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Trusting God vs. Using Our Brain

Amber Van Schooneveld:

I fear that sometimes we give so much lip service to trusting God – which is a good thing – that we fail to acknowledge the part wisdom plays in decision making.

We have created a false dichotomy between applying wisdom and trusting God.

Get In Christ Alone in today’s $5 Friday at

The hardcover edition of In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life by Sinclair Ferguson is on sale in today’s $5 Friday sale at Also on sale:

  • The Five Dilemmas of Calvinism by Craig Brown (paperback)
  • God Alone teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio and video download)
  • God the Real Superpower: Rethinking Our Role in Missions by J. Nelson Jennings (paperback)

$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.

Reflections on #SBC13

Tim Brister:

I have been attending the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention for 5 years, which is not a long time. Yet, there is much that has changed in this short period of time. In 2008, there were numerous motions against Acts 29, Mark Driscoll, and Calvinism. In 2013, not one motion or resolution was against Acts 29 or Calvinism. In fact, NAMB and Acts 29 were on the same IX Marks stage encouraging one another in planting gospel-centered churches. AND the Calvinism Advisory Committee produced a healthy and constructive document which has changed the tone of the convention regarding this controversial issue. Instead of talking about one another, Calvinists and non-Calvinists are talking toone another and standing shoulder to shoulder (differences notwithstanding) in a spirit of voluntary cooperation forwarded by meaningful theological consensus.  In fact, I did not hear one derogatory statement about Calvinists the entire time in Houston (Louisiana College excluded). These changes are no small thing.

And What Remains film + study guide

Marc Havener, maker of the short film, And What Remains, has made a study guide available for use in a small group or family setting. Head over to the film’s site for details.

God Rules the Mundane

Gloria Furman:

 I’m the wife of a busy church planter and mother to three kids, four years old and under. We live in the Middle East where sand seeps into every crack in the windows and doors and leaves a gritty film all over the floor for me to sweep. I do eight loads of laundry and clip four sets of fingernails and toenails each week.

My life is all things ordinary.

Bold, Daring Audacity Vs The Pretty Boy Preachers

Colin Adams:

Dr Steven J. Lawson spoke yesterday to a group of Irish pastors. His subject was “The Gospel Focus Of Charles Spurgeon.” Some of the content was encouraging. Much of it was tremendously challenging. However my ‘personal takeaway’ was Dr Lawson’s discussion of Spurgeon’s bold audacity in the pulpit.

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