3 Things I’m Looking Forward to about #TheGospelProject Webcast

Tuesday morning, I’m heading off to the exotic land of Nashville to live-blog the Gospel Project webcast and spend the day at Lifeway Christian Resources. Here’s a quick rundown of the event:

On March 14th, get an inside look at The Gospel Project, LifeWay’s new gospel-centered Bible study resource, through this special webcast event. Trevin Wax, Managing Editor of The Gospel Project, will host as Advisory Council members Matt Chandler and J.D. Greear, and General Editor Ed Stetzer, talk about gospel-centeredness in the lives of Christians and the church, today. Matt Chandler will discuss the need to make the gospel explicit in our small groups, J.D. Greear will discuss the need to ground our life-application in the gospel, and Ed Stetzer will talk about the need for gospel-centeredness to move us out on mission for God’s Kingdom.

1. The content. I’m genuinely excited to learn more about The Gospel Project—all of us, regardless of our familiarity with the Scriptures, will benefit from sound teaching that makes much of Jesus. Matt Chandler does a great job of this in the following video:

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2. The Q&A. In addition to each speaker’s topical teaching, there will be the opportunity for some q&a and a panel discussion. Q&As can be a lot of fun if there are a lot of good questions and panel discussions are often the best part of these sorts of events. At TGC 2011, some of the best sessions were the ones that involved the panelists interacting with one another (the last minute addition of a panel discussion on the doctrine of hell is a good example). Looking forward to seeing how the discussion goes.

3. Nashville. This one isn’t so much a webcast specific bit, but it’s still a big deal to me as I’ve never visited Nash Vegas until now (despite having a number of friends in the area). Looking forward to seeing the sites, hopefully hanging out with Matt & Josh from the Bridge in Spring Hill, and seeing if Nashville lives up to the hype. Anything you recommend checking out in downtown Nashville?

Be sure to check out the live webcast Wednesday at 2 PM (CDT).

Around the Interweb

The Intellectual Persecution of the Church

C. Michael Patton:

Many people believe that the western world is on a fast train heading toward a time when there will again be physical persecution. I don’t know about that. What I do know is that when we are always looking for some time in the future . . . we miss something very important: we are already under persecution – intellectual persecution. It is happening right now, under our noses, everyday. All one has to do is turn on Bill Maher, watch the news, or read one of the “New Atheists.” Their interaction does not come in the form of reasoned intellectual response to Christian beliefs or values, but belittling sound bites which seek to gain them quick favoritism. Have you ever seen a Christian attempt to pull off a news interview? If the Christian stands up for traditional marriage, against abortion, or holds to the exclusivity of Christianity or the reality of eternal punishment, there is no call for debate or serious interaction, but ad hominem attacks. As in all things, belittling evidences more insecurity on the side of the belittler than anything else, but observers don’t always know that. This translates into a more culturally-accepted persecution and suppression of ideas. How do we know about it so intimately? Because we have done the same thing to others.

You see, Satan’s goal is not necessarily the torturous death of a person. Everyone dies eventually. Death is not an authoritative power that Satan has been given, but is an ever-abiding reality of his own future. But what he wants to do is erode our beliefs. He does not care whether this comes through a denial of the faith at the end of a barrel in a lion’s den (if I could place those two together) or the lessening of faith due to embarrassing associations of God with Santa Claus on a playground. He simply wants people to believe less today than they did yesterday. He is the crow who comes and eats the seed so people might not hear and believe the word of God (Matt. 13:19). Remember the parable of the soils? The seed is the word of God. The four soils represent the human heart. Seed number 1, Satan ate. But what about the others? Seeds number 2 and 3 gained ground, but eventually fell away. Remember the seed that took root, grew with great excitement, but then died? Why did it die? Because it was “choked” out due to persecution and oppression (Matt. 13:21). Satan’s goal is simple: he wants our faith to be insecure. There is no need for him to turn to physical persecution here in America. He has dibs on intellectual persecution and it is choking out the faith of so many. Perpetual doubt, disallusionment, and dispair are the result.

Also Worth Reading

“The longer I live, the more I care about fewer things, and it’s good.”

Is the Muslim My Neighbor?

Is God a Moral Monster?

A Heavenly Conversation is the Way to Contentment

Let’s Change Hearts and Minds

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Reviews:

Sermon Audio: The Call and Fruit of Repentance

J. Gresham Machen: The Unpopular Message and Responsibility of the Church

R.C. Sproul: The Purpose of Testing

#Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader (March)

A Baby Dramarama Update

Walter Marshall: The Scandal of Religion

A Baby Dramarama Update

As many readers are aware, we’re currently expecting our third child. A few weeks ago, Emily went into the hospital due to the threat of pre-term labor (I shared about this here). Well, now we’re officially passed the major milestones and into week 38 of the pregnancy and excited about the possibility of meeting this wee child. And Sunday (yesterday) seemed like it could be the day! While I was preaching at Community Bible Church, Emily started having contractions. Regularly. This, we thought, was surely good news, although, being cautious, we waited until after all our responsibilities were completed before making any decisions on how to proceed. In the end, we cancelled our lunch plans and managed to get to the hospital with surprising efficiency (a 37 minute drive took 19). I brought a nurse to help Emily upstairs, took the kids home (leaving them in the care of our friend Adam) and zipped back to the hospital.

And then we waited.

Two and a half hours later, there’d been some progress, but they weren’t sure that it was enough to say “Yep, this kid’s coming today.” So they sent us home so Emily could rest and hopefully see more progress at home. Several hours later, there was nothing. No more contractions. Only a frustrated wife who wants this baby to come out already (which I can completely understand—the last couple weeks in particular have been quite uncomfortable). But such is life, I suppose. While we don’t know what Monday will bring, as of the time I’m writing this, still no baby. So if you’re so inclined, would you please pray for our family for the following:

1. Patience for Emily and I as we wait for the real labor to begin.

2. Flexibility and understanding for our older children (there’s a lot of unpredictability right now, which is not fun for kids who thrive on routine).

3. That we would continue to glorify God and give thanks as best as we are able, even in the midst of frustration.

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The State of the Church in Canada

John Mahaffey in conversation with Collin Hansen:

Churches serious about the gospel and mission have had to rethink how they do ministry. How do we communicate the gospel to a Hindu? How do we share the gospel with a Muslim? These are questions we have had to wrestle with. Our Jerusalems with which we were so familiar now look and feel like Samaria. Our neighbors used to be those who were physically close and culturally close. Now they are physically close and culturally distant. In major urban centers where the concentration of non-Christian religions is the highest, pastors and churches have had to think and function more like foreign missionaries if they want to reach people with the gospel. Many churches have not adjusted well to the demographic changes in their communities and have closed their doors. Others have looked upon the new multicultural reality as an opportunity to remake themselves into a diverse community that actually looks like the kingdom of God. . . . The church in Canada is no longer just a missionary-sending church. It is also a missionary-receiving church. We need experienced bicultural missionaries to come alongside the church and assist us in our mission…

In addition to the challenges the Canadian church faces in reaching people of other cultures and religions, the greatest challenge is to uphold the glory of Christ and the gospel in the midst of a multicultural world. The emerging generation of Christian young people who have grown up with Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Buddhists as neighbors and classmates can easily have doubts about the exclusivity of Christ. It’s easy to believe that people are lost when they are on the other side of the world. It’s another thing when they are your nice next-door neighbors.

Canadian readers, I’ll be at TGC’s Ontario Conference May 29-31—I hope to see you there!

Also Worth Reading

Heresy and a Call for Humility

We Dare Not Defend Our Rights

A Prayer for Worn Out and Struggling Friends in Vocational Ministry

10 Benefits of Ebooks that Will Surprise You

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

My Next Book: Contend

Reading, Life and Priorities

State of the Blog 2012

Book Review: The Armageddon Factor by Marci McDonald

Help Bring a Free Ultrasound Clinic to Indiana, PA

Walter Marshall: The Way of Attaining to Godliness

C.H. Spurgeon: All Other Books Are As Gold Leaf

What’s On Your To-Read Pile?

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically


Let’s take a look back in time and see the most-read posts from February. Go check them out:

  1. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle (July 2009)
  2. The Dos and Don’ts of Book Reviews (or at least how I do them) (January 2011)
  3. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves (July 2009)
  4. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur (May 2009)
  5. Why I Quit Following (Most) Celebrity Pastors on Twitter and Maybe You Should, Too (February 2012)
  6. Book Review: Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll (December 2011)
  7. Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell (March 2011)
  8. Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader (February 2012)
  9. Lessons from Nehemiah (Page)
  10. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words (July 2009)
And just for fun, here’s the next 10:
  1. Book Reviews (page)
  2. The Joyless Pursuit of Being Right (February 2012)
  3. Who Writes This? (page)
  4. The Books I’m Not Proposing (April 2011)
  5. His Name was Smeagol (April 2010)
  6. Book Review: Forever by Paul David Tripp (January 2012)
  7. Book Review: Radical Together by David Platt (June 2011)
  8. Book Review: You Lost Me by David Kinnaman (December 2011)
  9. Everyday Theology (page)
  10. My Next Book! (February 2012)

As is common, the archives are dominating in terms of what you all are reading (as I’ve said in the past, this is not a bad thing). The “Celebrity” Pastors post is the most-read original piece of content from February (which was kind of surprising), and it’s interesting to see how many folks are checking out some of the series pages. If you’ve not had a chance to read these posts and pages, I hope you’ll take some time today to do so.

Help Me Choose My New Facebook Cover

You may have heard that Facebook is introducing the Timeline format to Pages. Aside from some snazzy new features (the admin panel is terrific), this redesign allows for “cover” photos—a big banner image at the top, rather than just an itty-bitty profile picture. So, in preparation for making the change to the Facebook page, I’d like you to help me choose what to cover image to use:

Option 1:

Option 2:

Tell me your favorite in the comments—the winner will be used when I make the switch later today!

State of the Blog 2012

February 24th, 2012 marked the third anniversary of Blogging Theologically (I wrote a little bit about its origins in a post last June). In internet years, that’s the equivalent of being 1,000, I think. Anyway, since the blog began and more readers have found there way here, I’ve noticed I’ve started getting a lot of emails with the same kind of question: What advice can you give to help build my blog?

First, it’s really nice to be asked a question like this. I want to be able to help others as much as I can. But this is also a really hard question for me to answer. Honestly—and hopefully this isn’t false humility talking—I don’t know that I’ve done anything particularly special that other bloggers aren’t already doing. The advice I see most frequently given usually amounts to post daily (or at least on a regular schedule). But even then, that’s not necessarily the case—Scott Stratten (author of UnMarketing) usually gives the following advice: Just post something awesome. Doesn’t matter if it’s daily, monthly, annually… if you’ve got something awesome to say or share, post. If you don’t, don’t.

I (obviously) post daily, and my biggest goal is to post worthwhile content, whether it’s an original piece, a quote I’ve appreciated from a really good book or sermon, or the occasional video. But aside from content—because, honestly, I think everyone gets that whatever you’re posting should be great—I want to give to offer a few pieces of advice (much of which comes from an interview I did with Darryl Dash earlier in February) and look at how I’ve been trying to apply these things over the last year:

First, and most importantly, be who you are. Don’t try to be Tim Challies, Trevin WaxJustin Taylor or whichever big name bloggers you read because you’ll only be frustrated and disappointed (and really, no one wants to read a copycat, it’s no fun).

This past year, I think/hope I managed to find my “voice” as a writer. I’m not super-skilled, I’ve never taken a course in journalism or anything like that, but probably the best thing I’ve done is made sure I’m reading more broadly. So even though I’m reading a large amount of contemporary material, I’m also trying to get into the riches of the past as much as possible, as well as reading a good deal of material that falls outside the Christian realm. It’s like D.A. Carson’s advice to young preachers—if you listen to a lot of different men, you’re more likely to actually start to sound like you, rather than a bad imitation of your favorite preacher.

Second, contend well. There is a great temptation to chase gossip and controversy like so many watch-bloggers do and it’s just wicked nonsense. God is not honored by that sort of behavior. Don’t shy away from addressing a difficult subject if you have something of merit to say, particularly on a pressing issue, but try your best to be known for what you’re about rather than what you’re against.

This past year—indeed, even this calendar year, I’ve worked very hard to practice this and in recent weeks have written a fair amount on it. It’s always tempting to go there because, let’s face it, controversy generates traffic (as Tony Jones rightly pointed out on his blog—and yes, that just happened). But if I even considered chasing every controversy, two things would happen: one, my wife would rightly rebuke me and so would my pastor. Which brings me to my next point…

Third, get some accountability. Probably the biggest danger for bloggers is not having any visible form of accountability. Anyone who doesn’t have this needs to get it. Now.

Not that I ever really ran without some form of accountability (Emily is always in the loop on what I post, and I have a number of friends who are always willing to ask questions), but up until last year, I didn’t have anything formal in place. So in 2011, I asked our pastor to keep an eye on things and speak into anything that he finds questionable and it’s been a weight off my shoulders. The idea of not being under any authority makes me extremely uncomfortable, so I’m grateful that he’s willing to do this.

Finally, be content with whatever influence God gives you. If you have one person reading your blog and finding it helpful, praise God. If 10,000 read it, praise God just the same. Don’t worry about things like traffic or trying to parlay your following into a book deal or any such thing. Just have fun and appreciate whatever impact God allows you to have.

Whenever I check the traffic stats on the blog, it simply amazes me. I still remember the first day I had 24 pageviews for the whole day, and I still kind of think of it a bit like that (even though I know it’s not). All that to say, I’m really grateful for you all making this site a part of your day. Thanks!

Around the Interweb

Why I Hope Real Books Never Die

Kevin DeYoung:

Perhaps I am a wishful thinking bibliophile, but I just don’t think the physical book is going the way of the dodo bird. No doubt, many scholars and students will house parts of their reference libraries on an electronic device. Some frequent flyers will stick books on their tablets instead of in their brief cases. And some techno-geeks will conclude that everything is better on an Apple product. I’m sure  ereaders will make inroads. They serve a useful purpose. But only to a point.

Old books are like old friends. They love to be revisited. They stick around to give advice. They remind you of days gone by. Books, like friends, hang around.

And they prefer not to be invisible.

Also Worth Reading

What kind of men does God use?

Nostalgia Is the Enemy of Faith: Learn from Your Heroes’ Warts

Friday Questions: An Interview with Ted Kluck

Saved By Jesus, Not Doctrine

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

The Problem with Labels and the Need for Clarity (and Charity)

D.A. Carson: Do Not Adopt a Pollyannaish View of Things

Walter Marshall: The Strange Forgetfulness of Urging Others to Practice the Law

Making Assumptions

R.C. Sproul: Sheer Madness

Book Review: A Cross-Shaped Gospel by Bryan Loritts


Around the Interweb

O God, deliver us from this coldness!

Ray Ortlund:

The problem is not reformed theology per se.  Inherent within that theology is a humbling and melting and softening and beautifying tendency.  The problem is when that theology is not allowed to exert its natural authority.  Instead, in the name of reformed theology, our own native religiosity creates a culture at odds with that theology.  And our religious culture, whatever it is, reveals what we really believe as opposed to what we think we believe.  If we are cold, hard, harsh and ruthless — and can we say this does not occur among those who wave the reformed banner? — if we are ungracious in our relationships and ethos and demeanor and vibe and culture, then we are betraying the doctrines of grace and only using them for covert purposes of self-exaltation.

The Gospel Project for Kids

Looking forward to learning more about the Gospel Project (both for kids and adults) in about a month. Here’s Lifeway’s description:

The Gospel Project for Kids follows a chronological timeline of Bible events. Each week, these stories come to life through video, music, activities, and more as children connect biblical events to God’s ultimate plan of redemption through Christ.

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The Gospel Project for Kids features:

  • Three versions: Preschool, Younger Kids, and Older Kids
  • Videos that bring Bible stories to life
  • Music for all ages
  • Coloring pages for Preschool and Younger Kids
  • Fun-filled activity sheets
  • Low-prep lesson plans
  • Digital or print resources
  • Customizable parent resources

Also Worth Reading

Some Questions to Ask Before You Contribute to the Next Online Controversy

Is Your Sin Bigger Than Jesus?

The Lion Who Died February 16

But I Don’t Hate Anyone

Nathan W. Bingham’s moving to America—and he needs your help!

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Review: Friends and Lovers by Joel. R. Beeke

Why I Quit Following (Most) “Celebrity” Pastors on Twitter and Maybe You Should, Too

Walter Marshall: The True Morality of Which God Approves

Unworthy of Assistance?

The Gospel and Marriage Explain One Another

What’s the Deal with One or Two?

Around the Interweb

What All Of Our Ministries Really Need

Stephen Altrogge:

…I’m all for planning. You can usually tell when something has just been thrown together. The first sign that things haven’t been planned well is when someone gets up on stage and says, “Well, I don’t really know what we’re going to do today, but we’re trusting the Spirit to guide us.” Planning is a good and necessary thing.

But sometimes we can be tempted to put way too much trust in our planning, at the expense of relying on the Holy Spirit.

From Victoria’s Secret Model to Proverbs 31 Wife

Kylie Bisutti:

The Lord knocked me off my feet and showed me where to find true happiness and self worth. How to be truly beautiful (which has NOTHING to do with external beauty) and most importantly how to truly live a life for Him and His glory and not my own. As I studied the word more, I desired to be more Christ like in the way that I was living. I wanted to be a better example to young women. I wanted to be the wife that God made me to be and the one my husband deserved. (we were recently married before the whole Victoria’s Secret thing happened) I wanted to be honoring to the Lord in all things. So, I stopped modeling lingerie, and skimpy bathing suits. I told myself I would never be on a men’s magazine again, and I decided to be more modest in the way that I dressed. I don’t want to be known as a sex symbol or lingerie model. I desire to be known as a woman who fears the Lord…

Also Worth Reading

Worship: Confessions of an Idol Worshipper

Interview: Friday Questions: An Interview with Tim Challies

Attitudes and Apologetics: Win the Man, Not the Argument

Church Life: Church Discipline and Social Media

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Review: Long Story Short by Marty Machowski

Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader (February)

J. Gresham Machen: The Loss of Art

Irenaeus: The King and the Fox

Tertullian: The Principal Crime of the Human Race

William Blackstone: It is Binding Over all the Globe

My notes from the truthXchange 2012 Think Tank:

Around the Interweb

Sex-Trafficking at the Super Bowl

Justin Holcomb:

Large sporting events like the Super Bowl are prime targets for sex traffickers because of the high demand generated by thousands of men pouring into an area for a weekend of fun. The 2010 Super Bowl saw an estimated 10,000 sex workers brought into Miami. Despite efforts to crack down on sex trafficking at the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, there was still a tremendous number of women and children sexually exploited. In the past, attempted crackdowns by law enforcement have misfired by treating prostitutes as criminals to be locked up rather than victims to be rescued, but new efforts are gaining traction: a bill moving through the Indiana legislature aims to toughen the state’s sex-trafficking law before the Super Bowl.  This year the event is actually near the Detroit-Toledo corridor, which has one of the highest incidences of trafficking in the country.

Also Worth Reading

Free Stuff: This month’s free book at Christian Audio: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

The Elephant Room:

I’ve been intentionally pretty quiet about my thoughts regarding the hubbub surrounding The Elephant Room,

Carl Trueman on Gnosticism, Nicea and Celebrity

Kevin DeYoung shares Seven Thoughts on the Elephant Room and T.D. Jakes

D.A. Carson and Tim Keller offer the “official” TGC position on the event (note—it’s a bit technical).

Doug Wilson shares his thoughts in The Rogue Elephant Room

Finally, Zach Nielsen offers a careful rebuttal to Bryan Loritts in The Elephant Room and “Sucking Up To Whitey”

Commentary: Andreas Köstenberger provides helpful commentary on the recent Ehrman/Wallace debate

Resources: This weekend only, save 30% off site-wide at Ligonier.org with coupon code LOVE30OFF (Ends Feb. 6).

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Review: Forever by Paul David Tripp

Baby Dramarama

The Joyless Pursuit of Being Right

Take Every Opportunity

J. Gresham Machen: A Stupendous Theology

Charles Spurgeon: Tell Your Heart to Christ

The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically in January

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

Let’s take a look back in time and see the most-read posts from January. Go check them out:

  1. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle (July 2009)
  2. Book Review: Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll (December 2011)
  3. Marriage, Mystery and the Gospel in Real Marriage (January 2012)
  4. Critics, Criticism and Character (January 2012)
  5. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur (May 2009)
  6. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves (July 2009)
  7. Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader (January) (January 2012)
  8. Book Review: Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian (January 2012)
  9. He Descended into… Hell? (January 2012)
  10. The Dos and Don’ts of Book Reviews (or at least how I do them) (January 2011)
And just for fun, here’s the next 10:
  1. Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell (March 2011)
  2. 12 Books I Want to Read in 2012 (and Think You Should, Too) (December 2011)
  3. You Might Be Killing Your Ministry (And Not Even Know It) (January 2012)
  4. Why I’m Not Using a Reading Plan in 2012 (January 2012)
  5. Who Writes This? (page)
  6. Book Reviews (page)
  7. My Favorite Books of 2011 (December 2011)
  8. Why is Narnia Okay, But Not Princess and the Frog? (January 2012)
  9. Book Review: Education or Imitation by Curtis Allen (January 2012)
  10. Lessons from Nehemiah (page)

As is fairly typical, only about half of the top ten posts of the month were actually posted in January. There’s well over a thousand articles in the archives, so it’s good that they’re finding an audience, and really glad to see that with “The Dos and Don’ts of Book Reviews” in particular. The next ten is definitely heavier with recent content (again, pretty common). If you’ve not had a chance to read these, I hope you’ll take some time today to do so.

Around the Interweb

Unity Based on Truth

Kevin DeYoung shares an excerpt from Turning Around the Mainline: How Renewal Movements Are Changing the Church by Thomas Oden:

Four modern ecumenical arguments in particular misfire, as shown by David Mills. They even make Christian disunity more likely. These four following arguments have prevailed in liberal ecumenism, each unintentionally eliciting disunity. Each is a mistake “if-then” correlation… All these attempts are alike in one way: they put unity ahead of truth.

Matt Chandler–”Why I’m A29″

Appreciated Matt Chandler’s explanation of the value of being part of the Acts 29 Network:

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Also Worth Reading:

Theology 1: The Doctrine of the Trinity in a Nutshell

The “H” Word: Carl Trueman offers his take on the Elephant Room hubbub—and as always, it’s blunt, but extremely insightful.

Theology 2: 17 Pure Speculation and/or Fringe Questions About Theology – Help Me Out

Christian Life: Should I Marry a Man with Pornography Struggles?

Preaching: 3 Reasons I Manuscript

Perseverance: Just Keep Going

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

You Might Be Killing Your Ministry (And Not Even Know It)

Book Review: Education or Imitation by Curtis Allen

Your Work is Your Calling

John Polhill: The Dangerous Side of Being an Encourager

Creativity, Christianity, and Developing Your Personal Style

Octavius Winslow: Let the Personal Conflict Cease

Around the Interweb

A Short, Free eBook on Abortion by John Piper

Desiring God is giving away a free eBook based on three sermons he’s preached on abortion. Here’s a sample from the book:

God is calling passive, inactive Christians today to engage our minds and hearts and hands in exposing the barren works of darkness. To be the conscience of our culture. To be the light of the world. To live in the great reality of being loved by God and adopted by God and forgiven by Christ (yes—for all the abortions that dozens of you have had), and be made children of the light. I call you to walk as children of light.

Is There Enough Teaching in the Church?

Good question from Kevin DeYoung:

I know this sounds like a crazy notion. I’m not 100% convinced myself. But I’ve begun to wonder if there might not be enough public teaching in today’s church.

That probably sounds nuts to many churchgoers, not to mention most pastors. Plenty of ministers already feel swamped with some combination of morning service, evening service, Sunday school, catechism, and midweek teaching, not to mention extra preps for weddings, funerals, and special events. I also realize I’m swimming up stream against the current of contemporary church thought which says the one thing we certainly have enough of is teaching. We are already stuffed full with Bible studies, services, small groups, conferences, and classes. The last thing we need is another opportunity to get our brains crammed with more information.

Ministry: Picking the Right People

Work: Myths of the Working Mom

Christian Living: Joe Thorn recommends some resources for discipling your children

Discernment: Making Necessary Distinctions

Interviews: Recently I was interviewed about getting published on the How to Be Awesome podcast and sat down to talk about Awaiting a Savior with Cory McKenna on The Cross Current radio show. Check them out.

In Case You Missed It

Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:

Book Review: Die Young by Hayley and Michael DiMarco

He Descended into… Hell?

Why is Narnia Okay, But Not Princess and the Frog?

R.C. Sproul: How Can We Love a Holy God?

Octavius Winslow: Beware of Him and Obey Him

The Non-Negotiables

In Defense of Neatniks