John Calvin Was a Pastor-Theologian

But don’t take my word for it, take W. Robert Godfrey’s: “Many approach Calvin first of all as a theologian, and he certainly was a great theologian. But his theology emerged out of his own spiritual journey and struggles. In the first part of the book I focus on that spiritual pilgrimage of Calvin, because [Read More...]

Phil Ryken on James Boice: What Young Pastors Can Learn from Godly Mentors

In the latest issue of 9Marks, which I blogged a while back, Phil Ryken, one of my pastoral heroes, has written a brief but engrossing article called “What Would Jim Do?” about his early experience at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church under James Boice, the venerable minister.  Here are a few selections from the article, which [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, October 31, 2008

1. Don’t let the polls affect your voting. So says no less an authority than Karl Rove.  If you initially disagree with him, think about 2000…and 2004… 2. The Henry Center is sponsoring a “Day with Dr. Don” at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA on December 8.  That’s their title, not ours.  He’ll be [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, October 24, 2008

1. The new 9Marks issue is online.  Go to the website and read it and you’re guaranteed to learn a lot about church-based counseling.  You can also access the PDF if you like.  I wrote a review published in this issue about a book called The Incredible Shrinking Church. 2. Charles Krauthammer (the man whose [Read More...]

The ESV Study Bible: As Helpful as it is Aesthetic

I now own a copy of the ESV Study Bible and am profoundly thankful that I do. If you do not own one, I would encourage you to purchase one as soon as possible. The Westminster Book Store is offering them at almost 50% off for a limited time–use your powers of common sense, click [Read More...]

The Importance of Bible Memorization, or, the Miracle of the Bible Applied to the Mind

Dr. Andy Davis of the First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina recently spoke at the 2008 National Founder’s Conference on “The Importance of Filling Your Life with Scripture.” Dr. Davis is a very faithful pastor who emphasizes the theme of Scripture memorization for spiritual growth. I did not attend the conference but enjoyed reading [Read More...]

Applying What We Know About Our Internet Usage to Our Spiritual Lives

Just had a few thoughts from yesterday’s piece that covered the Atlantic Monthly article, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The article is, I think, a good wake-up call for those of us who frequently browse the Internet. In particular, I think that it encourages us not to compartmentalize our lives. By this I mean that [Read More...]

Comments on God Delighting in Small (New England) Churches

From Paul Buckley in Methuen, MA (check out his excellent, Christ-exalting blog)– “I pastor a Sovereign Grace Ministries Church in New England, King of Grace Church. Thanks for your encouraging post! Pastoring in New England has been a wonderful adventure of learning to glory in Christ and the precious folks he does give us and [Read More...]

Preaching Christ from All of Scripture? Bryan Chappell Shows the Way

I came across a great link at a site I love, Monergism.com, which has just about anything and everything you could ever want related to reformed theology. Turns out that Dr. Bryan Chapell has had Covenant Seminary post all of his lectures (with PDFs!) on Christ-centered preaching. Here’s the blurb on the lectures, which are [Read More...]

The Spirituality of Sin: Flattery

Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. –Psalms 12:1-2 Recent days have prompted thought on the nature of sin. What is it, exactly, that induces us to [Read More...]


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