Jan 15

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Confession, Repentance, Transformation.

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 Favorite Bible Verses of 88 Nations

Ordinary: Christian Living for the Rest of Us

‘Worst Year Yet’: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Be a Christian

Get Alone with God

The World’s Most Outstanding Medical Missionary

12 Ways Satan Attacks Christian Marriages

Secular Pro-Lifer Nat Hentoff Showed Me the Holistic Power of Truth

10 Things You Should Know About Revival

5 Things The Seeker Movement Got Right

Theology and Creativity: God Cares about Creativity

What America’s Founders Really Thought About The Bible

“I Got Gay Married. I Got Gay Divorced. I Regret Both.”

What Christianity Alone Offers Transgender Persons

16 Scholars, Authors, and Celebs Evangelicals Lost in 2016

Four Reasons to Slow Down

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.

Gregory Koukl. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Gregory Koukl. The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between

Sean McDowell. A New Kind of Apologist: *Adopting Fresh Strategies *Addressing the Latest Issues *Engaging the Culture

Nancy Pearcey. Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes

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Jan 09

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

God is a generous God

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.

I’ve Already Wasted My Life — Now What?

5 Ways Daily Bible Reading Impacts Your Life

10 Things Jesus Said That Will Never Go Viral

The best archaeological finds in Israel of 2016

John MacArthur’s Ten Crucial Lessons We Must Teach our Children

4 Ministry Lessons I Learned from a Small-Town Saint

When the “gender revolution” claims the children

Church Reimagined

Sharing Heaven with Serial Killers

Did Tolkien Waste His Life?

For the 125th anniversary of his birth, Simon Tolkien describes how the Great War lives on in JRR Tolkien’s stories.

9 Things You Should Know About J. R. R. Tolkien

The Micro-Premie Dilemma

Uncluttering with the three r’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle

What We Need to Learn from the Early Church

8 Tips for Taking Good Sermon Notes

Worshiping with a Broken Heart

Why Kids Ask Why (And How to Respond Lovingly)

The holy mountain: monks of Mount Athos – photo essay

The 4-Step Wardrobe Edit

The Exponential Growth of Classical Christian Education

7 Things I’ve Learned Since the Loss of My Child

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.

Chris McChesney and Sean Covey. The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

David Sax. The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter

J. Carl Laney. Your Psalm of Praise: Telling Your Story the Ancient Way

Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel. The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

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Jan 08

The latest edition of Western Seminary’s magazine is available

The latest issue of the seminary’s magazine is titled When Ministry Doesn’t Go Well.

Excellent articles on difficult subjects

Enjoy

Bob

Jan 08

Changes in my blog

Friends

In the next two months I will be upgrading the software that hosts my blog.

Most of the changes you will not notice but some things may appear differently.

Thank you for your patience.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment on my About page. I will not be seen by others

Bob

Jan 02

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

What is really inside people? … Jesus knew.

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.

5 Questions That Steal or Seal Your Hope

Fearless Faith: One Refugee Risks Everything to Bring Muslims to Christ

Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2016

The Top 10 Cold-Case Christianity Articles from 2016

The Hyper-Examined Life Is Not Worth Living in 2017

Christians Most Persecuted Religious Group In the World, Study Says

When Your Husband Is Addicted to Porn

Becoming Minimalist’s Top Posts of 2016

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

Spiritual Depression is Coming for You

Recommended Biographies  By Or About Women

Ben Franklin’s Calvinist Sister

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.

Cal Newport. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. Reread

Cal Newport. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. Reread

Daniel H. Pink. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Dec 30

Moses and Samuel: 2 Great leaders…4 Godly parents…2 Mixed childhoods …opposition …success… failure… and passing the baton

2 Great leaders

Moses and Samuel were two great leaders in the history of the Jewish people.

They came to leadership when the nation was at a very low point.

They confronted unbelief among God’s people. They also confronted entrenched false religions in the nation’s enemies.

They were key in God’s deliverance of his people.

They led the nation for decades and then passed the baton to the next generation of leaders.

4 Godly parents

Moses and Samuel both had godly parents.

Moses’s parents are listed among the heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11. They shielded him from Pharaoh’s death order and were able to raise him until he was weaned.

Samuel’s mother did not have children and she prayed to God for child.  Once he was born, his father cooperated with her plan to give him to service in the tabernacle after he was weaned.

They were both probably weaned at about three years old.

These short, powerful early years of life laid the base for their great years of service.

2 Mixed childhoods

Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s court.  These years did not further his relationship with God but he was taught tools that prove useful when he became the leader of God’s people.  He knew Egypt, its laws, its customs, and its religion well.

Samuel was raised in the home of the High Priest.  Eli was a weak leader and his sons were corrupt.  But Samuel learned what was required in the worship of God, the piety of people like his mother, and the importance of the true worship of the true God as the basis for life in the Jewish nation.

Opposition

Moses and Samuel both experience opposition from the people they tried to lead.

At one point Moses also experienced opposition from his brother Aaron, the first High Priest. He collaborated with the people by crafting the Golden Calf in support of their apostasy while Moses was up on the mountain with God.

Samuel found himself in opposition to Saul, the first person he anointed as king to lead a unified Jewish nation.

Successes and Failures

Moses and Samuel experienced success and failure.

Moses led the people out of Egypt and received the Law that laid the base for Jewish life. But he failed when he struck the rock in anger and as a consequence did not enter the Promised Land.

Samuel led the people in victory over the Philistines and governed the nation in peace for decades. However, near the end of his life, his sons could not succeed him because they were corrupt.

Passing the baton

In the end, if Jesus does not return, we will all pass the baton.

We will move from from being parents to empty nesters and maybe grandparents.

We will see our positions of leadership turned over to others.

And, if we live long enough, we will enter a period of decline as our pilgrimage ends.

What can we expect as we serve God?

We will have successes and failures.  Hopefully we will experience comradery.  We will probably experience opposition.

We will aim to keep our focus on God and our service in his Church will be a part of our growth toward Christlikeness.

Questions for consideration:

What have you experienced in your life from your parents, childhood, and mentors?

How have you experienced opposition, successes, and failures?

Will you be ready to pass the baton?

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Dec 25

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Would God’s answer be acceptable to us?

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.

Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller?

4 Times In Life You Should Expect To Face Temptation

What’s Compelling About Christianity to Non-Believers?

What Happens when Churches Read Together

What Grieving People Wish You Knew at Christmas

O Disrupted Night: Reading the Christmas Story More Carefully

Incarnation Through Middle-Eastern Eyes

Reflect on These 5 Inspirational Christmas Quotations

CT’s Top 10 Most-Read Christmas Stories

A Note to an Unbeliever, On Going to Church This Christmas

Magi, Wise Men, or Kings? It’s Complicated.

10 Things You Should Know about Christmas

Most Read Posts of 2016 from Ed Stetzer

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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Dec 24

Two ways that God shows that he is in control of Christmas

Two ways that God shows that he is in control of Christmas

First, he named John the Baptist.

Then, he named Jesus.

Naming

Naming is very important. Parents usually name their children

We also get to name the things that belong to us.  Things that we want to receive special treatment.  We name our cars, our computers, our baseball gloves, and any other special possession.

Changing names

Changing names is difficult.  People have had to come home from college and explain to their parents why they are call Jon instead of Jonathan or Bob instead of Bobby or Liz instead of Mary Margaret Elizabeth.

In the Bible we see times where names were changed. God changed the name of Abraham and Sarah. Pharaoh changed the name of Joseph. Nebuchadnezzar changed the name of Daniel and his friends. Jesus changed Peter’s name.

God named John the Baptist

After telling Zachariah that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a child in their old age, the angel told Zachariah that he was to name the child John.  There was no one with that name in his family and people were surprised by the choice.

John’s name (God is gracious) pointed to his role in God’s redemptive plan.  He would not follow his father into the priesthood. He would be the forerunner of Messiah

God named Jesus

Jesus (God’s salvation) was the Messiah.  His name announced this wherever he went.  Others also had that name but it was given to him by God and validated in the ultimate sense by his life, death, and resurrection.

God intervened at the very beginning of the Christmas story to name the Messiah and his forerunner.  He took possession of the incarnation and its provision of our salvation.

Questions for consideration:

How have you acted like John the Baptist, the announcer of the gospel?

What parts of Jesus’ life are the most real to you at Christmas?

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Dec 19

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Who sinned that this man was born blind?

Links to things I’ve read recently

God Made Every Part of You for Worship

When You Feel Forgotten, Abandoned, and Unloved

Early Christian Roots of Religious Freedom

On Digital Minimalism

Colin Hansen. My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2016 

World Watch List- Christian Persecution

Christ Jesus, The Ultimate PeaceChild

How a University Moved From Diversity To Indoctrination

Who Teaches the Women of the Church?

Growing Up in Ministry

The History Behind ‘Silent Night’

Five Myths About the Ancient Heresy of Gnosticism

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

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.

Tim Keller. Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical

S. Donald Fortson and Rollin G. Grams. Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition 

Terry Glaspey. 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music, and Film 

Kevin J. Vanhoozer. Biblical Authority after Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity

Fleming Rutledge The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

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Dec 12

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Announcing the Birth of Messiah.

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.

Six Ways to Love a Wayward Child

The ‘right’ to be spared from guilt

1500-Year-Old Pastoral Wisdom from John Chrysostom

A Journey as Old as Humanity Itself

Enough is Enough

The Entire ‘LGBT’ Narrative Just Crumbled

Lord, Deliver Me from Distraction

Mothers in the Church

Women and Sexual Temptation: Learning to Talk About Lust

Four Consistent Conversations We Must Have with Ourselves

How a Generation Lost Its Common Culture

Hebrew may be world’s oldest alphabet

Christians Win Nepal’s First Anti-Evangelism Case

Bible Translators in Dangerous Countries Facing Persecution ‘Every Week’

Why Being a Woman in Seminary Is Worth the Work

A Woman of Whom the World Was Not Worthy: Helen Roseveare (1925-2016)

The “Same God Question”: Why Muslims are Not Moving Toward Christians

Recovering the Revolutionary Nature of Christianity

The Dangers of Echo Chambers on Campus

How  Reformed Church Overthrew Communism in Romania

How Are People Actually Coming to Faith Today?

Bombing of Cairo Church’s Sunday Service Kills 25 on Muhammad’s Birthday

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.

Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology) Preston Sprinkle (Editor)

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