Review “Risky Gospel” (Coming Nov. 2013) & Help Promote

In 7 weeks, my book Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome (Thomas Nelson, Nov. 26, 2013) releases. [Update: We've had such a strong response to an earlier version of this blog post that we're not taking any more review requests, and we'll encourage everyone else coming a bit later to buy the book. Thanks [Read More...]

Why CBMW Is Excited About TGC ’13: We Love the Gospel

The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood will be at the Gospel Coalition’s national conference this coming Monday-Wednesday, April 8-10, 2013. We’re very excited about this conference, because we love the gospel and count it as the core of all our work and ministry. It is a signal mark of health in evangelicalism that so [Read More...]

“He Smelled of Urine and Infection”: On Adopting a Russian Orphan

Amy Julia Becker recently linked to the story of a couple named Greg and Tesney who adopted a son, Kirill, from Russia. I would say the story of his condition when in Russia was “heartbreaking,” but I would not be doing that word justice. Here’s what four-year-old Kirill looked like when the couple met him, [Read More...]

Life in a Romanian Orphanage: “A Mixture of Excrement and Open Wounds”

Global financier Arpad Busson is not one you might initially think would be an advocate for adoption.  He’s dated famous actresses and lives a lavish life.  I somehow came across a piece on him, though, and found this heartrending description of a Romanian orphanage: For Busson, whose personal wealth is around £200 million, his Damascene [Read More...]

Monday Night Pre-T4G: SBTS Panel w/Trueman, Bethke, Harris, Moore

Just heard from the SBTS brass that this killer dinner/panel at Southern Seminary in Louisville on Monday night (two days from now) has, due to popular demand, added 100 extra seats.  Here’s the info: Dinner & Dialogue Monday, April 9, 6:00-8:00p.m. Dinner in Heritage Hall, Dialogue in Alumni Chapel $15.00 Join us for a pre-conference [Read More...]

Reflecting on the Reformed Resurgence: Band of Bloggers 2012

Timmy Brister, the mastermind/head/visionary behind Band of Bloggers, recently made this announcement: We are excited about this year’s Band of Bloggers (on April 10, 2012, just before Together for the Gospel starts).  Each panelist has played a pivotal role with Band of Bloggers and the Young, Restless, and Reformed Movement.  At our first Band of [Read More...]

Evangelical Guilt in Evangelism–and How John 3 Helps

Do you struggle with guilt related to evangelism?  Do you feel like you do very little as a Christian to “draw” lost people?  I sometimes struggle with this feeling–and sometimes, it’s justified.  It’s a very healthy thing to examine one’s evangelistic witness, and to push oneself out of one’s comfort zone (read: the evangelical church/parachurch [Read More...]

The “Abba” Cry and the Gospel of Adoption

I mentioned the current Russ Moore cover story in Christianity Today entitled “Abba Changes Everything: Why Every Christian Is Called to Rescue Orphans” (pp.18-22) a couple of days back.  The piece (now online here; thanks, JT) merits more extensive quotation, though you’ll need to read it to get the full drift.  Here are a few more lines worth [Read More...]

Is President Obama the First Female President?

Don’t ask me.  Ask Kathleen Parker.  She just suggested so–in the Post, no less.  However you answer this question, it seems incontrovertible that men have adapted womanly traits and habits in just about every category–dress, speaking, physicality, you name it.  You have to hand it to Parker–she speaks her mind, with no quarter given to [Read More...]

Books on Tap: Morley, Wax, Carson, Cole, Beale, and The Essential Edwards Collection

I’ve received some books recently, and have a minute at present to quickly pass on word about them.  I’m no expert on any of the books or subjects covered below, but I do love books, and it’s fun to try to let others know of possibly edifying works. First, Patrick Morley’s Pastoring Men came out [Read More...]


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