Lots of good stuff on sale today, including a number of volumes from the Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series ($2.99 each, unless otherwise indicated):
- Ezra and Nehemiah
- 1 & 2 Kings
- 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus
- Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi
The publisher of the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible has reversed its controversial decision to finalize the text after tweaking 29 verses.
At a time when some conservatives are moving away from a “culture war” posture, many modern progressives have embraced the concept (if not the language). They no longer want tolerance and acceptance. They want surrender and submission.
It’s not about tolerance. This is a conflict between two competing moral frameworks.
Each time a pastor prematurely exits the ministry race, I grieve. I also grieve each time I hear the awful pastor retention stats which are unsubstantiated and sometimes exaggerated.
There is a question that often lingers out there when we tell kids the story of Creation and the Fall. At some point we all ask the question. Why in the world did God put that tree there in the first place? If it was so important not to eat from it, then why in the world even have it there. If he didn’t want them to eat of it—then why even create the thing? Why give an opportunity?
It’s a phrase that has been attributed to both Socrates and Plato, but it’s also a mantra that has been taken up in the modern day. In so many words, all kinds of gurus from all kinds of perspectives are saying the same thing – Know thyself, and then obey thyself. That is, the chief end of mankind is to understand what makes you uniquely happy, and then to pursue that happiness regardless of what stands in your way.
One of the important aspects of military security is conducting regular threat analysis. In order to protect their nation, military professionals must review the capabilities and intentions of those who would aim to do them harm. If military intelligence is going to be successful in their mission then they must accurately assess the capabilities and conduct of their enemies. If intelligence officials miss or ignore key bits of information, then it could have disastrous—even deadly consequences.
Several years ago, I quipped before an audience, “Election years make people crazy.” And that was before I had any idea what was coming in 2016.
For families with children, this election year brings unique challenges, since the campaign often feels like a reality show. How do we talk to our kids about what they are seeing and hearing all around them?
A favorite from the archives:
One of the things I love about the Puritans is their commitment to the study of Scripture. When you read the works of the Puritans (and those heavily influenced by them), like Richard Baxter, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards and so many others, it’s clear that they thought deeply about the Scriptures and their application in a way that many of us—even the most committed—struggle to in the same fashion. According to Allan Harman in Matthew Henry – His Life and Influence, their approach basically took into consideration the following questions (I’ve included my own commentary with each).