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Seven Phrases on the Ten Words
Nathan Eshelman with seven principles to help us apply the Ten Commandments and live a careful life in gratitude for the grace of Jesus Christ.

Jonathan Edwards: Why Read Him?
Owen Strachan gives three good reasons. I’d suggest starting with The History of Redemption.

Twelve Ways Pastors went from Burnout to Vision
Or 12 ways to avoid burnout.

The Way of Wisdom
Tom Schreiner with an insightful introduction to Proverbs.

Torn to Heal: Why I wrote a book on suffering
My endorsement for Mike Leake’s new book: Torn to Heal is the most concise, readable, and helpful theology of suffering I’ve come across. The content, length, and tone is just perfect for those who are in the furnace of affliction screaming “Why?”

Will a Christian who commits suicide go to heaven?
Firm, thoughtful, compassionate answer.

Tiny Mall Kiosks Make a Suprisingly Big Impact
I always wondered if these stalls made much money.


The Manner is the Message

Think back to the pastor you sat under as you grew up in church, or the first pastor you had as a young Christian.

Now think of your view of God.

Related aren’t they?

Our view of God is not just determined by our pastor’s message but by our pastor’s manner.

  • If our pastor’s preaching is academic, above-our-heads, heavy in facts and light on feeling, then we’ll view God as a distant professor who finds it hard to come down to our level.
  • If our pastor’s preaching is harsh, demanding, and condemning, etc., then we’ll view God as an unyielding judge who’s never satisfied with our best efforts.
  • If our pastor’s preaching is jokey, humorous, and laugh-a-minute, then we’ll view God as a circus clown who’s just out to make us His buddies.
  • If our pastor’s preaching is touchy-feelly, weepy, and emotional, then we’ll view God as a soft-hearted weakling who’d like to help but just can’t.
  • If our pastor’s preaching is argumentative, belligerent, and combative, then we’ll view God as a pugnacious debater who wants to win an argument rather than our souls.
  • If our pastor’s preaching is confused, inconsistent, and rambling, we’ll view God as a befuddled and bewildered senior who’s seen better days and really can’t be trusted.
  • If our our pastor’s calls to faith in Christ are rare, half-hearted, or always dry-eyed, we’ll wonder if God really wants us to be saved.
  • If our pastor’s preaching is long, boring, and repetitive, we’ll think God is similarly laborious and unappealing.
  • If our pastor’s preaching is joyless, morose, and gloomy, we’ll view God as a cranky and pessimistic killjoy.

Yes, people’s view of God is impacted by our message, but also (equally?) by our manner.

What a responsibility! How much we need the Holy Spirit for message, method, and manner.

UPDATE FROM NANCY GUTHRIE’S COMMENT: “But if our pastor speaks to both our heads and our hearts, applying God’s Word to where we live, then we’ll view God as present with us, inviting us to come and reason with him.”


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Honeybees trained in Croatia to find landmines
Don’t tell the TSA.

Ask RC: Should Christians obey Old Testament law?
“Not only do I not understand why someone would feel the need to toss one use of the law (telling us what God requires of us) in order to protect a second use (showing us our need for Christ) but I don’t see how one can even be preserved without the other.”

5 Awesome Ways Evernote Makes a Pastor’s Life Easier
I agree, Evernote is a fantastic App.

If King Solomon gave a Commencement Address
“Solomon had all the attributes we look for in a commencement speaker. He wasfabulously wealthy, accomplished (his biography as well as three of his written works are included in the best-selling book of all time), worldly-wise (“I have seen everything that is done under the sun. . .”), and able to provide suitably aphoristic advice for young people (he even wrote a wildly popular advice book).”

Gospel-centered University
With ”Professor” David Moser ; )

Public Responses to Allegations of Wrongdoing by Your Friends
Excellent advice from someone who’s clearly felt the pain of victims and their families.

Advice to Christians and Churches involved in the Boy Scouts
Rick Phillips with wise words.


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.

Jason Henry, a missionary in Mongolia, has very kindly collated and produced the second year of morning and evening readings 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.


Apple Worship?

The world is the theater of God’s glory. But it’s not just beautiful natural landscapes that motivate our worship, but beautiful work as well, even when done by unbelievers.

Who can look at an apple and not worship God? Who can look at an Apple and not worship God?

Yes, the simplest natural product and the most sophisticated digital product both provoke and promote worship. As we’re more used to the idea of nature inciting us to worship God, let me give you five ways technology can help us to worship Him:

  • Technology makes us worship God’s wisdom: It’s God’s mind that conceived of silicon, radio waves, fiber-optics, light, electricity, magnetism, space travel, rocket fuel, etc.
  • Technology makes us worship God’s creativity: Behind every good invention and ingenious design is The Inventor and The Designer.
  • Technology makes us worship God’s goodness: How thankful we should be that we are living in an age of such life-saving and life-enhancing technology.
  • Technology makes us worship God’s power: It’s mind-blowing to think of the amount of energy that technology uses every day – hundreds of billions of kilowatts – and yet that’s just a little part of God’s great power.
  • Technology makes us worship God’s patience: What incredible patience and longsuffering that sees such good gifts taken, abused and turned against the Creator and His creatures, and yet He still spares us and our world.

Wherever we turn – the workshop, the operating theater, the garage, the studio, etc., we gaze on the glory of God’s attributes in the daily work of His creatures and what they create.