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What advice would you give to an abused wife?
Phil Monroe: “Sadly, pastors and church leaders have not always dealt well with victims of domestic abuse. One of the reasons for this is that when victims get the courage to speak up, they are often frazzled, emotional, confused, and no longer able to be flexible. In contrast, the offenders are often self-righteous, well defended, logical, and armed with scripture to point out the sin of their victim spouses.”

This is your brain on Facebook
The social affirmation that comes when people like your status updates is addictive, which might help explain why people tend to spend so much time on Facebook.

What Zambia and Russia teach us about Homosexuality and Gay Rights Debate
Thabiti makes some very important points in this post.

The Joy of Praising Others
Interview with Sam Crabtree, author of the excellent book, Practicing Affirmation.

Sexual Immorality and Five Other Reasons People Reject Christianity
People don’t just reject Christianity for intellectual reasons (HT: Alex Chediak).

The Laborers are Few
Hope you are following Tim Challies’ visit to the poorest parts of Scotland where 20 Schemes is doing such vital Gospel work. Here are the two previous posts: A Dispatch From Edinburgh, and What is a Scheme? It’s heartbreaking to see a nation with such a blessed spiritual heritage in such a terrible state.


12 Ways Sin Helps Us Understand the Bible

Is there any greater help to interpreting and understanding the Bible than a deep sense of one’s own sin?

1. When I feel my sinfulness, I am much more motivated to search the Scriptures for grace to help in my time of need.

2. When I am convicted of my sin, I doubt my own wisdom and rely more upon the Holy Spirit.

3. When I see my sin, I understand the character of God better – His frightening holiness and His refreshing love.

4. When I’m confronted with my sinful inability, I have no doubts about my need of sovereign electing grace.

5. When I grasp how bad my best deeds are, salvation by faith without works becomes fascinating and utterly compelling.

6. When I’m utterly condemned, all new perspectives on justification look ridiculous and I get a far deeper insight into the old but ever new perspective of justification by faith alone.

7. When I mourn my spiritual deadness, the resurrection of Christ is not only a doctrine but my only source of life.

8. When I sense my immeasurable guilt, I have no difficulty whatsoever in grasping the existence and eternality of hell.

9. When I absorb the enormity of my enmity, substitution is no longer a theory of the atonement but my only and enthralling hope.

10. When I see the untrustworthiness of my heart and mind, the inerrancy of Scripture becomes a matter of life or death.

11. When I perceive the deceitfulness of my own heart, I understand so much better how to minister the Word to other similar hearts.

12. When I behold the ugliness and vileness of my sin, my eyes are opened to behold more of the glory and beauty of Christ.

A deep sense of sin gives deep insights into the deep things of the Bible


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10 Reasons I’m A Funeral Director
So thankful God gives people such a sense of calling. Here’s another one he wrote about Learning from Michelle Duggar’s Miscarriage.

The Puritan Model for Family Discipleship
Timothy Paul Jones: “Among the Puritan heirs of the Reformation, there was a clear model for family discipleship that could be learned and transferred from one context to another. Brief, daily times of family worship were central to this model; in fact, family worship and order were perceived as primary means for the prospering of true religion in all of life.”

A Pastoral Ministry Grand Slam From Christian Focus
Timothy Raymond recommends four great books from Christian Focus.

Shellfish, Slavery and Same-Sex Marriage
Great post on how not to read the Bible.

99 Cent eBook: Everyday Theology
Aaron Armstrong has published an eBook that re-examines a few common popular ideas and Christian clichés.

How Your Preaching Might Increase Sin In Your Church
Sobering.


Exciting Times at Puritan Reformed Seminary

As you can see from the pictures below, exciting things are taking place at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Students are back on campus, classes have commenced, and the building project is in full swing.

Although it only seems like yesterday that the present 20,000 square foot building was completed (2005 actually), we are already bursting at the seams. Additional professors, additional distance learning and library staff, and, above all, an increasing number of students from North America and overseas have put huge pressure on office, lecture room, and study space. We’re therefore,expanding the current facility by approximately 18,000 square feet to give us larger classrooms, 75% extra library space, several new offices, room for additional student carrels, enlarged student cafeteria and more. Click here to see a PDF of the architect’s conceptual drawings.

Expansion costs are approximately $3.1 million (including furnishings and IT), of which we have about $2.3 million collected. That’s been a fantastic achievement, but it’s also meant that our operating find has taken a major hit as donations have focused on the new building fund. If you have a love for Reformed, experiential doctrine and piety, and wish to train students from North America and all over the world to go out into the world with the Gospel of sovereign grace, please consider partnering with the Seminary. To donate online or for more information simply visit INVESTING IN PRTS or email our Development Director, Chris Hanna <chis.hanna@puritanseminary.org>

Or come and visit us. Dr Beeke or I would be delighted to show you around and share the Seminary’s vision of a Reformed Church in every city of the world.

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And here’s the artists’ impression of what it will look like when it’s finished.Seminary Plan


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The Church in Old Testament Typology
Can we find the church on every page of the Old Testament?

A New Anti-Porn Router
This is definitely part of the solution for many families.

5 Steps to Negotiating Like an FBI Agent
Ministry implications and applications?

Hangout with an author
I’ll be participating in a Google Hangout with Gospel eBooks on Thursday 7pm CT (8pm ET). If you join is you could win yourself a Logos 5 package or one of the many book giveaways.

Read a Great Book With Me
Join Tim Challies and Joel Beeke as your guides through A Puritan Theology.

How To Destroy Your Research Paper In One Simple Step
Your sermon likewise.


Children’s Bible Reading Plan

Here’s 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