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The importance of a “stop day”
Interview with the author of 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life.

Why we need plumbers and pastors
Drew Dyck: “Growing up I knew I could serve God in whatever profession I chose. Providing, of course, I chose to be either a missionary or a pastor.”

Counseled by William Ames
Paul Tautges shares what he’s learned from reading about counseling from “the learned doctor William Ames.”

Sitting is the smoking of our generation
Do you want another reason to splash out $50 on a stand up desk?

Ten things a congregation desires in a pastor

Now I’m Aimee, down to sleep
Aimee revives a childhood prayer. And for the opposite view, here’s an argument for taking drugs to reduce sleeping hours and increase productivity.

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Four models of counseling in pastoral ministry
Tim Keller analyzes the state of Christian counseling. Insightful and helpful but the concluding solution/way forward felt a bit incomplete and ani-climactic.

Beware Stubby Glasses
Some fascinating psychology here, including this revealing paragraph on racism: “For example, many of our anti-discrimination policies focus on finding the bad apples who are explicitly prejudiced. In fact, the serious discrimination is implicit, subtle and nearly universal. Both blacks and whites subtly try to get a white partner when asked to team up to do an intellectually difficult task. In computer shooting simulations, both black and white participants were more likely to think black figures were armed. In emergency rooms, whites are pervasively given stronger painkillers than blacks or Hispanics. Clearly, we should spend more effort rigging situations to reduce universal, unconscious racism.”

Black and Married with Kids
When and how to admit you need help with postpartum depression.

May Christian’s Complain?
“Someone asked what my thoughts are on God’s people ‘complaining’ or wrestling with Him in their trials, and if in exhorting one another to be content we try to “accelerate the timetable on when that submission should be.””

An Open Letter to Susan Jacoby
Barry York responds to Susan Jacoby’s NYT piece, The Blessings of Atheism.

Jesus Sings
Fine piece of devotional writing and practical theology from Tony Reinke.

Children’s Daily 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.

Here’s an explanation of the plan.

And here are the daily Bible Studies gathered into individual Bible books. Further explanation of that here.

Old Testament

New Testament

May God bless you and your children as you study the Word of life.

Bible Reading Plan for Kids (New Handouts)

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been inundated with various requests to provide different options for the Children’s Bible Reading plan for kids. Thanks to the help of my speedy cut-and-paste son, Angus, I’ve been able to produce something that I hope will meet most of the requests.

At the moment I publish two versions a week:

  1. Morning and Evening: These notes provide a reading from the Old Testament in the morning and one from the New Testament in the evening. In addition to each reading there is either a verse to write out or a simple question to answer.
  2. Single Use: These notes provide one New Testament reading a day, again with either a verse or a question.

These weekly notes will still be published every Saturday.

What Angus has done for me (see below) is to cut and paste all the entries from each book of the Bible we’ve covered into one document per book. So, for example, if you download the Exodus pdf, you’ll find the book of Exodus covered in that one document at the rate of one reading per day (together with the usual verse to write or question to answer).

If you want to have two readings a day, say a New Testament reading as well, then download one of the New Testament documents and use that as well.

Just few words of qualification. First, Genesis is not complete. We actually started the plan a couple of years ago with Exodus because I figured most people knew Genesis. We’ve only recently gone back to study Genesis and that’s now up to chapter 25. You could still start with Genesis and check back in a few weeks for the completed document.

Second, some of the books don’t start on the Sunday (some Thursday, or Tuesday, etc). That’s because when we were working our way through the books consecutively, they did not all finish conveniently on a Saturday! Instead of adding hugely to Angus’ cut-and-paste burden, we just kept it as it was. If you choose John, for example, just wait until Thursday to start.

Third, remember that I decided to focus mainly on narrative as the plan is for children. Hence, no Leviticus, Numbers starts at chapter 9, and some other chapters are also left out. It’s not that I deem these chapters any less important, but I simply wanted to maximize the interest and engagement of kids. I also omitted chapters that I thought best for parents to teach to their children at what they would deem an appropriate stage in their development.

Fourth, there are probably errors here and there in these documents. I’d be grateful if you could leave a note of any you discover in the comments box.

For further details on the thinking behind this plan, read this post.

Old Testament

New Testament

May God bless you and your children as you study the Word of life.

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Can I plant a church in a deprived area if I don’t come from that background?
Mez McConnell answers with a resounding, “YES!”

Interview with Dr Carl Ellis
Professor at WTS and pioneer thinker in the areas of urban ministry and the development of African American men.

Why I changed my mind about the Millennium
Sam Storms’ journey from a pre-mill to an amill position.

Seven things that homeschoolers don’t always share
Some encouragement for all parents here – not just for homeschoolers.

Psalm-sung Galaxy?
Ian Campbell questions the increasing use of technology in worship services.

Gospel-centered Application of the Word
Think I’m going to print this out for all future sermons.