there a sin gene?

A Review of Chapter 8: The Influences on the Human Heart by Jeff Forrey and Jim Newheiser in Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling.

The authors of this outstanding chapter discuss the physical and social influences upon human choices and behavior. They tackle the social and genetic determinism that is so often used to excuse sinful attitudes and actions, but they do so in a beautifully balanced way. I’d describe this chapter as:

Honest: Jim discusses his own counseling journey, moving from a classically nouthetic view to a much more holistic view of our human nature, our problems, and the solutions to them.

Compassionate: A sincere acceptance and description of the impact of social history and bodily factors. A recognition that the body can affect the soul and vice versa.

Biblical: While accepting genetic and social influences, rejecting the idea of them as determinative of human behavior.

Constructive: Five scriptural principles that help us interact with people who struggle with bodily weaknesses PLUS five scriptural principles that help us deal with people who have difficult relationship influences.

Encouraging: Both  counselors and counselees should be greatly encouraged by the way the Bible frames and interprets genetic and social factors in such a way that promotes both loving sympathy and strong hope for strugglers.

Previous Posts in this Series

Introduction: Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling

1. John Piper on Biblical Counseling

2. Charity and Clarity in Counseling 

3. The Counselor’s Role in the Holy Spirit’s Counseling

4. Is the Trinity Relevant in Counseling

5. Counseling and the Grand Narrative of the Bible

6. Biblical Counseling and the Sufficiency of Scripture

7. The Spiritual Anatomy of the Soul

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The Perils of Multitasking
“Some of the greatest threats of multitasking are not, like those posed by texting and driving, to life and limb, but to the meaning – of lack thereof – of life itself.”

These Teenage Girls Are Some of the Most Promising Scientists of the Future
Some fantastic finalists at the Google Science Fair. And just in case that inspired you, here’s the $10,000 Technology Degree.

Christians put B&B up for sale after death threats
Another homosexual “victory.”

The Real Navy Yard Scandal
Conservative pundit and former Psychiatric doctor, Charles Krauthammer, reflects on society’s abandonment of the mentally ill. I’m afraid many parts of the church aren’t much better.

Ask RC: What is R2k Theology
“At their worst, however, R2K theology can silence the prophetic voice of the church.  While many R2K advocates would be comfortable with individual Christians speaking to the great moral issues of our day, the church is forbidden to do so. ”

Art, Nakedness, and Redemption
Bill Vandoodewaard: “To reject nudity in art and film is no denial of artistic ability, nor of created beauty. It is a realistic, careful, humble acknowledgment of God’s redemptive work in Christ and His precepts for a grace transformed, holy, happy life in a fallen world.”

Kingdom of Darkness
Doug Page is a Southern Baptist physician who’s given his life to help heal the physical and spiritual wounds of a Central Asian people living in darkness.

Three New Books on Pastoral Ministry

You Lift Me UpYou Lift Me Up by Al Martin
Al Martin has been my mentor from a distance for many years. I listened to innumerable cassettes of his sermons when I was just converted in the late 1980′s, and when I entered the ministry in 1995, I devoured his pastoral theology lectures. Although I’ve continued to listen to his sermons on, I always wished he would write some books. Well, now, in the latter years of his ministry we are beginning to see the ripe fruit of decades in the pastorate appearing in print form. His latest book is Al Martin at his best, as he identifies three ministry challenges – ministerial backsliding, ministerial burnout, and credibility washout – and proposes various preventative and curative measures. As always with Pastor Martin, the book combines a deep spirituality with huge doses of common sense. I loved the sections on the pastor’s humanity and the need to care for our bodies. If pastors don’t read this now, they will need it later. This book is already available in the UK and will soon be available in the US.

pastors-justificationThe Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson
Jared has not been a pastor for quite as long as Pastor Martin – who has? – but has also written a book that will encourage many beat-up pastors. It’s less immediately practical than Al Martin’s book, but Jared’s aim is the long-term application of Gospel truths to the minister’s life and work. It continues in the rich vein of many Gospel-centered books that have come out over recent years, with this one being specifically focused on applying the Gospel to pastors. I especially enjoyed the biographical examples that helped demonstrate how Jared has practiced what he’s preaching in this book. If I was a discouraged and struggling pastor, I’d buy both of these books, Martin’s and Wilson’s, and read them together for a holistic approach to pastoral challenges. In fact, better still, buy them before you hit the wall.

Labor of loveA Labor of Love by Stephen Yuile
The puritan minister, George Swinnock, penned sixteen wishes, sixteen heartfelt desires for his own pastoral ministry. Stephen Yuile extracts the essence of these, sums them up in chapter headings such as “A Royal Ambassador,” “A Skilled Physician,” A Diligent Student,” etc., and expounds them over a few pages for a modern audience. He also includes a beautiful sermon by Swinnock on Acts 20, “The Pastor’s Farewell,” preached upon his departure from his own congregation. This is a more devotional book than the previous two, and would work well as part of a pastor’s daily devotional reading with each of the 16 chapters in part one being only a few pages in length.