August 15, 2013

Last week I highlighted Bob Terry’s editorial in The Alabama Baptist entitled “Why Disagree About the Words of a Hymn?”  Dr. Terry seemed to deny substitutionary atonement in the editorial and I was not alone in this estimation.  In fact, there was such an overwhelming reaction to the original post that he wrote a clarification on Friday afternoon.  He has added several additional paragraphs since then and I thought that it was appropriate to post some follow-up thoughts since his… Read more

August 13, 2013

The internet is full of writings that fall into what could be best characterized as the “reasons why the church sucks” genre.  This genre’s offerings are not limited to one subset of the Christian family.  They run the full gamut.  One article may decry the church as backwards on gender roles while the next one will argue that the entire church is in the midst of a doctrinal downgrade.  One pastor will write an article saying that the church is… Read more

August 13, 2013

There has been a lot of discussion in the last few weeks about the trend of millennials leaving the church and the rise of the “nones,” which is the title that has been given to those who have no religious affiliation.  (You can read Pew Research’s article here.)  Much of the discussion has centered on why the church is to blame for these trends along with suggestions for what the church should do to change in light of these trends…. Read more

August 9, 2013

On the second page of every issue of The Alabama Baptist newspaper is an opinion piece written by the editor Bob Terry.  In his piece on August 8 entitled “Why Disagree About the Words of a Hymn?,” Terry stakes out a concerning theological position that is not only outside of the bounds of what it means to be a Baptist, but it is also outside of what it means to be an evangelical Christian. Here’s the background, in recent weeks… Read more

August 8, 2013

For the last several years, our devotional times with our kids has centered on the grand narrative of Scripture.  We primarily used The Big Picture Story Bible and Jesus Storybook Bible for this.  In the last few weeks, we have started working through the Proverbs with our children.  Our oldest two are now seven and five, so we recognized their need for wisdom.  As we have been reading through Proverbs and talking with them, I have seen several practical benefits… Read more

August 7, 2013

Often Christians talk about Jesus dying “for us.”  We are correct to use this language because it is the Bible’s way of speaking of Jesus’ death.  Just to use one example, Paul said in Romans 5:8 that, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  What do we mean when we say that Jesus “died for us?”  What did he accomplish when he died? Few people have done as much work… Read more

August 1, 2013

I cannot remember the exact words that came out of my mouth, but they were rude and insensitive.  Beth has never been one to lash back at me, so it took a few minutes for me to realize how biting my words had been.  I quickly repented, looked at her, and said “I’m sorry.”  She has always been quick to let things go and told me, “it’s okay.”  This is the way that standard apologies work in our culture.  She… Read more

July 30, 2013

Pastors face some interesting temptations in ministry.  Few are greater than the pull to find their acceptance with God based on “successful” they are in ministry.  A Sunday with a high attendance leads to a great afternoon of the pastor felling like he did a good job.  Then a low attendance the next week results in feelings of insecurity and frustration. Jared Wilson knows these temptations well and seeks to address them in The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of… Read more

July 30, 2013

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t hear or see an appeal to karma as a way of warning someone that something bad is about to happen to them.  The popular understanding of karma is the idea that a person’s destiny is determined by the good or bad choices that they make.  In particular, people today tend think of karma as a way that those who have wronged them receive retribution.  The comments usually sound like this, “to the… Read more

July 28, 2013

One of the more encouraging trends to reemerge in the last few years has been an emphasis on family worship.  Family worship is a great tool that parents have to teach and train their children in godliness. It’s also an opportunity to grow together as a family.  This practice has helped us to teach our children, rejoice over answered prayers, and enjoy many laughs.  My goal in this post is to share a couple of tips for having an effective… Read more

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