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How Pervasive and Practical is the Beauty of God?
A beautiful meditation on the beautiful beauty of our beautiful God.

The Beauty and Glory of the Father
On the same theme, here’s a book containing all the addresses at last year’s Puritan Reformed Conference. This year’s conference is on The Beauty and Glory of Christian Living.

Coming Clean
Covenant Eyes have produced a free eBook on overcoming lust though biblical accountability. I was glad to offer the following endorsement: “This is the best biblical and practical resource on Internet accountability that I’ve come across. It is Gospel-centered, Grace-filled, Guilt-atoning, and God-honoring.”

I Still Believe in Marriage
A stirring call to value, promote, demonstrate, and argue for Christian marriage in a hostile culture.

We Can’t All be Panmillennial
Interview with Sam Storms, author of Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative.

A New Way to Heal Broken Bones: 3D Printed Casts


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.

And here’s 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


Is the Trinity Relevant in Counseling?

A Summary of Chapter 4: The Unity of The Trinity by Kevin Carson and Jeff Forrey in Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling.

This is the most theological of the chapters that I’ve read so far in Christ-centered Biblical Counseling, as it sets out to explore how “the doctrine of the Trinity affects both the goals and practice of counseling Christians.”

The Great Commission
The authors begin by looking at the Great Commission in Matthew 28v18-20, and end that first section with three applications:

  • Counseling done in the name of the Son must submit to His supreme authority.
  • Biblical counselors do not have any authority to deviate from Jesus’ purposes for the work of the church.
  • Counseling done within the church must include an invitation to have a relationship with Jesus through the Gospel for anyone who is not a Christian.

John’s Teaching
The authors also conclude their survey of the Apostle John’s teaching with three applications:

  • The relationship exhibited by the Triune God becomes the standard for unity, intimacy, perfect fellowship, harmony and oneness among Christians.
  • The believer’s love and friendship with one another should intentionally reflect the relationships within the Trinity.
  • These relationships within the church demonstrate the glory of God in love, kindness, graciousness, enjoyment, hope and unity.

Conclusion
The authors’ conclusion is that “a clear grasp of the relational model exhibited in the Triune God and its effects upon unity among believers directly impacts the purpose, practice, and priorities of the biblical counselor.”

  • The purpose of counseling is to help the counselee view life and trials in the light of a personal relationship with the Triune God.
  • The counselor is not primarily a doctor, professional or technician; the counselor is a friend, brother/sister, and companion in Christ amid suffering and sin.

Previous Posts in this Series

Introduction to Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling
John Piper on Biblical Counseling
Charity and Clarity in Counseling
The Counselor’s Role in the Holy Spirit’s Counseling


“Mom, Dad… I’m Gay.” A Christian Parent’s Response

Rachel Held Evans concludes her blog post If my son or daughter were gay with this paragraph:

If God blesses Dan and me with a child who is gay, I would want that child to know without a doubt that he or she is loved unconditionally. I would want her to know nothing could separate her from the love of God in Christ. I would want her to know that she isn’t broken, she isn’t an embarrassment, she isn’t a disappointment.  May I be part of creating a world in which I will not have to protect her from the bullies.

I believe Rachel’s motivation is to create a more welcoming and loving environment in the church for those who identify themselves as homosexuals, or who struggle with homosexual desire. I admire and agree with her motive, and must say that I’ve learned from her in this area of being much more careful in how I speak and write about homosexuality.

However, I would challenge Rachel in two areas.

First, she doesn’t communicate any concern about the sinfulness of homosexual desires nor the immorality of homosexual actions. She seems to convey that homosexual desires are not part of human brokenness, and that to pursue homosexual practices does not have any bearing on a person’s relationship with Christ. No matter what they do, they remain Christ’s “little ones.” There is no indication that she sees anything wrong or unbiblical about homosexuality.

Second, Rachel seems to identify everyone who takes the view that homosexual desires are part of broken human sinfulness, and that homosexual actions are sin, as bullies. Are there bullies who hold these views? Yes, sadly, of course there are. However, it’s irresponsible and unfair to group all who say that homosexuality is immoral as bullies of Christ’s little ones. In doing so, Rachel is, unwittingly I’m sure, aiding and abetting the militant LGBT movement who want to demonize and silence all opposition to their agenda.

I’d like to offer an alternative response to Rachel. It’s not perfect either, I’m sure. Like many Christians I’m still learning how to respond to the social and cultural revolution of the past ten years or so. However, I think it is more biblical than Rachel’s, without being bullying.

Click on over to Christianity.com to read my eight guidelines for parents in this situation.


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The Suicide Detective
Lengthy profile of  Harvard Professor Matthew Nock, one of the most original and influential suicide researchers in the world.

Persecution in America? Chicken Little v The Ostrich
Among other things, this post list ten cases where people have already faced persecution for their stance on same-sex marriage.

Don’t be Tricked by These 5 Common Mental Rules of Thumb
“Heuristics are the quick, commonsense principles we apply to solve a problem or make a decision.” Here are five you want to avoid.

Should Christians be patriotic?
R.C. Sproul Jr. with five basic principles we all ought to keep in mind when wrestling over this question.

Theological educators deal with a changing world
A worldwide gathering of Baptist theological educators discuss the need for theological education to reflect the worldwide diversity of students and their ministerial contexts.

Is College Worth it?
Alex Chediak interviews David Wilezol, co-author with  Bill Bennett of the new book, Is College Worth it? On the same subject, here’s Thanks for Nothing, College!

How do fireworks work?
You might as well know the science of blowing your money tonight.