Check out

Scudder: The Christian’s Daily Walk
The Christian’s Daily Walk is a devotional written by the English Clergyman Henry Scudder during the 17th Century. In its days, it was commended by such contemporaries as John Owen and Richard Baxter. It has now been turned into an App.

Jack’s Typewriter
Some fascinating research from Tony Reinke about why C.S Lewis’s refused to use a typewriter.

The Indispensable Need for Biblical Friendships
Paul Tautges: “Thus, there is a paradox in the church:  We want friendship, but we really don’t want to do the hard work necessary to build real friendship.”

Is he humble?
A question my favorite professor always asked of potential pastors.

How important is projection when we preach?
Brain Croft with some tips on improving voice projection in public speaking.

4 Ways to Listen in an Age of Speed
Jonathan Dodson: “While our speed is picking up, so is our relational foolishness. Hurried to get on to the next task, event, or tweet, we ride right over people.”

Finding Happiness in Horrible First Jobs

What’s the best summer or part-time job for young people? Cleaning hotel toilets for $7 an hour or working as an unpaid intern in a professional environment?

Over at the Harvard Business Review, Simon Wong argues for more toilet cleaners than internships, and pleads with parents not to make every decision with a view to their childrens’ future careers.

Like many parents, I am troubled by the growing fixation with careers. We seem to be putting young people on the career treadmill at an earlier and earlier age. Choosing extracurricular activities, summer jobs, and even preschool is increasingly undertaken with a calculating eye towards securing career success.

Wong did have one professional internship but says that he learned so much more working in a restaurant, cleaning windows, and being a busboy. These jobs may not have helped his career, but they laid the broad foundation for a successful life. He learned how to interact with a diverse range of people, how to relate to difficult superiors, and the importance of treating the lowest employee with respect. He concludes:

Perhaps the most important life lesson from that period — though not always remembered — was that it didn’t take much for me to be happy.

Potato Peeling and Pot Scrubbing
I’m in complete agreement with Wong. It jives with my own experience of being a milk delivery boy at age 14, bread delivery (using a shopping cart!) from age 15-16, and potato peeler/pot washer for two summers in a hotel.

I left High School one year early to work for an insurance company, where I earned the princely sum of $75 a week for 35 hours work.

After 5-6 years of climbing the slippery ladder in the life assurance, pension, and investment industry, I was converted to Christ and called to the ministry. That meant leaving a now well-paid and enjoyable job, and, at age 22, returning to summer and part-time jobs while I went to university and seminary for six years. These jobs included being a delivery driver, a mailman, and then a goods-lift operator (I still bear the scars).

Irrelevant but invaluable
None of these jobs seem to have any relevance to my present calling, and yet I learned more valuable life lessons in them than in any university or seminary. I now look back with much joy at all God taught me in them.

So, whether you are scrubbing floors, cleaning toilets, carrying suitcases, changing oil, or in a difficult ministry position, be encouraged that our sovereign God has you in the right class in His University, and use the opportunity to scoop up all the credits you can in these unpopular yet priceless courses.

Check out

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