Live-Blog: Mark Dever at the Gospel Growth Conference

I’m here at the People Growth conference, cosponsored by the Henry Center, where Mark Dever is currently speaking on “The Four P’s of Ministry.”  However, I think that he may have retitled, or subtitled, the message, “The Person and Work of the Shepherd” from 1 Peter 5. Not sure about that. Without further ado, here [Read More...]

The Danger of Identifying with Ambient Culture

From a provocative piece on President Obama called “Showered with Praise” from The Weekly Standard: “Obama is the candidate for those who believe that the New York Times Book Review defines civilization, and Obama will be their revenge. He is Metro, not Retro. He is not from Texas, and doesn’t talk southern. He does not [Read More...]

Dude, You’re Not Mark Driscoll, and Other Ways to Find a Pastoral Identity

9Marks just released its new eJournal on helping young pastors. I highly commend it to you–it looks very, very helpful. I had a thought on this topic.  It strikes me that young pastors, which I hope will one day include me, need to emulate our leaders and heroes, but only to a point.  We need [Read More...]

Carl Trueman on Christian Celebrity Culture and the Church’s Future

Westminster Seminary historical theologian Carl Trueman just posted a Reformation 21 piece on political messiahism called “Messiahs Pointing to the Door” that includes the following salvo on Christian culture: “[A]s in politics, so in religion.   The American political process, as I argued above, is simply the most dramatic example of the `great man theory of [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, November 21, 2008: Keller, Psychotic Kids, and More

1. I saw several Keller articles linked somewhere this week and wanted to share them with you. The series is a few years old (don’t let that in any way deter you from reading) and is called “Advancing the Gospel into the Twenty-First Century.” Parts one, two, three, and four all make for exceptionally provocative [Read More...]

The Need for Hard Words in the Life of the Christian

Are you an HSP?  Are you a “highly sensitive person?”  If so, please note that the following book is available to you: Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion: Daily Exercises for Calming Your Senses in an Overstimulating World.  Or, you could go with the classic text on the HSP, The Highly Sensitive Person.  Parenting an HSP?  Check [Read More...]

Excerpt Provocateur: Will Mancini’s “Church Unique”

On this new blog, we’re going for bigger and better. I want to update this site more often than I did the old one and keep things really humming along. Here’s a new feature I hope to use often: “Excerpt Provocateur”, which will give an interesting quotation that you (and I) might agree or not [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...]

Aggressive Sales Tactics and the Fear and Loathing They Create

Have you been shopping recently and found yourself not so much helped by store staff but accosted? My wife has had this experience a number of times in past months. She’s gone out to the mall, browsed in a few stores, and had upwards of ten store employees stop her in the span of about [Read More...]


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