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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.


Biblical Stargazing

Despite the column inches given to daily horoscopes, there’s only one example of stars ever being used to direct human lives and predict the future…and it’s in the Bible.

Yes, in Matthew 2, God sent a star to guide wise men and point them to the future plan of God for the salvation of sinners. As we gaze at this star with these wise men we learn six lessons:

  1. Jesus fulfills prophecy
  2. Jesus saves sinners
  3. Jesus gladdens the heart
  4. Jesus humbles the wise
  5. Jesus opens wallets
  6. Jesus arouses hatred

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Re-engineer your morning ritual
I was thoroughly impressed with Michael Hyatt’s early morning ritual. I doubt any of us have the discipline to copy Michael, but I think we can all pick up some tips to getting a better start to our day.

Christian…and depressed
Why these words shouldn’t be surprising, and what we can do to help.

I am not a depressed person
Michael Patton writes honestly and helpfully about his own struggle with depression.

Move forward into hope
By way of contrast, Paul Tautges highlights a new book by Joni on Gaining a hopeful spirit.

Pre-marital counseling
Ron Edmondson prioritizes seven areas to cover in preparing for marriage.

If you’re serious about ideas, get serious about blogging
And if you need some help, here’s a great video from Michael Hyatt on how to set up a blog in 20 mins.


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.