Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Trading One Dramatic Resolution for 10,000 Little Ones – Paul Tripp shares an important observation on how change really happens.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Five Things We Can Learn from our Children at Christmas – "There’s a reason Jesus tells us to come to him like children. Trust is at the heart of how children experience Christmas. Here are five ways we can learn this from our children."
Monday, December 23, 2013
None Like Christ, None Like Christ, None Like Christ - From John Brown of Haddington (1722-1787).
The Shocking Implications of Incarnation - "The incarnation is shocking. It is outrageous to think that an infinite and holy God would voluntarily become finite to live with unholy sinners. In fact, the incarnation is so appalling that it separates Christianity from Islam and Judaism."
A Prayer for More Christmas Hush, Less Christmas Rush - A prayer appropriate for this day.
World, Get With the Program: Joy! Joy! Joy! – John Piper writes a devotional thought on Joy to the World by Isaac Watts. “The song is indeed about the Christmas coming — and the present reigning, and the final future coming to renovate the world.”
Celebrating Christmas in the Face of Grief and Sorrow – Al Mohler addresses those who know grief and loss this Christmas. He writes, “The sentiment and joy of the season is often accompanied by very different emotions and memories. At some point, every Christian home is invaded by the pressing memory of loved ones who can no longer gather—of empty chairs and empty arms, and aching hearts.”
Saturday, December 21, 2013
It's Not Us Against Them – “If we are going to be hated, it should be for the sake of Christ, not because we are obnoxiously insisting on our freedom. Our freedom is not of this world. We have a greater liberty than any nation or legislation could give us.” See the article...
Friday, December 20, 2013
Race, Reconciliation, and Phil Robertson - The GQ interview stirred considerable controversy regarding homosexuality in America. Less press has been given to Robertson's comments about racism in the South during his early years. The author of this article reminds readers of the responsibility Christians have for consistent testimony and always being prepared to share the truth in love..
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
15 Ways to Bless Your Missionaries This Christmas without Paying Postage - Many of us have personal relationships with missionaries. This list is a good starting point for encouraging them in service to the Lord.
Pope Francis, TIME's Person of the Year, and What Evangelicals Might Learn – Ed Stetzer provides a good perspective on what draws the world’s attentions.
You Will Never Be the Same – “Most evangelicals these days just want a gospel Snuggie. Wrap us up. Hold us tight. Numb us until we can feel nothing but hazy contentment.” The message of this article by Owen Strachan is that God has more and better for you than that.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Can You Name These Christmas Songs? – Here’s a list to test your Christmas music skills. There are twenty-four of these. The answers are below. No cheating.
1. Oh, member of the round table with missing areas
2. Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres
3. Vehicular homicide was committed on Dad's mom by a precipitous darling
4. Wanted in December: top forward incisors
5. The apartment of two psychiatrists
6. The lad is a diminutive percussionist
7. Sir Lancelot with laryngitis
8. Decorate the entryways
9. Cup-shaped instruments fashioned of a whitish metallic element
10. Oh small Israel urban center
11. Far off in a haybin
12. We are Kong, Lear, and Nat Cole
13. Duodecimal enumeration of the passage of the yuletide season
14. Leave and broadcast from an elevation
15. Our fervent hope is that you thoroughly enjoy your yuletide season
16. Listen, the winged heavenly messengers are proclaiming tunefully
17. As the guardians of the woolly animals protected their charges in the dark hours
18. I beheld a trio of nautical vessels moving in this direction
19. Jubilation to the entire terrestrial globe
20. Do you perceive the same vibrations which stimulate my auditory sense organ?
21. A joyful song of reverence relative to hollow metallic vessels which vibrate and bring forth a ringing sound when struck
22. Parent was observed osculating a red-coated unshaven teamster
23. May the Deity bestow an absence of fatigue to mild male humans
24. Rose-colored uncouth dolf is aware of the nature of precipitation, darling
1. Oh Holy Night
2. Jingle Bell Rock
3. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
4. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
5. The Nutcracker Suite
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. Silent Night
8. Deck the Halls
9. Silver Bells
10. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
11. Away in a Manger
12. We Three Kings
13. The Twelve Days of Christmas
14. Go Tell It on the Mountain
15. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
16. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
17. While the Shepherds Guarded Their Flocks By Night
18. I Saw Three Ships
19. Joy to the World
20. Do You Hear What I Hear?
21. Carol of the Bells
22. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
23. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
24. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Monday, December 16, 2013
Five Ways to Love Your Neighbor This Christmas – “The whole Christmas season celebrates God with us. Because God is with us and for us, we are not alone. And neither should our neighbors be, as we have great opportunities during this season to connect with them.”
Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad Theology – This article is partly a response to the statement earlier this month of a Fox News host.
A Fair Analysis of the New NIV - WORLD magazine shares a simple comparison of the 1984 NIV with the new NIV. I mentioned in recent weeks my decision to move to the ESV as my preaching Bible. This is largely due to Zondervan’s decision to stop producing the 1984 version. The author writes:
“It has been seen that the NIV 2011 has many improvements and many regressions over the NIV 1984. While the improvements make the NIV 2011 a valid comparison Bible, the imposed egalitarianism and extreme gender-neutral translations makes this an unhelpful and perhaps misleading reading/study Bible.”
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Grace for Our Weakness and Need – “From birth to regeneration through sanctification, all the way to ultimate glorification–from the cradle to the grave–we are utterly, absolutely, entirely, always dependent on His grace! God’s grace is His all-sufficient provision for every need we will ever have.”
How to Get People to Read the Bible Without Making Them Feel Dumb - As you consider plans to read through the Bible in the new year, this article makes several good points to help.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - Nabeel Qureshi aims to help Christians better love their Muslim neighbors by providing an insider's perspective into a Muslim's heart and mind. This article is an interview with Qureshi about his book.
The Greatest Obstacle to Personal Happiness – “Most people think that sinning is the best way to happiness. Otherwise, why would so many spend their days figuring out how to sin bigger and better? However, sin is the greatest enemy to our happiness.”
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Rethinking Our Holly-Jolly Christmas Songs – Russell Moore writes, “Even in the best of times, we all know that we live in a groaning universe, a world of divorce courts and cancer cells and concentration camps. Just as we sing with joy about the coming of the Promised One, we ought also to sing with groaning that he is not back yet (Rom. 8:23), sometimes with groanings too deep for lyrics.”...
A Moral Revolution at Warp Speed—Now, It’s Wedding Cakes – Just so you know, same-sex marriage will affect you and your biblical beliefs. Here’s another example…
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Leviticus, the Read Through the Bible in One Year Widow Maker – a funny article from Jon Acuff.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Answering Four Street-Level Arguments for Sexual Immorality - Matt Chandler addresses four common things we hear about issues of sexual morality.
How Can Jesus Not Know But Still Be Divine? - This article is from a series on Bible questions addressed by The Gospel Coalition writers. At the end, you can decide if the question has been answered. It’s complicated.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela Has Died: Thoughts and Reaction from South African Pastors – A unique perspective on Mandela’s life and legacy.
9 Things You Should Know About the Council of Trent - Yesterday marked the 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of Trent, one of the most significant series of meetings in Christian history. Here are nine things evangelicals should know about the Council and the decrees that it issued.
Today’s Cost to Purchase the ’12 Days of Christmas’ Gifts - You know you want to know.
Let a Little Lent into Your Advent – “We cannot keep Bethlehem and Golgotha apart without losing what Christmas really is. There’s a place for focusing on the stable, the shepherds, and the wonder of the incarnation, but to appreciate the depth of what is happening here, we must keep Calvary’s hill on the horizon.”
Finals Week, First Things and Unfavorable Times – This article hits several key themes with insights from C.S. Lewis. Here is one of his quotes in the article, “Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future.”
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Defending the Faith – “How Can Jesus Be the Only Way?” – This is the first in a series of brief videos by Michael Horton addressing common apologetics questions.
Raising Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture - “I believe the porn pandemic and other forms of illicit sex are really a result of our failure to love God and our neighbors. Consequently, we cannot merely fixate on ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that’ instruction or on isolating our children. They need to know deep down why we do what we do or don’t do.”
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Countries That Are Bad for Christians Are Good for Distributing Bibles - Where did demand for Scripture surge last year? Try Syria, Iraq, and Laos, for starters.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Spelling Out Your Views for End-of-Life Care is a ‘Spiritual’ Act – This article highlights some preparations every person should make…and not just when they are “old”. If you love your family, you will get this settled.