Children’s Bible Reading Plan (60)

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.

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

The first 6 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in pdf.

And here’s an explanation of the plan.


Daily List: 11 Trends in Biblical Counseling in 2011

Bob Kellemen traces 11 trends in Biblical Counseling in 2011.

11. An Increasingly Positive Perspective and Presentation

10. A Growing Appreciation for the History of Christian Soul Care

9. An Expanding Second and Third Generation of Leaders

8. A Maturing Emphasis on Compassionate Care

7. A Developing Culturally-Informed Approach

6. A Blossoming Collegial Spirit

5. A Nuanced, Comprehensive Model

4. An Ongoing and Increasingly “Balanced” Commitment to Progressive Sanctification

3. A Robust Presentation of the Sufficiency of Scripture

2. A Focused Vision for the Entire Church

1. A Maturing Gospel-Centered Focus

Read his exposition of each point here.


Lunch Links

Ministry
What would you say to my husband if you were a young Seminarian again?
RTS’s Michael Milton replies.

So you want to be a church planter?
Jason Helopoulos describes seven essential characteristics.

Christian living
The resolutions of Jonathan Edwards in categories
Matt Perman provides a helpful 7-category re-organization of Edwards’ resolutions.

eBooks
Unlocking the Bible Story
336 pages for $2.51!

Technology
MIT to offer free online courses to all
Isn’t it so exciting to live through this digital revolution! This is an even bigger step forward than simply making course materials available for free.

Religious Americans just as Tech-savvy as Others
This has got to be one of the most condescending articles I’ve read in a long time. There are so many barely-concealed prejudices in the way this is reported.

“A skunk on steroids”
Something about this appealed to the little boy in me. In an unusual combination of old and new technology, an impenetrable wall of stinky, foul-smelling water is helping to combat Somali pirates.


Sometimes it’s hard to believe in Hell

Or maybe I should say, sometimes it’s hard to conceive of Hell. It’s certainly been that way for me this week.

Although I’m on high doses of Vicodin, I’ve been experiencing some pretty severe (though not unexpected) post-op pain. Of course, it doesn’t help that I’ve been malefully (and unsuccessfuly), attempting to cut down the medication. (Can someone explain why we men do this to ourselves?)

I’ve been trying to figure out how to describe the pain. My family can tell how bad it is by looking at my face, posture, and gait; and maybe by listening to some extremely rare groans and gasps. But how do you write about it? Once you’ve said it’s very, very, very sore, what’s left to say?

And I ask this, because I’ve been thinking a lot about Hell this week. I’ve actually had worse pain in my life before, twice, but it’s never made me think about Hell as it did this week.

If this pain is limited in extent to one part of my body, limited in intensity by medication, and limited in time by the eventual healing processes (soon please), what must the pains of Hell be like?

Unlimited extent, unlimited intensity, and unlimited time.

All over and all through, unmedicated and unmitigated, forever and forever.

Especially forever.

Forever.

That’s more than a week, more than a year, more than a decade, more than a million years.

Is sin that bad? Is God that holy?

Could it be said that if we’ve never ever struggled to believe in/conceive of Hell, we’ve never come close to grasping its enormity? Could it also be said that if we reject Hell, we’ve never grasped the depth of our own sin or the height of God’s holiness?

That’s where my own thoughts began to find some rest this week – in a deeper sense of what my sin is and in a more awesome sense of who God is. But final rest came in seeing Christ as my Hell-sufferer.

I would have paid quite a lot of money to have someone suffer even some of my pain this week, even an hour’s worth. Google search produced no results – for once. But Christ has suffered all of my Hell-pain.

And I didn’t have to pay him a dime.

Indeed, He searched for me.


Daily List: 6 New Year Resolution Questions

Gretchen Rubin has six questions to to help you frame your New You resolutions.

1. Ask: “What would make me happier?”

2. Ask: “What is a concrete action that would bring change?”

3. Ask: “Am I a ‘yes’ resolver or a ‘no’ resolver?”

4. Ask: “Am I starting small enough?”

5. Ask: “How am I going to hold myself accountable?”

6. Ask: “Are there any small, nagging issues weighing down my happiness?” 

Read her exposition here.

UPDATE FROM THE COMMENTS: As far as I know, Gretchen is not a Christian but I often think it’s helpful to see how non-Christians think and write. What are their priorities, motivations, aims, etc? It helps Christians reach them, and also helps Christian crystalize and clarify their own priorities, etc. They also have grains of helpful insights scattered here and there.


Lunch Links

Technology
Top Ten Tech Trends in 2011
A look back at 2011. What do you expect to see/what would you like to see in 2012?

Must-have desk for Seminary professors
Haven’t looked at the price yet, but I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Ministry
LeBron James and Celebrity Pastors
Bob Kellemen’s wish for Christian leaders in 2012 is simple: Let’s strive to be more like King Jesus than King James (LeBron James).

Books
Christian Focus for Kids
There’s a empty niche in the blogosphere for someone who’s willing to read and review books for the kids (especially teenage kids) of Christian parents. And if that blogger could specialize in Kindle books for kids, even better. Christian Focus are making a good start at it for their own books, but $4 for the Kindle versions of small paperbacks is not going to do the job, I’m afraid. $2 per book, or $5 for three is closer to the mark.

17 B&H Fiction Books for $0.99
Don’t know anything about these “Christian Fiction” books but the price is right.

Humilitas
Kindle version of John Dickson’s book is on sale  for $3.99.

12 books for 2012
Aaron Armstrong highlights 12 books he plans to read next year.