Is Higher Education Still Worth the Cost?

One of the big concerns I have whenever anyone asks me about the possibility of seminary is the cost. Realistically, pastoral ministry is not a terribly well-paying job and seminary is crazy expensive. I’ve also known a number of people gone through school for degrees in English, History and social sciences who’ve ended up slinging coffee at Starbucks (which I’m not knocking—if I lose my job, it’s the first place I’m applying).

So does higher education still matter? Is the cost still worth it given the state of the economy?

While the jobs that have been disappearing first in the new economic climate have been those not requiring a college degree, Dr. Phil Ryken addresses some of the other values of higher education, particularly the benefits of Christ-centered instruction modeled at his and other like-minded Christian colleges.

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The #T4ACon Roundup

This past weekend saw a flurry of activity as I spent a few days in Phoenix, AZ, live blogging the Together for Adoption conference. So, in case you missed any of them, here’s a list of my posts from Together for Adoption:

Pre-Con Special Event with Tim Chester—Missional Church, Missional God, Missional Story:

Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3

Main Sessions:


My friend Steve McCoy has also done a great job of compiling a list of all the posts from the T4A featured bloggers.

Glad to have been a part of this event. Hope you find the posts helpful!

Around the Interweb

The NINES: Jared Wilson on Preaching

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Also Worth Reading

Studying Other Religions: Kevin DeYoung offers a helpful piece on the basic history and doctrines of Mormonism. A good resource to help you better understand this Mormonism Explained: What Latter-day Saints Teach and Practice by Andrew Jackson (Crossway’s also posted an excerpt from the book on their blog).

Reading: Over at Crossway’s blog, Tony Reinke answers the question, “How do you prioritize what you read?

Lone Wolfing: David Murray offers some good pastoral implications from recent articles describing Obama as the loner President.

Conference: Desiring God has announced the 2012 Conference for Pastors: God, Manhood & Ministry—Building Men for the Body of Christ. The conference will feature Darrin Patrick, Doug Wilson and several others discussing the importance of biblical manhood. Here’s Piper’s video invitation:

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In Case You Missed It

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

A Sign That Some Purging is in Order

Video: Don’t Be More Gospel-Centered Than Jesus

Bringing Back a Sense of Balance by Nate Palmer

Book Review: The Sacred Acre by Mark Tabb

3 Things I’m Looking Forward To About Our New Small Group

J.C. Ryle: Do Not Expect Peace Before The Prince of Peace Returns

Joel Beeke: Chosen to Holiness

Bloodlines: Racism in the 1960s American South—really appreciated this documentary that accompanies John Piper’s new book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian.

A Sign That Some Purging is in Order

The other day, a friend from my Friday morning men’s group gave us two bookshelves. This was a wonderful gift to us as we’ve been wanting to get some new shelves that are a bit sturdier than the ones we’ve had since our college days. Well, Thursday night after we secured them to the wall (Hannah would no doubt wind up pulling the things down on top of herself if we didn’t), I took the three boxes of books that had been sitting in the living room since we moved and put them on. Here’s the result:

Nine shelves out of 14—Full. And a solid half dozen boxes that are still waiting to be delivered to our house. Oh my…

(Good thing we didn’t get rid of the old shelves.)

Could it be that a purging is in order? Stay tuned…

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How to Prepare for Hell – A “Just in Case” Letter to My Unbelieving Friends

Michael Patton offers a very thought-provoking and challenging letter to his unbelieving friends:

Now, I know what you are thinking. Don’t quit reading though. Hear me out. I am notnecessarily trying to evangelize you or make you love Jesus. I am trying to tell you how to prepare for hell. Just give me some slack here. Though what I am offering to you is still as far from heaven as the east is from the west, it may do some good. Though you do not believe in heaven or hell, you have to admit: you could be wrong. Yes, I admit, I could be wrong too. But if I am wrong, what awaits me? Eternal darkness? Nothingness? Fine and good. However, if you are wrong, something terrible is coming. I can’t prepare for nothingness. You can prepare for Hell. This is a “just in case you are wrong” letter.

You would do well to read it in its entirety; it’s excellent stuff.

Also Worth Reading

Elephant Room: James MacDonald—”Humble Pie—A HEARTY Meal

Ministry: Thinking Through Your Church’s Mercy Ministry

Interview: Darryl Dash interviews Dave Kraft, author of Leaders Who Last. Here’s the audio: :

Video: This is just awesome—

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Free Stuff: This month’s free audio book at is Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper (the Kindle edition is $2.99, if you’re a fan of cheap eBooks).

In Case You Missed It

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

Book Reviews:

A few highlights from week one of the Awaiting a Savior blog tour

More Than a Footnote (a guest post by Nate Palmer)

J.C. Ryle: Let Us Watch and Be On Our Guard

A.W. Pink: Sovereignly Placed Upon a Conditional Footing

(Cheap) Christian E-Books for Your Kindle!

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MacDonald, Jakes & the Elephant in the Room

Tim Challies offers a terrific response to the hubbub surrounding James MacDonald’s curious decision to invite T.D. Jakes to the upcoming Elephant Room event:

Just yesterday MacDonald wrote, “I am excited to welcome Bishop Jakes to the Elephant Room and hear him articulate his own convictions on this and other essential matters.” As I think about round 2 of the Elephant Room, here is what I want to know: Will T.D. Jakes be challenged very specifically on what he believes about the Trinity? Will this be the elephant in the room when he sits there with MacDonald and whoever else? Will these men be willing to ask him very difficult, very nuanced, very penetrating questions? And if he finally says, “Yes, I am a modalist” will they then be willing to tell him, “You are a heretic; you are not a Christian”? If he proves himself to be a modalist, will MacDonald then remove him from the event? Will all of this happen not to burn him at the stake, but for the sake of his own soul and for the sake of those who follow him? Souls are at stake here!

Read the rest.

The “Religious People” Boogeyman

Jared Wilson offers this interesting piece on another person whose actions have been causing a stink recently—Perry Noble:

Pastors who invoke the “religious people” boogeyman are really just trying to offend people outside their church. This might be good for laughs and applause, good red meat for the congregation, good for camaraderie, but it is also profoundly stupid. If you make decisions at your church out of a desire to thumb your nose at people at other churches, you need to get a life.

Read the rest.

Also Worth Reading

Theology: The Trinity: A Necessary Doctrine

Worship: How to Make an Appropriately Loud, Joyful Noise

In Case You Missed It

Book Review: The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight

An excerpt from Awaiting a Savior: No Command Can Inspire the Openhanded Lifestyle

Charles Spurgeon: We are Waiting till We shall be Manifested as the Children of God

Book Review: Innocent Blood by John Ensor

Leadership and the Successful Local Church

J.C. Ryle: Love is the Grand Secret of True Obedience

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A Poverty Theology Parable

Excellent post by Mark Driscoll:

A loving and generous Father once bought his son a shiny new bicycle. With a broad smile, the Father surprised the son and rolled it out and handed it to him.

Strangely, rather than looking happy, the son looked anxious. Rather than riding the bike, he stepped away from it in fear.

The Father asked the child what was wrong. The son replied, “Father, I cannot ride the bike. All around the world there are missionaries who do not have a bike. I would like to give them my bike so that they can ride it to unreached peoples and preach the gospel. The Father replied, “If you simply ask me, I am glad to also give you a second bike to give to a missionary.”

Yet, rather than simply riding the bike, the son continued to argue with his Father, saying, “I would much prefer an older bicycle. This one is shiny and new. It makes me look proud if I ride it.” The Father explained, “If I want you to ride the bike I gave you, and you are more concerned about what others think of you as you ride it than my joy in seeing you enjoy my gift to you, then you may look humble to them, but I know there is pride in your heart because you are living for their approval instead of my joy.”

Read the whole thing.

Also Worth Reading

Interviews: Derek Ouellette interviews Ken Stewart about his book, Ten Myths About Calvinism

Church Life: How Mature Should New Members Be?

Evangelism: Ministry to the Partially Evangelized

Technology & Culture: “I Just Texted to Say ‘I Love You’” (HT: Trevin)

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In Case You Missed It

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

An excerpt from Awaiting a Savior: “We Cannot Separate What We Believe From What We Do

Four Things I Learned While Writing a Book

Book Review: Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

Vertical Before Horizontal

Thomas Watson: Three Things Jesus Prays for Us

A.W. Pink” “Your Thoughts of God Are Too Human

$5 Fridays at Ligonier

Every Friday, Ligonier Ministries offers a selection of excellent resources from R.C. Sproul, Joel R. Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson and many other gifted Bible teachers for $5 each. These resources are fantastic gift to believers seeking to dig deeper in their faith. There are some fantastic deals this week, so check them out:

Jonathan Edwards: Evangelist by Dr. John Gerstner (Paperback)

One of the primary critiques of Puritanism and folks like Jonathan Edwards is a lack of evangelism and evangelistic appeal in their sermons. Is it possible that the greatest Calvinistic theologian may also be one of the most evangelistic preachers? In this work John Gerstner attempts to systematize the evangelistic methods of Jonathan Edwards.

The first four chapters are Gerstner’s attempt to justify, as well as reconcile, the diverse views of Edwards. The major part of the book is comprised with the exploration of Edwards’ doctrine of seeking. After fully developing Edwards’ view of seeking Gerstner address other issues such as “faith alone”, “backsliding”, “regeneration”, and “preservation of the saints”.

Meaning for Men by R.C. Sproul (Audio Download)

A popular message our culture sends to men today is one of compromise. Men are encouraged to abandon their integrity if it means that social, personal, or financial advancement may be achieved. But if the principles of God’s Word are set aside for these ends, all such gain will amount to nothing. In this series, Dr. R.C. Sproul addresses men concerning the qualities of character demanded of them by God. With biblical insight, Dr. Sproul examines the importance of integrity and calls men to be godly leaders in the home, church, and the world.

The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproul (eBook download)

With The Prince’s Poison Cup, Dr. R. C. Sproul continues his series of books designed to present deep biblical truths to children on their own level. In this work, he focuses in on the atonement to show that Jesus had to endure the curse of sin in order to redeem His people from their spiritual death.

When Ella gets sick and has to take yucky medicine, she wonders why something that will help her get well has to taste so bad. When she puts the question to Grandpa, he tells her the story of a great King and His subjects who enjoyed wonderful times together—until the people rebelled against the King and drank from a forbidden well. To their horror, they found that the beautiful water in the well made their hearts turn to stone. To reclaim His people, the King asks His Son, the Prince, to drink from a well of horrid poison. The poison will surely kill the Prince—but He is willing to drink it to please His Father and help His people.

Richly illustrated, The Prince’s Poison Cup will help children appreciate the great love of God for His people and the awful price Jesus had to pay because of sin. A “For Parents” section provides assistance in unfolding the biblical elements of the story.

Ligonier’s $5 Friday sale runs until 8 a.m. Eastern Time Saturday morning.

Note: This is not a paid post, however, I am part of Ligonier’s affiliate program. As such, I earn a small commission from purchases made through these links.

Around the Interweb

Russell Moore Responds to Pat Robertson

Dr. Moore responds to Pat Robertson recently saying that a man is morally justified in divorcing his wife if she has Alzheimer’s disease:

Few Christians take Robertson all that seriously anymore. Most roll their eyes, and shake their heads when he makes another outlandish comment (for instance, defending China’s brutal one-child abortion policy to identifying God’s judgment on specific actions in the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, or the Haiti earthquake). This is serious, though, because it points to an issue that is much bigger than Robertson.

Read the rest at Dr. Moore’s blog.

He also recently appeared on CNN to discuss the issue.

Also Worth Reading

Theology: David Murray asks, “Did the Holy Spirit Indwell OT Believers?”

Law and Depravity: Al Mohler responds to a recent travesty of justice here in Canada.

Life: To Listen Is To Love

Theology: Joe Thorn on Angry Calvinists

Video: Love Tap—you can’t not smile when you see this video:

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In Case You Missed It

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

Preaching and the Successful Local Church

Book Review: King Solomon by Philip Ryken

Jesus Christ, The Mediator Between God and Man

Fruit, Faithfulness and Preaching

Sam Storms: Jesus Knows Where You Dwell

A.W. Pink: Nothing Escapes His Notice, Nothing can be Hidden From Him

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Remembering 9/11

From Tim Keller’s 9-11 Memorial Sermon:

One of the great themes of the Hebrew Scriptures is that God identifies with the suffering. There are all these great texts that say things like this: If you oppress the poor, you oppress to me. I am a husband to the widow. I am father to the fatherless. I think the texts are saying God binds up his heart so closely with suffering people that he interprets any move against them as a move against him. This is powerful stuff!

But Christianity says he goes even beyond that. Christians believe that in Jesus, God’s son, divinity became vulnerable to and involved in – suffering and death! He didn’t come as a general or emperor. He came as a carpenter. He was born in a manger, no room in the inn.

But it is on the Cross that we see the ultimate wonder. On the cross we sufferers finally see, to our shock that God now knows too what it is to lose a loved one in an unjust attack. And so you see what this means? John Stott puts it this way: “I could never myself believe in God if it were not for the Cross. In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?”

Do you see what this means? Yes, we don’t know the reason God allows evil and suffering to continue, but we know what the reason isn’t, what it can’t be. It can’t be that he doesn’t love us! It can’t be that he doesn’t care. God so loved us and hates suffering that he was willing to come down and get involved in it. And therefore the Cross is an incredibly empowering hint. Ok, it’s only a hint, but if you grasp it, it can transform you. It can give you strength.

HT: Trevin Wax

Ask a Calvinist…(Justin Responds)

Rachel Held Evans asked her readers to bring their questions about Calvinism to Justin Taylor for response. Justin (unsurprisingly) did a wonderful job with his answers. Here’s one example:

From Josh: What, if anything, within Calvinism makes you feel uncomfortable? Is there anything particularly hard for you to swallow? What is the hardest tenet of Calvinism for you to buy into?

One clarification first: I’ll focus in these answers on what could be called “evangelical Calvinism” and the distinctive most people have in mind when discussing or refuting it, namely, God’s absolute sovereignty. It should be pointed out that Calvinism itself is an entire God-centered worldview, and is often used more specifically to refer to covenant theology. But I’ll focus here on God’s sovereignty in salvation.

John Piper once said something to the effect that if you’ve become a Calvinist and you haven’t shed any tears in the process, you probably don’t understand Calvinism in the first place. Yes, there have been tears. When I realized that my own views of how God should be were at odds with what he has revealed about himself and his actions, that was one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever experienced.

But the adoption of a worldview often means that certain “defeaters” that were once troubling now become more understandable. Those things which at first are only believed intellectually begin to be absorbed spiritually.

All of that to say that there are not really areas of my theology where I feel an existential angst on a day-to-day basis. I find the theological alternatives to my belief in God’s absolute sovereignty to be (paradoxically) more rationalistic and simplistic, and I’ve grown content living in the light of God’s mysterious ways.

Those areas of my discomfort and struggle have more to do with the living in a post-Fall world with indwelling sin, a melancholy streak, and a longing for the day when all that is sad will come untrue.

Read the rest.

Also worth reading

Commentary: Douglas Wilson offers some (complimentary) feedback based on Christopher Hitchens’ latest article on Slate: Simply Incoherent

Ministry: The Resurgence is sharing Driscoll and Perry Noble’s back & forth on Culture in the Church vs. Church in the Culture. Gotta say, I’ve never been terribly impressed with Noble; this didn’t help. James MacDonald did a great job voicing the real issue—pragmatism—at around the 34 minute mark.

Preaching: 10 Benefits of Preaching from a Manuscript

Commentary: New York’s Post-9/11 Church Boom

In case you missed it

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

AW Pink: God Did Not Make Man and Then Leave Him to His Own Uncontrolled Guidance

What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

(Cheap) Christian E-Books for Your Kindle!

Book Review: Licensed to Kill by Brian G. Hedges

$5 Fridays at Ligonier

Every Friday, Ligonier Ministries offers a selection of excellent resources from R.C. Sproul, Joel R. Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson and many other gifted Bible teachers for $5 each. These resources are fantastic gift to believers seeking to dig deeper in their faith. There are some fantastic deals this week, so check them out:

Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible by various authors (eBook download)

Sola Scriptura, the formal principle of the Protestant Reformation, is essential to genuine Christianity, for it declares that the Bible is the inspired word of God, the church’s only rule of faith and practice. Yet this doctrine is under assault today as never before, both from outside and and inside the church.

In this book, several leading Reformed pastors and scholars, including Joel Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Ray Lanning, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Derek W. H. Thomas, and James White, unpack the meaning of the doctrine of sola Scriptura  (“Scripture alone”). They also explain where the attacks on the Bible are coming from and show how those who accept the Bible as God’s inspired Word should respond. Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible  is a treasure trove of information and a comfort to those who grieve to see the twenty-first-century church wandering away from the safe harbor of the Bible.

Tough Questions Christians Face: 2010 National Conference by various speakers (Audio & Video Download)

Christ has redeemed us to be a light that directs others to Him. Fulfilling this call requires us to be able to deal with the most difficult questions asked about the Christian faith. If we are unprepared for the darkness around us, it will be harder to counter it with the truth of God’s Word.

In this series of lectures from Ligonier Ministries’ 2010 National Conference, Alistair Begg, Michael Horton, Steven J. Lawson, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, Burk Parsons, R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Derek Thomas address some of the most difficult questions that we face as Christians and endeavor to offer biblical answers to assure us and to help us defend the truths of the Christian faith. This conference also features a special mini conference on Christian communication in a hypersocial world.

The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul (Hardcover)

In this book, Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion — the redemption of God’s people. Dr. Sproul considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved.

Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and the cross was always God’s intended method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.

Ligonier’s $5 Friday sale runs until 8 a.m. Eastern Time Saturday morning.

Note: This is not a paid post, however, I am part of Ligonier’s affiliate program. As such, I earn a small commission from purchases made through these links.

What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

Well friends, it appears that I’m officially back to blogging after taking four weeks off in August. Thanks to all my guest bloggers, Chris Poblete, Amber Van Schooneveld, Eliza Huie, Brian Mattson, Matt Ford, Aron Utecht, Tina Williams, Chris Thomson, Don Barton & Dan Darling for bringing their a-game in order to allow me a bit of time away from the blog. (Incidentally, there was sadly a post by Don and one by Andy Catsimanes that were overlooked when I was doing my scheduling—look for both posts to appear this month.)

My time away was very helpful, but didn’t go quite the way I was expecting. Here’s a bit of what I learned during my summer vacation (and no, one of them was not jumping off a piece of wood):

1. My life gets too busy. I’d planned to, by and large, just enjoy a break from extracurricular writing for a few weeks. Instead, I found myself almost overwhelmed with work. My day job went crazy (as day jobs are want to do), we’ve been plowing through the final edits on Awaiting a Savior, we went away for a week… and then came back and moved. I’m generally a pretty high-capacity guy (the size of my work plate is fairly large), but I actually found that I’d maxed out last Monday & had to reschedule plans to see an advanced screening of Courageous so I could actually recover from moving.

2. TV is boring. When we were away, we had the opportunity to sample a bit of cable TV and I don’t think we found even a single thing that was actually worth watching (no reruns of Chuck, even).

3. Books continue to be awesome. While on my official vacation, I had the chance to read Why Johnny Can’t Preach and King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power. Both are well worth your time. (Look for a review of King Solomon soon.)

4. Scheduling a move for the week after you get back from a week out of town is unbelievably foolish. It was also unfortunately unavoidable. Our vacation was schedule before we had sold our house and we had to be in our new place in time to register our oldest daughter for junior kindergarten.

5. My wife likes it when I take time off. While she’s incredibly supportive of all my ministry endeavors, she really wants me to take every August off from now on. So, as best as I’m able, that’s what I’m going to do.

6. Blogging is still fun. Despite the amount of work it takes at times, blogging is still a lot of fun and a valuable part of my overall ministry. Glad to be back!

So that’s what I learned during my summer vacation. What’s one thing you learned during your summer?

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Those Tricksy Biblicists

Excellent article from Kevin DeYoung:

Several weeks ago I posted a critical review of Christian Smith’s new book The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. Since then, Peter Leithart also posted a largely negative review. Joining the fray with a devastating rebuttal of Smith’s book is Robert Gundry’s excellent article in Books and Culture.

Not surprisingly, Christian Smith does not agree with these criticisms. His main rejoinder is that Gundry, Leithart, DeYoung have failed to deal with the main point of his book, namely, that pervasive interpretive pluralism (PIP) undermines biblicism. Responding to Leithart’s review, Smith contends that “his response essentially dodges rather than engages my book’s central argument.” Similarly, commenting on my blog, Smith argues, “Most problematically, DeYoung’s review in the end simply EVADES rather than resolves the central problem of PIP. He does not squarely address and answer the key challenge of my book, namely, that PIP shows biblicism, as a theory about scripture, to be impossible.” In the same vein he concludes: “So, what on first read appears to be a careful book review actually turns out to be scatter-shot and evasive. DeYoung is clearly quite caught up in trying to catch me in (alleged) inconsistencies, meanwhile he never actually responds to the central question of the book. Does that tell us anything?”

Read the rest.

Also worth reading

Fundraising: I’m making a trailer for my upcoming book – would you kindly help me raise the production costs?

Writing: The Joys and Frustrations of a Christian Biographer

Ministry: We’re Pastors and We’re Anxious

Words: Taming the Tongue

In case you missed it

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

Reformed & Reforming: 3 Questions with Carl Trueman

A.W. Pink: He Gives to All, But is Enriched by None

Book Review: If You Bite & Devour One Another by Alexander Strauch

The Apostles’ Creed: A Trailer

The Gift of Dead Mentors

Every Member a Minister?

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts for August

The Backlist: The Top Ten Posts on Blogging Theologically

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

  1. Everyday Theology: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle
  2. The Male Gossip
  3. His Name was Smeagol
  4. Everyday Theology: God helps those who help themselves
  5. John Piper on Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur
  6. Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell
  7. (Cheap) Christian E-Books for Your Kindle!
  8. When Doctrine Isn’t Enough
  9. Announcing My New Book: Awaiting a Savior
  10. Everyday Theology: Preach the Gospel always, if necessary use words

And just for fun, here’s the next ten:

  1. Book Review: Erasing Hell by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle
  2. When God Wants a Man
  3. Book Review: Radical Together by David Platt
  4. Is Seminary Necessary?
  5. A Tale of Two Fictions
  6. Tipping Sacred Cows
  7. The Surprising Depth of Idolatry
  8. Book Review: Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? by C. John Collins
  9. The Damage Done By the Dogmatism of Controversies
  10. Godly Fear, Amplified Grace

Being away from the blog for most of August allowed for some fantastic guest bloggers to lend a hand—and did their work ever shine! Amber’s post, The Male Gossip, was terrific (and I’m glad to see that it caught Tim Challies’ attention as well—the article caused a great deal of soul searching on my part and in some ways it’s nice to see that I wasn’t alone). I was also extremely grateful that you all seem to be as excited about my new book as I am! Brian Mattson’s series on the Apostles’ Creed has been a fun one to read so far (and will be continuing over the next few weeks!) and I really appreciated Godly Fear, Amplified Grace. Looking forward to writing a bit about what I learned through my time away. Thanks again for making all this month’s guests feel welcome!

That’s enough from me—now it’s your turn: If you have a blog, what were a couple of the highlights for you in the past month?