Death Watch or Happiness Watch?

Would you buy and wear a watch that calculated when you would die and then started a countdown?

A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t be a bottom feeder

In seminary I discovered a life-long friend and enemy—the footnote. Sometimes when I read a book I find the footnotes to be more interesting than the main text. Authors bury fascinating comments and research in the footnotes.

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Having it all, Abortion Testimony, Rosario enters the lion’s den, Nutritional Supplements and Mental Disorders

All My Fears Relieved

Here’s an excerpt from All My Fears Relieved, Burk Parsons’ contribution to the October issue of Tabletalk:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the Proverbs tell us, and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of the end of all other fears. …

A La Carte (10/8)

A La Carte (10/8)

There are always some good Kindle deals on Tuesdays. Here they are: The Greener Grass Conspiracy by Stephen Altrogge ($0.99); The Kingdom of God by Morgan and Peterson ($0.99); Work Matters by Tom Nelson ($0.99); Joy by Lydia Brownback ($0.99); A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson ($3.99); The Gospel-Driven Life by Michael Horton ($3.99).

The Reformation and the Press – “This article is the first of two that will consider the importance of Johann Gutenberg’s movable type printing technology for the Protestant Reformation and how the new technology was employed effectively by Martin Luther in Germany.”

Your Pastor Needs You – Since I have become a pastor, articles like this take on a little more urgency.

Ministry Effectiveness and Retention Rates – Timothy Paul Jones looks at a much-quoted statistic. “But let’s suppose for just a moment that your ministry actually does have an abysmal attrition rate. What if your church really is losing nine out of ten attendees when they graduate from high school? Would that provide a sufficient motive to realign your congregation around an entirely new ministry model?”

Evangelism in the Workplace – Ashok Nachnani, writing for 9Marks, offers some helpful counsel on evangelism in the workplace.

Keep. On. Praying. – Here’s a reminder we need again and again. “So pray always and do not lose heart. You may have prayed for a loved one’s salvation for years and years and see no change yet. Don’t give up. Don’t stop praying.”

Praise and CriticismJ.D. Greear has some good thoughts on giving helpful praise and criticism: “Like most people, I like being praised. And I don’t enjoy receiving criticism. But not every example of praise or criticism is created equal.”

Don’t believe everything you think. You cannot be trusted to tell yourself the truth. Stay in The Word. —Jerry Bridges

A La Carte (10/8)

There are always some good Kindle deals on Tuesdays. Here they are: The Greener Grass Conspiracy by Stephen Altrogge ($0.99); The Kingdom of God by Morgan and Peterson ($0.99); Work Matters by Tom Nelson ($0.99); Joy by Lydia Brownback ($0.99); A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson ($3.99); The Gospel-Driven Life by Michael Horton ($3.99).

The Reformation and the Press – “This article is the first of two that will consider the importance of Johann Gutenberg’s movable type printing technology for the Protestant Reformation and how the new technology was employed effectively by Martin Luther in Germany.”

Your Pastor Needs You – Since I have become a pastor, articles like this take on a little more urgency.

Ministry Effectiveness and Retention Rates – Timothy Paul Jones looks at a much-quoted statistic. “But let’s suppose for just a moment that your ministry actually does have an abysmal attrition rate. What if your church really is losing nine out of ten attendees when they graduate from high school? Would that provide a sufficient motive to realign your congregation around an entirely new ministry model?”

Evangelism in the Workplace – Ashok Nachnani, writing for 9Marks, offers some helpful counsel on evangelism in the workplace.

Keep. On. Praying. – Here’s a reminder we need again and again. “So pray always and do not lose heart. You may have prayed for a loved one’s salvation for years and years and see no change yet. Don’t give up. Don’t stop praying.”

Praise and CriticismJ.D. Greear has some good thoughts on giving helpful praise and criticism: “Like most people, I like being praised. And I don’t enjoy receiving criticism. But not every example of praise or criticism is created equal.”

Don’t believe everything you think. You cannot be trusted to tell yourself the truth. Stay in The Word. —Jerry Bridges

The cultural mandate and your work today

When you tried to figure out what to do with your life, you probably didn’t go to the book of Genesis for direction. But the cultural mandate, found in Genesis 1:28, is God’s first job description for humankind, and it still holds true for…

From The Eleven Articles Of 1559 On The Lord’s Supper

IX. Moreover, I do not only acknowledge, that private masses were never used amongst the fathers of the primitive church, I mean, public ministration and receiving of the sacrament by the priest alone, without a just number of communicants, according to Christ’s . . . Continue reading →

Back with the Boys from Brazil (and other matters) (Carl Trueman)

I spent part of last week back with the Boys from Brazil, speaking on Reformation worship and spirituality in its Anglican and Puritan variations. The highlight of the week was being able to denounce from the lectern the audience member who was wearing…

Add a Word, Ruin a Christian Book

Add a Word, Ruin a Christian Book

I am typically pretty disciplined in avoiding memes as they make their way around the Internet. Today, though, I made an exception when I saw the hashtag #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook showing up all over my Twitter feed. (After all, it’s my day off.) It’s simple: you add one word to a book and see how badly you can ruin it. The results have been pretty funny. Here are a few favorites:

Avett Brothers, We Are Not Professionals #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Steve McCoy (@stevekmccoy) October 7, 2013

This Christmas Present Darkness #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Marty Duren (@martyduren) October 7, 2013

Not a Ceiling Fan #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Ted Olsen (@tedolsen) October 7, 2013

I Kissed Dating You Goodbye #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Justin Boulmay (@JustinBoulmay) October 7, 2013

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Malfunction #addawordruinachristianbook

— Christopher Hudson (@chudson71) October 7, 2013

The Message Bible #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Doug Eaton (@doug_eaton) October 7, 2013

“Get Out of that Pit Stain.” #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Zeb Marcotte (@zebmarcotte) October 7, 2013

Surprised by Joy Behar #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Bill LaMorey (@BillLaMorey) October 7, 2013

Heaven Is for Real Housewives #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Tyler HuckaBOO! (@TylerHuckabee) October 7, 2013

Blue Like Jazz Hands #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Jeff Lorow (@JeffLorow) October 7, 2013

Not a Bieber Fan #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Mitchell Chase (@mitchellchase) October 7, 2013

The Valley of Night Vision #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Ben Whisenant (@benwhisenant) October 7, 2013

What is a Healthy Church Casserole? #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook @ChrchCurmudgeon @MarkDever 

— Lori McDonald (@aggiemcdonalds) October 7, 2013

Sticky Church Pew #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook @SBCmessenger

— Lori McDonald (@aggiemcdonalds) October 7, 2013

Tempted and Tried It #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook @drmoore 

— Lori McDonald (@aggiemcdonalds) October 7, 2013

I Kissed Carbon Dating Goodbye #AddAWordRuinAChristianBook

— Brandon Ellis (@Brandon_M_Ellis) October 7, 2013

Not a Yankees Fan #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook @NPBlanco717

— Pace Holdbrooks (@thephobro) October 7, 2013

I French Kissed Dating Goodbye
#AddaWordRuinAChristianBook

— Rachel Marie Stone (@Rachel_M_Stone) October 7, 2013

Don’t waste your lifeboat by @JohnPiper #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Sharon Collins (@Tru3J0y) October 7, 2013

#AddaWordRuinaChristianBook This Year’s Momentary Marriage

— Bitter Blue Betty (@BitterBlueBetty) October 7, 2013

Don’t Waste Your Life Insurance #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook

— Steve Patton (@StevenPatton) October 7, 2013