Abortionist: “Let Me See You Adopt Those Ugly Black Babies”

The above clip is one of the more horrifying things I’ve seen caught on camera.  In the 38-second video, pro-life Christians confront an abortionist.  I don’t know the circumstances of this conversation, but it is clearly a visceral encounter. In the course of the confrontation, the abortionist yells at the pro-lifers “I as a taxpayer [Read More...]

Are Leaves & Twigs Heating Your Inner Spiritual Life?

I recently had the opportunity to publish a short piece on Jonathan Edwards and his seminal Religious Affections in Ligonier Ministry’s excellent Tabletalk devotionalmagazine.  Any magazine, by the way, that is named after something Martin Luther-related is a-okay by me. My piece focused on how theology is intricately connected to our religious “affections,” the emotions [Read More...]

Why Tipping at Restaurants Speaks to Your Walk with Christ

Raymond Johnson, a PhD student at Southern Seminary, just published a very helpful essay on tipping and the gospel at Baptist Press, the official media outlet of the Southern Baptist Convention.  It’s worth reading and considering.  Here’s a snatch: Whether Christians are aware of it or not, a subpar tip is a stumbling block in [Read More...]

Jonathan Edwards: The Infinite Highness and Condescension of Christ

One of three favorite sermons of Jonathan Edwards is “The Excellency of Christ.”  If you have not read the sermon, print it out and read it over the course of two weeks in your devotional time or your lunch hour.  You won’t be the same afterwards.  Jonathan Edwards was brilliant, but he was primarily a [Read More...]

Wait–Happy Marriages Exist? On Webb and Dowd Simpson

You may have seen that Webb Simpson, a devout Christian, just won the U. S. Open.  If you’re like me, you may not know much about him.  From the video above, he seems to be a godly husband and father (HT: Girltalk).  He and Dowd, his wife, seem to have a very happy marriage. Let [Read More...]

Christ Plus: Gospel Coalition Interview on Christ-centered Preaching

From the Gospel Coalition: When you are preaching Christ from the Old Testament, do you actually preach the Old Testament? Owen Strachan, a regular TGC contributor and professor of theology and church history at Boyce College, wants preachers to not simply preach Christ from the Old Testament, but to preach the Old Testament in a [Read More...]

Britt Merrick’s New “Godspeed” Releases Today

Britt Merrick, a pastor I respect and admire, has just released a new book: Godspeed.  I haven’t read it but wanted to pass along word.  Here’s a teaser: In his new book Godspeed, innovative young pastor Britt Merrick challenges readers to leave behind the mundane and the meaningless to join God’s grand purpose—His plan to [Read More...]

What it Means That Only 41% of Americans Are “Pro-choice”

This from Politico: The percentage of Americans who identify themselves as “pro-choice” is at the lowest point ever measured by Gallup, according to a new survey released Wednesday. A record-low 41 percent now identify themselves as “pro-choice,” down from 47 percent last July and 1 percentage point down from the previous record low of 42 percent, [Read More...]

Wisdom & Prayer Are Not Opposed

“Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding” (Proverbs 4:7). I think many evangelicals know that they should pray.  They rightly expect that God will lead them as they do so.  But they might struggle to affirm how important wisdom is.  Learning from situations, being trained in godliness [Read More...]

“I Wouldn’t Think So Much of the Gathering:” Engaging Francis Chan on the Church

Francis Chan offered some surprising thoughts at the Verge 2012 conference recently.  Speaking on the church gathering, he said the following at the conference in Austin: If I just read the Scriptures, I wouldn’t even think so much of the gathering.  You know–Like, my first thought wouldn’t be, “Let’s have a gathering.”  Out of the [Read More...]


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