Off to Canada, excuse brevity.
5 Reasons I don’t read your emails
Wish I could write this.
7 Lessons from the world’s most captivating presenters
Great lessons for educators everywhere.
After Steubenville: 25 things our sons need to know about manhood
Ann Voskamp: “When the prevailing thinking is boys will be boys — girls will be garbage.”
The cost of our chosen entanglements
If you only read one post in the Thabiti Anyabwile /Doug Wilson debate (and I’d encourage you to read them all), read this one.
Real leaders apologize
I’ve never regretted any apologies, but only that I’ve given fewer than I should have.
Believing God: New teaching series from R.C. Sproul Jr.
Watch the first lesson free.
Why women should read commentaries
Creative people say NO
The hardest word for pastors to learn is not in the Greek or Hebrew languages.
The 33 Eyes of Faith
This is what I call fruitful meditation on Scripture.
Where do children go when they die?
Out of painful personal experience, Kristen Gilles recommends some resources you can trust
Three possibilities preaching Psalms
Peter Mead identifies new potential in preaching the Psalms.
Getting the right treatment for sexual abuse
7 excellent questions to consider to help you know if you have the right counselor.
A Web of Wisdom
Jeremy Walker’s magnum opus on Social Media & the Internet
Top Ten Sentence Slip-ups
Why couldn’t my english teachers have taught it so simply and succintly?
What does a pastor do when he can’t preach on Sunday morning?
It’s gonna happen, so you’d better get ready.
Battling discouragement as a pastor’s wife
“Several years ago, I experienced what appeared to be a fairly sudden onset of significant discouragement. It both surprised and scared me that, despite my best attempts, I couldn’t shake it on my own. And it wasn’t going away.”
Porn has no one but itself to blame
Sex isn’t selling. Tim Challies explains why.
Why do we recite the Apostle’s Creed?
Kim Riddlebarger answers.
4 Ways we Need to Grow in Evangelism
J.D. Grear and his church staff identified four ways in which his church could grow in evangelism.
The Value of Higher Education is More Than Getting a Job
“If you can take advantage of the amazing opportunities that a college education offers, not for job training, but for life training, you will help to ensure that, no matter what the world throws at you, you will be able to adapt and turn your challenges into opportunities. Start thinking about those required classes outside of your area not as a burden, but as a chance to help future-proof education and yourself.”
Ruth: More than a Love Story
“The book of Ruth is first and foremost about the covenant faithfulness of the LORD to ensure the arrival of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Teaching Resources for Equipping Counselors
Few people give away so much helpful free stuff as Bob Kellemen.
Celebrate the “ordinary” AND “extraordinary” testimonies
Why we should want our kids to have “boring” testimonies
Your baby’s ugly
I’m afraid I’ve had to say this quite a few times. Doesn’t get easier for me, the “mom,” or the “baby.”
10 Questions to ask before you engage in controversy
From my peace-making friend, Burk Parsons.
Gospel + Entrepreneurship + City Serving and Culture Renewing = Gospel Entrepreneurship.
When affliction reveals God’s grace
Joe Thorn reflects on a pretty scary trial.
Living with less. A lot less.
This one’s not for my wife.
Understand your brain and break porn habits in 90 days. Free eBook on biblical neurology.
Extended interview with Rosaria Butterfield
Barry York’s first podcast at Gentle Reformation interviews Rosaria and the pastor God used to lead her to Christ.
The History of Christianity in 25 Objects
I’ve had a sneak preview of where Tim’s going with this and can assure you that this series will be well worth your reading time. If anyone can make church history accessible, profitable, and memorable it’s Tim.
Why respond publicly to Doug Wilson’s “Black and Tan”
Here’s another shorter series that’s a must-read. Thabiti Anyabwile has started to review Doug Wilson’s controversial book on race and slavery. In Part Two, Thabiti summarizes Doug Wilson’s views.
Missing out on beautiful
This is a beautiful article on the beauty of Penny, a young girl with Down Syndrome, and of all the Pennys among us.
Depression: When the black dog howls
This is one of the best short articles on depression I’ve ever read.
Seeds for a harvest
Rik Devos is stimulating Michigan’s dormant entrepreneurial spirit with a $15M investment fund. Great model for other Christian business people looking to steward their money in talent-multiplying ways.
RTS’s Michael Milton is stepping down as Chancellor and CEO to recover his health and hopefully extend his much-needed and much-valued leadership for many years to come.
Pastoring Christians for the Workplace
9Marks latest journal focuses on helping Christians in the workplace.
A strategy for pursuing sexual purity.
Why pursue racial integration in our churches
The redemption that Jesus purchased for us was not merely an individual salvation; it was also an interpersonal, intercultural, interracial reconciliation.
A succinct case for traditional marriage
Summary of a superb 12 page article Marriage: What it is, Why it Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining it.
Interview with Dr. Ben Carson
The aftermath of Dr. Carson’s Prayer Breakfast speech.
10 Time Management Rules You are Breaking
I’m OK, I only break eight of them.
Go to the ant, O sluggard
If you’re too lazy to go outside and turn over a stone, here’s a video to make it a bit easier.
Chronic pain and the Christian life
Phil Monroe helps us to minister to 9-17% of the population that struggles with chronic pain.
Singer Sheila Walsh Discusses her Battle with Depression
You need a strong heart to hear this story. But it’s so worth the pain (HT: @joeljmiller).
How to thrive as in intern
Great advice here from Jemar Tisby.
10 Things pastors wish they knew before they became pastors
Interesting that all 10 are in the area of practical theology.
The Competition for Coolness Never Stops
The impact of Facebook and Twitter on teenagers.
Following the leader
R.C. Sproul Jr.: “We don’t become good followers by following a good follower. We become good followers by following the Good Leader.”
A conversation with Rick Warren about Religious Liberty
I think we can all agree with Pastor Warren on this issue.
The beauty and usefulness of old age (Part 2)
You may want to bookmark this for a few years down the line.
Parenting and our constant need of grace
As Joel says, one sure way to find out how un-Christlike you are is to try parenting. And here’s An encouraging word to parents who have a child that suffers with a developmental or psychiatric disorder.
Books and business
Jeremy Walker has compiled a list of resources for Christians in business.
How can Christians maintain a faithful witness in Canada?
If you imagine that persecution only happens in poor and deprived areas of the world, you’re about to get a rude awakening. It’s just been legalized in Canada and it’s about to cross the border.
What should we do when we visit the sick?
Kevin DeYoung channels John Calvin.
Can you preach expositional sermons in poor, uneducated areas of the world?
Encouraging and faith-filled answer from Mez McConnell.
Why community living sucks and what we can do about it.
Mez is on a roll today with another post on the do’s and don’t of team building in stressful church plant situations.
He is a kind man
I thought this was a beautiful tribute from a son to father. And it rings true.
8 Questions to ask before preaching your sermon
Gordon Wenham defends the titles on the Psalms and stresses their importance for a Messianic reading of the book.
Finances and Debt Reduction Resources
Thanks to Paul Tautges for another great collection.
Do men and women sin differently?
“A recent Catholic survey supports this idea that men and women sin differently. The study was based on the confessions heard by 95 year-old, Jesuit priest Fr. Roberto Busa and focused on the traditional seven deadly sins (pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, sloth). The most common sins for men were lust, gluttony and slothfulness, while women were more likely to struggle with pride, envy and anger.” Also see Preaching to women who work in the home.
Liberty transforms into evangelical mega-university
“Total enrollment now exceeds 74,000, with nearly 62,000 working toward degrees online in fields such as psychology, business, education, criminal justice and, of course, religion. That makes Liberty the largest university in Virginia — with more than double the number of students at No. 2 George Mason — and the largest private, nonprofit university in the country. ”
Proverbs can hit the Gospel Notes
Erik Raymond: “May God forbid that we zoom through this botanical garden of divine grace fit to thrill the nostrils of our soul!”
Beyond color blind: Why race still matters
I’d encourage you to read anything that Trillia Newbell writes on this subject. She’s been a great help to me in sanctifying my outlook on racial issues.
How to keep ahead of your email by keeping score
I play this email game quite often and it often cuts my emailing time by about half.
Lifestyle Liberalism and its Consequences
Knowing how hard it is to keep teenagers on the moral tracks, I often wondered what hope liberals had with their own children. Now we know. They have no hope.
How to welcome a new pastor: 10 suggestions
As I’m hoping to begin co-pastoring a church in the near future…
Four Good Reasons to Read Good Books
The writer of this article is a fifth reason.
How does a pastor deal with carnal Christians in his church?
Brian Croft answers this question with five approaches.
3 Unique Resources for Studying Kind David’s Life
The Leithart book looks especially appealing.
Drowning in Leviticus
Some encouragements for you if your annual Bible reading plan has hit the buffers in Leviticus.
25 Ways Men can be Servant Leaders
For all husbands and fathers.
7 Tips for Public Speaking Without All the Notes
It can be done!
Four Ways to be a Courageous Leader
Ed Stetzer: “Christian ministry often elevates people who can write and speak into positions of leadership and influence before their character is prepared to handle it. In other words, if you can write and speak, you sometimes gain influence without possessing the character to handle it.”
Five Psychiatric Disorders Linked
Looks like science is getting us closer to understanding the genetic element in mental illness: “Autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia all share several genetic risk factors, according to a major study. Versions of four genes increased the odds of all five disorders.”
Brave address to the Scottish Parliament [Video]
The Baptist pastor gave a gracious and courageous short speech to the Scottish Parliament this week. Sadly, the Scottish parliament has led the UK in advancing the homosexual agenda.
Pastor Jefress’ Response to Cultured Despisers in the Media [Video]
Another dignified and noble message from a pastor under huge pressure.
Nick Batzig is compiling an index of his various articles over the years: Biblical Theology, Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, etc. Some wonderful pieces here.
An interview with Dr. John Perkins
I came across Dr Perkins when I was reading Crossing the Tracks recently. Here he talks with my friends at RAAN about growing up as a sharecropper’s son in rural Mississippi. He fled to California after his brother was killed by a White police officer. Following his radical conversion to Christianity he returned to Mississippi to share the Gospel and work for community uplift.
More Free Marginal University Courses
The one on the Economics of Media looks fascinating. However, if you want a really great deal, watch Economics Has Consequences for free during March. This is a cut down version of R.C. Sproul Jr DVD Curriculum, Economics for Everybody. I’m working through this with my family and it’s excellent.
Communicating with those who suffer hearing loss
Compassionate and practical post.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Everything you’ve wanted to know but were afraid to ask.
Bitter or comforted?
Kara describes the varied temptations to bitterness of a special needs parent, and points us to God’s comfort.
The Beauty and Usefulness of the Old Christian
Shona summarizes a recent talk she gave to seniors.
What a garden can teach us about our hearts
You don’t need to believe in Lent to benefit from this piece. I loved the last two sentences especially: “By the power the Holy Spirit we can sculpt, we can trim, we can prune, we can make way for beautiful and worthy growth. A garden is a good teacher. If heeded, our hearts soften as our hands toughen.”
Raising kids in a pornified culture
Really appreciated Zach’s Gospel-powered practical Christianity here.
Lessons from the life of Eric Liddell
Lesson #2: Determination is not contrary to the Gospel of Grace.
What someone needs to say
Kevin DeYoung: “The next time—and there will be a next time—some famous Christian is pilloried in the press for maybe, possibly, at some point now or in the past holding to the traditional view of marriage, I hope he (or she) will come up to the microphone and say something like this…”
The most offensive verse in the Bible
Dan Philips pulls Pyromaniacs out of their mourning the loss of Phil with a classic post.
Minding our own reproductive business
I’ve certainly been asked the “Was it a surprise?” question innumerable times in the past few months. My best answer so far? “Not to God.”
The Christian Leader in the Digital Age
Al Mohler: “Christians – and Christian leaders in particular – should be taking advantage of blogs, social media, and every available platform for communicating our message. We should be exercising stewardship in new opportunities to learn, teach, and study online, recognizing that no generation before us had such rich opportunities.”
Ligonier National Conference Audio and Video
Without doubt, the best conference I’ve ever attended.
It takes a B.A. to find a job as a file clerk
All the more reason to start your own business.
The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn!
Bit late for me, but hopefully might spare some of you unnecessary suffering. Of course, not everyone’s learning style is the same; I’m a highlighter and mnemonic guy.
Respect yourself and take back control of your calendar
Four ways to avoid being overbooked. And along similar lines from Harvard Business Review, Stop being a People Pleaser.
Survey: Spiritual Maturity Comes Through Intentionality
In some ways, it’s a pity we need a survey to tell us that “Christians on the path to spiritual maturity have a habit of seeking God through prayer and worship—not just in church but also as a part of their daily life as a way to please and honor God.”
A Social Media Heartcheck
“Social media gives us some very helpful opportunities and abilities, but it is also a powerful reflector of what is going on in the heart. Don’t run away from the opportunity to probe a little bit!”
Digital Stress and Your Brain [Infographic]
Another one to share with your kids.
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
Heart-warming video of retired pastor Derek Prime telling a congregation what God is still teaching him in his 82nd year.
My Top 5 Books on Mental Illness
Good to see Matthew Stanford’s book on this list.
5 Love Languages of Pastors
Top 5 ways to express your love for your pastor.
Why Clarence Thomas Uses Simple Words in his Opinions
Preachers take note of Thomas’ words: “The beauty, the genius is not to write a 5 cent idea in a ten dollar sentence. It’s to put a ten dollar idea in a 5 cent sentence. ”
Old School Counseling, Part I
Adam Embry extracts counseling lessons from the Puritans.
7 Things Pastors should Teach those in the Workplace
“As a pastor seeks to teach biblically about marketplace dynamics, it is helpful for him to deepen his empathy and broaden his understanding of the vocations represented in his congregation.”