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Submission Is a Mark of Maturity | Stacy Reoach, Desiring God
How do submission and disagreement work together?

God-Shaped Comfort | Joe Holland, The Christward Collective
“Practical atheism thrives on deficient views of God, eroding the joy that Christians should experience in their everyday lives, enveloping the disciple in a mist of uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety.”

5 Themes on Providence from the Psalms | W. Robert Godfrey, Ligonier Ministries
“In the course of his commentary on the Psalms, Calvin gave strong expression to various aspects of his doctrine of providence. Five themes about providence recur in his exposition.”

Why I’m No Longer a United Methodist | Collin Hansen, TGC
Collin Hansen reflects on the church of his childhood becoming apostate.

Left Targets Christian Schools In Its Potty Crusades | Holly Scheer, The Federalist
“The Obama administration is investigating a school in Wisconsin for sending home letters telling parents and students that they expect students to live within Christian values while at school. This is a private Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod school that serves a tiny group of students-from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade they have 147 students and 10 teachers.”

Lessons from a Letter of Call to John Owen | Danny Hyde, Meet the Puritans
“In short, as a Reformed Christian who is an elder or search committee member involved in the calling process of a potential minister, be honest, be realistic, and be sincere.”

The Backside Blessings of Blogging | Barry York, Gentle Reformation
Some of the hidden blessings of blogging that often are overlooked. And here’s Tim Challies on A Call for Plodding Bloggers.

Dear Grads, You Need a P&L | Andy Kessler, Wall Street Journal
“Even if you don’t like capitalism, you’d better draw up a personal profit-and-loss statement if you want to change the world.”

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A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament: The Gospel Promised by Miles V. Van Pelt, et al

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The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier ($0.99)


The Coaching Mindset: 8 Ways to Think Like a Coach by Chad Hall ($0.99)


Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur (FREE)


Tough Topics: Biblical Answers to 25 Challenging Questions by Sam Storms ($4.99)

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This NFL player took away his daughter’s participation ribbon, then THIS happened


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What’s the Compassionate Approach to the Transgender Bathroom Debate
“When we provide preferential treatment to a segment of society based on an individual’s choice to identify as a gender other than his or her biological sex at birth, we’re ignoring who really needs our protection: children. They haven’t asked for this, they aren’t demanding safety, but they should expect that we will fight for their protection. ”

The Flow of the Psalms | Gentle Reformation
“Robertson’s thesis is that we shouldn’t treat the Psalms like Hershey’s Kisses – beautifully, individually wrapped treats that have no relationship to one another. He argues that there is a flow to the Psalter, a very deliberate, sophisticated arrangement and a logical progression over the course of the 150 ancient songs that were collected together over several centuries.”

How Do I Preach Expository Sermons from Proverbs?
Good tips on how to preach from Proverbs.

Encourage Our Soldiers with Truth
Support the military by supporting military chaplains:

As part of our mission to proclaim the holiness of God to as many people as possible, Ligonier Ministries wants to help edify the men and women serving in the military and to proclaim the gospel to those service members who may never have heard it. Our program to provide resources to U.S. military chaplains is a vital part of this effort.

How a Small, Country Congregation Became a Megachurch Overnight
Here’s how your congregation can become a megachurch overnight.

Retreats for Pastors – Top 20 Getaway List
A list of 20 retreats and getaways for Pastors

Imagine No Possessions, Imagine Venezuela
Venezuela needs our prayers:

Venezuela has some of the world’s largest supplies of oil, with more proven oil reserves than Saudi Arabia. But about 15 years ago, the late president Hugo Chavez set out to impose a socialist revolution, making a particular point about his great munificence in providing free health care for everyone. In pursuit of this revolution, Chavez crushed every industry outside the oil sector and brought the state-owned oil company under his control. The result has been a long spiral into poverty and oppression. Now we can see the results: socialism literally kills babies.

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Signs of the Spirit: An Interpretation of Jonathan Edwards’ “Religious Affection” by Sam Storms $2.99.

How and When to Teach your Kids about Sex by Stan and Brena Jones $3.99.

Thoughts for Young Men by J C Ryle


Why are we flushing thousands of years down the toilet?

As the President, the Democrats, and their allies in the courts and the media sweep away the basics of traditional marriage, and now the societal foundation of male/female identity, we are left with our heads in our hands, asking “Why?” Why are they doing this? Why would anyone think this is a good idea? What possible motive is behind it?

Some sins and follies we can kind of understand — there’s a kind of rationale behind them. But to legalize gay marriage, to punish opponents of gay marriage, and now to abolish the male-female distinction in bathrooms, changing rooms, and shower rooms. It’s just unfathomable and seems completely irrational. What good can possibly come — and how much evil will definitely come — from putting grown men in women’s bathrooms?

Let’s be brutally frank here — young girls, teens, and women are going to enter a private room, away from security cameras, and take their pants down; and President Obama has just decreed that sexually confused and twisted men be allowed to follow them (or wait for them there) and take their pants down just inches away from the women and girls. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? (And for British readers, believe it or not, American public toilets have about a half inch gap around every toilet door — which I’ve never understood!)

Why would the President and his supporters want to obliterate thousands of years of the most basic distinction of the planet? We’re left shaking our heads utterly perplexed. Why, why, why?

Here are the only reasons I can think of — maybe you can think of more. I’m not saying people will admit to these motives, but if you could see their hearts, you’d read these words. Also, people can have mixed motives; there can be lots of motives involved.

1. Morality: Some people really, really believe that this is the moral and right thing to do, that it’s more ethical to support gay marriage, gay adoption, and boys in girls showers than not to. They say we are the immoral ones for being intolerant.

2. Relativism: Others don’t believe anything is right or wrong (apart, that is, from saying something is right or wrong). So they can’t say anything critical about any critical issue.

3. Fear: They are perhaps afraid of the media monster tarring and feathering them as bigots if they even say, “Perhaps we should pause and think a bit more about this.”

4. Popularity: The corollary of #3. Many want to be praised by the media, they want to be “on the right side of history.”

5. Friends: I’ve seen people do 180′s on these moral issues when they find out a son, daughter, or friend is gay. Suddenly that makes it OK.

6. Personal interest: You’d be amazed at how many gay journalists (even “Christian” journalists) there are who use their positions to promote homosexuality and undermine Christianity without any “declaration of interest.”

7. Conscience-salving: See Gay Marriage is Not About Gay Marriage which argues that gay marriage is not really about the right to marry but rather it’s about social and cultural validation of one’s lifestyle.

8. Revolution: Marxist theory promotes the destabilizing of the existing order so that it is easier to build an alternative vision of the ideal society. Once they’ve nuked the nuclear family, anything can take its place, especially a totalitarian Government.

9. Don’t care: Lots of people think this will not impact them. “Just live and let live,” they say. “You do your thing, they do their thing, and I’ll do my thing.” But, as Erick Ericksen warns, You will be made to care.

10. Distraction: The government often uses these issues to distract attention from bad economic news, terrorism, etc. If they can keep people fighting about lesser issues then they will ignore the bigger issues. See Democrats Talking About Transgender Bathrooms and Global Warming Instead of Real Economic Issues.

11. Elections: The Democrats know that one thing that turns people off conservatives in America is painting them as puritanical and judgmental. It’s no coincidence that the transgender decree has been issued in an election year.

12. Ignorance: Some of the people pushing this in the highest echelons of government and the media are barely out of college. As Victor Davis Hanson put it, it’s the Pajama Boy White House. They have no idea of life, of history, or of the potential consequences of what they’re promoting (see this article for some of the terrible damage being done by the moral revolution).

13. Hate: It’s not so much that they love LGBT’s; it’s that they hate Christians. If I hated God and despised Christians, I’d be an ardent supporter of same-sex marriage and of transgender “rights.” What better way to express enmity against God. His creation order, and His people? Related to this, I’ve heard and read comments from LGBT’s like, “Well, Christians made us suffer for long enough, so now it’s time for them to suffer.”

14. Underestimating: Political leaders think that Christians won’t stand up, they won’t fight, they’ll just roll over, and keep spending their dollars in Target, etc. However, most of them never mix with real Christians and therefore have grossly underestimated their opposition. Ask J C Penney what happened to their profits when they started pushing homosexuality in their commercials. Is it a coincidence that Apple’s profits have dived since Tim Cook started using Apple to promote homosexuality? Watch Target miss its quarterly targets over the next year.

15. God-likeness: Some leaders like President Obama seem to just revel in the exercise of power for power’s sake. There’s a buzz that comes from being able to act almost like God and change so much in such a short time. Why did you do this? “Because I can!”

Until we understand the motives behind these decrees and decisions, we’ll never be able to argue successfully at the deepest level of the heart and mind. And we’ll never get to our knees and pray that the God who holds the king’s heart in His hand, just like the rivers of water, would turn it wherever He wishes (Prov. 21:1).


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Statement on Racial Reconciliation by Session of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Miss. | David Strain, The Aquila Report
“Session of First PCA in Jackson repudiates actions recorded in its minutes from the 50s and 60s that excluded African Americans from worship in its sanctuary.”

Why I Am Not Atheist | Tim Challies
“I am not an atheist on the basis of evidence I have observed and conclusions I have made.”

How to Criticize a Fellow Christian or an Unbeliever in Controversy | Justin Taylor, TGC
“The best piece on know on how to maintain a godly disposition in theological controversy comes from a letter that John Newton wrote a pastor who was preparing to criticize a fellow minister.”

Canon Fodder Has a New Look! | Michael J. Kruger, Canon Fodder
This is a blog well worth checking out regularly.

Faithful and fruitless? | Jeremy Walker, The Wanderer
“How would you encourage a faithful brother who had been pastoring for several years and has not, in that season, seen a conversion directly from his preaching, though the church is growing and health with saints being built up and believers joining the church?”"

Walker Percy’s 1981 Letter to the New York Times on the Con and Doublespeak of the Abortion Discussion | TGC
“There is a wonderful irony here. It is this: The onset of individual life is not a dogma of the church but a fact of science. How much more convenient if we lived in the 13th century, when no one knew anything about microbiology and arguments about the onset of life were legitimate. Compared to a modern textbook of embryology, Thomas Aquinas sounds like an American Civil Liberties Union member. Nowadays it is not some misguided ecclesiastics who are trying to suppress an embarrassing scientific fact. It is the secular juridical-journalistic establishment.”

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The Knight’s Map by R.C. Sproul

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Faithful Preaching by Tony Merida ($2.99)


The Answers Book for Kids (Volume 5) by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge ($2.99)


Marriage and the Family: Biblical Essentials by Andreas J. Köstenberger and David W. Jones ($3.99)


Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron ($1.99)

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Drone Fishing for Tuna
Now this is appealing:

The squid bait was loosely dangled from the drone, which whizzed out to sea, its camera easily finding the fish in the seawater as its operators watched on an iPad. Before long, they guide the drone to plant its bait in front of the fish, and wham—a successful take. The drone then even filmed the entire catch.


An Al Mohler Prophecy Comes True

At Ligonier’s 2016 National Conference, Al Mohler “prophesied” that homosexual marriage would not work:

It’s not going to work. I mean, we know that. The whole promise of so-called same-sex marriage is not going to work…It can’t deliver on its promises.

Well, it didn’t take long for “fulfillment.” In Loveless, Narcisstic Sex Addicts: A Gay Man Critiques his Community, a gay man, Dr Jason Hill of De Paul University in Chicago, does exactly what the headline says. I don’t recommend that you read the article, but its basic point is clear: despite there being a “moral minority” (his words) of gay men who want something like traditional heterosexual marriage, the vast majority just want lots and lots of sex. Here’s how he puts it:

I also believe marriage between two men in our contemporary culture is a colossal waste of time, a hopeless undertaking doomed for failure, and, fundamentally, a naive endeavor profoundly at odds with the hypersexual, broken, and ethically bankrupt ethos and nature of gay male culture.

He says one of two things will happen: either it will be recognized that marriage in the traditional sense is impossible to realize for gay men, or else gay marriage “will forever change the fundamental nature of marriage” due to their “blatant preference for open relationships and polyamorous dalliances.” Remember this is a gay man speaking, not Al Mohler. Hill quotes some stats:

  • Gay culture is characterized by disproportionate drug use, sexual promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, depression, and suicides.
  • The insatiable and voracious sexual promiscuity of gay men is an ongoing recreational activity that does not cease with marriage or long-term partnerships, and increases with age.
  • 43 percent of all gay men in Western democracies claimed to have had more than 500 partners in their lifetime, and 28 percent claimed more than 1,000.
  • 50 percent of all gay marriages in the United States begin as open relationships where men continue to have sex with other men on the side.
  • The sexual imagination of gay men will suffuse their children’s sexual imagination and will decouple sex from—at least—the pretense of love.

It’s so, so tragic. And so, so predictable. Yet similar pain and destruction awaits the liberals’ latest Trojan horse — the transgenders (see Kevin DeYoung’s Transgendered Thought Experiment and 50 Years of Sex Changes, Mental Disorders, and Too Many Suicides). As the Apostle Paul said:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet (Romans 1:27).

Let’s give Al Mohler the last word, a word of love and hope:

Only Christ delivers on His promises. And we’ve got to be there for people who, in the midst of this cultural revolution, are going to be horribly hurt because this revolution can’t deliver on its promises. We’ve got to be there with the gospel of Christ.


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No Adam, No Christ! | Nick Batzig, Reformation21 Blog
“As is true of the connection between the historicity and theology of the resurrection of Christ so too of the historicity and theology of the creation and fall account of Genesis 1-3. ”

Will You Use Target’s Transgender Bathroom? | John Piper, Desiring God
“This sentence from 1992 Justice Anthony Kennedy is probably the most destructive sentence that the Court has ever spoken. That would be my guess. I have not read them all, but he said, ‘At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.’”

Should Seminaries Require Students to Write So Many Academic Research Papers? John Frame Says No | Andy Naselli
“[Frame] provocatively elaborates on seven items he thinks seminaries can do without… Here’s what he says about academic research papers.”

Reading Writers: Brandon Smith, J.A. Medders, & 100 Deadly Skills | Aaron Armstrong, Blogging Theologically
Aaron Armstrong launches his new podcast on Christian authors.

Online Greek Resources | BibleX
“Here are a couple of Greek resources that some of you might be interested in.”

Do We Sing Jesus Christ’s Name in the Psalter? | Travis Fentiman, Reformed Books Online
“The Psalter has often been valued less than it should as a manual for sung praise because it is claimed that we do not sing Jesus Christ’s personal name in it . . . This claim also happens to be false; we do sing Jesus Christ’s personal name throughout the Psalter, which will be overwhelmingly shown.”

Parenting in Paradox | Paul Sadler, Grace Baptist Church
Paul reflects on “Patient Parenting” and the importance of following God’s wisdom, even when it seems paradoxical.

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Pictures at a Theological Exhibition: Scenes of the Church’s Worship, Witness and Wisdom by Kevin J. Vanhoozer

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Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson ($1.99)


Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel by Michael Horton ($2.99)


Prayer – 10th Anniversary Edition: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard J. Foster ($1.99)

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Don’t Give Up
Feel like giving up? Maybe this video will encourage you. U.S. Army Captain Sarah Cudd of Public Health Command earns the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge given to military medics who complete a set of brutally difficult written and physical tests. The last test is a 12-mile march while equipped with heavy fatigues, a large pack, and a rifle. (This is not a statement about women in combat!)