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Blogs

Few Pastors Say Adultery Should Permanently Ban Them from the Pulpit | Bob Smietana, ChristianityToday.com
1,000 church leaders weigh in on how to investigate allegations and when the congregation should be told. I’m disappointed but not surprised by these findings.

Deuteronomy: The Great Commission of the Old Testament | James Faris, Gentle Reformation
“Christians often think of Deuteronomy as boring legal code – a second-giving or re-run of the law. Why then did New Testament authors find it their third favorite book of the Old Testament to quote?”

Three Reasons Why the Old Testament Still Matters Today [Giveaway] | Eric Geiger
Here are three ways the Old Testament still matters.

Failure | Darryl Dash
“Let’s start being honest with our failures. It’s a good antidote to image management, and a great door to creating safety and honesty for others.”

The Moral Revolutionaries Present Their Demands: Unconditional Surrender | AlbertMohler.com
“The terms of moral surrender have been delivered to us, and they are absolute and unconditional. Just ask Japan and Germany what that means.”

The Pastor’s Family and Friendships in the Church | Nick Kennicott, Reformation21 Blog
“Pastors and their family members need good friends, and many of those friends could be sitting in front of them each and every Lord’s Day.”

Real Men Love Strong Women | Paul Maxwell, Desiring God
Three reasons why strong women are as vital as strong men to God’s purpose in the church.

Kindle Deals

For your non-Kindle book buying needs please consider using Reformation Heritage Books in the USA and Reformed Book Services in Canada. Good value prices and shipping.


Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who suffer from depression by Zack Eswine ($1.99)


John Knox: Fearless Faith by Steven J. Lawson ($1.99)


Changes That Heal: The Four Shifts That Make Everything Better…And That Everyone Can Do by Henry Cloud ($0.99)


Once an Arafat Man: The True Story of How a PLO Sniper Found a New Life by Tass Saada and Dean Merrill ($2.99)


Unashamed Workmen: How Expositors Prepare and Preach edited by Rhett Dodson ($3.99)

Video

Will This ‘Baby Box’ Save the Lives of Abandoned Newborns?


PRTS Conference and Job Opportunities

Worldview

Today’s Christians live in a culture shaped by a worldview that values tolerance and denies absolute truth—a stark contrast to the biblical worldview. As pilgrims in this world, we face the challenge of living in a society that embraces wickedness more brazenly than ever before. In light of these threats, it is vital that the church bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5), standing firm on the truths of God’s Word. Please consider joining us, then, as we take up the important theme of the beauty and glory of the Christian worldview at the 2016 Puritan Reformed Conference, August 25–27. The church of Jesus Christ must remain steadfast in its conviction that the Lord has provided a better way for mankind, and that way starts and ends in Jesus Christ.

In addition to several PRTS faculty speakers, our guest speakers will include Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. Brian Cosby, and Dr. Charles Barrett. If you want to better understand how to live in this world but not be of it, you will not want to miss this year’s conference.

Moe details and online booking here.

Professor of Biblical Studies

Position focus: Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) is seeking a full-time Professor of Biblical Studies. In collaboration with the President, Academic Dean, Faculty, and Director of the Doctoral Program, the person filling this position will help assist and facilitate the PhD program in Biblical Studies at PRTS.

The person filling this position will contribute to the academic and spiritual formation of doctoral students, as well as international collaborative research projects and scholarly publications. This position is a unique opportunity to collaborate with a dedicated team consisting of the current faculty, a variety of adjunct professors and instructors, research institutes, and the Director of the Doctoral Program in order to help build a blended-learning doctoral program. The person filling this position will not only be extensively involved in teaching and dissertation supervision, but is also expected to participate in academic conferences, departmental planning, committee work, and a local expression of Christ’s church.

Essential duties: 1) Teaching PhD and ThM-level graduate courses; 2) supervising or co-supervising doctoral dissertations; 3) leading or facilitating research projects; 4) producing scholarly publications; 5) participating actively in the church and international academy.

Required education and experience: 1) Pastoral and preaching experience; 2) holding an appropriate PhD degree from an accredited school; 3) expertise in the original languages of Scripture; 4) experience in teaching, research, and publications; 5) experience in supervising theses and dissertations; 6) demonstrated experience of working independently and collaboratively with varied groups (faculty, researchers, etc.) within an international organization; 7) knowledge of current developments in digital research, distance education, and online publications; 8) demonstrated knowledge of faculty committee work.

Required ethos: Committed in doctrine and practice for the preparation of students to serve Christ and his church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry. Formal subscription to the Reformed Standards of the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards.

Inquiries and CVs are to be directed to Dr. Michael Barrett, VP for Academic Affairs, at Michael.barrett@prts.edu.

Video Production and Editor

Position: Part time @ 20 hours per week. Potential for full-time employment.

Goal of Position: To assist director of distance learning and director of marketing and development in the creation of professional quality video content for PRTS distance learning classes and marketing efforts.

General Responsibilities

  • Assist Director of Distance Learning in developing and designing instructional videos for Seminary courses.
  • Assist Director of Marketing and Development in the creation of video content for promotion of the seminary and its activities.
  • Assist Director of Technology with acquiring and maintaining necessary equipment and software for video production.
  • Develop and create shot lists for distance learning classes and marketing initiatives.
  • Develop and create unique video or audio content to promote the goals and visions of Puritan Seminary.
  • Prepare scripts for autocue and slides for PowerPoint or Keynote.
  • Set up, film and edit video for distance learning and marketing initiatives.
  • Catalog, describe, and redundantly store complete video projects.
  • Maintain catalog of video projects.
  • Lead faculty and appropriate staff with scheduling video recording sessions.
  • Upload video and/or audio for content distribution.
  • Become part of the PRTS team subscribing to her vision and goals.

Reports to: Director of Technology and Faculty Liaison

Requirements:

  • Knowledge and experience in the use of video and audio equipment
  • Knowledge and experience with studio lighting
  • Knowledge and experience with Adobe Creative Studio video production applications (Premier Pro, After Effects, and Audition)
  • The ability to work within tight deadlines.
  • Agreement with and submission to PRTS vision and policies.

Send resume with work history to Henk Kleyn, VP for Operations henk.kleyn@prts.edu by June 10, 2016 for consideration.

 


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Blogs

8 Ways To Be A Mom Without Going Crazy | Anna Mussman, The Federalist
“Sane mommies are good for kids. How are we to avoid being driven crazy by all the angst, mommy wars, and parenting books out there? Here are eight things that we should remember in our quest to remain sane. ”

Don’t Turn Motherhood into an Idol | Prince on Preaching
“When motherhood becomes the center of a woman’s life and identity, rather than Christ, a blessing easily turns into a burden. A path of joy turns into a path of despair. The attempt to quantify why your life matters by your performance as a mother will produce frustration and inevitable discontentment. To put it another way, motherhood is a glorious mission but a horrible idol.”

A Plan for the Problem of Pornography | Phil Ryken, Reformation21 Blog
“Anyone who does these things by faith will experience the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. Anyone who is involved with pornography and decides not to do these things is pursuing his or her own destruction. ”

If Death Is Gain, Should We Pray for Healing? | Travis Myers, Desiring God
“Last year I was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called B-cell follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma…”

Me, the Lord, Pizza, and Celiac Disease | Kevin DeYoung, TGC
“Don’t waste your weakness–if it’s true for cancer, it’s certainly true for Celiac. I don’t know what lessons the Lord is going to teach me, but I’m sure there will be plenty.”

Worms and Fire | Barry York, Gentle Reformation
“Surely hell does not appear to be on the consciences of most people these days. If that’s indeed the case, there is one clear source to blame. Preachers.”

New Book


J.C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone by Iain H. Murray

Kindle Deals

For your non-Kindle book buying needs please consider using Reformation Heritage Books in the USA and Reformed Book Services in Canada. Good value prices and shipping.


Not a Chance: God, Science, and the Revolt against Reason by R. C. Sproul and Keith Mathison ($1.99)


Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel by Russell Moore ($4.99)


The Spirit of Revival (with the complete, modernized text of The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God) by Jonathan Edwards, R. C. Sproul, Archie Parrish ($2.99)


The Quick-Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins ($4.99)

Video

Shepherd’s Conference 2016 Videos
Grace Community Church has graciously provided all the conference videos from the 2016 Shepherd’s conference on Vimeo. Click the link above to see the listing. Below you’ll see John Macarthur from the first general session of the conference.


Top 10 Books for Graduates

Given all the High School and College graduations in the next few weeks I thought it would help to list the Top 10 Books for Graduates. Basically, these are the books I think would be most helpful to young people starting out on life. It’s been really tough to narrow this down but I’ve tried to cover theology, money, marriage, vocation, technology, and apologetics. At the end of the post you’ll find an additional list of “honorable mentions” and also reader suggestions. Add any others in the comments.

Before we get to that, here are some links to more “Top 10 Books” lists:

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1. Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung.

As the Bible is the foundation of everything, Kevin DeYoung has written a readable beginner’s guide to important questions such as “What is the Bible?” “How do I interpret it?” etc.

2. The Reason for God by Tim Keller.

Many young Christians lose faith at College because they have not been prepared to defend the faith. Keller’s book will equip students with the basics of what they need to know about the Christian worldview and how to respond to it’s opponents and competitors.

While Keller’s book deals with the bigger picture, the broad principles of apologetics, Josh Macdowell’s classic, More Than a Carpenter, will help students to answer more specific common questions about Christianity.

3. Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World! by Alex Chediak.

Alex Chediak guides prospective college students away from their ten most common mistakes. There’s also a companion volume for parents, Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, and Much More

A similar book but narrower in its scope and more popular in style is How to Stay Christian in College.

And you might also want to consider Alex’s most recent book Beating the College Debt Trap: Getting a Degree Without Going Broke.

4. The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Tim Keller.

Simple yet profound look at marriage which I wish I’d read 22 years ago. Has the potential to revolutionize your view and experience of marriage.

I’d also highly recommend What He Must Be: …If He Wants to Marry My Daughter by Voddie Baucham. Keller’s book deals more with principles whereas Baucham’s book is more practical. Both are vital. Although entitled What HE must be, it’s a good one for female readers too, so that they know what kind of guy to look out for.

5. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Tim Keller.

An excellent foundation to a lifetime of work that makes me wish I was a teenager again. Another perfect companion volume would by God at Work (Redesign): Your Christian Vocation in All of Life by Gene Veith.

6. Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies. Perhaps the most practically helpful book on the list.

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman. A bigger book than Do More Better, looking at productivity, time management, workflow, and vocation from the Christian perspective of good works for the glory of God. I can’t for the life of me understand why schools don’t teach this rather than physics, chemistry, etc.

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung could also save graduates a lot of grief.

Some other excellent productivity/organization/time management books, though not from a Christian perspective are: Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern. For much more on time management, try Morgenstern’s Time Management from the Inside Out

7. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey.

How I wish I’d met Dave Ramsey 30 years ago. So, so important for younger people to learn money management from the earliest age. If the graduate was in any way interested in business, I’d also recommend Ramsey’s Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches.

8. The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies.

What teen doesn’t struggle with the role of technology in their life. Tim Challies’ book will give you guidance that will set you up for life. You’ll come back to it again and again.

9. 18 Words: The most important words you will ever know by J. I. Packer.

I’d want any package of ten books for a graduate to have a general theology book somewhere. Packer’s is the one I think best suited to students. If the student was more able, I’d recommend Everyone’s a Theologian by R.C. Sproul. For a popular introduction to biblical theology I can think of none better than Dan Phillips’s The World-Tilting Gospel.
Or have a look at Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God for an attractive and unique presentation of theology ideally suited to our visual age.

10. Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck.

As I know young Christians are very tempted to church-hop, I’d want them to read this powerful argument for commitment to a local church. A fine alternative would be Thabiti’s What Is a Healthy Church Member?

I’m going to cheat here, break my Top 10 rule, and add three more books that I think every graduate should have.

11. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper.

A stirring call to Christian action and commitment, to serve God with all our heart in the few short years we have here below.

And there’s also In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life by Sinclair Ferguson.

12. Discovering God’s Will by Sinclair Ferguson.

If Piper’s book will convince you to serve God with your whole life, the next question is, “What does God want me to do with my life?” Sinclair Ferguson will help you find the answer to that vital question.

See also Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung.

13. Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke.

This will not only motivate reading, but also make it far more enjoyable, worthwhile, and productive.

Honorable Mentions

If I had a Top 20, these are the additional books that would make the list.

The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment by Tim Challies.

What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions by James Anderson.

Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith by Greg Bahnsen.

The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers) by Mark Mittelberg.

How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less by Cal Newport.

Written in Stone: The Ten Commandments and Today’s Moral Crisis by Phil Ryken.

Reader Suggestions

These are some of the suggestions from social media surveys and polls. I haven’t read all of these.

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview by Al Woulters.

Developing A Healthy Prayer Life by Joel and James Beeke.

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul.

Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey and Phillip Johnson.

Life on the Edge: The Next Generation’s Guide to a Meaningful Future by Dr. James Dobson.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis.

Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey by Jonathan Morrow.

The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges.


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Blogs

Keith Getty’s Work-Life Balance | Warren Cole Smith, The Aquila Report
Here’s an instructive insight into the Gettys attempts to preserve their marriage:

“Kristyn and I, we’ve actually never had a night apart. We’ve been married 11 1/2 years. Never had a night apart, but we can do that because we work together. … Rooms, cars, and elevators, you can’t be alone with a man or woman in the room. They have to reorganize all the cab schedules and all those kinds of things, drive schedules. It becomes a nightmare for the operational people, but it’s just a rule. The organizations who host us have to respect that.”

Say Hard Things | Marshall Segal, Desiring God
“When was the last time someone told you you were wrong? If you can’t remember, you may have reason to be concerned.”

When You Don’t Love Your Job | Bethany Jenkins, TGC
Hating your job? Read this:

“Right now, I don’t love my work, and I don’t know why. It could be that I need ‘a Sabbath Year’ rest from working for 17 straight years at intense jobs or from trying to balance two jobs and time- consuming side projects for the last seven years. Or it could be that I need to change the work I’m doing. To process these questions, I’m looking at my work through three different lenses-heart, community, and world.”

Defusing Preacher Landmines | Peter Mead, Biblical Preaching
“Being aware of the dangers is a very significant first step.  But what else can we do once we identify the dangers in our path?  Here are seven quick suggestions to help clear the way in our ministry…”

7 practical things that make my preaching ineffective | Adrian Reynolds, The Proclamation Trust
“I spent a little time reflecting on 7 practical things that make me ineffective as a preacher. I realise that this kind of post rather lays my own heart bare. Nevertheless, it’s worth posting because we need to be honest about what holds us back. ”

Unity in Multi-Categorical Diversity in the Church | Nick Batzig, Reformation21 Blog
“As I survey the landscape of the church in our day, I see four categories–in addition to ethnicity and spiritual giftedness–where there is a need for greater unity among the diversity of members in the church…”

The One Area of Diversity That Doesn’t Count | Michael J. Kruger, Canon Fodder
“In the modern liberal push for diversity there is one enormous category missing: intellectual/religious/ideological diversity.”

Duty of Parents to Children – John Bunyan | Prince on Preaching
“Below is some excellent Christian advice from Bunyan about parenting. I have added the headings and changed some paragraph divisions but the rest is Bunyan’s writing.”

Four Things Christian Leaders Can Learn from Ted Cruz’s Interpersonal Failures | Ed Stetzer, The Exchange
“Let’s learn from Cruz’s relational challenges and avoid our own. I promise you, this is a needed lesson in many Christian leadership contexts.”

New Book


The Knight’s Map by R. C. Sproul

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Kindle Deals


Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters by Joshua Harris ($1.99)


Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung ($3.99)


The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung ($3.99)


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Blogs

4 Things My Mom Taught Me About Theology | Derek Rishmawy
“The reality is that for all the Calvin or Bavinck I may quote, the deepest roots of my theological instincts can be traced to my mom’s instruction in the faith.”

I’m Still a Complementarian… And There’s Still That “But  | Thabiti
Thabiti discusses some of the challenges in promoting biblical roles and relationships in marriage

What Should We Do with Books by Fallen Leaders | Tim Challies
“With the sad removal from ministry of yet another prominent pastor, I’ve been wondering how we are to view their ministry retrospectively. What do we do with their books? With their sermons? With their tweets and blog posts?”

The secret of consistently reading | Blogging Theologically
“Believe it or not, there are ways that anyone can read more books-and it doesn’t have to take a lot of effort.”

3 Ways You Can Serve Teenagers in Your Church | TGC
“Over my 18 years in the church, I’ve seen three ways every church member can (and should) serve their teenagers: by getting to know us, by not underestimating us, and by teaching us.”

The Busy Man is a Lazy Man | Burk Parsons
“Borrowing from something C.S. Lewis wrote, it’s the lazy man who does not properly schedule his time, who cannot say no, who does not plan ahead properly, who is often late for appointments, who is always rushing around, not calling people back in an appropriate time frame, and so on.”

7 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is One Of The Fastest-Growing Job Skills | Fast Company
“Here’s why hiring managers say they often value emotional intelligence more highly than IQ.”

Kindle Books

What is the Mission of the Church by Kevin DeYoung $2.99.

Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung $3.99.

Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole by Eric Mason $0.99.

God in the Whirlwind: Stories of Grace from the Tornado at Union University $0.99.

New Book

For the Glory: Eric Liddell’s Journey from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr by Duncan Hamilton. A new book that focuses on Liddell’s equally heroic post-Olympics life.