Thoughts on Preaching I keep running into pastors who are trying to “get a message” for Sunday morning. Please stop. Please stop trying to impress, or “wow”, or prove yourself clever, or make them cry, or make them laugh, or make them like you, or think you are hip, or smart, or “balanced”, or sophisticated. … More Stop Trying to “Get a Message”
Yes. Instead, do what the Bible tells you to do. Meditate on it. Here’s a link to a short article that will tell you why and I couldn’t agree more. (Link) And here is another brief meditation on the how the psalmsist views himself. He doesn’t see himself as someone who studies the word of … More Stop Studying the Bible?
We just purchased a house and the boxes we packed in Illinois are beginning to be unboxed and now adorn our new home in South Carolina. With a busy schedule, life unfolds out of the boxes in our garage in slow stages of discovery. Today I found the last box of my over 4,000 volume library and … More I Found Some Old Friends in a Box Today
Sunday Afternoon Musings “The home that has had no God, no church, no spiritual teaching, no Bible, and no hunger for God is headed straight for disaster. … teen-agers raised in such home are going to turn on their parents with venom, hatred, and rebellion.” As I think over some of the news reports from … More The Consequences of a Lazy Spirituality
Saturday is for Thinking “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” . Philippians … More Bible Abuse: When Scripture Quoting Gets In the Way of Understanding
Revised and reposted because Bonhoeffer is always relevant and he points us to the importance of the word of God in achieving any lasting happiness. Happiness is not achieved by seeking it but by seeking that which is the source of all happiness–God Himself. For more see: “Seek God, Not Happiness”.
Weekend Links For years I have trained others to be “theologically driven and pragmatically informed.” I was seeking to develop disciples who who be able to fight the bent of much of the pop-church culture of being “pragmatically driven and only slightly theologically salted.” Training my students at the seminary and disciples in the church was … More As Promised—-Back by Popular Demand: Weekend Links: John Piper, Trevan Wax, Jared Wilson, Kevin DeYoung, School Pension Reform, Seth Godin
Wednesday is for Bible “The real strength of the Church is not the amount of its work but the quality of its faith. One man who truly knows his Bible is worth more to the Church’s real strength than a crowd of workers who do not.” —P.T. Forsyth The Church and the Sacraments. 9 Pray … More The Real Strength of a Church
Thursday is for Mission Recently, I had the honor and privilege of lending my voice to the ministry of VVMI (Vernacular Video Ministry International). Here’s the result. Pray for the translation and distribution of God’s word. Everywhere it goes, lives change for the better, destinies change for eternity. Fun fact: Opening shot on the video and … More Bibles for the World
Really excited about the concept behind this new video from Desiring God Ministry. Look at the Book This is a great opportunity to reexamine, reenergize and enhance your joy in studying the Bible. If you struggle with how to turn your Bible reading into a significant meal to meditate upon and nourish your soul, this series … More Looking at the Book and Mining Gold