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How much sleep do you really need?
“Studies show that people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, as they report, live the longest. And people who sleep 8 hr. or more, or less than 6.5 hr., they don’t live quite as long.” And here’s the science of napping.

A Critical Mind vs a Critical Spirit
“I wonder at what point our appreciation for insightful analysis turns into a celebration of critique that leads to an unhealthy elevation of the critic.”

Is learning Greek and Hebrew really worth it?
A rhetorical question, of course.

Some challenges and trends for Seminaries
The Chronicle of Higher Education has some advice for Seminaries (HT: BibleX)

Your ministry is not your identity
“I was a pastor in the process of destroying his life and ministry, and I didn’t know it. I wish I could say that my pastoral experience is unique, but I have come to learn in travels to hundreds of churches around the world that sadly, it is not.”

The new style of writing for the Net
It involves.

Lots of short and choppy.

Sentences and paras!


The most unbelieved 10 letters in the Bible

Some of you are expecting something like six-day-creation, aren’t you? Or a literal, historical Adam? Or something related to the Trinity or the divinity of Christ? Or maybe the exclusivity of Christ as the only way to God?

But it’s none of these things. It’s 10 letters found in Ephesians 2:9.

N…O…T…O…F…W…O…R…K….S

The hardest words for unbelievers to believe.

Often the hardest words for believers to keep on believing.

I’ve asked hundreds of seniors about their hope for heaven, and despite listening to thousands of  N…O…T…O…F…W…O…R…K….S sermons their entire lives, many still answer, “I’ve done my best…I’ve gone to church…I raised my children to go to church…I pray and read my Bible…etc.”

Ask even your own children, your own regularly evangelized children, “What’s a Christian?” and you’ll be stunned at how often they’ll give child versions of the seniors’ answers.

And though most Christians will be able to give you the “salvation by grace apart from works” answer in a theology exam, their personal daily spiritual experience too often defaults to various versions of “salvation by works.”

It’s as if W…O…R…K…S is tattooed on our hearts from birth.

Regular Gospel preaching is the only laser that removes this deadly tattoo.

Or, perhaps it would be better to say that regular Gospel preaching tattoos these five life-giving letters N…O…T…O…F in front of the five killers.

How our lives would be transformed if we could really believe and keep on believing these 10 unbelievable letters!


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The Sluggard’s Squeaky Bed
Good one for a Monday morning.

Tweeting Pastor Destroys Wise Reputation
I think (hope) this is a parody. But it’s too close to the truth to be sure.

Preaching from an iPad
Some hints and tips for the uber-cool.

How to improve your kids’ science scores
It’s a walk in the park.

A Christian Classical School Reading List
Super-helpful list of books from Justin Taylor. I’m past that stage, but this almost makes it worth having more children!

Write less, say more
How much of our preaching would be transformed by substituting “preach” for “write” in this article.