Tuesday is for Spiritual Challenge I love my country. Flaws and all, I love it. I think, on balance, it has been a force for good in the world, even with all of its missteps and corruptions. But it is dangerous to live here. Dangerous to the soul. Our affluence, our comforts, and the long … More Fighting the Urge to Live for Comfort, Convenience and Security
Paul was a missionary, an apostle, a sent-one to the Gentiles. His call from God was to go the Gentile world, the non-Jewish world, and announce the gospel. And if you are not Jewish and yet believe in the Messiah of Israel, you are part of Paul’s legacy. Why was Paul sent to the Gentile … More Are You a Gentile?
The title of this post is the chapter heading from chapter 8 of John Piper’s A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You The book is similar to two previous books by Pastor John, The Godward Life: Book 1The Godward Life: Book 2. I recommend them all. This new third volume (2014) is composed … More Be Careful, Lest the Light in You Be Darkness
It was pre-2008. I was commenting on the gospel in a message delivered to New Song Church in Bolingbrook, IL. I think it was either Easter or Christmas. In the message, I asked a question which I have asked many times since. “If the greatest being in the universe wants to give the greatest gift … More The Acid Test for Christ-centeredness
It’s the first sentence in John Piper’s short tribute to his father, William Solomon Hottle Piper. John calls it a mere “fragment” of the legacy his father left him in a life lived for the glory of God. His father was 88 when he died on March 6, 2007. The number one thing he learned … More A Father’s Legacy to a Son and More
The Importance of Teamwork “A zoologist once informed me that a tiger will defeat a lion in a battle; but five lions will defeat five tigers because the lions fight together and the tigers do not, so the five lions take on one tiger at a time.” (The Celtic Way of Evangelism, 18.) Did … More Quotes from a Weekend of Reading
Tuesday is for Thinking “Christ died for us so that we would not have to die for sin, not so that we would not have to die for others.” Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper, 77. Christian, pour your life out in service of your neighbors. Don’t be afraid or shirk your responsibility to … More Living for Others
The Weekend Links Disclaimer: An article in the list below does not mean that the curator (me) agrees with all points or perspectives expressed. It means there is something worth reading and thinking about in the article. Enjoy. The picture above — this doesn’t happen in South Carolina! Christianity, Apologetics, and the Church Nicholas Kristof … More Pence Controversy; Christianity; Borders and Walls; Prosperity Gospel; John Piper and much more
Just for Fun Farmers Rock! My four years in central Illinois gave me a great love and appreciation for farmers. Even though they were finished with me after four years, they will always be in my heart. So it was fun to run across this tonight. For the Eagles fans! Politics and Culture Ruth … More Farmers Rock; Ruth Ginsburg, Horrible Christian movies; and much more.
I am currently taking our church leaders (we call them elders) through a study on the biblical concept of an elder’s roles and duties. This morning we met at 6:15 for prayer and study, working through the last pages of lesson 3 in the Biblical Eldership Mentor’s Guide by Alexander Strauch and Richard Swartley. It … More The Spontaneous Prayer: How We Learn to Pray