2008 Archives

Happy New Year (December 31, 2008) - My new year will be happy because this is true: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).... (Keep Reading Happy New Year)
The Good Recession (December 30, 2008) - This past Sunday I preached the first message in a series called "The Good Recession" from the Parable of the Rich Fool in Luke 12. In it, I asked the question, "How should Christians who believe in a sovereign... (Keep Reading The Good Recession)
$10,000 in Box of Crackers (December 27, 2008) - $10,000 in Box of Crackers: I saw this story today and decided to use it as an illustration in first sermon on "The Good Recession." It seems there's no safe place for money these days. Banks fail. The stock market... (Keep Reading $10,000 in Box of Crackers)
Rick Warren in a Whirlwind (December 20, 2008) - Rick Warren in a Whirlwind: Al Mohler on the uproar over Pastor Rick Warren giving the invocation at Obama's inauguration and why he wouldn't do it if he were asked. (Hat Tip: Justin Taylor)... (Keep Reading Rick Warren in a Whirlwind)
How to write a book in 16 easy steps (December 19, 2008) - 1. Forget what a complete pain it is to write a book. This may take you five years after finishing your last book. After you've forgotten, begin to romanticize the writing process and imagine yourself inspired, overflowing with words... (Keep Reading How to write a book in 16 easy steps)
This is My Story (December 16, 2008) - This is My Story: "I had heard the gospel a thousand times before...for the first time I truly understood my sinfulness and need for a savior!" Read Rachel's story.... (Keep Reading This is My Story)
Jeff Purswell is Ultimate Man (December 12, 2008) - Jeff Purswell is Ultimate Man: This will make no sense if you didn't hear the message, but we had a little fun with a video clip from my buddy Jeff Purswell's terrific sermon on the incarnation.... (Keep Reading Jeff Purswell is Ultimate Man)
Stories of God's Grace (December 11, 2008) - Stories of God's Grace: We've just begun to post testimonies from New Attitude attendees. We'll be adding more stories in the coming days. Please stop by to check it out and join us in celebrating God's grace. We're viewing this... (Keep Reading Stories of God's Grace)
David Wells on Feeling Good (December 10, 2008) - David Wells on Feeling Good: "Feeling good about yourself is not the same thing as actually being good. In fact, people often feel good about themselves in moments when they should not." - The Courage to Be Protestant... (Keep Reading David Wells on Feeling Good)
Preaching Notes: Joshua Harris (December 9, 2008) - It's been a while since I posted in the Preaching Notes Series that I started in the summer. Since we started sharing notes from different pastors, many of you have turned the tables on me and asked to see... (Keep Reading Preaching Notes: Joshua Harris)
New Attitude: Free Registration (December 6, 2008) - Ten years ago New Attitude began. This year we're looking back at God's kindness and forward to what's next. And we need your help. We'd love to hear your own story of what God did through an Na conference in... (Keep Reading New Attitude: Free Registration)
How to Talk to Girls: Advice from a 9-year-old (December 6, 2008) - I've had several friends email me about How to Talk to Girls, a book written by a 9-year-old named Alec Greven. My friends have either expressed concerned that this book will be a rival to my book or they've encouraged... (Keep Reading How to Talk to Girls: Advice from a 9-year-old)
This American Life: Switched at Birth (December 2, 2008) - On our drive home from Ohio my family and I listened to an episode of This American Life with Ira Glass. I subscribe to the show's podcast and continue to be amazed by the power of the stories they... (Keep Reading This American Life: Switched at Birth)
Worm in Woman's Brain (November 25, 2008) - Worm in Woman's Brain: In case you're looking for something else to be thankful about, here's the story of a woman who found a worm burrowed into her brain. Doctors thought she had a brain tumor, instead they found the... (Keep Reading Worm in Woman's Brain)
Charles Spurgeon: Being Unfashionable (November 21, 2008) - My friend Tullian Tchividjian just finished writing his second book entitled Unfashionable. The subtitles sums up the message: "Making a difference in the world by being different." He was thrilled to discover the following quote by Charles Spurgeon from a... (Keep Reading Charles Spurgeon: Being Unfashionable)
G.K. Chesterton: Humility in the Wrong Place (November 21, 2008) - "What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be... (Keep Reading G.K. Chesterton: Humility in the Wrong Place)
A Few Prayer Requests (November 19, 2008) - I'd be so grateful for your prayers. Want a list? Here ya go... 1. This week I'm in Orlando for a gathering of Sovereign Grace leaders. Please pray that God would encourage the men gathered and for my family while... (Keep Reading A Few Prayer Requests)
The Migraine Brain (November 14, 2008) - I always knew it was true, now I have proof. I have a unique brain. Unfortunately, it's a brain that gives me migraines. Still, it is unique. Here's a book I plan to buy. It's called The Migraine Brain.... (Keep Reading The Migraine Brain)
Christianity Today Reviews Lu (November 13, 2008) - Christianity Today Reviews Lu: The Na Band, fronted by Devon Kauflin who leads worship at our church, had its album reviewed by CT. The reviewer states that the album is "far from your typical corporate praise album, Looked Upon and... (Keep Reading Christianity Today Reviews Lu)
Memorizing Great Hymns of Faith (November 11, 2008) - Last year I did a post announcing our church's plan to memorize ten of the great hymns of the faith. I asked you to give me your list of the top ten hymns. I got a lot of helpful... (Keep Reading Memorizing Great Hymns of Faith)
A Prayer for Spiritual Strength: Ephesians 3:14-21 (November 10, 2008) - Ephesians 3:14-21 is a prayer—a prayer that Paul prayed for Christians in the city of Ephesus. In his prayer, Paul asks God to give them spiritual strength. Spiritual strength. That sounds good doesn't it? But what does it really... (Keep Reading A Prayer for Spiritual Strength: Ephesians 3:14-21)
Joe Lee: A Faithful Pastor (November 7, 2008) - This past week on my church blog I've been featuring videos of the pastors who were recently ordained at our church--Brian Chesemore, Mark Mitchell, Isaac Hydoski, Greg Somerville and Joe Lee. Each video features brief comments from the pastor then... (Keep Reading Joe Lee: A Faithful Pastor)
The Deep Significance of Obama's Election for African Americans (November 7, 2008) - Politics aside, I was affected by Eugene Robinson's op-ed column entitled Morning in America in the Washington Post. He writes: It's safe to say that I've never had such a deeply emotional reaction to a presidential election. I've found it... (Keep Reading The Deep Significance of Obama's Election for African Americans)
Entrusted with the Gospel (November 6, 2008) - Entrusted with the Gospel: The Gospel Coalition National Conference is scheduled for April 21-23, 2009 in Chicago. I love the theme "Living the Vision of 2 Timothy." I'll be doing a seminar. Hope to see you there.... (Keep Reading Entrusted with the Gospel)
An Open Letter to President-Elect Obama (November 6, 2008) - The following open letter to President-Elect Obama, written by Margaret Buckley, was posted on the Girltalk blog. Dear President-Elect Obama, Today I shed tears of joy, along with hundreds of thousands of Americans, for the great victory of your election.... (Keep Reading An Open Letter to President-Elect Obama)
Five Lessons from Billy Graham: A Grandson Reflects (November 6, 2008) - My friend Tullian Tchividjian wrote a post honoring his grandfather Billy Graham on his 90th birthday. Tullian notes five things he's learned from him:1) Humility: Daddy Bill has always been keenly aware that God is God, and he is... (Keep Reading Five Lessons from Billy Graham: A Grandson Reflects)
Praying for President Obama (November 5, 2008) - On Sunday I told my church that after the election half the country would be elated, confident that all would be right in the world because their candidate won; the other half dejected and sure that the world had ended... (Keep Reading Praying for President Obama)
Calling All New Attitude Attendees (November 1, 2008) - If you've ever been to the New Attitude conference, I need your help. Starting later this month on the New Attitude blog we're going to begin featuring stories of what God has done at the conference in years past.... (Keep Reading Calling All New Attitude Attendees)
Daylight Savings Kills Terrorists (November 1, 2008) - If one more person reminds me to set my clock back, "Aaaarrrghghggh!" But seriously thanks, everyone. Although I will probably still forget. Nowadays with cell phones and electronic devices that automatically change the time things can get really confusing.... (Keep Reading Daylight Savings Kills Terrorists)
Song I Can't Stop Singing (October 30, 2008) - Song I Can't Stop Singing: It's done my soul good to sing the song Glorious and Mighty from the Sovereign Grace Psalms album. It's sung by my friend Missy Farmer. More...... (Keep Reading Song I Can't Stop Singing)
Spurgeon: Life from a Dying Savior (October 26, 2008) - "Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior. All other topics in Holy Scripture are important, and none of them are to be cast into the shade. But the death of the Son of God is the central sun... (Keep Reading Spurgeon: Life from a Dying Savior)
John Stott: The cross done for us and by us (October 26, 2008) - "Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us (leading us to faith and worship), we have to see it as something done by us (leading us to repentance). Indeed, 'only the man who is prepared... (Keep Reading John Stott: The cross done for us and by us)
Taking Slackers to Task (October 21, 2008) - Taking Slackers to Task: Christianity Today features an interview with my brothers Alex and Brett Harris about their book Do Hard Things.... (Keep Reading Taking Slackers to Task)
Sex is Not the Problem in Portuguese (October 20, 2008) - Filipe from Brazil just wrote me: "Hello Josh, I just want you to know that your best book (in my humble opinion) was released in Portuguese (my native language), I am really excited with that, and praying that God... (Keep Reading Sex is Not the Problem in Portuguese)
The Day is at Hand (October 18, 2008) - Romans 13:11-14 says "...the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast... (Keep Reading The Day is at Hand)
New Attitude: An Important Announcement (October 16, 2008) - Today at the New Attitude site I shared exciting news about Eric Simmons as well as the future of the conference. Read the announcement.... (Keep Reading New Attitude: An Important Announcement)
Believe in Jesus Christ (October 13, 2008) - (Keep Reading Believe in Jesus Christ)
Biblical Truth for the Financial Crisis (October 11, 2008) - Do not toil to acquire wealth; be discerning enough to desist. When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven. Proverbs 23:4-5 Keep your life free from love of... (Keep Reading Biblical Truth for the Financial Crisis)
Pastors' Retreat (October 7, 2008) - This week I'm with the pastors of Covenant Life on our annual retreat. We're taking time to pray, seek God, discuss several books we read together and evaluate various aspects of our church. I'm so grateful for these men and... (Keep Reading Pastors' Retreat)
Drew and Melanie Garfield (October 4, 2008) - Yesterday, ten years ago, Drew Garfield stood beside me at my wedding. Today I had the honor of sharing the message at Drew's wedding. Drew and Melanie's wedding was beautiful. I'm so happy for this wonderful couple (who will soon... (Keep Reading Drew and Melanie Garfield)
Ten Years of Grace (September 30, 2008) - I'm in Florida with Shannon celebrating our tenth anniversary, so blogging will be light for a while.... (Keep Reading Ten Years of Grace)
Praying for Iran (September 27, 2008) - A few weeks ago our church prayed as a congregation for the nation of Iran. Among the things we prayed about was a bill before Iranian parliament to mandate the death penalty for Muslims convicted of apostasy. Sadly, the... (Keep Reading Praying for Iran)
ESV Countdown Widget (September 26, 2008) - Someone asked where I got the ESV Countdown Widget on my sidebar. Here's where you can get the embed code for your own blog. I'm really looking forward to the release of the ESV Study Bible.... (Keep Reading ESV Countdown Widget)
Kirk Cameron Will Only Kiss His Wife (September 23, 2008) - Kirk Cameron Will Only Kiss His Wife: Have you ever had the thought, "How do actors keep their marriages together when they're constantly doing loves scenes in movies with people they're not married to?" Well, obviously and sadly, most Hollywood... (Keep Reading Kirk Cameron Will Only Kiss His Wife)
Preaching Notes: Mark Driscoll (September 23, 2008) - This is the sixth installment in our Preaching Notes Series. (Although this post might be more appropriately titled preaching "sticky notes"...more on that in a minute.) For most of you Mark Driscoll needs no introduction. He's the pastor of... (Keep Reading Preaching Notes: Mark Driscoll)
New Music: Kathryn Scott "I Belong" (September 22, 2008) - This past Sunday our church learned a new song called Thank You for the Cross by Kathryn Scott. The album it's from entitled "I Belong" was released last year but I just came across it two weeks ago on... (Keep Reading New Music: Kathryn Scott "I Belong")
Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Ephesians 1:1-2 (September 22, 2008) - Two weeks ago we launched a sermon series on the book of Ephesians. Here's a clip from the first message on Ephesians 1:1-2. My goal was to illustrate the Apostle Paul's intention to help us see the "big picture" of... (Keep Reading Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Ephesians 1:1-2)
The Empire Strikes Back (September 19, 2008) - [Update #2: I found the above "spoof ad" and thought it was funny and related to this post and some of the comments. By the way, I don't actually do new posts on this blog anymore I just update... (Keep Reading The Empire Strikes Back)
John Frame on Christians and Political Choices (September 17, 2008) - My friend Tony Reinke shared the following quote by theologian John Frame over at my Church Blog. I think it's worth repeating here: "...in some cultures (like the ancient Roman, in which the New Testament was written) there is not... (Keep Reading John Frame on Christians and Political Choices)
Abortion and the Ballot Box (September 16, 2008) - Over at my "Church Blog" I've done a post entitled "Correspondence on Abortion and Voting." It addresses the issue of abortion and how it should affect the decisions Christians make at the ballot box. The post is composed of a... (Keep Reading Abortion and the Ballot Box)
David Powlison: The Therapeutic Gospel (September 16, 2008) - The team at Boundless is featuring a series of articles by David Powlison on the therapeutic gospel. They're worth checking out. (Hat Tip: Justin Taylor)... (Keep Reading David Powlison: The Therapeutic Gospel)
Praying for Texas and Hurricane Ike (September 12, 2008) - We received the following comment from a girl named Rachel from Texas:I'm a reader of this blog down here in the Lone Star State and as it is you may have heard of Hurricane Ike. For us down here... (Keep Reading Praying for Texas and Hurricane Ike)
Bible Study With the Orioles (September 11, 2008) - Today I had the honor of leading a small Bible study with some players from the Baltimore Orioles. It was a good reminder for me to be praying for Christians who are professional athletes. I had the chance to meet... (Keep Reading Bible Study With the Orioles)
Baby Meerkats (September 11, 2008) - Okay, just in case anyone is worried, this blog is not turning into a "cute animal pictures" site. But this photo of triplet baby meerkats by AP photographer Patrick Straub featured on The Washington Post was too good to pass... (Keep Reading Baby Meerkats)
Union with Christ (September 8, 2008) - On Sunday I preached from Ephesians 1:1-2 where Paul greets the Christians as "the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus." In the coming weeks I'm looking forward to studying the wonderful doctrine of the believer's... (Keep Reading Union with Christ)
New Vinegar Hill Website (September 4, 2008) - New Vinegar Hill Website: Check out the new website for Vinegar Hill Pictures. David Altrogge and Mike Hartnett, the duo behind Vinegar Hill, did all the Psalm Video intros for the series we did at Covenant Life earlier this year.... (Keep Reading New Vinegar Hill Website)
Facebook Again (September 4, 2008) - Facebook Again: A year ago I decided to ditch Facebook. But now I'm giving it another try. Why? Because I learned that by turning off all alerts I can better keep it under control. And also because I plan to... (Keep Reading Facebook Again)
Preaching Notes: Tim Keller (August 29, 2008) - The fifth installment of our Preaching Notes Series features pastor Tim Keller. I saved this for last on purpose. I think you'll find Tim's method fascinating and very different from the other manuscripts we've looked at so far. Tim... (Keep Reading Preaching Notes: Tim Keller)
Gospel Coalition Video (August 28, 2008) - Gospel Coalition Video: Check out the "introductory video" explaining the vision of the Gospel Coalition.... (Keep Reading Gospel Coalition Video)
The ESV Study Bible Promotional Video (August 26, 2008) - I can't wait for the ESV Study Bible to be released. This video, featuring my friend Tullian Tchividjian, shows all of the study Bible's key features. I make a brief appearance to rave about the ESVSB. As I say in... (Keep Reading The ESV Study Bible Promotional Video)
Record Catch with a Barbie Fishing Rod (August 26, 2008) - Record Catch with a Barbie Fishing Rod: This is a pretty funny story. Will you look at that fish? It's bigger than the girl. It's a good thing she handed it over to her grandpa. That catfish would have dragged... (Keep Reading Record Catch with a Barbie Fishing Rod)
Preaching Notes: Ray Ortlund, Jr. (August 22, 2008) - The next preacher in I wanted to highlight in this series is Ray Ortlund, Jr. I have asked Justin Taylor to introduce him. Justin writes:Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. is the pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville. For nine years... (Keep Reading Preaching Notes: Ray Ortlund, Jr.)
Preaching Notes: C.J. Mahaney (August 19, 2008) - Today we're continuing the Preaching Notes Series. I want to thank everyone for their encouragement about this series. I also want to thank illustrator Drew Blom again for doing the caricatures of each man. Today I'm excited to feature... (Keep Reading Preaching Notes: C.J. Mahaney)
Modest Clothing Trend (August 18, 2008) - Modest Clothing Trend: Styles come and go. Could there be shift toward a more modest, layered look on the rise among women? An article entitled "Mom Shocked by Teen's Modest Clothing" at CNN.com says there is. The article says, "At... (Keep Reading Modest Clothing Trend)
Digital PhotoCamp (August 18, 2008) - Digital Photocamp: My friend Andy Alonso does PhotoCamps for people who want to learn how to get the most out of the fancy SLR digital camera they own. I think this is such a great idea. If you live anywhere... (Keep Reading Digital PhotoCamp)
Kombucha: The Latest "It" Health Drink (August 16, 2008) - Have you heard of Kombucha? Me neither, until my mom told me about it. Pronounced kom-BOO-cha, it's a fermented, naturally sparkling tea brewed from mushrooms. Sounds tasty, huh? Kombucha adherents claim all sorts of wonderful health benefits. I'll let... (Keep Reading Kombucha: The Latest "It" Health Drink)
Charisma on Todd Bentley (August 15, 2008) - Charisma on Todd Bentley: In the wake of Todd Bentley's separation from his wife, J. Lee Grady, the editor of Charisma reflects on the mistakes made by leaders and laypeople alike in embracing Bentley's ministry. Grady writes, "But among those... (Keep Reading Charisma on Todd Bentley)
Preaching Notes: Mike Bullmore (August 14, 2008) - Welcome to the Preaching Notes Series. Today our featured preacher is Mike Bullmore. I've asked Andy Naselli, a member of Mike's church and a PhD candidate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, to write an introduction:Mike Bullmore has pastored CrossWay... (Keep Reading Preaching Notes: Mike Bullmore)
Louie Giglio and Passion Church (August 13, 2008) - Today I got a letter in the mail that Louie and Shelley Giglio sent out to friends of Passion. It was a report of all that God has been doing through the Passion World Tour. It sounds like it's... (Keep Reading Louie Giglio and Passion Church)
Preaching Notes: Mark Dever (August 11, 2008) - Welcome to the first installment of our Preaching Notes series in which we share copies of the actual notes that various preachers take with them into the pulpit. (The caricatures of each man were drawn by Drew Blom.) In... (Keep Reading Preaching Notes: Mark Dever)
New Worship Album: The Psalms (August 11, 2008) - New Worship Album: The Psalms: Sovereign Grace just released its latest worship album based on the book of Psalms. They're offering a free download of a song on their site.... (Keep Reading New Worship Album: The Psalms)
The Mill Messages (August 11, 2008) - The Mill Messages: We've been doing weekly Friday morning meetings for men at our church. We call it "The Mill" because a mill is where you grind and reshape something. That's what we want God's word to do in the... (Keep Reading The Mill Messages)
Acts: The Musical: (August 11, 2008) - Acts: The Musical: If you live anywhere near Gaithersburg, MD, you're invited to join us at Covenant Life for a musical production our singles ministry is staging. "Acts" is modern musical based on the biblical story of the early church.... (Keep Reading Acts: The Musical:)
The Preaching Notes Series Introduction (August 8, 2008) - UPDATE: We did this series a few years ago, but since then the links got messed up. So here it is again with everything working right. Enjoy. -- Several months ago my friend Justin Buzzard sent me a copy... (Keep Reading The Preaching Notes Series Introduction)
CJ on Art Monk (August 7, 2008) - CJ on Art Monk: This post by CJ about Redskin legend, Art Monk is very inspiring. CJ is preaching on sports at the end of our "Don't Waste Your..." series. I'm looking forward to hearing him address the subject.... (Keep Reading CJ on Art Monk)
All Work is Sacred (August 5, 2008) - This past Sunday at Covenant Life, my friend and fellow-pastor Mark Mitchell preached a sermon entitled "Don't Waste Your Job." He shared the following quote by Gene Edward Veith. I hope it encourages you to view your work, whatever... (Keep Reading All Work is Sacred)
Packer on God's Self-Existence (August 2, 2008) - "In theology, endless mistakes result from supposing that the conditions, bounds, and limits of our finite existence apply to God. The doctrine of his aseity [meaning that God has life in himself and draws his unending energy from himself] stands... (Keep Reading Packer on God's Self-Existence)
Family Pictures (August 1, 2008) - On Thursday Kristen Snyder came over to take pictures of the whole family. This young lady is a great photographer, very professional and skilled. If you're planning a wedding or need family or engagement photos, I can't recommend her enough.... (Keep Reading Family Pictures)
The Rebelution Conference (July 26, 2008) - I am way too tired to write much about the Rebelution Conference that our church hosted today. Suffice it to say that I thought my brother Joel did a great job leading worship, Alex and Brett were fantastic and my... (Keep Reading The Rebelution Conference)
A Busy Weekend (July 25, 2008) - It's a busy day today for the Harris family and Covenant Life Church and I'd appreciate your prayers for us this weekend. Yesterday, after a four-hour flight delay, my family from Oregon (along with my grandma from Ohio) arrived at... (Keep Reading A Busy Weekend)
Joel Harris on Worship (July 21, 2008) - Joel Harris on Worship: My brother Joel, who leads worship for the Rebelution conference, has written an article entitled "We Must Be Constant Worshipers."... (Keep Reading Joel Harris on Worship)
Not All Who Wander Realize They're Lost (July 20, 2008) - A few years back I read an article by a young writer discussing how college students relate to the church. The basic premise of his article was that it's okay not to be committed to a church. He outlined... (Keep Reading Not All Who Wander Realize They're Lost)
Atheism Remix (July 19, 2008) - Atheism Remix: The contemporary strain of atheism--the New Atheism--is more popular and widely accepted than previous strains. Dr. Al Mohler's newest book provides a Christian response to New Atheism's four leading thinkers: Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher... (Keep Reading Atheism Remix)
Humor and Humility (July 15, 2008) - In his message Don't Waste Your Humor C.J. shared a quote from Terry Lindvall's book, Surprised By Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis:Laughter is a divine gift to the human who is humble. A proud man cannot laugh... (Keep Reading Humor and Humility)
J.C. Ryle on True Faith (July 13, 2008) - True faith has nothing whatever of merit about it, and in the highest sense cannot be called 'a work'. It is but laying hold of a Savior's hand, leaning on a husband's arm and receiving a physician's medicine. It brings... (Keep Reading J.C. Ryle on True Faith)
Giving All vs. Being "Best" (July 12, 2008) - My wife was helped by a post by Carolyn Mahaney entitled Not Her Best. She shares a quote by G.K. Chesterton which points out that a successful homemaker must be able to do many things well and shouldn't have to... (Keep Reading Giving All vs. Being "Best")
The Brand New Covenant Life Church Website (July 10, 2008) - We literally JUST went live with our church's brand new website. I'm so excited about it and so grateful for the hard work of Don Nalle, Ryan James and Aaron Simmons along with the rest of our incredible staff... (Keep Reading The Brand New Covenant Life Church Website)
The Pastor and His Joy (July 8, 2008) - Leadership Interviews: Our third podcast is up on the Sovereign Grace site: The Pastor and His Joy.... (Keep Reading The Pastor and His Joy)
Gospel Coalition: New Website Launch (July 8, 2008) - The Gospel Coalition's new website just launched today. Stop by and check it out.... (Keep Reading Gospel Coalition: New Website Launch)
Is WALL-E the Best Pixar Movie Ever? (July 7, 2008) - Last week I took the family to see the new Pixar movie WALL-E. I am a big fan of all things Pixar. I think we have just about every one of their movies on DVD. I'm happy to say... (Keep Reading Is WALL-E the Best Pixar Movie Ever?)
Brooke Fraser (July 6, 2008) - Brooke Fraser: My buddy, Robert, emailed me to tell me that I'd enjoy the new album by a girl named Brooke Fraser. She's a young singer from New Zealand who has sung on some of the Hillsong United worship albums.... (Keep Reading Brooke Fraser)
Dancing (July 4, 2008) - I posted this on the Nanoblog, but I just had to do a full post on this video. I love this. Makes me think about heaven and every nation and tribe dancing before King Jesus. So have you been to... (Keep Reading Dancing)
Collin Hansen Takes Over (July 2, 2008) - Collin Hansen Takes Over: Justin Taylor over at Between Two Worlds has asked Collin Hansen" to "Co-Blog" with him recently. But from the looks of it, Collin has settled in and taken over the place. Is Justin tied up in... (Keep Reading Collin Hansen Takes Over)
Smuggling Character (July 2, 2008) - Smuggling Character: Right now I'm reading and benefiting from Sinclair Ferguson's little book The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction. In the chapter on justification he writes, "The glory of the gospel is that God has declared Christians to be rightly... (Keep Reading Smuggling Character)
I Will Yet Go Forward! (July 2, 2008) - "I must venture: to go back is nothing but death; to go forward is fear of death, and life everlasting beyond it! I will yet go forward!"—Christian in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress... (Keep Reading I Will Yet Go Forward!)
A House Made of Dirt (July 2, 2008) - Sunday at church I talked to my friends Kevin and Maureen Hartnett. They're in the middle of building their dream home: a house made out of dirt. Okay, it's not all dirt. But the walls are made of Compressed... (Keep Reading A House Made of Dirt)
Favorite Line from John Adams HBO Miniseries (June 30, 2008) - On our vacation I bought the DVD series John Adams starring Paul Giamatti that HBO Films produced. About six years ago I read the biography by author David McCullough that the film is based on. I greatly enjoyed both... (Keep Reading Favorite Line from John Adams HBO Miniseries)
Hypermilers (June 28, 2008) - Last week I read an article in USA Today about "hypermilers." Have you heard of these people? They are obsessed with seeing how many miles they can squeeze out of a gallon of gas. They keep track of their mileage... (Keep Reading Hypermilers)
Things That Don't Make Sense To Me (June 25, 2008) - I enjoyed this post by Jeana over at the blog Days to Come. Even though she's writing from the perspective of a wife/mother I can relate to her list of "Things That Don't Make Sense To Me"... 1. How having... (Keep Reading Things That Don't Make Sense To Me)
Mark Dever on What Really Kills Social Justice (June 23, 2008) - Here's an excerpt from an interview Mark Dever recently did where he addressed the topic of Christians and social justice:"The world will always applaud us for doing these kinds of things (social action/social justice). They will never applaud us for... (Keep Reading Mark Dever on What Really Kills Social Justice)
More on Education Options from Jamie Leach (June 23, 2008) - The following note is from Jamie Leach, the newest pastor at Covenant Life. He will be officially joining our team this summer and then will serve as a pastor and the principal of Covenant Life High School. Besides a long... (Keep Reading More on Education Options from Jamie Leach)
Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 5 (June 20, 2008) - In Running Scared, Ed Welch's excellent book on fear, he points out that the most common command from God in Scripture is "Do not be afraid." That surprised me. And God doesn't tell us "Don't be afraid" with an attitude... (Keep Reading Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 5)
Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 4 (June 17, 2008) - Continuing the series on fearfulness, the fourth question I want us to consider is: Why should I work to overcome fear? There are some of us whose who have experienced extreme forms of fear. Maybe your experience of fear is... (Keep Reading Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 4)
Fathers' Day Crash (June 15, 2008) - Today on my way to preach at Jerry Cisar's church in St. Pete, I totaled my friend Wayne Ellerman's car. Emma and Joshua Quinn were with me. Everyone was fine, but we were all shaken up. Five cars were involved... (Keep Reading Fathers' Day Crash)
Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 3 (June 14, 2008) - Continuing our series on Psalm 56 and how God meets people who are fearful, a third question to consider is this: How do I put my trust in God? The first thing I want to point out is that trusting... (Keep Reading Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 3)
Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 2 (June 12, 2008) - As we continue to learn from Psalm 56 how God meets people who are fearful, a second question to ask is this: What should I do when I'm afraid? Look back at verses 3-4: "When I am afraid, I put... (Keep Reading Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 2)
Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 1 (June 9, 2008) - The next several posts are drawn from a message I preached this spring on Psalm 56, considering how God meets people who are fearful. I want to make our way through this Psalm by asking four questions. Here is the... (Keep Reading Psalm 56: The Fearful, Part 1)
Someone's Living in My Closet (June 7, 2008) - Someone's Living in My Closet: The next time a left-over piece of pizza disappears you might want to search your house. You could have a strange woman living in one of your closets. That's what happened to a 57-year-old Japanese... (Keep Reading Someone's Living in My Closet)
Skittles Commercials (June 6, 2008) - I'm a little behind. I hadn't seen any of the new commercials for Skittles until my buddy Eric showed them to me while we were waiting for a plane at Chicago O'Hare. I guess I have a weird sense of... (Keep Reading Skittles Commercials)
Family Vacation (June 5, 2008) - This week, my family and I depart for a long-anticipated vacation in Florida. Some very kind friends let us use their place in Sarasota. (The picture is from last year's vacation during a visit to our favorite ice-cream spot... (Keep Reading Family Vacation)
D. A. Carson on "Redeeming the Culture" (June 4, 2008) - In an interview with Derek Thomas about his book Christ and Culture Revisited, Dr. D. A. Carson answered the question, "Why don't you like the terminology of 'redeeming the culture'?" Here's his answer: Redemption terminology in the NT is so... (Keep Reading D. A. Carson on "Redeeming the Culture")
Reepicheep Response Contest Winner (June 3, 2008) - A few weeks ago in a post entitled "Caspian a Dud? What Would Reepicheep Say?" I asked readers to respond to a review by Frederica Mathewes-Green who said that Prince Caspian the movie was not only better than C.... (Keep Reading Reepicheep Response Contest Winner)
New iPhone Rumors (June 3, 2008) - New iPhone Rumors: You have to be a very strange, odd person to read Apple "rumor sites" in hopes of getting scoop on the next product from Steve Jobs. So please don't ask me why I know about macrumors.com. Ummm,... (Keep Reading New iPhone Rumors)
The Teacher Who Ran (June 2, 2008) - The Teacher Who Ran: This is the sad story of teacher who isn't ashamed to admit that he loves himself too much to worry about the fate of his students or even his mother during an earthquake.... (Keep Reading The Teacher Who Ran)
Songlist from New Attitude 08 (June 2, 2008) - Songlist from New Attitude 08: Over at the Na Band's Facebook page, Devon Kauflin lists all the songs they did at the conference and provides handy links to iTunes if you want to buy the songs.... (Keep Reading Songlist from New Attitude 08)
The Gospel Coalition (June 1, 2008) - Earlier this year I was thrilled to receive an invitation from D.A. Carson to participate in The Gospel Coalition. So after the New Attitude conference ended in Louisville, I flew to Chicago for my first meeting. Founded by D.A.... (Keep Reading The Gospel Coalition)
Boundless Interview at New Attitude (May 30, 2008) - Sorry to bombard you with all this New Attitude stuff, but this is part of the process of reentering the real world for me. By the way, did you hear that, Lord willing, New Attitude 2009 will be in... (Keep Reading Boundless Interview at New Attitude)
"Hi from NA" video (May 30, 2008) - With many of our pastors and congregation away at New Attitude last Sunday morning, we sent this video to be played during the announcements at Covenant Life. We're so grateful for the support and prayers of our church family.... (Keep Reading "Hi from NA" video)
Christian Post on New Attitude (May 29, 2008) - Christian Post on New Attitude: This is a short article about the conference.... (Keep Reading Christian Post on New Attitude)
Alex and Brett Harris on NPR (May 28, 2008) - My Brothers: Alex and Brett were recently interviewed on NPR about their book Do Hard Things.... (Keep Reading Alex and Brett Harris on NPR)
John Piper at NA 2008 (May 28, 2008) - John Piper spoke at Monday's afternoon and evening sessions. I highly recommend his two messages—one on William Tyndale, who brought us the Bible in English, and the other on Fighting for Faith With God's Word.... (Keep Reading John Piper at NA 2008)
Stuff I Got to Do Today: New Attitude Day 2 (May 26, 2008) - We pack so much in at this conference, a day feels like a year. Justin Buzzard is doing a great job live-blogging. You should check it out. Here's a run-down of my day. I got to... Ģ Listen to Mark... (Keep Reading Stuff I Got to Do Today: New Attitude Day 2)
First Night of Na 2008 (May 25, 2008) - We kicked off New Attitude 2008 tonight. You can read Justin Buzzard's live-blogging of the event. The message I gave entitled Ripping, Burning, Eating: A Right Response to God's Word is now available online. Here are a few highlights for... (Keep Reading First Night of Na 2008)
Mercy and Motherhood (May 24, 2008) - Laurie over at the blog Ordinary Mother has a helpful and convicting post about mercy and motherhood (dads will find it useful, too). She writes: Being a merciful mom is more than kissing a boo-boo, or soothing a sick child.... (Keep Reading Mercy and Motherhood)
Getting Ready for New Attitude 2008 (May 23, 2008) - Today I'm packing and working on my message for the first night of New Attitude 2008. Most of the team is heading to Louisville today. I'll be flying out Saturday morning. For those of you who can't make it,... (Keep Reading Getting Ready for New Attitude 2008)
Praying for the Chapman Family (May 22, 2008) - I just learned that Steven Curtis Chapman's five-year-old daughter was struck and killed by car yesterday. Please pray for the Chapman family as they grieve the loss of their precious little girl.... (Keep Reading Praying for the Chapman Family)
NBA Finals (May 20, 2008) - NBA Finals: I'm thinking it would be really cool to have the Celtics and the Lakers facing each other in the finals. And I think that only about three people will watch if its the Pistons and Spurs.... (Keep Reading NBA Finals)
"Caspian a Dud"? What Would Reepicheep Say? (May 19, 2008) - A big thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts about the movie Prince Caspian. I'm looking forward to seeing it. But now it's time for a little controversy. My friend Justin Taylor, sent me a link to a review... (Keep Reading "Caspian a Dud"? What Would Reepicheep Say?)
Have You Seen Prince Caspian? (May 17, 2008) - I haven't seen Prince Caspian, the second installment of The Chronicles of Narnia movie series. But so far the response I've heard from people has been a little iffy. My friend Pete decided it had too much violence for... (Keep Reading Have You Seen Prince Caspian?)
Kenneth Maresco's Ethiopia Journal (May 17, 2008) - My dear friend and fellow pastor, Kenneth Maresco, along with his wife Valori, have traveled to Ethiopia to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Covenant Life Church in Addis Ababa. During the trip Kenneth has been sharing updates, observations and... (Keep Reading Kenneth Maresco's Ethiopia Journal)
Exalting Christ With Your Rebate (May 16, 2008) - Exalting Christ With Your Rebate: John Piper writes on whether we should stimulate the economy or advance Christ's kingdom with our rebate checks.... (Keep Reading Exalting Christ With Your Rebate)
Rebate Check (May 16, 2008) - My friend told me over lunch that he got his tax rebate check. Yee-haw! He said he was committed to promptly going forth to stimulate the economy. What a patriot. What are these rebate checks all about? Here's a helpful... (Keep Reading Rebate Check)
Thank God They're Not Me (May 15, 2008) - If you decide to never visit my blog again because all I do is talk about my brothers' new book, Do Hard Things I will understand, but I'm afraid I can't stop hyping it. I'm so thrilled to see their... (Keep Reading Thank God They're Not Me)
What I'm Reading Today (May 15, 2008) - What I'm Reading Today: I'm enjoying Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers. Read it?... (Keep Reading What I'm Reading Today)
The Rebelution is Over (May 15, 2008) - The Rebelution is Over: I always knew my brothers' vision would have to come to an end at some point, I just never thought it would involve peanut butter.... (Keep Reading The Rebelution is Over)
Latest Mac Ads (May 14, 2008) - Have you seen the latest Mac vs. PC ads? My favorites are "Pep Rally" and "Group." (My apologies to all my PC-using friends. But you have to admit these are pretty funny. Right?)... (Keep Reading Latest Mac Ads)
What I'm Listening To (May 12, 2008) - What I'm Listening To: I just bought The Weepies new album Hideaway. Shannon and I are in my office. She's reading and I'm filing and paying bills. I like this album. Great melodies. Good working, studying, chillin' out music.... (Keep Reading What I'm Listening To)
Our Silly Dinosaur Movie (May 12, 2008) - Monday is my day off. Today the kids and I decided to make a movie with the toy dinosaurs that Joshua Quinn got for his birthday. We hope you enjoy our silly creation! (Listen during the scene where the T-Rex... (Keep Reading Our Silly Dinosaur Movie)
Bad Guys Caught With a Mac (May 10, 2008) - Bad Guy Caught With a Mac: This is a great story. A girl's Apple laptop gets stolen but she uses a remote access program to control it and takes a picture of the thief as the doofus sits in front... (Keep Reading Bad Guys Caught With a Mac)
The Henry Center (May 10, 2008) - A few weeks ago at Together for the Gospel, I was glad to sit down with Owen Strachan, the new managing director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding based at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield,... (Keep Reading The Henry Center)
Gregg Harris (My Dad) on Educational Options (May 9, 2008) - This week I posted a video of comments I made to our church about the importance of maintaining unity in the gospel even when we choose to educate our children differently. I've been encouraged by the feedback I've gotten... (Keep Reading Gregg Harris (My Dad) on Educational Options)
Continuing to Pray for Myanmar (May 8, 2008) - Last October I posted a prayer request for Myanmar, a nation of 65 million people comprising 135 different people groups, many of whom have never been impacted by the Gospel. With only a small percentage of Christians and no... (Keep Reading Continuing to Pray for Myanmar)
New Word Alive's Top 10 (May 8, 2008) - New Word Alive's Top 10: The recent New Word Alive conference showed a video top-ten list of books for students. My book Sex is Not the Problem made the list. It's pretty funny. I just wish mine could have... (Keep Reading New Word Alive's Top 10)
Sermon Prep (May 6, 2008) - A friend passed this on and it made me laugh:Seven-year-old Mathew was watching his father David, a pastor, write his sermon for Sunday. "How do you know what to say, Dad?" Matthew asked. David replied, "Well, God tells me what... (Keep Reading Sermon Prep)
Gospel Unity Among Educational "Camps" (May 3, 2008) - This post originally featured a video clip from a meeting at our church in which I shared a concern with the congregation about division that can exist between public school, private school and home school families. The most important thing... (Keep Reading Gospel Unity Among Educational "Camps")
Drew and Melanie's Engagement (May 1, 2008) - Here's a shout-out to my old buddy, Drew Garfield, who just got engaged to a wonderful girl named Melanie Dillon. Drew and I moved out from Oregon to Maryland together. And he used to travel with me when I did... (Keep Reading Drew and Melanie's Engagement)
My Two Songbirds (May 1, 2008) - This week's installment of "Thursdays at the Harris House" from Shannon is an audio clip. She and Emma (age 8) love to sing. This is a recording of the two of them singing "Thirty Days Has September." -->... (Keep Reading My Two Songbirds)
Reflections on John 21: "You Follow Me!" (April 29, 2008) - After his three denials on the night of Jesus' betrayal, John 21 tells the story of Peter's restoration by Jesus. The Master asked him, "Do you love me?" And how was Peter to show his love? By feeding Jesus' sheep.... (Keep Reading Reflections on John 21: "You Follow Me!")
Challies on Do Hard Things (April 29, 2008) - Challies on Do Hard Things: Here's a review by Tim Challies of my brothers' new book Do Hard Things.... (Keep Reading Challies on Do Hard Things)
Free Song from the Na Band (April 25, 2008) - Free Song from the Na Band: The Na Band led by Devon Kauflin has an album that will be released at New Attitude 2008. Entitled "Looked Upon" (or Lu) it was produced by Jeremy White. It is a collection of... (Keep Reading Free Song from the Na Band)
eHarmony Going Downhill (April 25, 2008) - eHarmony Going Downhill: Over at Boundless: The Line Ted Slater comments on the sad direction eHarmony seems to be taking. He writes, "In my opinion, eHarmony has become all about market share and money, and only tangentially about facilitating healthy... (Keep Reading eHarmony Going Downhill)
God's Dreadful Withdrawal (April 24, 2008) - My good friend Tullian Tchividjian sent the following note in response to my previous post:Josh, Concerning your recent post ironically entitled "A Reminder of God's Faithfulness" where you are pictured with a full head of hair only a few short... (Keep Reading God's Dreadful Withdrawal)
A Reminder of God's Faithfulness (April 22, 2008) - I recently got an encouraging letter in the mail. In it, the parents of a young man wrote, Thought you would like to see pictures of fruit God has worked from your ministry. The first picture is of you... (Keep Reading A Reminder of God's Faithfulness)
Dull Moments and Homeschool Curriculum (April 21, 2008) - I said I was going to do posts from Shannon on Thursdays, but I'm afraid the schedule got thrown off a bit last week. So who cares? It's Monday and here's a post from my wife on homeschooling... Lest you... (Keep Reading Dull Moments and Homeschool Curriculum)
Mommy's Got a Brand New Belly (April 17, 2008) - I thought this was pretty incredible: Newsweek features excerpts from a children's book about cosmetic surgery. They write: Tapping into what may be a growing market, a plastic surgeon has written and published a book for the children of... (Keep Reading Mommy's Got a Brand New Belly)
Why Come to New Attitude? (April 17, 2008) - Why Come to New Attitude? In a post encouraging people to consider attending New Attitude, C.J. writes, "This conference will not only prove formative in the souls of those who attend, but will also transfer the gospel to a younger... (Keep Reading Why Come to New Attitude?)
Mentoring the Next Generation (April 17, 2008) - The following article entitled "The Next Generation" is one that I wrote for the April issue of Tabletalk magazine. When I turned twenty-one, my dad gave me this simple advice: "Find men that you want to be like and then... (Keep Reading Mentoring the Next Generation)
Are You Going To Be There? (April 16, 2008) - Make plans. Be there.... (Keep Reading Are You Going To Be There?)
T4G 2008 (April 16, 2008) - T4G 2008: I'm at the Together for the Gospel conference this week along with the pastoral team of Covenant Life and about twenty other men from our church. You can read about the sessions at Challies.com and learn more about... (Keep Reading T4G 2008)
ESV Study Bible Website (April 15, 2008) - The website for the ESV Study Bible launched today. Our church uses the ESV and we've been anxiously anticipating the release of this study Bible. Last fall I got to sit with Justin Taylor and Dr. Lane Dennis at... (Keep Reading ESV Study Bible Website)
Unity in the Cross (April 15, 2008) - How does the gospel apply to disagreement in the church? How can we strive for unity without compromise and avoid unnecessary division? We've got to remember that the cross is the basis of Christian unity--we only fit together when... (Keep Reading Unity in the Cross)
Inside Scoop on Shout to the Lord & American Idol (April 12, 2008) - I wanted to highlight a few interesting comments that have been left on my first and second American Idol posts this past week. I was glad that several people with more "inside" information stopped by to share. So here are... (Keep Reading Inside Scoop on Shout to the Lord & American Idol)
More on Idol and Shout to the Lord (April 11, 2008) - With all the attention my previous post on American Idol has gotten I've decided to dedicate myself to full-time blogging about the show—all from a Christian worldview of course. I'm viewing this as a form of missionary work. I'm... (Keep Reading More on Idol and Shout to the Lord)
American Idol and Shout to the Lord (April 10, 2008) - Last night I only saw a little of the American Idol special "Idol Gives Back" that raises money for a number of worthy causes around the world. I think it's great that the show uses its huge platform to help... (Keep Reading American Idol and Shout to the Lord)
Thursdays at the Harris Home (April 10, 2008) - This week I'm starting something new. Every Thursday I'll have Shannon do a post about the family and what she's doing with our kiddos. So please welcome my amazing wife. Here's the first installment of her weekly posts about homemaking... (Keep Reading Thursdays at the Harris Home)
Wall Street Journal Article (April 9, 2008) - Several friends lately alerted me that my book I Kissed Dating Goodbye was referenced in a recent Wall Street Journal article. I checked it out and found it interesting. The article, by Donna Freitas entitled Sex Education, examines the practice... (Keep Reading Wall Street Journal Article)
Tim Challies on Accountability (April 8, 2008) - Fighting Sin: Tim Challies shares some good thoughts on accountability, reflections from his small group study using my book on lust.... (Keep Reading Tim Challies on Accountability)
Flirt to Convert (April 4, 2008) - Flirt to Convert: Looking for a new evangelism strategy? This new book (wink, wink) is pretty funny. I love the endorsement that says, "Now when boys ask me out I know they're really just seeking God." (HT: John David)... (Keep Reading Flirt to Convert)
New Release: Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin (April 4, 2008) - For the past year my dear friend Bob Kauflin has been hard at work on a book entitled, Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God. Yesterday I received a copy of the book. It looks great.... (Keep Reading New Release: Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin)
Reflections on Jeremiah 29 - Part 6 (April 3, 2008) - This is the final post in our series on Jeremiah 29. You can read parts one, two, three, four, and five if you're just tuning in. The final point is this: God's good plan is to give us more... (Keep Reading Reflections on Jeremiah 29 - Part 6)
Ferguson Interview (April 3, 2008) - Ferguson Interview: check out the interview CJ did with Sinclair Ferguson.... (Keep Reading Ferguson Interview)
The Fearful-Psalm 56 (April 2, 2008) - This past Sunday I preached on fear in the first message in our series, Psalms: Real Help for Real People. This is the video that introduced the message: I preached from Psalm 56 which says, "When I am afraid, I... (Keep Reading The Fearful-Psalm 56)
Reflections on Jeremiah 29 - Part 5 (April 2, 2008) - Continuing in our series on Jeremiah 29, we're learning more about God's good plans for his people. If you need to catch up here are parts one, two, three, and four. Point number five is this...God's good plan includes... (Keep Reading Reflections on Jeremiah 29 - Part 5)
From Nightclub to Church (April 1, 2008) - From Nightclub to Church: This article by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer tells the story of how Mars Hill Church in Seattle turned a former nightclub into it's sixth campus. Go, Mars Hill!... (Keep Reading From Nightclub to Church)
Reflections on Jeremiah 29 - Part 4 (March 31, 2008) - We've been studying Jeremiah 29 with this series of posts. You can read parts one, two, and three if you need to catch up. God's good plan starts right where we are. A lot of times we think that... (Keep Reading Reflections on Jeremiah 29 - Part 4)
Quote on Worry (March 30, 2008) - Quote on Worry: Here's my favorite line from Ed Welch's excellent book on fear, Running Scared: "Worriers are visionaries minus the optimism."... (Keep Reading Quote on Worry)
A Stepford God (March 29, 2008) - In chapter seven of his book, The Reason for God, Tim Keller addresses the common objection of skeptics that "you can't take the Bible literally". At the conclusion of the chapter he writes: If you don't trust the Bible enough... (Keep Reading A Stepford God)
Reflections on Jeremiah 29—Part 3 (March 27, 2008) - Continuing this series on God's letter to His exiled people in Babylon, recorded in Jeremiah 29. In the first post, we considered the original context of this passage, which is often disregarded despite the popular love for verses 11-13.... (Keep Reading Reflections on Jeremiah 29—Part 3)
Top 10 Hymns (March 26, 2008) - At our church we sing many different songs in many different musical styles. We sing a good number of hymns. But this year we'd like to deepen our appreciation and love for some great hymns. So in the coming year... (Keep Reading Top 10 Hymns)
Amazon Bestseller: Do Hard Things (March 26, 2008) - In late-breaking proud-older-brother news, Do Hard Things, written by my brothers Alex and Brett, spent yesterday climbing the charts on amazon.com. As Brett wrote last night, "20 minutes left for the day and we've reached #5 overall and #1... (Keep Reading Amazon Bestseller: Do Hard Things)
Reflections on Jeremiah 29—Part 2 (March 26, 2008) - A few days ago, I began a series on God's letter to His exiled people in Babylon, recorded in Jeremiah 29. In the last post, we considered the original context of this passage, which is often disregarded, despite the... (Keep Reading Reflections on Jeremiah 29—Part 2)
Truth and Relevance (March 22, 2008) - "Now it is comparatively easy to be faithful if we do not care about being contemporary, and easy also to be contemporary if we do not bother to be faithful. It is the search for a combination of truth and... (Keep Reading Truth and Relevance)
Facebook & Godliness (March 21, 2008) - Facebook & Godliness: my fellow-pastor Kenneth Maresco recently gave a message to the teens and parents of our church about Facebook in which he sought to bring biblical wisdom to bear on this "new" form of communication. I think parents... (Keep Reading Facebook & Godliness)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (March 21, 2008) - If you live in the area I'd love to have you join us for our Youth Ministry's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a Broadway musical based on the biblical story of Joseph. Today our pastoral team... (Keep Reading Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat)
Reflections on Jeremiah 29—Part 1 (March 21, 2008) - All of Scripture is God's inspired word. We know that every page is profitable for teaching, correcting and training us in righteousness. And yet there are certain sections of Scripture that hold a special place in our hearts. These... (Keep Reading Reflections on Jeremiah 29—Part 1)
Psalms: Real Help for Real People (March 18, 2008) - We're starting a 12-part series in the book of Psalms at Covenant Life that I'm really excited about. This video was created by David Altrogge and Mike Hartnett of Vinegar Hill Pictures to promote the series. I think they did... (Keep Reading Psalms: Real Help for Real People)
Book Buzz: Church? (March 15, 2008) - Church? "I am reading Joshua Harris book Stop Dating the Church...love it. He talks about the people who believe they can be Christians and never go to church. I have heard this argument many times. They don't believe you have... (Keep Reading Book Buzz: Church?)
Book Buzz: Jargon Meets Advice (March 15, 2008) - Jargon Meets Advice "Boy Meets Girl: I read part of this back when I bought it 7-ish years ago. If you get past the jargon-y parts it has some solid advice." (Read full post here.)... (Keep Reading Book Buzz: Jargon Meets Advice)
Book Buzz: A Brief Review (March 15, 2008) - A Brief Review "I think this book [Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is)] would appeal to both teenagers and parents, although I would give the parents the book first to read. This is not explicit in its language but... (Keep Reading Book Buzz: A Brief Review)
Tullian on 700 Club (March 15, 2008) - Tullian on 700 Club: my friend, Tullian Tchividjian, who is a pastor and the author of Do I Know God? was recently featured on the 700 Club.... (Keep Reading Tullian on 700 Club)
Sermon Correction (March 15, 2008) - For anyone who heard my sermon on Jeremiah 29:1-14 last Sunday, I need to correct an error in the message. I said that the deportation of 597 B.C. described in Jeremiah 29 was the same that took Daniel to Babylon.... (Keep Reading Sermon Correction)
A Theology of Work (March 11, 2008) - In his book Christian Mission in the Modern World, John Stott makes the point that Jesus calls all his followers to ministry. And ministry is service. He says, "if we are Christians we must spend our lives in the service... (Keep Reading A Theology of Work)
Tears for Obama (March 7, 2008) - My five-year-old son, Joshua Quinn, has been following the presidential election with his dad. To him it's another sport alongside football and NASCAR. Someone wins. Someone loses. He can understand that. He has seen various candidates on TV and... (Keep Reading Tears for Obama)
Week of Prayer (March 6, 2008) - Twice a year our church has what we call the Week of Prayer, a special time we set aside to focus on the priority of prayer. One of my favorite features of the week is our prayer room, open... (Keep Reading Week of Prayer)
Geldof and Bush (March 5, 2008) - Geldof and Bush: This is a fascinating article by Bob Geldof who traveled with the President on his recent trip to Africa (HT: Isaac Hydoski).... (Keep Reading Geldof and Bush)
Fairy Tale (February 28, 2008) - I thought ya'll would enjoy a comment that was left on a YouTube clip of one of my sermons:Wow ... This is such a bright engaging speaker. It's too bad he's wasting his life away talking about a fairy tale.I... (Keep Reading Fairy Tale)
A Brief Reunion (February 22, 2008) - I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was headed to the annual Desiring God Pastors' Conference. I only ended up being there for a day because of sickness in my family, but I was able to hear one... (Keep Reading A Brief Reunion)
Tim Challies Reviews The Reason for God (February 20, 2008) - Book Review: Tim Challies reviews Tim Keller's The Reason for God.... (Keep Reading Tim Challies Reviews The Reason for God)
Sarah Brewer (February 19, 2008) - Dave and Jen Brewer are dear friends of ours. We lived next to them for a while, and Dave pastors with me at our church. They have 4 beautiful children, the youngest of which is little Sarah, 18 months... (Keep Reading Sarah Brewer)
Praying for Dr. Mohler (February 14, 2008) - Today, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary posted in a press release that its president, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr, "will require additional surgery after a scheduled colonoscopy on February 11 revealed a [pre-cancerous] tumor in his colon. ....The procedure is... (Keep Reading Praying for Dr. Mohler)
Jonathan Edwards in Charity and Its Fruits (February 13, 2008) - "Do you think the injuries you have received from your fellow-man are more than you have offered to God? Has your enemy been more base, more unreasonable, more ungrateful, than you have to the High and Holy One? Have his... (Keep Reading Jonathan Edwards in Charity and Its Fruits)
Chocolates and The Reason for God (February 9, 2008) - This week I received a copy of Tim Keller's new book The Reason for God which will be released February 14. I started it today and I plan to write more about it at a later date. But I just... (Keep Reading Chocolates and The Reason for God)
The Preacher's Authority (February 5, 2008) - From Wayne Grudem's Bible Doctrine:Throughout the history of the church the greatest preachers have been those who have recognized that they have no authority in themselves, and have seen their task as being to explain the words of Scripture and... (Keep Reading The Preacher's Authority)
Mahaney Interviews Dever (February 2, 2008) - Interview: Turning the tables, CJ Mahaney interviews Mark Dever in this 9Marks interview on building healthy churches.... (Keep Reading Mahaney Interviews Dever)
CJ on Super Bowl XLII (February 2, 2008) - CJ has written a must-read post on the Super Bowl. Whether or not you agree with his predictions, I think you'll find his tips for game day very helpful. Here is a summary of his points: 1. Strategically assign the... (Keep Reading CJ on Super Bowl XLII)
Fathers and Sons in Minneapolis (February 1, 2008) - The picture is almost six years old. I was with three of my brothers Alex, Joel and Brett after speaking at a festival. We were hot, tired and looking into the sun when we snapped the picture. Next week... (Keep Reading Fathers and Sons in Minneapolis)
The Gettys (January 31, 2008) - The Gettys: Our church is thrilled to have Keith and Kristin Getty joining us this Sunday. They'll be leading worship along with Bob Kauflin. If you haven't heard their wonderful hymns, you should check them out.... (Keep Reading The Gettys)
Honoring My Wife (January 31, 2008) - This post is an unabashed display of husbandly pride. Forgive me, but I want to honor my amazing wife. She spends herself managing our home and caring for and educating our three children. Like all mothers, she could be... (Keep Reading Honoring My Wife)
Feeding on the Heidelberg Catechism (January 24, 2008) - As part of my daily time of communion with God I've been reading through the Heidelberg Catechism. Today questions 26 and 27 ministered to my soul. Q. What do you believe when you say: I believe in God the Father... (Keep Reading Feeding on the Heidelberg Catechism)
Interview: Professor Robert P. George (January 22, 2008) - Today is the 35-year anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in our country. I encourage you to read Justin Taylor's interview with Professor Robert P. George on the topic of abortion and its politics. Professor George, a... (Keep Reading Interview: Professor Robert P. George)
Tim Keller Interview (January 20, 2008) - Tim Keller Interview: Justin interviews pastor Tim Keller about his forthcoming book The Reason For God.... (Keep Reading Tim Keller Interview)
Less Mud, But Still "Stuck" (January 19, 2008) - Less Mud, But Still "Stuck" "Sex Is Not the Problem: It's been said of another book on this topic, "it's like dragging your mind through the mud". This book isn't—it's pg, easy to read, honest, and incredibly God-centered. Harris is... (Keep Reading Less Mud, But Still "Stuck")
A New Love (January 19, 2008) - A New Love "recently i've been reading joshua harris' Stop dating the church: fall in love with the family of God. i didn't think i needed it, but then there was this portion that really struck me, that said that... (Keep Reading A New Love)
John Piper on Martin Luther King Weekend (January 19, 2008) - Today on the Desiring God blog, John Piper writes: Monday is Martin Luther King day. I encourage all pastors and Sunday School teachers to make something of it this weekend. It may be too late to preach on racial and... (Keep Reading John Piper on Martin Luther King Weekend)
Weeping With Those Who Weep (January 17, 2008) - I wanted to share this article that Jon Smith recently posted on the New Attitude blog. Jon is a friend and fellow pastor who serves on the singles team at our church. Jon writes from his experience of losing... (Keep Reading Weeping With Those Who Weep)
My Kid Brothers in the News (January 12, 2008) - This post is not an endorsement of any political candidate, but as a proud older brother, I have to pass this on... Today The New York Times has an article that extensively quotes my brothers, Brett and Alex, about their... (Keep Reading My Kid Brothers in the News)
Dave Barry on the Election (January 11, 2008) - Dave Barry on the Election: After the IA and NH primaries, humorist Dave Barry has some probing questions about the candidates like "Is McCain too old at 117?" And "Does Romney ever burp?" (HT:BK)... (Keep Reading Dave Barry on the Election)
New Attitude 2008 (January 11, 2008) - Check out the promo video for NA 2008 and then make plans to join us in Louisville, KY, Memorial Day weekend. You should also swing by the new NA website which has had a total overhaul. It's pretty. Leave a... (Keep Reading New Attitude 2008)
For Battling Self-Righteousness (January 11, 2008) - "Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be." - Thomas a Kempis... (Keep Reading For Battling Self-Righteousness)
10:31 Sermon Jams (January 10, 2008) - In the last year, I've become acquainted with a group called 10:31 Sermon Jams. These guys, Bryan and Caleb, are taking sermons and setting them to music, with the goal of "bringing life changing truth and the good news... (Keep Reading 10:31 Sermon Jams)
Rebelution Tour 2008 (January 7, 2008) - I'm thrilled that our church is hosting one stop on the Rebelution Tour 2008. Alex and Brett will visit Gaithersburg on July 26. Here's a video for the tour that they just released.... (Keep Reading Rebelution Tour 2008)
Politics and Perspective (January 4, 2008) - Al Mohler's commentary today on the results of the Iowa caucus closed with some helpful words:The rhetoric of the race—and the rhetoric of many evangelicals—is disturbing. This race is important and necessarily so. We are talking about the next President... (Keep Reading Politics and Perspective)
Affluenza, Part 7: Rescued from Greed (January 2, 2008) - This is the final installment of our affluenza series, based on a sermon I gave looking at Jesus' parable of the rich fool in Luke 12. Having, in the previous posts, looked at the deception and destruction of greed,... (Keep Reading Affluenza, Part 7: Rescued from Greed)
The Story of Stuff (January 1, 2008) - A reader who enjoyed the Affluenza series pointed me to The Story of Stuff. The site features a 20-minute presentation that is very engaging and informative. The description on the site reads: From its extraction through sale, use and... (Keep Reading The Story of Stuff)
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