Aug 29

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

What should you do if there is a mass shooting in your town?

Judge not and you shall not be judged. What does this mean? Is it possible?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Unearthing the World of Jesus

One Simple Question to Ask Before Any Purchase

We Have Been Warned

Our Faith Is Historically Verifiable—Or It’s Nothing

Four Types Of Churches That Will Soon Die

The 10 Greatest Hymns of All-Time

You Might Be An Evangelical Who Grew Up In The 1980s And 90s If . . .

What If I Told You There Was A Reasonable, Non-Homophobic Case Against Same-Sex Marriage?

Is My Life Worthy of the King? Four Tests

5 Life Lessons From An Olympic Gold Medalist

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week

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Aug 22

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

What is the Internet doing to my brain and what can I do about it?

Good wins no ultimate victories except out of the grave of apparent defeat

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

China’s Christian Future

7 Ways To Feel Content With Your Life Right Now

How Resources Changed My Mind

Israeli Town Rejoices as ‘Local Boy’ Claims Jordan’s First Ever Olympic Medal

Archaeologists Unveil Blazing Mosaics From Apostle Paul-era Ephesus

A Spirit-Led Life Is a Sin-Killing Life

A Complete Classical Christian School Reading List: Grades 1-8

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week

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Aug 15

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Just how important is it for us to be thankful

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Why Satan Is So Skillful at Tempting Us to Sin

Are Young Evangelicals More Liberal Than Their Parents?

The Second Life of the Man Who Wouldn’t Run on Sunday. How Eric Liddell, the hero of ‘Chariots of Fire,’ laid aside Olympic glory for the missions field.

How Jesus Responded to Doubt

Lay Aside the Weight of Moodiness

Ominous Signs for Turkish Christians

Why “The Final Apologetic” Still Matters

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week

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Aug 08

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Do you interrupt your schedule and move quickly to serve someone else or to obey God… like Abraham did?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

The Story of Iran’s Church in Two Sentences

What to do When You Are in a Spiritual Dry Spell

What I Needed From the Church During My Depression

Four Ways Teenagers Live for More

Three Steps to Stop Wasting Your Life

4 Ways the World Will Pressure You To Conform

Let’s Teach Our Kids ‘Beautiful’

How a Chicago Pastor Helped Rival Gangs Make Peace

75 Years Ago: C.S. Lewis Speaks To England About Christianity on The BBC—A Chronology. This is one of the few recordings of C. S. Lewis’ voice. I am aware of only one other.

John Piper’s Funeral Prayer for a Family of Five

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Sol Stein. Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies. This is a very good book on writing. A reread for me.

Gerald Sittser. Water from a Deep Well: Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries. This book is a very readable book on how Christians have wrestled with living a godly life for 2000 years.

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Aug 05

4 Lessons We Can Learn from the Book of Jonah

Well which is it: are we saved? are we being saved? or, are we going to be saved?

Actually, it’s all three.

Our spiritual pilgrimages began long before our birth.  God had a plan for our lives.

And, after we come to God in faith, he is not finished with us.  He works each day to make us more like Jesus.

And, there was more in the future.  He will return for his people and we will live with him in eternity experiencing God unhindered by the failings we experience each day on earth.

Chapter 1- God saved the sailors

God used an imperfect Prophet.

Jonah was told to go eastward to the Assyrians. He went westward in a ship that would take him as far as possible in the opposite direction. In the middle of his rebellion, during a frightful storm, he was able to speak truth to the seeking, unbelief of the sailors.

They came to God after his witness and after they had thrown him into the churning sea.

Chapter 2- God saved Jonah

God was not finished with Jonah.

God does not play one strike and you’re out.

God is committed to people and reaches out to failures where they are and continues to offer them places of service. As far as the sailors were concerned Jonah was dead, but God miraculously preserved his life because God was not done with him

Chapter 3- God saved Nineveh

To the Jewish person of Jonah’s day, the Assyrians where the personification of evil and Nineveh their capital city was the citadel of the enemy.

No one is so evil that they cannot change and come to God. He is always the watching and waiting father in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Change is always an option. Jonah preached and the people changed.

Chapter 4- God saved Jonah again

Jonah was unhappy when the Assyrians were spared judgment.

His unhappiness was wrong.

God cares about the failures of his people. He continues to work with us. We should never assume that when God uses us it is a pronouncement of our perfection.

Even those who have had great success in God’s service need to be pushed forward.

Jonah did what God told him to do but he did not see the Assyrians as people who needed God. They were the enemy of the Jews.

He did what he was told to do but he didn’t really want what was best for them.

God saved him from his imperfect self again.

Four Lessons

God uses imperfect people to share his message.

As long as we are alive, God is working to make use more like Jesus.

God is a God a second chances. Change is always an option.

Even after we are used by God, he still wants to grow our character.

Bonus lesson – the big picture of the book

Jonah wrote a book where he is not the perfect hero.

Like Habakkuk and Jeremiah, he told the story of his life in a way that revealed his weaknesses as well as how he was used by God. He used his shortcomings the magnify the grace of God.

Questions for consideration:

How is God working in your life to make you more like Jesus?

How is he using you in the lives of others?

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Aug 01

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Did God make us or do we make God and why does it matter?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

3 Practical Steps to Resist the Tyranny of Tolerance

What have we become? (And what are we becoming?)

Could you live with only 33 pieces of clothing? How about just 10?

10 Ways To Create More Margin in Your Time

Dumping the Term: “Christian Apologist”

Avoid these 7 Deadly Sins while Simplifying Your Life

God Works in Those Who Wait

Read Scripture: Daniel. This excellent teaching ministry is from people affiliated with Western Seminary. I have recommended their work before. Please enjoy this latest video.

5 Reasons To Study Church History.

The Christian Faith of Jane Austen

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not begin any new book this week.

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Jul 25

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Who makes an agreement and gives away all of the copies?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Laying a Gospel Foundation, But Not Building Anything

The 5 Marks Of Authentic Leadership

Jesus’ Authority Was Based in His Deity

How to Pray for Your Children, Day 3. This is a multi-part series. Links to the other parts are on the bottom.

Prayer: How to Do the Humanly Impossible

7 Ways to Deal with Doubt

The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness

How To Pray When Your Soul Is Bone Dry

24 libraries of the world so magnificent they’ll take your breath away

A Brief Word To J. I. Packer On His 90th Birthday

4 Things You Should Never Say to Someone Who is Hurting

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Henri Nouwen. The Way of the Heart. A short summary of the spiritual priorities of the monks of the early church. A reread for me.

Eric Weiner. The Geography of Genius. A study of the possible reasons for the clusters of geniuses in history from ancient Athens to the Silicon Valley.

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Jul 18

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Are you big enough to use yourself as a bad example when you teach others … like Moses did?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Archaeologists find first-ever Philistine cemetery in Israel

17 Benefits to Reading the Entire Bible

Chinese state government confiscates churches’ offerings

Do Secularists Have a Foundation for Morality?

What do recent attacks mean for future of Egypt’s Christians?

Russia Enacts Law to Restrict Religious Freedom and Missionary Activities

Christians Don’t Want to Stop Serving Their LGBT Neighbors

Las Vegas, the Lottery, and the Origin of Life

The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time

She Had Never Stopped Loving Him

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not begin any new books this week.

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Jul 11

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

You know things have gone wrong when an 11-day trip takes 38 years

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Assisted Suicide: A Quadriplegic’s Perspective

The Cultural Value of Christian Higher Education

Do You Have What It Takes to Wait Well for a Lifetime?

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

Passion for God’s Word Changes the World

How to Have a Happy Life

The End of Discontentment

Can We Affirm the Declaration of Independence with Non-Christians?

Only One Perfect Pastor

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not begin any new books this week.

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Jul 04

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Why do people suffer?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Identity Theft: Losing Our Christian Self-Consciousness

California’s Religious Liberty Moment—Coming to a State Near You

How Reading the Bible Shapes Our Identity

5 Reasons Why Teenagers Need Theology

3 Things to Remember about Your (Imperfect) Marriage

CT Makers: 20 of the Most Creative Christians We Know

“The Centrifugal Experience of Knowledge”

Real Men Love Strong Women

Church Divorce Rate Way Lower Than Anyone Thought

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Douglas Willson. Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life. I’m rereading this. A challenging and fun book about writing, reading, and thinking.

Taylor Pearson. The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5. A well-documented and disturbing for some view about where the economy and our lives are headed. 

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