“ 3 Lessons from the Life of John Bunyan” by Austin T. Duncan (The Master’s Seminary).
“ Be a Boaz in Your Business” by Rachel Starke (The Gospel Coalition). The way Boaz treated Ruth “in the workplace” is a template for men everywhere when it comes to being above reproach.
“ Pastors’ Housing Allowance Tax Break Overturned” by Gene Veith (Cranach: The Blog of Veith). Not encouraged with this news.
“ Two Indispensable Requirements for Pastoral Ministry” by Kevin DeYoung (The Gospel Coalition). Liking your people and liking the Bible you preach to them – you gotta have these or you won’t “do well” in pastoral ministry.
“ Why You May Be Tempted to Neglect Your Church” by Tim Challies.
“ Willow Creek Chooses Co-ed Pastors to Succeed Hybels” by Kate Shellnutt (Christianity Today). As if it couldn’t get any worse at Willow Creek!
“ 6 Ways to Steward Your Weekly Screen Time” by Ashley M. Gorman (Intersect Project).
“ 9 Tips for Learning Biblical Greek from Bill Mounce” (Zondervan Academic). Maybe you have never considered learning biblical Greek. This article may convince you otherwise.
“ Helping Churches to Better Handle Cases of Abuse” by Jim Newheiser (Biblical Counseling Coalition). Another ACBC counselor gives room for divorce in some cases of spousal abuse.
“ Ten Brief Lessons on the Ten Commandments” by Barry York (Gentle Reformation).
“ 3 Things Not to Do After You Preach” by Dave Harvey (The Gospel Coalition). I am guilty of #1 and #2.
“ Do I Need to Confess My Sin to Other Believers?” by Colin Smith (Unlocking the Bible). This simple answer to a commonly asked question does not bode well for the hyper-grace movement.
“ Where Are You on the Adultery Trail?” by Tim Chester (The Good Book). Physical adultery is the result of other form(s) of adultery. The
5 Minutes in Church History podcast, Cripplegate and Desiring God are doing many features for the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation.
“ 5 Ways Elders Can Shepherd Elders” by Phil A. Newton (The Gospel Coalition). A needed issue for ALL elders and church leaders. We shepherds are also sheep.
“ A Conversation with Jason’s Deli Founder Joe Tortorice Jr.” by Carrie Rengers (Wichita Eagle). This makes me want to eat at Jason’s Deli more often.
“ Make Church Announcements Great Again” by Tim Scheiderer” (The Gospel Coalition). His illustration of how they announced a VBS at their church made me want to sign up as well. Great tips in this article.
“ Matt Chandler’s Village Church Ends Multisite Era” by Kate Shellnut (Christianity Today). So encouraged to hear this Acts 29 church is leading the way in their network towards a more biblical model of church planting.
“ Why I Love Reader’s Bibles” by Trevin Wax (The Gospel Coalition). I love my ESV Reader’s Bible, and #3 on his list is my reason for loving it.
“ Be Patient With Your Slow Growth” by Jon Bloom (Desiring God). This is what I am seeing at my home church – Wichita Bible Church – and I am thankful to see God’s work.
“ Remembering Dr. Thomas” by Jesse Johnson (The Cripplegate). If I were to write a memorial post in honor of Dr. Robert Thomas, a TMS professor who died and went to be with the Lord last week, this blog post says what I would have said.
“ Ten Brief Updates from Houston” by David Gundersen. I continue to be thankful for my brother-in-law’s spiritual wisdom and leadership at Bridgepoint Bible Church and God’s use of him during this time of recovery in the Houston area.
“ Tyndale in 200 Words” (Cripplegate). This blog continues its helpful, and yet brief, introductions to reformers you need to know.
“ The Unhypocritical Jesus” by Nicholas T. Batzig (Feeding on Christ). When it comes to the subject of hypocrisy, Jesus practiced what he preached.”
“ What’s the Origin of Desiring God’s Slogan?” by John Piper (Desiring God).
“ Huss in 200 Words” (The Cripplegate).
“ The Largest Study Ever Conducted of American Religious and Denominational Identity: 14 Major Findings from a Landmark Study” by Justin Taylor (The Gospel Coalition). This is one of the reasons why I plan on preaching a series on the 5 solas this fall.
“ No One Follows Their Heart” by Jon Bloom (Desiring God). Leading your heart – good. Following your heart – bad.
“ When Should a Church Address a Current Event?” by Trevin Wax (The Gospel Coalition). A question I wrestle with a number of times throughout the year, and this post gives helpful questions to use as a gauge to decide when to preach or address news items from a biblical perspective.
500 Years After Reformation Many Protestants Closer to Catholics Than Martin Luther” by Sarah Eekhof Zylstra (Christianity Today). Over 50% of Christians still think salvation is by works. “
5 Beliefs Upheld by Calvinists That Don’t Undermine the Doctrines of Grace” by Stephen Kneale. Every person who is NOT a Calvinist needs to read this article, which summarizes common misunderstandings of what Calvinists believe. “
H.B. Charles Top 15 Books on Pastoral Ministry” by Jordan Standridge (Cripplegate). Charles is my new favorite preacher and I would put his book On Pastoring on my list of top 15 books on pastoral ministry. “
The Legend of Jeff Linder” by David “Gunner” Gundersen. This meteorologist came to the forefront in Houston the last few weeks a local hero. Read this article to find out why. “
The Nashville Statement.” Encouraged to see this proclamation on sexuality and what the Scriptures teach. “
To Faithful Pastors in Forgotten Places” by Stephen Witmer (Desiring God). An encouraging blog to the small-town or rural pastor who gets overlooked too often. “Wycliffe in 200 Words” (Cripplegate). Every Thursday for the next 2 months, this blog will be profiling some of the reformers. John Wycliffe is up first.