2007 Archives

Affluenza, Part 6: Spending and Materialism (December 30, 2007) - We continue looking at ways to be vigilant against the deception and destruction of greed, considering Jesus' parable of the rich fool in Luke 12. The last 2 posts of the series suggested we recognize our unique vulnerability, and... (Keep Reading Affluenza, Part 6: Spending and Materialism)
Affluenza, Part 5: Guarding Against All Kinds of Greed (December 28, 2007) - Today we return to our series on the deceitfulness and destruction of greed, based on Jesus' parable of the rich fool in Luke 12. In the last post, considering how we can be vigilant against greed, I wrote that... (Keep Reading Affluenza, Part 5: Guarding Against All Kinds of Greed)
All We Like Sheep (December 24, 2007) - For Christmas Eve I gave a brief message from Isaiah 53:6 that says,"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us... (Keep Reading All We Like Sheep)
Let There Be Light (December 24, 2007) - This week I read the following article by William Wan in the Washington Post. It's the story of two neighbors who carried on a friendly Christmas lights competition for over a decade. There's nothing here about the true meaning of... (Keep Reading Let There Be Light)
Cletus Take the Reel (December 22, 2007) - My buddy Matt Maka sent me the link to this video called Cletus Take the Reel. I'd never heard of Tim Hawkins before. This guy is funny.... (Keep Reading Cletus Take the Reel)
Cell Phones and Presence (December 20, 2007) - In case you didn't notice, practically everything I put on this site originally appeared on Justin Taylor's site, Between Two Worlds. I'm thinking of renaming my site "HT:JT" which means "Hat tip to Justin Taylor" (a Hat-tip is a term... (Keep Reading Cell Phones and Presence)
Book Buzz: Worst Christmas Gift (December 19, 2007) - Christmas Survey Results "What was the worst gift you ever received? One year in youth group, we had a white elephant gift exchange, and you know what I got? I Kissed Dating Goodbye with a box of matches, sincerely, the... (Keep Reading Book Buzz: Worst Christmas Gift)
Book Buzz: Rescuing Sunday (December 19, 2007) - Rescuing Sunday "Most of what I will share is coming from a book called Stop Dating the Church by Joshua Harris. Reading the chapter "Rescuing Sunday" came at a good time in my life..." (Read full post here.)... (Keep Reading Book Buzz: Rescuing Sunday)
Book Buzz: A Mom's Recommendation (December 19, 2007) - A Mom's Recommendation "Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris: A great book not only to prepare us Moms as to the proper perspective of dating for our kids, but also a great read for teens. Boy Meets Girl is an... (Keep Reading Book Buzz: A Mom's Recommendation)
Affluenza, Part 4: Our Unique Vulnerability (December 19, 2007) - As we have been looking at Jesus' parable of the rich fool in Luke 12 and discussing the deceitfulness of greed and how it ultimately destroys us, let's now look at how we can guard against greed. There are... (Keep Reading Affluenza, Part 4: Our Unique Vulnerability)
A Book Finished; A Rebelution Continued (December 18, 2007) - My Brothers: Alex and Brett are finally finished their book and are getting back in to the swing of things over at the Rebelution.... (Keep Reading A Book Finished; A Rebelution Continued)
Affluenza, Part 3: Greed Destroys Us (December 17, 2007) - In the last post, looking at Jesus' parable of the rich fool in Luke 12, we considered two things about the deception of greed: that it lies to us, and that it blinds us. Point number three is this:... (Keep Reading Affluenza, Part 3: Greed Destroys Us)
My Brothers Are Famous (December 17, 2007) - The Washington Post has a story today about the role of home-schoolers in boosting the campaign of Mike Huckabee and it specifically mentions my brothers and the role they played in getting Chuck Norris involved: For Norris's boost, Huckabee can... (Keep Reading My Brothers Are Famous)
Affluenza, Part 2: The Deception of Greed (December 15, 2007) - As we continue to learn from the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12, let's look at 3 specific points Jesus teaches us in this text about the deceptive work of greed: Number one: Greed lies to us.... (Keep Reading Affluenza, Part 2: The Deception of Greed)
Affluenza, Part 1: The Real Money Problem (December 14, 2007) - What is "affluenza"? Affluenza is a nifty little word that some clever sociologist created by mixing two different words together. The word affluence means having a great deal of money. Influenza is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease.... (Keep Reading Affluenza, Part 1: The Real Money Problem)
Al Gore Hates Divorce (December 13, 2007) - Al Gore Hates Divorce: This is an unexpected reason for keeping your marriage vows: divorce is bad for the environment. (HT:Retro Evangelical)... (Keep Reading Al Gore Hates Divorce)
American Holy War (December 9, 2007) - American Holy War: Newsweek has a cover story on Gov. Mike Huckabee that shares a lot of dirt being dug up on him, and an article that discusses the role of religion in the presidential election.... (Keep Reading American Holy War)
From "Why Me?" to "Why You?" (December 9, 2007) - From Suffering and the Sovereignty of God: "So often the initial reaction to painful suffering is Why me? Why this? Why now? Why?...[then] He comes for you, in the flesh, in Christ, into suffering, on your behalf. He does not... (Keep Reading From "Why Me?" to "Why You?")
Gift Idea: Anything from eeBoo (December 7, 2007) - If you're looking for a gift for a child, I'm a big fan of the games, maps and puzzles from the folks at eeBoo. Everything I've seen from them is top-quality and wonderfully illustrated. This week I played I... (Keep Reading Gift Idea: Anything from eeBoo)
Romney Speech Roundup (December 7, 2007) - Romney Speech Roundup: Collin Hansen collects responses to Mitt Romney's recent speech on his Mormon faith (HT:JT). And Justin Taylor comments and links on more reactions to Romney.... (Keep Reading Romney Speech Roundup)
Mohler on The Golden Compass (December 5, 2007) - The Golden Compass: Once again, Al Mohler serves us all with his insightful commentary and guidance. His article on The Golden Compass is the best I've read yet on the topic.... (Keep Reading Mohler on The Golden Compass)
Gift Idea: Journals (December 5, 2007) - Last night we had our annual Staff Christmas Party—always a wonderful time of fellowship and celebrating evidences of God's grace in those we work with. As a gift from the pastors, all the staff received leather PaperBlanks journals. These... (Keep Reading Gift Idea: Journals)
Gift Idea: Plumb's Ode to Motherhood (December 2, 2007) - In the spirit of Christmas consumerism I thought I'd use a few posts to pass on a some suggestions for gifts. The first is the latest album by Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, the artist known as Plumb. I've enjoyed Tiffany's... (Keep Reading Gift Idea: Plumb's Ode to Motherhood)
Book Buzz: Darkly Shrouded (December 1, 2007) - Darkly Shrouded "Hiding in the alleyway to the heart of every desirable, virtuous Christian female I've ever pursued was the darkly-shrouded character of Joshua Harris, author of the equally praised and notorious I Kissed Dating Goodbye." (Read the full post... (Keep Reading Book Buzz: Darkly Shrouded)
Book Buzz: A UK Perspective (December 1, 2007) - A UK Perspective "I meet students in the UK who aren't keen on Josh Harris. It seems his books on dating (or *not* dating) aren't all that popular over here (which is probably because they're written to a specific cultural... (Keep Reading Book Buzz: A UK Perspective)
Book Buzz: Stomach-Churning Tales and First Kisses (December 1, 2007) - Stomach-Churning Tales and First Kisses "Joshua Harris' next book, Boy Meets Girl, was a good read and again, he presents his ideas in suggestion form. I enjoyed his and Shannon's story but some of the others made my stomach churn."... (Keep Reading Book Buzz: Stomach-Churning Tales and First Kisses)
My Brothers and Chuck Norris (November 30, 2007) - A friend from church emailed me today to tell me that Chuck Norris mentioned my brothers Alex and Brett and their website The Rebelution on Fox News. It turns out that Chuck took a look at Huckabee because of the... (Keep Reading My Brothers and Chuck Norris)
Clarification on Dating and Courtship (November 27, 2007) - I am often asked if I still agree with what I wrote in my first book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. The answer is that I do, but I'm quick to state that I've never claimed that the ideas I... (Keep Reading Clarification on Dating and Courtship)
I Need to Learn How to Do This (November 24, 2007) - This is a clip from the French version of American Idol (HT: Steve McCoy). If I could learn how to do this and then incorporate beatboxing into my sermons at key moments when the attention-level of the congregation seems to... (Keep Reading I Need to Learn How to Do This)
The Church: The Who and the Why (November 22, 2007) - The Church: The Who and the Why Over at the New Attitude blog Justin Taylor contributes a post about the identity and purpose of the church.... (Keep Reading The Church: The Who and the Why)
Is This How Atheists Feel About Narnia? (November 21, 2007) - A few weeks ago a friend emailed me a warning about the new movie The Golden Compass starring Nicole Kidman. The film is based on the first book in a series of children's books by British agnostic Philip Pullman. My... (Keep Reading Is This How Atheists Feel About Narnia?)
Jerry Bridges' New iPod (November 18, 2007) - Today our church was blessed to have Jerry Bridges preach. This godly, faithful man is best known for his books like The Pursuit of Holiness and The Discipline of Grace. He's also an outstanding Bible teacher who has served... (Keep Reading Jerry Bridges' New iPod)
Relativizing God's Word (November 16, 2007) - In his recent article entitled, "The Feminization of the Ministry—A Milestone in Britain," Al Mohler comments on the increasing ordinations of female priests by the Church of England. His article points to an even more concerning trend—that of playing "interpretive... (Keep Reading Relativizing God's Word)
Books for the Ladies (November 15, 2007) - Books: If you're Christmas shopping for your wife, or any women in your life, Karalee Reinke offers some insight. (HT: JT)... (Keep Reading Books for the Ladies)
Experiencing Freedom (November 15, 2007) - I wrote the following article when I was 19-years-old. Back then I did a column in New Attitude magazine each issue called "Where I'm At." This article was entitled "Experiencing Freedom." The subtitle read, "If this is freedom I'll take... (Keep Reading Experiencing Freedom)
No Excuse (November 15, 2007) - "God did not teach us the reality of His rule in order to give us an excuse for neglecting His orders." - J. I. Packer, Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God, page 34... (Keep Reading No Excuse)
Momentous Knowledge (November 13, 2007) - Today I read this in J. I. Packer's book Knowing God: "What matters supremely, therefore, is not, in the last analysis, the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it--the fact that he knows me. I... (Keep Reading Momentous Knowledge)
Resurrection (November 11, 2007) - This past Sunday I preached from 1 Corinthians 15:12-34 on the physical resurrection of believers. I was reminded again how important it is for followers of Christ to think rightly about heaven and the hope we have beyond this life.... (Keep Reading Resurrection)
Justin Taylor on Adoption (November 10, 2007) - Adoption: In his excellent article in Boundless, "From Adopted to Adopting," Justin Taylor discusses how the reality of our adoption through Christ informs our perspective on the adoption of children into families.... (Keep Reading Justin Taylor on Adoption)
Learning From Mark Driscoll (November 9, 2007) - My first introduction to Mark Driscoll was his book Radical Reformission. I enjoyed it and was challenged by it. So I wrote him a letter telling him that I appreciated the stand he took for biblical truth and the clear... (Keep Reading Learning From Mark Driscoll)
Let's Pray for More of This (November 9, 2007) - My friend Kirk sent me a link to this picture and the explanation of it by the photographer, below. I have no idea how representative this is of the situation on the ground, but I pray for more of... (Keep Reading Let's Pray for More of This)
Using Technology to Bring the Gospel to All Nations (November 7, 2007) - Technology for the Nations: This article in the Washington Post details the use of technology by missionaries bringing the gospel to remote, unreached and, in some cases, illiterate people groups.... (Keep Reading Using Technology to Bring the Gospel to All Nations)
Randy Alcorn on Politics (November 6, 2007) - This is a portion of a post that Randy Alcorn recently did. Randy was one of the pastors at the church I grew up in back in Oregon. I identify with and appreciate what he writes here and wanted to... (Keep Reading Randy Alcorn on Politics)
Why Join a Church? (November 6, 2007) - Sunday at Covenant Life we welcomed about 120 new members who have joined us over the past six months. These men and women completed our 10-week Starting Point class where they learned about our doctrinal convictions and participated in small... (Keep Reading Why Join a Church?)
Monk-e-Mail (November 3, 2007) - Have you seen these talking monkey messages yet? A friend of my daughter sent her one last night, now Shannon and my kids are hooked. It's a service provided by Career Builder. Very smart marketing. But who needs a... (Keep Reading Monk-e-Mail)
Daring to Be Holy (November 3, 2007) - Today I came across a quote I'd written in my journal. In his book Holiness, J.C. Ryle quotes puritan William Gurnall: "Say not that thou hast royal blood in thy veins and art born of God unless thou canst prove... (Keep Reading Daring to Be Holy)
The Nightmare of Polygamy (November 3, 2007) - The Nightmare of Polygamy: Carolyn Jessop was the fourth wife of a man 32 years older than her. She's written her story in Escape, a book that tells the story of her nightmarish life in the cult the Fundamentalist Church... (Keep Reading The Nightmare of Polygamy)
Mixing Christianity & Scientology (November 2, 2007) - Mixing Christianity & Scientology: When churches become more concerned with self-help and successful living than preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ you will see this kind of compromise more and more frequently.... (Keep Reading Mixing Christianity & Scientology)
This Isn't Complicated (November 2, 2007) - This week in my devotions I read the words of my Savior in John 14:15: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."How can I express my love to Jesus today? How can I show my love to one... (Keep Reading This Isn't Complicated)
Fundamentalists (October 27, 2007) - Fundamentalists: Collin Hansen, who writes a "Theology in the News" column for Christianity Today, focuses on The Crisis of Modern Fundamentalism this month. (HT: JT)... (Keep Reading Fundamentalists)
Music (October 27, 2007) - Music: Last week I downloaded Mute Math. I like the song Noticed.... (Keep Reading Music)
New Movie: Bella (October 27, 2007) - I saw a few snippets of the trailer for the movie Bella this summer at a musical festival and thought it looked good, but didn't hear anything about it until recently. Two days ago a lady in my church named... (Keep Reading New Movie: Bella)
Being Christian in Iraq (October 26, 2007) - I was recently reading an article from the Washington Post talking about the persecution of Christians in Iraq. Here's how it begins:BAGHDAD—Nabil Comanny and his family endured the dead bodies left to decompose along the road in their southern... (Keep Reading Being Christian in Iraq)
Why New Attitude? (October 26, 2007) - New Attitude: The Na blog has posted a video with CJ Mahaney, Mark Dever, Al Mohler, Eric Simmons and myself answering the question, "Why New Attitude?"... (Keep Reading Why New Attitude?)
Wildfires in California (October 24, 2007) - No doubt you are aware of the massive fires raging in Southern California, with over 650 square miles burnt and nearly a million people displaced. Mark Lauterbach is senior paster of our sister church in San Diego. He, like... (Keep Reading Wildfires in California)
Resurgence Interviews Mark Dever (October 24, 2007) - Interview: Gary Shavey at Resurgence interviews Mark Dever on his book, What is a Healthy Church.... (Keep Reading Resurgence Interviews Mark Dever)
Huckabee on Hillary: A Healthy Respect (October 22, 2007) - Newsweek features an interview with presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Among other issues they talk about why conservative Christian leaders don't seem to be giving him a chance yet and about his viability against Hillary Clinton. The first argument they seem... (Keep Reading Huckabee on Hillary: A Healthy Respect)
When Valid Criticism Comes Wrapped in Bad Doctrine (October 20, 2007) - Last week I was with a group of friends and we discussed a lecture that Tim Keller gave recently in London. Darryl Dashhouse posted a summary and notes from the lecture that is worth reading (HT: Justin). I plan to... (Keep Reading When Valid Criticism Comes Wrapped in Bad Doctrine)
A Baptism Testimony: Susan Alexander (October 19, 2007) - It's been a little while since I posted one of these, but I never tire of celebrating the effect of the Gospel in the lives of those in my church. Here is the testimony shared by a young lady... (Keep Reading A Baptism Testimony: Susan Alexander)
Westminster Bookstore (October 18, 2007) - Books: Westminster Bookstore, an excellent resource for reformed (and often discounted) books, has redesigned and restructured their Website. It looks good, and is worth a browse. (HT: JT)... (Keep Reading Westminster Bookstore)
The Idol of Technology (October 17, 2007) - Technology: Mark Driscoll discusses the importance and freedom of unplugging while on vacation and the "cell sin" of being beholden to information technology.... (Keep Reading The Idol of Technology)
Biblical Proportions (October 11, 2007) - My tall friend Justin Taylor sent me the following yesterday: From Douglas Stuart's new commentary on Exodus (p. 610), describing the tabernacle priests:"the average adult male Israelite of that time was about 5'2" and weighed about 130 lbs." You know... (Keep Reading Biblical Proportions)
Praying for Myanmar (October 7, 2007) - Today our church is praying for the nation of Myanmar (formerly known as "Burma"). David, a Myanma pastor, will be helping me lead the time of intercession. Myanmar is about the size of the state of Texas, but is... (Keep Reading Praying for Myanmar)
The "Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton" Trance (October 6, 2007) - Time for a little "political post" here on the blog. I'm reading Carl Bernstein's biography of Hillary Clinton A Woman in Charge. Very interesting. And I've noted that Mrs. Clinton is way ahead in the polls. So I was fascinated... (Keep Reading The "Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton" Trance)
Desiring God Conference Resources (October 5, 2007) - Desiring God has made available the audio/video/text from their National Conference entitled "Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints," held September 28-29 in Minneapolis. If you haven't found and benefited from these sessions yet, here they are:... (Keep Reading Desiring God Conference Resources)
From Death to Life (October 2, 2007) - A couple Sundays ago, a couple named Tom and Michelle Herbert were baptized during our Sunday meeting. Their testimony is a display of God's transforming grace: And as if this testimony weren't powerful enough, here's an epilogue to the story... (Keep Reading From Death to Life)
The New Banner (October 2, 2007) - My friend Beth Altrogge is the photographer behind the new banner for the homepage. We needed something different, and CJ has been bugging me to change it. The old banner was a close-up shot of one of my shirts... (Keep Reading The New Banner)
Piper on Tyndale (September 29, 2007) - Piper on Tyndale: This week I've been listening to John Piper's biographical sermon on William Tyndale, the man who gave his life so that God's word could be read in English. Piper estimates that seventy percent of the English Standard... (Keep Reading Piper on Tyndale)
Parable of the iPhone (September 29, 2007) - Parable of the iPhone: In this article about the iPhone the author uses Jesus' parable from Matthew 20:1-16 to silence early adopters whining about the $200 price cut. (HT: Justin)... (Keep Reading Parable of the iPhone)
Get to Love Him Best of All (September 29, 2007) - "If you make doctrine the main thing, you are very likely to grow narrow-minded. If you make your own experience the main thing, you will become gloomy and critical of others. If you make ordinances the main thing, you will... (Keep Reading Get to Love Him Best of All)
Getting Ready for New Attitude 2008 (September 26, 2007) - On Saturday Eric Simmons and I shot a promotional video for New Attitude's 2008 conference. We did the shoot in an old barn close to Frederick, Maryland. It was a great day thanks to our wonderful production staff:Andrew Gallo... (Keep Reading Getting Ready for New Attitude 2008)
Resources on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood (September 24, 2007) - For 20 years, the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) has worked to define, defend, and celebrate Scripture's teaching about men, women, and gender. C.J. Mahaney says about CBMW, "There is no more strategic ministry in the battle to... (Keep Reading Resources on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood)
Narnia News (September 20, 2007) - The second installment of The Chronicles of Narnia is coming May 2008. I just saw this poster today. I only wish they could release one Narnia movie a year like they did with Lord of the Rings. But then... (Keep Reading Narnia News)
A Baptism Testimony: Lauren Barnes (September 19, 2007) - Here is another testimony of a lady baptized in our church:I was saved when I was 19. It was the summer after my first year at college. Before that time, I had spent all of my teen years in... (Keep Reading A Baptism Testimony: Lauren Barnes)
Humility is Not the Same as Doubt (September 17, 2007) - My friend, fellow-pastor and fellow-Na blogger, Thabiti Anyabwile, has written a very helpful post in response to a question about humble orthodoxy. The person basically asked if humility is best expressed by distrusting orthodoxy and your own ability to know... (Keep Reading Humility is Not the Same as Doubt)
More Wedding Pictures (September 16, 2007) - Here are a few more shots from the wedding (which had multiple photographers at work). Kristen Snyder, a young lady in our church, took these of my beautiful wife Shannon and our youngest, Mary Kate:... (Keep Reading More Wedding Pictures)
Rule of Thumb (September 16, 2007) - Rule of Thumb: A friend sent me this fascinating " rel="external"> article on the use of text-messaging in relationships. The author is fed up and her thumbs are sore. "Technology is slowly killing romance," she writes. "It's draining the courting... (Keep Reading Rule of Thumb)
Brandy's Wedding (September 16, 2007) - Yesterday we celebrated the wedding of our dear friends Mark and Brandy. The whole Harris family was involved. Shannon was a matron of honor, Emma and Mary Kate were flower girls, Joshua Quinn was the ring bearer and I officiated.... (Keep Reading Brandy's Wedding)
A Baptism Testimony: Jessica Tucker (September 14, 2007) - Recently our church concluded a sermon series on the sacraments. The motivation for this study was to grow in our understanding, appreciation and right practice of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Over the past two years as our pastoral... (Keep Reading A Baptism Testimony: Jessica Tucker)
Machen on the Word of God (September 13, 2007) - "The Christian man...finds in the Bible the very Word of God. Let it not be said that dependence on a book is a dead or an artificial thing. The Reformation of the sixteenth century was founded upon the authority of... (Keep Reading Machen on the Word of God)
Don't Blame the Feminists (September 11, 2007) - Two weeks ago I preached a message on 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 called "Men, Women and Headgear" that included a discussion of God's good plan for distinct roles for men and women in marriage. As I studied for this message I... (Keep Reading Don't Blame the Feminists)
Darth Federer (September 9, 2007) - Darth Federer: On Sunday afternoon the whole Harris family watched Roger Federer win his 12th Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. Unbelievable. My son is such a big Fed fan that he broke into tears when I told him before... (Keep Reading Darth Federer)
New iPods (September 9, 2007) - New iPods: Apple has done it again with a revamped line of iPods. The new Nano plays video, there's a brand-new iPod Touch that features built-in Wi-Fi and the iPhone has been marked down $200. I love this company. Steve... (Keep Reading New iPods)
Debate Performance (September 9, 2007) - Debate Performance: this recap of the recent Republican presidential debate gives high marks to Mike Huckabee.... (Keep Reading Debate Performance)
I Don't Have This Figured Out (September 8, 2007) - Humble orthodoxy is my target. Orthodoxy is the a commitment to the teaching and application of the established, proven and cherished truths of our faith--the most central of which is the message of salvation through the death and resurrection of... (Keep Reading I Don't Have This Figured Out)
An Interview with Tullian Tchividjian-Part 3 (September 8, 2007) - This is the third and final installment of my interview with pastor and author Tullian Tchividjian, in which he shares about his new book, Do I Know God?, his testimony, and his thoughts on our generation. Josh: Tell us... (Keep Reading An Interview with Tullian Tchividjian-Part 3)
Weird Chairs (September 7, 2007) - This week I bought a few of what I thought were fairly unconventional chairs--Fatboy beanbags. But then I came across the above lounging system by Animi Causa which is truly weird and truly expensive. You can get yours for... (Keep Reading Weird Chairs)
Truth-Telling That Trembles (September 6, 2007) - This week the new bloggers are posting over at New Attitude. My friend Justin Taylor just did a post that includes the following: If you have humility without orthodoxy it's hypocrisy—a form of pride wearing a gentle mask. At the... (Keep Reading Truth-Telling That Trembles)
Clash Story: Jo Coda (September 5, 2007) - Jo Coda grew up in Sovereign Grace Church of Apex, North Carolina. She is a senior in high school, and hopes to major in English in college. She loves drama, singing, tennis, and playing guitar. Jo on The Clash:... (Keep Reading Clash Story: Jo Coda)
Mahaney Interviews Dever (September 4, 2007) - 9Marks just came out with their latest leadership interview. Normally Mark Dever serves as the host and peppers the guest pastors and authors with questions. But in the newest interview the tables are turned as C.J. Mahaney interviews Mark... (Keep Reading Mahaney Interviews Dever)
An Interview With Tullian Tchividjian-Part 2 (September 4, 2007) - This is the second part of an interview with my friend, pastor and newly published author Tullian Tchividjian (the picture is one I took of Tullian and his wife Kim during the Billy Graham Crusade in New York in... (Keep Reading An Interview With Tullian Tchividjian-Part 2)
Labor Day Nature Walk (September 3, 2007) - Hope you're having a great day with family and friends. Here are some pictures from a little walk I took with Emma and Joshua Quinn today. We went to Seneca Creek. The trail winds through the woods. This is a... (Keep Reading Labor Day Nature Walk)
Machen on Doctrine (September 1, 2007) - I posted the following quote on Justin Taylor's blog last month, but I wanted to share it here and use it to start my own little "Machen" category on my site. I've been reading a biography of Machen by D.G.... (Keep Reading Machen on Doctrine)
Humble Orthodoxy (August 31, 2007) - New Stuff at New Attitude: Over at Na, my buddy Eric Simmons has a post that tells the story of how the "humble orthodoxy" theme was born. And I added a post that shares that orthodoxy with humility is my... (Keep Reading Humble Orthodoxy)
A Conservative That Isn't Angry...How Novel (August 31, 2007) - Today The Washington Post has an article about Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in the Style section. The following are some quotes from it that caught my attention: On Being Pro-Life: "The pro-life movement has often been castigated for its... (Keep Reading A Conservative That Isn't Angry...How Novel)
For Preachers: Learning from Mr. Bullmore (August 29, 2007) - Mike Bullmore, the pastor of Crossway Community Church in Kenosha, WI, is a dear friend and skilled preacher. He taught homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for many years. We've had Mike in to preach at our church on several... (Keep Reading For Preachers: Learning from Mr. Bullmore)
Worship Matters (August 28, 2007) - Blog: Check out the new look of Bob Kauflin's "Worship Matters." But don't stop with the design—take some time to browse the content of this excellent site.... (Keep Reading Worship Matters)
Update: Taliban Agrees to Release Hostages (August 28, 2007) - As an update to my earlier post asking for prayer, I wanted to give an update on, Lord willing, the releases of the remaining 19 South Korean Christians. According to various news reports, Afghanistan's Taliban militants have agreed to release... (Keep Reading Update: Taliban Agrees to Release Hostages)
Whose Side Are You On? (August 25, 2007) - I recently did a brief interview with Outreach Magazine about the role of the local church in evangelism. Justin Taylor linked to the article and someone left the following comment, which I respond to below: Comment: Harris explains that the... (Keep Reading Whose Side Are You On?)
Facebook Follow-Up (August 24, 2007) - After reading a few responses to my post, I wanted to add something. Just so everyone is clear, I am not a Facebook hater. I think it's a great tool for staying in touch with friends, networking, and evangelism. I... (Keep Reading Facebook Follow-Up)
My One and Only Week on Facebook (August 24, 2007) - Last week, on a whim, I signed up for a Facebook account. I had no friends and no idea what I was doing. So I asked for advice and begged for friends. I got both. A bunch of people--everyone from... (Keep Reading My One and Only Week on Facebook)
Interview: CJ Mahaney and Discipleship (August 23, 2007) - In December 2005, Adrian Warnock interviewed me about my being discipled by CJ Mahaney these last 11 years. As a follow-up to yesterday's post, I thought I'd share it here: Adrian: Josh, first of all welcome to this blog,... (Keep Reading Interview: CJ Mahaney and Discipleship)
Free Sovereign Grace Messages (August 22, 2007) - Great Resource: The Sovereign Grace store has now made all messages available for free mp3 download.... (Keep Reading Free Sovereign Grace Messages)
New Office (August 22, 2007) - CJ just moved downstairs, leaving his Covenant Life Church office for a new one down in Sovereign Grace Ministries. And I've just moved next door to take his. Though he hasn't gone far (same building), it's strange after having... (Keep Reading New Office)
Clash Story: Courtney Minard (August 19, 2007) - Courtney Minard, 18, grew up in Covenant Life Church, was home schooled her entire life, and graduated from the Covenant Life Family Schools Program. (She learned about The Clash through Nathan Sasser's Apologetics class at Covenant Life School, where... (Keep Reading Clash Story: Courtney Minard)
Facebook Survey (August 18, 2007) - Here's the deal: last night, inspired by my friend (and I mean that in the real-life sense of the word), Kenneth Maresco, I signed up for a Facebook account. This is the first time I've ever tried one of the... (Keep Reading Facebook Survey)
Outreach Magazine (August 18, 2007) - Outreach Magazine: I recently did an interview with Outreach about the local church, evangelism and my own fears related to sharing my faith.... (Keep Reading Outreach Magazine)
Clash Story: Brian Whalen (August 17, 2007) - Brian Whalen attends Sovereign Grace Church outside of Atlanta, Georgia, and goes to school at Kennesaw State University. His primary interests are reading and writing. He also has a passion for music and loves serving on his church worship... (Keep Reading Clash Story: Brian Whalen)
Clash Story: Stephanie Martin (August 16, 2007) - Stephanie, 18, grew up in Covenant Life Church. She graduated from Covenant Life School where she attended for 8 years, off and on. This fall, Lord willing, Stephanie will attend the University of Maryland, College Park, to study Chemical... (Keep Reading Clash Story: Stephanie Martin)
Clash Story: Nate Bauers (August 15, 2007) - Nate Bauers hails from Woodstock, Georgia, which is North West of Atlanta. He's a junior at Kennesaw State Univerisity studying Business Management. Nate loves spending time with my family and church friends, reading books, and sometimes playing tennis. His... (Keep Reading Clash Story: Nate Bauers)
Packer on the ESV (August 15, 2007) - Bible: J.I.Packer on what he suspects to be "the most important thing that I have ever done for the Kingdom"—his work on the English Standard Version. (HT: JT)... (Keep Reading Packer on the ESV)
Huckabee's Humor (August 15, 2007) - Huckabee's Humor:The New York Times has a short video piece on the humor of presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. I thought his line about Dick Cheney monitoring his conversation was pretty funny. Huckabee surprised a few people this week by coming... (Keep Reading Huckabee's Humor)
Reformed Resurgence (August 14, 2007) - Reformed Resurgence: The T4G blog helpfully compiles all 10 parts of Mark Dever's excellent series, "Where'd All These Calvinists Come From," originally posted on the 9Marks blog, Church Matters.... (Keep Reading Reformed Resurgence)
Pictures from The Clash (August 11, 2007) - It's good to be home, but I do miss the kids at The Clash. If you're a Clash attendee, please leave a comment. Hope you had a safe trip home.... (Keep Reading Pictures from The Clash)
Report from The Clash (August 10, 2007) - I've been having a great time at The Clash. It's been so good getting to know students from Sovereign Grace churches across the country. Every day I'm aware of God's kindness to our little family of churches in giving us... (Keep Reading Report from The Clash)
The Clash Pyramid Crash (August 10, 2007) - After a long day of lectures, there's no better way to let off steam than to build a human pyramid. Don't worry, parents, there are a lot of very serious, intellectual, educational and spiritual things taking place at The Clash,... (Keep Reading The Clash Pyramid Crash)
Cravings and Conflicts (August 8, 2007) - Conflict is coming your way. The following article, written by my good friend and mentor CJ Mahaney, recently appeared in Reformation 21. It is reproduced here with permission. CJ leads Sovereign Grace Ministries and has served over 30 years... (Keep Reading Cravings and Conflicts)
Poor Millionaires (August 7, 2007) - Poor Millionaires: Don't have enough cash? You have something in common with Silicon Valley. Read Al Mohler's comments.... (Keep Reading Poor Millionaires)
Off to The Clash (August 7, 2007) - This week I'm serving as a counselor at the Sovereign Grace-sponsored world view training camp "The Clash." You can read about the camp and the content of its teaching at their web page. I've been really looking forward to... (Keep Reading Off to The Clash)
Praying (August 3, 2007) - By now, I think most of us are aware of the South Korean Christians being held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Today a friend in Afghanistan passed on some suggestions for prayer, so I post them here for... (Keep Reading Praying)
Altrogge Interview (August 1, 2007) - Interview: Tim Challies has an interview with Mark and Stephen Altrogge regarding their new CD, writing songs, et cetera.... (Keep Reading Altrogge Interview)
Discernment and Ira Glass (July 29, 2007) - A few weeks ago I shared the story of my run-in with Ali G. In this short clip from the same message I illustrate the point that discernment requires resisting the world's way of thinking. I point out that this... (Keep Reading Discernment and Ira Glass)
Guest Blogging (July 28, 2007) - Should a blogger who does a poor job faithfully posting on his own website be asked to serve as a guest blogger on another site? That's a good question and one Justin Taylor probably should have considered before he invited... (Keep Reading Guest Blogging)
T4G is Coming (July 26, 2007) - Together for the Gospel: Our pastoral team is registered and looking forward to April '08.... (Keep Reading T4G is Coming)
Micah is with Jesus (July 25, 2007) - My heart is heavy today. The three-year-old son of a very dear family in our church has suffered the effects of a brain tumor for more than a year. Our pastoral team and my family prayed for little Micah... (Keep Reading Micah is with Jesus)
Good Monsters (July 24, 2007) - Music: Right now I'm enjoying the new Jars of Clay album, Good Monsters.... (Keep Reading Good Monsters)
The Burkini (July 24, 2007) - The Burkini: Muslim women in Australia love the beach but don't want to compromise their conviction about modesty. The solution they've devised is the "burkini." This Reuters video gives a report.... (Keep Reading The Burkini)
Photo for our Scrapbook (July 21, 2007) - Life goes by so fast. Too fast. The kids grow. They change in the blink of an eye. That's why our family takes the time to create a family photo album each year. We want to try and capture the... (Keep Reading Photo for our Scrapbook)
Discernment and Ali G (July 12, 2007) - Discernment is the ability to distinguish right from wrong, true from false—to "test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil" (1Thess 5:21-22). On the past two Sundays, I've preached on the topic of discernment. In... (Keep Reading Discernment and Ali G)
GirlTalk Interview (July 11, 2007) - Interview: Lydia Brownback posts a conversation (part 1, part 2) with the ladies of GirlTalk.... (Keep Reading GirlTalk Interview)
When Sinners Say "I Do" (July 10, 2007) - Book: Dave Harvey has written an excellent book on marriage entitled When Sinners Say "I Do".... (Keep Reading When Sinners Say "I Do")
Mohler: Ten Great Christian Biographies (July 6, 2007) - Maybe you've already seen it, but I just ran across Al Mohler's list of of recommended biographies (HT: JT). I've ordered two books off the list and hope to get to all the books in the coming years. An... (Keep Reading Mohler: Ten Great Christian Biographies)
Book Review (July 1, 2007) - Monergism has posted a thorough and glowing review of Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it.... (Keep Reading Book Review)
Na Application Interviews (June 29, 2007) - New Attitude: They're posting videos of speaker interviews to follow up last month's messages with application. So far, they've posted Al Mohler, Mark Dever, and yours truly.... (Keep Reading Na Application Interviews)
Today at Creation (June 29, 2007) - Today I'm up in PA speaking at Creation. If you're going to be there, I hope you'll stop by.... (Keep Reading Today at Creation)
Turn Off Your Phone (June 28, 2007) - A member of my church named Wes sent this to me and recommended that we play it every Sunday before the sermon. Not a bad idea.... (Keep Reading Turn Off Your Phone)
Church Matters (June 27, 2007) - New Blog: 9Marks Ministries recently started Church Matters. Definitely worth a bookmark.... (Keep Reading Church Matters)
iPhone (June 27, 2007) - iPhone: Oh, the anticipation... (HT: Challies)... (Keep Reading iPhone)
Desiring God Book Sale (June 27, 2007) - Great deal:Today and tomorrow (June 27-28), Desiring God is selling every book in their store for $5 each.... (Keep Reading Desiring God Book Sale)
Rebelution Conferences (June 26, 2007) - I'm so proud of my brothers, and so excited for the Rebelution conference tour they've got going. They had their latest conference in Sacramento this past weekend, and it sounds like God did some incredible things there. Here are... (Keep Reading Rebelution Conferences)
Na Interview with Justin Taylor (June 22, 2007) - Interview: The Na blog just posted a good one—"Justin Taylor on Old Dead Theologians."... (Keep Reading Na Interview with Justin Taylor)
Be Like Zacchaeus (June 22, 2007) - Before we conclude our series on Zacchaeus, I want to take a look back at Luke 18:31. Not long before Zacchaeus encountered Jesus, Jesus took his disciples aside and explained what would happen in Jerusalem. Though his disciples did not... (Keep Reading Be Like Zacchaeus)
Zacchaeus' Savior (June 20, 2007) - With all we've discussed about the example Zacchaeus sets, it's possible for a person to wrongly conclude that Zacchaeus is the hero of this story—that it is his action, his running, his climbing, his repenting, and his giving that saves... (Keep Reading Zacchaeus' Savior)
Zacchaeus Transformed (June 18, 2007) - Jesus makes his way past Zacchaeus' perch and the unthinkable happens. Jesus stops, looks up and calls Zacchaeus. He says in Luke 19:5, "Hurry and come down for I must eat at your house today." Again Zacchaeus serves as example... (Keep Reading Zacchaeus Transformed)
Zacchaeus' Example (June 15, 2007) - If we've rightly understood the character of Zacchaeus, our first thought must be that he can only be a bad example. But that's the surprising twist in this story—a twist that Jesus seems to take particular delight in. He... (Keep Reading Zacchaeus' Example)
Ruth Bell Graham (June 15, 2007) - A Life: Ruth Bell Graham, married for 64 years to evangelist Billy Graham, has passed away. The CT blog is compiling tons of links, memoirs, and info on this extraordinary lady.... (Keep Reading Ruth Bell Graham)
Talking to Children About Race (June 15, 2007) - Race: Thabiti Anyabwile lately posted some helpful insight on talking to children about race.... (Keep Reading Talking to Children About Race)
Dangerous Book for Boys (June 15, 2007) - Book: Al Mohler reviews/promotes The Dangerous Book for Boys.... (Keep Reading Dangerous Book for Boys)
Zacchaeus' Character (June 13, 2007) - To fully grasp the profound nature of Jesus' saving work in Zacchaeus' life, we need to consider what kind of man Zacchaeus was before he met Jesus. In the story, Luke devotes only a few sentences to describing him,... (Keep Reading Zacchaeus' Character)
A Wee Little Man (June 11, 2007) - Last year, I preached on the story of the day that the wee little man named Zacchaeus met Jesus. Of course, the fact that I preached this story is most appropriate. I am a wee little man myself, and Zacchaeus... (Keep Reading A Wee Little Man)
Quote of the Day: Schaeffer (June 8, 2007) - Now the death of the Lord Jesus is absolutely unique. It is substitutionary. There is no parallel death to Jesus' death—his must stand as absolute in our thinking. His substitutionary death on the cross, in space and time in... (Keep Reading Quote of the Day: Schaeffer)
iPhone (June 7, 2007) - iPhone: Check out the new ads for Apple's latest creation.... (Keep Reading iPhone)
Our Weekly Bread (June 6, 2007) - Food: Time Magazine has a photo essay looking at what the world eats, picturing specific families around the globe and their weekly food. (HT: JT)... (Keep Reading Our Weekly Bread)
NA Blog Links (June 6, 2007) - New Attitude: On the blog right now, you can read the text of Curt Allen's meditation on grace performed at Na, get the new CD Asleep in a Storm, and read helpful tips on applying what you learned at the... (Keep Reading NA Blog Links)
NA Song List (June 6, 2007) - Worship: Bob Kauflin, who led worship at New Attitude with his son Devon, has posted the song list from the conference.... (Keep Reading NA Song List)
Florida (June 6, 2007) - Tomorrow morning, my family and I depart for a long-anticipated vacation in Florida. While down there, I'll speak at two Sovereign Grace churches: June 10 Gulf Coast Community Church in St. Petersburg June 17 Grace Community Church in Bradenton... (Keep Reading Florida)
Video Recap of New Attitude (June 1, 2007) - An attendee posted this video recap. Pretty cool. And I loved this post from a married couple who attended the conference.... (Keep Reading Video Recap of New Attitude)
NA Messages Now Available (May 31, 2007) - Sovereign Grace now has all the New Attitude '07 messages available for free MP3 download. The messages are:Discernment (Joshua Harris) Discern Your Doctrine (Mark Dever) Discern Your Culture (Al Mohler) Discern Your Heart (CJ Mahaney) Discern the Graymatters (Eric... (Keep Reading NA Messages Now Available)
Home From Na (May 30, 2007) - The Harris family is happily reunited and all wearing our Na t-shirts (including Emma's Samantha doll!) It was great seeing all of you at in Louisville. I can't wait till next year!... (Keep Reading Home From Na)
Play-By-Play of New Attitude (May 27, 2007) - Last night, by the grace of God, Na 2007 launched. I wish all of you who have been here over the years could have been there with us. There was so much enthusiasm and anticipation. During worship, it almost... (Keep Reading Play-By-Play of New Attitude)
Getting the Most Out of New Attitude (May 26, 2007) - The Na site recently featured a great interview with Isaac Hydoski and Jon Smith entitled "How Not to Waste This Conference" where they discuss how to get the most out of the four days in Louisville. If you're attending... (Keep Reading Getting the Most Out of New Attitude)
Packing for New Attitude (May 25, 2007) - My brothers, Alex and Brett, who run The Rebelution are the official live-bloggers for New Attitude 2007. Brett just posted a great little video on packing that pays tribute to all the past Na t-shirts. Check it out... If you're... (Keep Reading Packing for New Attitude)
Chewy Peps (May 23, 2007) - Alright, boys and girls. Today we're introducing a new feature on the website: random posts about stuff that I like. Food. Clothing. Furniture. Whatever. These posts will feature products and companies. I'll pretend that I'm important and they are my... (Keep Reading Chewy Peps)
Shannon's Monday Project (May 22, 2007) - Monday is my day off. I was particularly tired yesterday, so it was a pretty low-key day for me. The weather was beautiful so we spent a lot of time outside. Joshua Quinn and I played a little tennis.... (Keep Reading Shannon's Monday Project)
Simply Christ's Herald (May 19, 2007) - "Paul in his own estimation, was not a philosopher, not a moralist, not one of the world's wise men, but simply Christ's herald. His royal Master had given him a message to proclaim; his whole business, therefore, was to deliver... (Keep Reading Simply Christ's Herald)
Blurring Christianity and the GOP (May 17, 2007) - Christianity and the GOP: On the way home from work, I heard this commentary on Jerry Falwell by David Kuo, the former deputy director of the Office of Faith-based Community Initiatives in the Bush administration. I tend to agree that... (Keep Reading Blurring Christianity and the GOP)
A Pastoral Response to Online Dating (May 17, 2007) - Recently, the team of pastors who lead the single men and women of our church decided to address the topic of online dating. One of the men, Isaac Hydoski, who is a very wise and skilled pastor, wrote a... (Keep Reading A Pastoral Response to Online Dating)
Why Sacrifice? (May 16, 2007) - This month our church is asking the question, "Why sacrifice?" To sacrifice is to give up something valued to achieve a greater goal. Sacrifice isn't a concept most of us are naturally drawn to. Why give up anything that... (Keep Reading Why Sacrifice?)
Interfacial Marriage (May 15, 2007) - Interfacial Marriage: This article from Time Magazine about marrying above or below your own "cuteness" level made me laugh out loud. Superficial? Definitely. But very funny.... (Keep Reading Interfacial Marriage)
Boundless Interview (May 15, 2007) - Interview: Boundless recently posted one from 2005 including Carolyn McCulley and yours truly in "The Mentor Series: Stop Dating the Church."... (Keep Reading Boundless Interview)
God Wants Your Heart (May 12, 2007) - Today I'm preparing a sermon about sacrificial giving and living for the sake of advancing the gospel. Our church is focusing on sacrifice as we prepare to give to our "Go Forward Fund." This fund was created to accelerate... (Keep Reading God Wants Your Heart)
Free Music (May 10, 2007) - Free Music: Na is giving away free tracks from indie bands Zelos and Reilly.... (Keep Reading Free Music)
Gray Matters (May 9, 2007) - The team at Boundless is featuring a great little series on discernment by my buddy and fellow pastor and New Attitude guru, Eric Simmons. In the series entitled "Gray Matters," Eric shares five principles of discernment. He kicks off... (Keep Reading Gray Matters)
Are You Willing to Give Up Anything? (May 5, 2007) - J.C. Ryle's classic book Holiness is one of my personal favorites. The following quotation (from his powerful chapter on Moses, drawn from Hebrews 11:24-26) is a challenge I need to hear repeatedly:Are you making any sacrifices? Does your religion cost... (Keep Reading Are You Willing to Give Up Anything?)
God, Do You Want Me There? (May 2, 2007) - Last year, after the first day of the New Attitude Conference, Suzanne Hadley, from the great team at Boundless.com blogged the following entry. I share it here in the hopes that it will inspire some of you to make... (Keep Reading God, Do You Want Me There?)
How Do We Respond? (April 28, 2007) - In response to the tragedy at Virginia Tech, our church has created a special resource page that gathers helpful articles, sermons and recommended books. These resources are worth giving attention to not just for processing the sad events in... (Keep Reading How Do We Respond?)
Sovereign Grace Church of Frederick (April 24, 2007) - On Sunday, I had the joy of preaching at our sister church in Frederick, MD, while their senior pastor, Chris Silard, was preaching at Covenant Life. This quick video clip gives a glimpse of this thriving new church that was... (Keep Reading Sovereign Grace Church of Frederick)
I'm Not Indispensable. (April 21, 2007) - I have this quote from J.I. Packer's book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, written on the first page of my personal journal:...the Christian must never for one moment imagine himself to be indispensable to God, or allow himself... (Keep Reading I'm Not Indispensable.)
Praying for Virginia Tech (April 16, 2007) - Please join me in praying for all the families touched by the tragedy that has struck Virginia Tech today. The coming days will be filled with the gruesome details of this mass murder. Let's ask God to keep us... (Keep Reading Praying for Virginia Tech)
Strange Fruit (April 15, 2007) - I was very impressed today when I came across this banana my assistant, Katherine, had doodled on. Yes, she's multi-talented. Anyone else have odd fruit creations? Feel free to comment and link photos of them.... (Keep Reading Strange Fruit)
Do You Know Who You Just Walked By? (April 12, 2007) - The Washington Post pulled off a very intriguing feat. They asked one of the world's greatest violinists to play one of the world's finest violins in the middle of rush hour at a downtown Metro station. It was an... (Keep Reading Do You Know Who You Just Walked By?)
Happy Resurrection Sunday (April 8, 2007) - Today I have the honor of preaching about the glorious resurrection of my Lord. I'll preach from John 20:24-29, about his appearance to his doubting disciple Thomas. Studying these verses this past week has increased my love for my... (Keep Reading Happy Resurrection Sunday)
Desiring God on the Resurrection (April 6, 2007) - The Event: The Desiring God blog offers a great pile of resources on "The Greatest Event in History."... (Keep Reading Desiring God on the Resurrection)
Mohler on the Cross (April 6, 2007) - The Cross: Al Mohler on Christ's substitutionary atonement and some who deny the wrath of God.... (Keep Reading Mohler on the Cross)
Bob Kauflin on Resurrection Songs (April 6, 2007) - The Resurrection: Here's a list from Bob Kauflin of songs extolling the resurrection. What a wealth here! (HT: JT)... (Keep Reading Bob Kauflin on Resurrection Songs)
CJ's Got Game (April 5, 2007) - CJ was recently at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for a meeting related to Together for the Gospel. During a break one afternoon, he arranged for a basketball game—CJ, John MacArthur, and Thabiti Anyabwile against 3 students. The dream team lost... (Keep Reading CJ's Got Game)
Removing Obstacles (April 1, 2007) - "The gospel advances when we're more concerned with reaching the lost than protecting our rights." That was the theme of my sermon on 1 Corinthians 9:1-23. Last week, I posted my first point from Paul's example of how to reach... (Keep Reading Removing Obstacles)
The Internet Archive (March 27, 2007) - The Internet Archive: This is so cool and kind of scary. Nothing ever goes away on the internet. You've got to see the Wayback Machine to believe it.... (Keep Reading The Internet Archive)
Noel Piper (March 27, 2007) - Interview: The Girl Talk bloggers recently did a 4-part interview with Noel Piper.... (Keep Reading Noel Piper)
Idiot's Guide to Correction (March 27, 2007) - Sanctification: Read Eric Simmons' "Idiot's Guide to Correction" on the New Attitude blog.... (Keep Reading Idiot's Guide to Correction)
Mohler on Rights (March 24, 2007) - We've been speaking of our rights. This week, Al Mohler took on the subject with a slightly different slant: Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon warned years ago that a contagion of "rights talk" was ruining our ability to conduct... (Keep Reading Mohler on Rights)
Praying for Godspell (March 23, 2007) - Today I have a little prayer request for you. Members of my church know that tonight our youth ministry is putting on a production of the musical Godspell. They've worked hard and prayed hard under the direction of Cathy... (Keep Reading Praying for Godspell)
Do You Know Them? (March 21, 2007) - The Corinthians of Paul's day were preoccupied with their rights and freedoms. But they weren't really thinking about others. They had knowledge that puffs up, but not love that builds up. In 1 Corinthians 8, Paul taught that the... (Keep Reading Do You Know Them?)
Curtis Allen: Gentle Word (March 19, 2007) - This week, the Boundless webzine features an article by my friend and rap artist, Curtis Allen (a.k.a. "Voice"). In it, Curtis tells the story of the brouhaha over his performance at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Instead of lashing out with... (Keep Reading Curtis Allen: Gentle Word)
Weird Snow Creation (March 17, 2007) - Yesterday, after a week of warm weather, we got snow again. It wasn't that much—certainly not enough to build a snow man. The picture above was taken a few weeks ago. I decided to do something different than the... (Keep Reading Weird Snow Creation)
Sovereign Grace Site (March 13, 2007) - Makeover: Sovereign Grace Ministries just rolled out a great new website. Find a church in your area or learn about great resources and conferences.... (Keep Reading Sovereign Grace Site)
New Attitude (March 13, 2007) - New Attitude: I'm heading to Lousiville in May for New Attitude 2007. Start making your road trip plans to join us!... (Keep Reading New Attitude)
My Rights Box (March 10, 2007) - Everybody has a "rights box." It's represents the stuff I'm allowed to do. It's all that I believe to be permissible, allowable, and perfectly justified within my Christian liberties. In a sense, it's what works for me. But is... (Keep Reading My Rights Box)
The Passing of Dr. William S. H. Piper (March 8, 2007) - I learned late Tuesday night that John Piper's father died. A friend emailed me the news. As a result of his father's passing, Piper wasn't able to speak at the Wednesday evening session of the Shepherd's Conference and so... (Keep Reading The Passing of Dr. William S. H. Piper)
Un-Lady Like Conduct (March 6, 2007) - This week, I read about Ann Coulter's crude comments about John Edwards and thought, "I wish some conservative Christian leader would condemn her ungodly behavior." Well, thank God for Al Mohler. His article "Recovering Civility...and Refusing to Deny the... (Keep Reading Un-Lady Like Conduct)
Sunnis vs. Shi'ites (March 3, 2007) - Last night I read the cover story from the March 5 issue of TIME magazine entitled "Why They Hate Each Other." Written by Bobby Ghosh, it covers the chasm that has developed between Sunnis and Shi'ites in Iraq, and which... (Keep Reading Sunnis vs. Shi'ites)
Purity (March 1, 2007) - Purity and Holiness: Covenant Life Church now has a page for our Purity series, with all six messages and several other pertinent resources.... (Keep Reading Purity)
Amazing Grace (March 1, 2007) - Film: I recently saw and enjoyed Amazing Grace, the newly released film on William Wilberforce. Here are some good resources on Wilberforce.... (Keep Reading Amazing Grace)
Here We Are (February 28, 2007) - Welcome to the new site. From now on, my blog will be located here, along with a number of other pages and resources that I hope you'll find helpful. Nothing too fancy, but hopefully it will make the content more... (Keep Reading Here We Are)
Sledding (February 28, 2007) - We went sledding on Monday with the Lees. This is a shot of JQ launching off a little jump that some kids had built.... (Keep Reading Sledding)
Holiness Requires Putting On Christ (February 24, 2007) - After a brief break in the series, this is the final post related to cultivating holiness. These are based on Romans 13:11-14:Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation... (Keep Reading Holiness Requires Putting On Christ)
Holiness Requires Putting Off Sin (February 20, 2007) - Today, I continue this series of posts related to my message on cultivating holiness, drawn from Romans 13:11-14: Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to... (Keep Reading Holiness Requires Putting Off Sin)
Holiness Requires Urgency (February 17, 2007) - I shared part of the message I did about the importance of not "feeding our flesh." In the same message, there were three other aspects of cultivating holiness that I highlighted. Over the next week I'll share them here. Romans... (Keep Reading Holiness Requires Urgency)
Miscellaneous (in three life-changing points) (February 14, 2007) - Here's some random stuff: 1. Thanks for all the feedback on the Romans 13:14 cartoons. I've been amazed at all the encouragement I've received from these drawings. Several people at my church have communicated something along the lines of "you... (Keep Reading Miscellaneous (in three life-changing points))
My Sermon Coaches (February 3, 2007) - I recently sent an email around to our pastoral team to highlight the way that C.J. Mahaney and Bob Kauflin serve me each week in the preparation of my sermons. I share this here so that anyone who listens to... (Keep Reading My Sermon Coaches)
9 Marks Interview (February 2, 2007) - I'm a big fan of 9 Marks Ministries. And have really enjoyed listening to the different interviews they've done with some of my heroes in the faith. So the fact that they featured me this month is a serious drop... (Keep Reading 9 Marks Interview)
Purity Series (January 26, 2007) - We're now doing a series on purity at Covenant Life. In the last 3 weeks: "God's Good Plan for Sex" considered a biblical view of God's good plan for our sexuality, and how we can flee temptation to go outside... (Keep Reading Purity Series)
West Coast Revival (January 18, 2007) - Here's a band I've been enjoying lately. West Coast Revival grew out of our sister church in Pasadena, CA. Their first full-length album was recently released by UGG Records (you can buy it there). For more info, check out... (Keep Reading West Coast Revival)
NA Promo Video--Update (January 14, 2007) - Now it's on YouTube: See Friday's post below if your church wants to promote New Attitude.... (Keep Reading NA Promo Video--Update)
New Attitude Video (January 12, 2007) - NA has posted a new promo video. If you are a church leader who would like to use the video to promote NA at your church, you can request the promo DVD and/or promotional package here.... (Keep Reading New Attitude Video)
A Heart of Wisdom: Conclusion (January 9, 2007) - "The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty... So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom." -Psalm 90:10, 12 Over the last week, I've been posting thoughts... (Keep Reading A Heart of Wisdom: Conclusion)
A Heart of Wisdom: Runs to God for Mercy (January 7, 2007) - "So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom." -Psalm 90:12 Today I post my 4th and final quality of a "heart of wisdom:" A heart of wisdom runs to God for mercy. In... (Keep Reading A Heart of Wisdom: Runs to God for Mercy)
A Heart of Wisdom: Seeing God as Holy Judge (January 6, 2007) - This is part 4 (and point 3--confusing already) on my series of posts on Psalm 90--learning to "number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom." I'm exploring 4 qualities of the "heart of wisdom." The first was... (Keep Reading A Heart of Wisdom: Seeing God as Holy Judge)
A Heart of Wisdom: The Insignificance of Man (January 4, 2007) - If you're just joining in, I'm in the midst of posting some reflections on Psalm 90, exploring how we can learn to "number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom" (v.12). We can only live our days... (Keep Reading A Heart of Wisdom: The Insignificance of Man)
A Heart of Wisdom: In Awe of the Eternal God (January 2, 2007) - A couple days ago I shared that I yearly reflect on Psalm 90 in order to be reminded of and humbled by the brevity and unimpressiveness of my life. I also said I'd be posting on 4 qualities of the... (Keep Reading A Heart of Wisdom: In Awe of the Eternal God)
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