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In my life four theologians have illuminated Edwards the most for me. George Marsden in his classic biography, Gerry McDermott (along with Michael McClymond, but I’ve talked Edwards with Gerry for a number of years), John Piper’s singular focus on the glory of God as mediated through Edwards and now, one of the next interpreters of Edwards, Kyle Strobel. Marsden’s not so interested in being a specialist on Edwards theology, Piper’s focus has been pastoral and his own version of… Read more

The difference, it can be said, between a leader and a follower is that the leader makes a decision while the follower can choose to criticize the decisions of leaders. Good leaders make good decisions; good decisions are rooted in one’s ethics. So a good leader is a virtuous leader. Pragmatic leaders decide on the basis of what will succeed. For leaders: What do you think of his virtues of leaders list? What do you do to develop these? Where… Read more

Source Here is something to consider before you rehash and mash up the pastor’s sermon today. It’s not easy speaking to the same audience, week after week, finding new angles, trying to be faithful to the texts and knowing that many already know what’s in the text… Here are the results of the poll by three-hour increments: 1 to 3 hours — 1% 4 to 6 hours — 9% 7 to 9 hours — 15% 10 to 12 hours — 22% 13 to 15 hours — 24% 16… Read more

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Read more

Ever since Sachi Nakamura (Twitter) contacted me about translating King Jesus Gospel into Japanese I’ve looked forward to this day: and here it is, whether you can read it or not. King Jesus Gospel in Japanese, so tell your friends who are Japanese or who can read or speak Japanese. It is beyond an honor to open a package to see copies of one of your books translated into a foreign language. Thanks Sachi. For those who are not aware… Read more

Jonathan Merritt, at RNS, opens his article with this and I wonder what you would tell someone who asked you this? A friend of mine who was raised in a fundamentalist home told me a disturbing story recently. One Sunday morning, the youth pastor at her Southern Baptist Church passed out three-inch galvanized nails to all the students in his care. He instructed them to keep these in their pockets at all times. Whenever they had an impure thought or disrespected… Read more

American Founders, their writings online. Does reading make you a better person? Yes and No. “A battle over books has erupted recently on the pages of The New York Timesand Time. The opening salvo was Gregory Currie’s essay, “Does Great Literature Make Us Better?” which asserts that the widely held belief that reading makes us more moral has little support. In response, Annie Murphy Paul weighed in with “Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer.” Her argument is that “deep reading,” the kind of reading… Read more

From NPR: What is the best example of this that you’ve seen? American politics has become like a big square dance. When the music stops after an election, people switch to the other side on a number of issues, depending on whether their party remains in power. That was pretty clear this week, when polls revealed more Democrats than Republicans support tracking of phone traffic by the National Security Agency — the exact opposite of where things stood under President… Read more

Sam Storms, among others, is part of Restored Hope Network, a new initiative that takes up where Exodus International used to be, and this is their “What We Believe” page, and they have a Board of Directors, and their first conference coincides with the last conference of Exodus International: We, the members of the Restored Hope Network, believe that salvation is an unmerited gift of God’s love given to those who believe the gospel. The gospel declares that God exalted… Read more

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