2010 Archives

Auld Lang Syne (December 31, 2010) - Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne ? CHORUS: For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for... (Keep Reading Auld Lang Syne)
Waiting on God (December 28, 2010) - "To wait is not merely to remain impassive. It is to expect--to look for with patience, and also with submission. It is to long for, but not impatiently; to look for, but not to fret at the delay; to watch... (Keep Reading Waiting on God)
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God Uses Critics to Help Us (December 19, 2010) - "Christ uses critics to guard our souls from self-destructive tendencies. We gain ears to listen to others when we gain ears to listen to Him....Critics, like governing authorities, are servants of God to you for good (Rom. 13:4). He who... (Keep Reading God Uses Critics to Help Us)
Teaspoon Christianity (December 14, 2010) - "For those of us who have been Christians for a while, it becomes easy to think that we've pretty much exhausted the possibilities of the Christian life. We can settle into a routine of activities at church and in our... (Keep Reading Teaspoon Christianity)
Would You Write a Blurb for My Book? (December 10, 2010) - In the publishing world they call endorsements on the backs of books "blurbs." Most of the time when it comes to gathering these blurbs, the idea is to ask respected leaders, authors or experts on the topic that your book... (Keep Reading Would You Write a Blurb for My Book? )
Preaching Notes Series Introduction (December 8, 2010) - UPDATE: We did this series a few years ago, but since then the links got messed up. So we reposted them and here it is again with everything working right. Enjoy. Several months ago my friend Justin Buzzard sent... (Keep Reading Preaching Notes Series Introduction)
A God-Sized Vision (December 4, 2010) - I've been enjoying the book A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir by Collin Hansen and John Woodbridge which recounts the fascinating details of world-changing revivals, beginning with biblical events and continuing through the Reformation, the Great Awakenings,... (Keep Reading A God-Sized Vision)
That is Ugly (December 4, 2010) - I never thought I'd need to say this, but my head makes a really unattractive Christmas lawn ornament. See it.... (Keep Reading That is Ugly)
The Miracle Maker (December 4, 2010) - My family and I enjoyed this animated feature-length claymation film of the life of Jesus called The Miracle Maker. I think it's my favorite "Jesus film" and would make a great Christmas gift for kids. I agree with the... (Keep Reading The Miracle Maker)
You Will Be Saved (December 4, 2010) - God's word says in Romans 10:9-10, "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is... (Keep Reading You Will Be Saved)
Preaching Notes: Joshua Harris (December 1, 2010) - 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)
Preaching Notes: Mark Driscoll (December 1, 2010) - 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)
Preaching Notes: Tim Keller (December 1, 2010) - 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)
Preaching Notes: Ray Ortlund, Jr (December 1, 2010) - 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: CJ Mahaney (December 1, 2010) - 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: CJ Mahaney)
Preaching Notes: Mike Bullmore (December 1, 2010) - 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)
Preaching Notes: Mark Dever (December 1, 2010) - 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)
Evangelical Hypocrite (November 29, 2010) - Of all hypocrites, grant that I may not be an evangelical hypocrite, who sins more safely because grace abounds, who tells his lusts that Christ's blood cleanseth them, who reasons that God cannot cast him into hell, for he is... (Keep Reading Evangelical Hypocrite)
Transition Plan by Bob Russell (November 23, 2010) - Bob Russell served as the Senior Minister of Southeast Christian Church for 40 years until 2006 when he retired and transitioned leadership to Dave Stone. Now he's written a book with Brian Bucher about that process called Transition Plan: 7... (Keep Reading Transition Plan by Bob Russell)
Who Are Your Companions? (November 16, 2010) - "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." - Proverbs 13:20 ESV If you counted websites, television shows, and musical artists as companions, would you say you're walking with the wise or the... (Keep Reading Who Are Your Companions? )
Heartache or Happiness (November 11, 2010) - "The best thing is neither to seek nor avoid troubles but to follow Christ and take the bitter with the sweet as it may come. Whether we are happy or unhappy at any given time is not important. That... (Keep Reading Heartache or Happiness)
Abiding Isn't Complicated (November 6, 2010) - "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." - John 15:5 ESV When we think about what... (Keep Reading Abiding Isn't Complicated)
Plant! Conference (November 1, 2010) - If you are a church planter or on a pastoral team that is considering church planting, you should look into the Sovereign Grace Ministries Plant! Conference. It's being held on March 24-26 in Glen Mills, PA, and will feature Dave... (Keep Reading Plant! Conference)
Matt Chandler: One Year Later (November 1, 2010) - Justin Taylor provides an encouraging retrospective on the past year and Matt Chandler's faith while suffering from brain cancer. I thank God for this brother, his wife and family and his church. Read it.... (Keep Reading Matt Chandler: One Year Later)
Ring the Bells of Heaven (November 1, 2010) - "'Good Prayers,' says an old divine, 'never come weeping home. I am sure I shall receive either what I ask, or what I should ask. Prayer pulls the rope below, and the great bell rings above in the ears of... (Keep Reading Ring the Bells of Heaven)
Cranford (November 1, 2010) - I know I'm going to lose "man points" for admitting this, but I enjoyed watching the BBC series Cranford with my wife. Judi Dench is an incredible actress. Now I'm going to watch some football.... (Keep Reading Cranford)
Facebook Strategy (November 1, 2010) - I'm trying to use my Personal Facebook Page to primarily communicate and connect with members of Covenant Life Church. So please don't be offended if I didn't respond to your friend request (or even unfriended you to make room to... (Keep Reading Facebook Strategy)
Sono Harris Bio (October 17, 2010) - Sono Harris October 17, 1954 - July 4, 2010 Sono Sato Harris, the second child of Frank and Lily Sato, was born on October 17, 1954 in Dayton, Ohio. She has an older brother, Steve, a younger sister, Tani,... (Keep Reading Sono Harris Bio)
How My Site Works (October 1, 2010) - Recently God has been directing me to spend less time online. So the way this site works is that I do new posts at the start of the month. The rest of the month I don't do anything. Enjoy looking... (Keep Reading How My Site Works)
Faith Shows (October 1, 2010) - "True faith will always show itself by its fruits; it will sanctify, it will work by love, it will overcome the world, it will purify the heart." - J.C. Ryle, Holiness pg. 40... (Keep Reading Faith Shows)
Faith is the Means (October 1, 2010) - "Faith is the means, not the ground, of salvation. Paul declared that we are saved through faith, never that we are saved on account of faith. The merit of Christ is the ground of salvation. Faith is the instrument that... (Keep Reading Faith is the Means)
I'd Like to Send You a Book (October 1, 2010) - UPDATE: This special offer is no longer available. Thanks to everyone who participated. Dug Down Deep is a simple introduction to basic Christian belief. One person described it as systematic theology disguised as something readable. I wrote it so that... (Keep Reading I'd Like to Send You a Book)
Twelve Years Ago (October 1, 2010) - October 3, 1998. Happy anniversary, darling.... (Keep Reading Twelve Years Ago)
Lazarus' Second Funeral (October 1, 2010) - Copyright © 2010 by Joshua Harris... (Keep Reading Lazarus' Second Funeral)
Should I Change the Title (Again)? (October 1, 2010) - I need your opinion on a publishing question. Seven years ago I wrote a book on sexual purity and the fight against lust and called it Not Even a Hint. But a few years later I decided along with... (Keep Reading Should I Change the Title (Again)? )
Sermons from 1 Peter (October 1, 2010) - These are the sermons from our church's study of 1 Peter. You can click on the titles of each sermon below to listen online or download the audio. I hope they encourage you. 1 Peter 1:1-2 | Joshua Harris | A Past, Present and Future... (Keep Reading Sermons from 1 Peter)
Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life (October 1, 2010) - The pastors of Covenant Life Church are reading a small book by Sam Allberry called Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life. Here are a few quotes: "The resurrection demonstrates who Jesus is. It is not meant to be just some mega-miracle,... (Keep Reading Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life)
My Faith Rests Not Upon What I Am (September 27, 2010) - "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died. My trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, He is my righteousness. My faith rests not... (Keep Reading My Faith Rests Not Upon What I Am)
Christa Wells (September 18, 2010) - I met Christa Wells at the Peacemakers Conference where she was leading worship. I gave her a book and she gave me a copy of her album "Frame the Clouds" (I think I got the better end of the trade!)... (Keep Reading Christa Wells )
"You Need a Mother Very Badly" by Brett Harris (September 8, 2010) - You need a mother very badly!               she always used to say And I agreed when loads of laundry needed washing        or when my stomach stole my lunch and                held it ransom for a midday... (Keep Reading "You Need a Mother Very Badly" by Brett Harris)
God, The Gospel and Glenn Beck (September 2, 2010) - I think that Dr. Russell Moore nails it in his commentary on the Glenn Beck rally. Amen.... (Keep Reading God, The Gospel and Glenn Beck)
What Manner of Men Will They Be? (September 2, 2010) - I'm reading Arnold Dallimore's two-volume biography of George Whitefield, the great evangelist of the 18th century revival. I was deeply stirred by a paragraph in one of the opening chapters in which Dallimore shares that the "mission" of the book... (Keep Reading What Manner of Men Will They Be? )
Humble Shepherds and Sheep (September 2, 2010) - Recently I preached a message from 1 Peter 5:1-5 which exhorts elders to "shepherd the flock of God that is among you." If you're not a pastor, you might think that this passage of scripture has very little to... (Keep Reading Humble Shepherds and Sheep)
Sovereign Grace Ministries 2010 Pastors Conference (September 2, 2010) - Our church is hosting the Sovereign Grace Pastors Conference November 2-4, 2010. This year the main session speakers are C.J. Mahaney, Dave Harvey, Jeff Purswell, Kevin DeYoung, Jim Donohue and John Loftness. If you serve in ministry, I'm sure you'll... (Keep Reading Sovereign Grace Ministries 2010 Pastors Conference)
Amillennialism 101 by Dr. Kim Riddlebarger (September 1, 2010) - Thought much lately about how the world will end? I'm working my way through a series of lectures by Dr. Kim Riddlebarger on amillennialism. Monergism is giving away for free a CD of his lectures and sermons. The mp3 CD... (Keep Reading Amillennialism 101 by Dr. Kim Riddlebarger)
Worship Songs I'm Enjoying (September 1, 2010) - Like Incense/Sometimes by Step - by Hillsong A Beautiful Exchange Reign In Us - by Starfield I Will Go We Crown You - by Fee Hope Rising Our God - by Chris Tomlin Passion Awakening Hear us From Heaven -... (Keep Reading Worship Songs I'm Enjoying)
Christian Biographies for Kids (September 1, 2010) - At night I've been reading my kids a biography of Charles Spurgeon by Christian Timothy George. It's in the Trailblazers series for children published by Christian Focus. They have biographies of great saints from Church history ranging from Jonathan... (Keep Reading Christian Biographies for Kids)
The Shepherd (September 1, 2010) - "On some high moor, across which at night hyenas howl, when you meet him, sleepless, far-sighted, weather-beaten, armed, leaning on his staff, and looking out over his scattered sheep, every one one on his heart, you understand why the... (Keep Reading The Shepherd)
Gospel Coalition 2011 National Conference (September 1, 2010) - Lord willing, our pastoral team along with some members of our church will be attending the Gospel Coalition 2011 National Conference April 12-14 in Chicago, IL. The theme of the main sessions is "Preaching Jesus and the Gospel from... (Keep Reading Gospel Coalition 2011 National Conference)
What Mormons Believe (August 31, 2010) - Justin Taylor provides a helpful resource from the ESV Study Bible: a "FAQ on The Difference Between Mormonism and Biblical Christianity." ... (Keep Reading What Mormons Believe)
Self-Will and Prayer (August 12, 2010) - "Self-will and prayer are both ways of getting things done. At the center of self-will is me, carving a world in my image, but at the center of prayer is God, carving me in his Son's image." - Paul E.... (Keep Reading Self-Will and Prayer)
Peacemaker Conference (August 11, 2010) - I'm looking forward to speaking at this year's Peacemaker Conference. It's theme is forgiveness--as Colossians 3:13b says, "Forgive as the Lord forgave you." I'll be speaking Thursday night, preaching a message called, "Forgiven to Forgive." After me is a... (Keep Reading Peacemaker Conference)
Kiss the Wave (August 10, 2010) - C.H. Spurgeon on suffering: "I have learned to kiss the wave that strikes me against the Rock of Ages."... (Keep Reading Kiss the Wave)
The Trippstache (August 10, 2010) - Special Thanks to Paul Tripp for permission to draw his iconic mustache. By Joshua Harris © Copyright 2010... (Keep Reading The Trippstache)
Fiery Trials (August 9, 2010) - This past Sunday I preached from 1 Peter 4:12-19, a passage that tells Christians not to be surprised by fiery trials that come upon us to test us. I asked five questions of the text: What are fiery trials? Why... (Keep Reading Fiery Trials)
Worship in the Dust (August 5, 2010) - C.H. Spurgeon: "My dear friend, when grief presses you to the dust, worship there." (Via the Huie Family)... (Keep Reading Worship in the Dust)
Self-Control and Sober-Mindedness for the Sake of Prayer (August 5, 2010) - I preached a message last Sunday from 1 Peter 4:7-11 called "Pray Love Serve." God's Spirit is really hitting me hard with the priority of self-control for the sake of prayer. 1 Peter 4:7 says, "The end of all things... (Keep Reading Self-Control and Sober-Mindedness for the Sake of Prayer)
Glancing & Gazing (August 4, 2010) - I love this quote by Joni Eareckson Tada: "I want to stay in the habit of 'glancing' at my problems and 'gazing' at my Lord." Heb. 12:12 (Via Randy Alcorn)... (Keep Reading Glancing & Gazing)
Anne Rice is Not Our Enemy (August 4, 2010) - Russell Moore writes with wisdom and grace regarding Anne Rice's recent announcement that she's quitting Christianity. "Anne Rice is, at best, our sister-in-Christ who is going through a dark night of the soul. She is, at the very least, someone... (Keep Reading Anne Rice is Not Our Enemy)
The Disciples Talking in Heaven (August 1, 2010) - By Joshua Harris © Copyright 2010... (Keep Reading The Disciples Talking in Heaven)
Thoughts From a Friend Who Has Suffered (July 26, 2010) - Grief over losing my mom hits me in unexpected moments. I can have stretches of time when I'm not weighed down by it, but then sadness surprises me. I'm learning that this is a normal part of the process. During... (Keep Reading Thoughts From a Friend Who Has Suffered)
Jesus Calls Peter (July 22, 2010) - by Joshua Harris © 2010... (Keep Reading Jesus Calls Peter)
A Woman's Question by Mary "Lena" Lathrop (July 22, 2010) - I quoted the following poem by Lena Lathrop in my book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. (I've since learned that the original title was "A Woman's Answer to a Man's Question"). It had been a while since I'd read it, but... (Keep Reading A Woman's Question by Mary "Lena" Lathrop)
The Case Against Summer Vacation (July 22, 2010) - David Von Drehle writes in TIME's cover story entitled "The Case Against Summer Vacation": "We romanticize it. But all that downtime is making our kids fall behind -- especially those who can least afford to." Social scientists call it "summer... (Keep Reading The Case Against Summer Vacation)
Pay What You Can (July 20, 2010) - Thanks to everyone who participated in promoting the Atlanta Rebelution Conference. We gave away 23 free registrations! I also want to let everyone else know that if you want to come to the conference, please don't let finances keep you... (Keep Reading Pay What You Can)
"To Tell the Truth" Feat. Emma Harris (July 17, 2010) - My 10-year-old daughter Emma has inherited her mom's beautiful voice. This year she had the honor of singing on the new Sovereign Grace Kids album based on the book of Proverbs called Walking with the Wise. Parents, I highly recommend... (Keep Reading "To Tell the Truth" Feat. Emma Harris)
Faith Doesn't Erase Hurt (July 15, 2010) - My friends Ben and Nancy shared this quote from Nancy Guthrie's book "Holding on to Hope." In it she recounts losing her baby to a rare genetic disorder: "The day after we buried Hope, my husband said to me, 'You... (Keep Reading Faith Doesn't Erase Hurt)
Prayers Do Not Die (July 15, 2010) - My friend Lucy shared this quote on prayer by E.M. Bounds to encourage me regarding the passing of my mother. Mom truly was a woman of prayer this truth blessed me: "The [woman] who has done the most and the... (Keep Reading Prayers Do Not Die)
The Harris 4 in Atlanta: Ticket Giveaway (July 15, 2010) - I'm joining my brothers for a Do Hard Things conference July 24th in Atlanta, Georgia. I thought you'd enjoy this old-school picture of us back when we all had hair. (Over at their site my brothers are already breaking... (Keep Reading The Harris 4 in Atlanta: Ticket Giveaway)
Help Me Choose a Chapter (July 8, 2010) - My publisher has very kindly given me permission to post another free, downloadable chapter from Dug Down Deep. But I'd love to get your help deciding which chapter to use. Here's the table of contents. Just leave a comment telling... (Keep Reading Help Me Choose a Chapter)
Be Careful How You Count (July 7, 2010) - Mark Batterson writes, "Numbers are a dangerous thing. They help us measure things, but measuring in the spiritual realm isn't always a healthy or holy thing. In one sense, we count people because people count. I get that. But there... (Keep Reading Be Careful How You Count)
Tributes to Sono Harris (July 6, 2010) - One of the things that has been a great encouragement to me in the last few weeks has been hearing stories from other people about my mom--things she taught them and kindness she showed them. I wanted to share... (Keep Reading Tributes to Sono Harris)
Memorial Service for Sono Harris (July 6, 2010) - The memorial service for my mother will be held at 10:30am (PDT) Saturday, July 10 at Good Shepherd Community Church. It is open to all. Our family is deeply grateful to the elders of Good Shepherd for allowing us to... (Keep Reading Memorial Service for Sono Harris)
Tragedy Into Blessing (July 5, 2010) - My friend Ken shared this quote by R.C. Sproul: "God, in his providence, has the power and the will to work all things together for good for his people. This does not mean that everything that happens to us is,... (Keep Reading Tragedy Into Blessing)
Sono Harris is with Jesus (July 4, 2010) - Sono Sato Harris October 17, 1954 - July 4, 2010 Today, July 4, 2010, at approximately 11pm, our dear mother, Sono Sato Harris, passed away and went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ. It was an entirely peaceful... (Keep Reading Sono Harris is with Jesus)
Please Pray for My Mom (July 3, 2010) - I just got a call from my sister Sarah and learned that today my mom has begun to experience extreme pain. Even morphine doesn't seem to be helping. The Hospice Care team (who have been serving our family so well)... (Keep Reading Please Pray for My Mom)
The Long Goodnight by Matthew Smith (July 3, 2010) - When I was with my mom last week before I left Oregon she talked to me about how Christians don't say "goodbye" when one dies, but only "goodnight." Today a friend pointed me to this song by Matthew Smith featured... (Keep Reading The Long Goodnight by Matthew Smith)
Official Video For Trip Lee's The Invasion (Hero) Feat. Jai (July 3, 2010) - I've been wearing this song out the last few weeks. And the video is well done. It's from a great album by Trip Lee called Between Two Worlds. You can read an interview Justin Taylor did with Trip about... (Keep Reading Official Video For Trip Lee's The Invasion (Hero) Feat. Jai )
Britt Merrick (July 1, 2010) - In a meeting this year of the Gospel Coalition I met Britt Merrick, a pastor and the leader of the  Reality movement of churches. I was impressed by his passion for Jesus, God's word and the work of the Holy... (Keep Reading Britt Merrick)
CJ Mahaney Impersonation (July 1, 2010) - If you've ever seen CJ preach you'll enjoy this impersonation performed at the recent Resolved Conference in California. ... (Keep Reading CJ Mahaney Impersonation)
Gregg & Sono Harris (June 26, 2010) - "The best thing a man can do for his children is love their mother." - John Wooden... (Keep Reading Gregg & Sono Harris)
Update on Sono Harris (June 24, 2010) - Several of you have asked about how my mom is doing (see this post for background on her fight with cancer). Thank you. We really appreciate your concern and prayers for her. The short answer is that her spirit... (Keep Reading Update on Sono Harris)
Mark Driscoll: Church is Not a Restaurant (June 19, 2010) - Here's a great clip from a sermon by Pastor Mark Driscoll on the importance of giving and serving in your local church. Family is messy. And being part of a family means playing your part and working. Let's all get... (Keep Reading Mark Driscoll: Church is Not a Restaurant)
Young Man Dies by David Wilcox (June 18, 2010) - Years ago my friend Don introduced me to the music of David Wilcox. One of my favorite songs from his album Underneath is called "Young Man Dies." I listened to it recently and was again affected by its poetic description... (Keep Reading Young Man Dies by David Wilcox)
A Peasant's Feast (June 17, 2010) - Being here in Oregon for a few weeks Shannon and I have had the chance to enjoy several meals prepared by my sister-in-law Kimi. She's blogged for two years at The Nourishing Gourmet where she shares how she feeds her... (Keep Reading A Peasant's Feast)
A Woman Who Fears the LORD (June 16, 2010) - Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all."... (Keep Reading A Woman Who Fears the LORD)
Self-Righteousness Defined (June 15, 2010) - "Self-righteousness is being more aware of and irritated by the sins of others than you are conscious of and grieved by your own." - @PaulTripp... (Keep Reading Self-Righteousness Defined)
My Eric Metaxas Month (June 15, 2010) - Started reading Eric Metaxas' new book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. Really enjoying it. Discovered that Metaxas also wrote the bio of Wilberforce called Amazing Grace so I ordered that one, too. Then I decided to take the Wilberforce bio... (Keep Reading My Eric Metaxas Month)
Trust Requires Intimate Knowledge (June 11, 2010) - Jerry Bridges in his book Trusting God writes, "In order to trust God we must know Him in an intimate, personal way. David said in Psalm 9:10, 'Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never... (Keep Reading Trust Requires Intimate Knowledge)
Ingredients in a Twinkie (June 11, 2010) - Photographer Dwight Eschliman has taken pictures of the 37 or so ingredients in a Twinkie. No wonder those things have a shelf life of 400 years. They're plastic! And now I understand why my mom never let me have them.... (Keep Reading Ingredients in a Twinkie)
What Are You Leaning On? (June 10, 2010) - God's word says in Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding." Trusting God wholeheartedly involves actively not trusting in yourself--not trusting in your own comprehension, your own experience,... (Keep Reading What Are You Leaning On?)
Feeding the Flesh Cartoons: An Excerpt from Dug Down Deep (June 7, 2010) - The following is an excerpt from the chapter on sanctification from Dug Down Deep. In it I attempt to answer questions like "If we're new, why do we so often act old? If we're changed by faith in Christ, why... (Keep Reading Feeding the Flesh Cartoons: An Excerpt from Dug Down Deep)
Letters to Sono (June 4, 2010) - Ever since we learned of my mom's cancer, we've heard from many old friends from all corners of the country. Thank you for reaching out and expressing your concern. It means a lot. A few people have asked if they... (Keep Reading Letters to Sono)
Spelling Bee Finalist (June 4, 2010) - Congratulations to Lanson Tang, a homeschooled 8th-grader from Covenant Life Church who will be one of ten finalists in the national spelling bee. The final competition will be televised on ABC tonight at 8pm. Lanson is Speller #102. Go get... (Keep Reading Spelling Bee Finalist)
Oil Spill: Katrina Meets Chernobyl (June 3, 2010) - Russell Moore is from Biloxi, Mississippi, a region being devastated by the oil spill in the Gulf. His article entitled "Ecological Catastrophe and the Uneasy Evangelical Conscience" is worth reading. Moore writes, "This is more than a threat to my... (Keep Reading Oil Spill: Katrina Meets Chernobyl)
Oregon (May 31, 2010) - We're in Oregon. Mom had a few bad few days last week so I left the Next conference early and the family flew out Sunday morning. I'm so grateful for all the people from Covenant Life and from Next who... (Keep Reading Oregon)
The Do Hard Things Tour 2010 (May 28, 2010) - My brothers Alex and Brett have invited me to participate in three stops of their Do Hard Things Conference tour this summer. These events, designed for teens and their parents, call young adults to reject our culture's expectations for... (Keep Reading The Do Hard Things Tour 2010)
Humble Orthodoxy (May 23, 2010) - Justin Taylor lives in Chicago. At 6' 2'' he's about twice as tall as me. He's at least that much smarter than me as well. I'm grateful for his friendship. God has given Justin a very sharp mind and he... (Keep Reading Humble Orthodoxy)
Pro-Life Feminism (May 23, 2010) - Writing for the Washington Post's "On Faith" column, Colleen Carroll Campbell writes that "pro-life feminism" is the future of the pro-life movement. "For many American women, the feminism that once attracted them with its lofty goal of promoting respect for... (Keep Reading Pro-Life Feminism)
Ballet Magnificat (May 22, 2010) - The Washington Post's Sarah Kaufman writes an interesting article about Ballet Magnificat, the country's first Christian ballet company. They also feature a gallery of pictures from rehearsals and performances.... (Keep Reading Ballet Magnificat)
Dig Deeper: An Interview with Nigel Beynon (May 22, 2010) - I'm very excited about a new book written by Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach called Dig Deeper: Tools for Understanding God's Word. Dig Deeper offers sixteen "tools" readers can use to get to the bottom of any Bible passage... (Keep Reading Dig Deeper: An Interview with Nigel Beynon)
Surprised by Grace by Tullian Tchividjian (May 21, 2010) - My friend Tullian Tchividjian is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian and this week his newest book, Surprised by Grace, was released. Twenty years ago Tullian was the wild, rebellious black sheep among Billy Graham's grandchildren. Today he follows... (Keep Reading Surprised by Grace by Tullian Tchividjian)
What a Day by Phil Keaggy (May 17, 2010) - Musical artist Phil Keaggy has been a favorite of our family for many years. His song "What a Day" is one that I love. It's a beautiful description of our eternal home with Jesus. When I get Home I will... (Keep Reading What a Day by Phil Keaggy)
Prayer for Sono Harris (May 15, 2010) - A family picture taken in the summer of 2008. Just a few weeks ago our family was hit hard with the news that my dear mother, Sono Harris, has stage IV cancer. It that started in her colon has spread... (Keep Reading Prayer for Sono Harris)
Together for the Gospel Breakout Session: Dug Down Deep (May 14, 2010) - I was very honored to be asked to speak at T4G 2010. This is the talk I gave entitled Dug Down Deep. The message from Luke 6:46-49 was addressed to leaders and was about how we can help others... (Keep Reading Together for the Gospel Breakout Session: Dug Down Deep)
I Will Shake Myself Free (May 13, 2010) - I was sobered this morning reading Judges 16:20 about Samson and his final flirtation with sin: "And he awoke from his sleep and said, 'I will got out as at other times and shake myself free.' But he did not... (Keep Reading I Will Shake Myself Free)
Security at Church (May 13, 2010) - A friend and member of Covenant Life named Brian Gallagher started a blog called Security At Church to help pastors and churches see the need for church safety and security. Brian knows what he's talking about. He serves on the... (Keep Reading Security at Church)
It All Belongs to God (May 13, 2010) - Wherever you are and whatever you have, remember that it ultimately belongs to the LORD: "The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them" (Psalm 89:11). ... (Keep Reading It All Belongs to God)
[CO]MISSION U.K. (May 12, 2010) - For my brothers over in the UK, I just wanted to let you know about the upcoming [CO]MISSION conference July 8-10 2010. This is Sovereign Grace Ministries' first UK church planting conference. It's at the Christchurch Center, Newport, South... (Keep Reading [CO]MISSION U.K.)
My Mother (May 9, 2010) - My Mother by Ann Taylor Who fed me from her gentle breast, And hush'd me in her arms to rest, And on my cheek sweet kisses prest? My Mother. When sleep forsook my open eye, Who was it sung... (Keep Reading My Mother)
The Hope/Holiness Connection (May 4, 2010) - What we hope in shapes our conduct. Here's the manuscript from a recent sermon I preached from 1 Peter 1:13-21 in which we're taught to fix our hope fully on Christ and as a result be holy as God is... (Keep Reading The Hope/Holiness Connection)
Tim Keller on Guilt vs. Gospel Motivation (May 4, 2010) - The Desiring God blog shares a great quote from Tim Keller on how scripture motivates believers to radical giving. Keller writes, "The Bible does not use the guilt-producing motivation, yet it powerfully argues for the ministry of mercy..." Read it.... (Keep Reading Tim Keller on Guilt vs. Gospel Motivation)
Pilgrim: A Musical Production of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (May 4, 2010) - I'm reposting a review by Tony Reinke of Pilgrim, a musical production of Pilgrim's Progress written by Janice and Cathy Mays that had its world premiere at Covenant Life Church. Tony's entire post is worth reading, but here's an excerpt:... (Keep Reading Pilgrim: A Musical Production of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress)
Free Registration to NEXT 2010 (May 1, 2010) - Attention poor college students! I want to give away 5 free registrations to Next 2010. (If you're already registered, I'm sorry I can't do refunds. This is for everybody else.) Here's the plan. I'll to pick five people in... (Keep Reading Free Registration to NEXT 2010)
Young Restless Reformed in Korean (May 1, 2010) - You gotta love the cover for the Korean version of Collin Hansen's book Young, Restless, Reformed.... (Keep Reading Young Restless Reformed in Korean)
Seven Habits of Highly Evangelistic Christians (April 28, 2010) - I'm reposting the following from Kevin DeYoung's blog. Good stuff...Thom Rainer, President and CEO of Lifeway, argues that the secret to being an evangelistic church "is really no secret at all. Ultimately evangelistic churches see more persons become Christians through... (Keep Reading Seven Habits of Highly Evangelistic Christians)
Jennifer Knapp: True Christians Are Repentant Sinners (April 26, 2010) - After watching Jennifer Knapp interviewed by Larry King, Trevin Wax wrote a helpful post on how Christians should engage in a discussion about Christianity and homosexuality. He makes four main points: We need to shift emphasis from the truth... (Keep Reading Jennifer Knapp: True Christians Are Repentant Sinners)
Manuscript vs. Outline (April 22, 2010) - I liked this blog post by Darrin Patrick on the pros and cons of both a simple outline and a full manuscript for sermon notes. Read it. ... (Keep Reading Manuscript vs. Outline)
Movements of the Moment (April 22, 2010) - Michael Horton states: "The modern tendency is to downplay the ordinary ministry of the church in favor of the extraordinary movements of the moment." This is sad and often true. Let's not make this mistake! (Via @pastortullian)... (Keep Reading Movements of the Moment)
Family Devotions (April 22, 2010) - In an article entitled How I Pastor my Family, pastor Justyin Hyde shares some very helpful, simple tips on leading your family in study of God's word. "Many people ask me, "What do 'family devotions' look like at your house?"... (Keep Reading Family Devotions)
Women's Conference with Elyse Fitzpatrick (April 21, 2010) - The Women's Ministry of Covenant Life Church is pleased to welcome author and counselor Elyse Fitzpatrick for a two-day conference where she will share messages on Christ's transforming love from her book, Because He Loves Me. Would you like... (Keep Reading Women's Conference with Elyse Fitzpatrick)
Woulda Coulda Shouldas (April 20, 2010) - All the woulda-coulda-shouldasLayin' in the sun,Talkin' 'bout the thingsThey woulda-coulda-shoulda done...But all those woulda-coulda-shouldasAll ran away and hid From one little did.By Shel Silverstein... (Keep Reading Woulda Coulda Shouldas)
Albert Mohler's Study (April 20, 2010) - Okay, not really. Mohler's study is smaller than this. But not much. (Click image for full size view.)... (Keep Reading Albert Mohler's Study)
Judgment + Hypocrisy = Cynicism (April 19, 2010) - "While purporting to 'see through' others' facades, cynics lack purity of heart. A significant source of cynicism is the fracture between my heart and my behavior. It goes something like this: My heart gets out of tune with God, but... (Keep Reading Judgment + Hypocrisy = Cynicism)
1 Peter: Living Hope (April 11, 2010) - Covenant Life is launching a study of 1 Peter called "Living. Hope." The title is taken from the first chapter that tells us that God has caused us to be "born again to a living hope through the resurrection... (Keep Reading 1 Peter: Living Hope)
Praying for Together for the Gospel 2010 (April 10, 2010) - This coming Monday the pastoral team of Covenant Life along with a group of members of the church will fly to Louisville, Kentucky for the Together for the Gospel Conference. Kevin DeYoung wrote the following post suggesting ways to pray... (Keep Reading Praying for Together for the Gospel 2010)
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Awesome, Savage, Precious Day (April 2, 2010) - Tonight at our Good Friday service my friend Kevin Hartnett recited a poem he wrote entitled "How Awesome Is That Day To Me." He gave me permission to share it here for your encouragement. How awesome is that day to... (Keep Reading Awesome, Savage, Precious Day)
The True Words of Jesus' Enemies (April 2, 2010) - "So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 'He saved others; he cannot save himself.'" - Matthew 27:41-42Those who mocked Jesus could not understand how true their words of derision were. It was only by... (Keep Reading The True Words of Jesus' Enemies)
iPad: Tool, Toy or Idol? (April 1, 2010) - The Resurgence blog has three good questions to ask before lining up to buy an iPad: 1) Is it a tool or a toy? 2) What is the posture of my heart toward this device? 3) Is this a wise... (Keep Reading iPad: Tool, Toy or Idol? )
Revelation is for Relationship (April 1, 2010) - The Bible is the story of Jesus (see John 5:39-40, 46-47). And it's the truth of Jesus. All of Scripture is given to us so we can know him and love him. Revelation is for relationship. In his book... (Keep Reading Revelation is for Relationship)
An Opportunity in Nagoya, Japan (March 31, 2010) - Last month I posted about Michael Oh and his mission to the people of Japan. I love this man's vision for ministry, and I wanted to highlight a way we can pray for him and support him. Michael is... (Keep Reading An Opportunity in Nagoya, Japan)
Looking Into the Past Photos by Jason Powell (March 30, 2010) - These photos are a sample from the Looking Into the Past series by Jason Powell. They compare past snapshots of people, structures and places alongside the present day scene. How long will it be before this concept ends up on the... (Keep Reading Looking Into the Past Photos by Jason Powell)
What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert (March 28, 2010) - I just got a copy of my friend Greg Gilbert's new book What Is the Gospel?. This simple, clear book will help you understand, treasure and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Order it here.... (Keep Reading What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert)
Voice Raps Dug Down Deep (March 25, 2010) - My friend Curtis Allen is a pastor and moonlights as the hip-hop artist Voice. After I wrote Dug Down Deep I asked Curtis to create a hip-hop, musical interpretation of the heart of the book. The result is the... (Keep Reading Voice Raps Dug Down Deep)
Feelings Do Not Define Truth (March 24, 2010) - "My feelings are not God. God is God. My feelings do not define truth. God's word defines truth. My feelings are echoes and responses to what my mind perceives. And sometimes--many times--my feelings are out of sync with the truth.... (Keep Reading Feelings Do Not Define Truth)
Prayer Mirrors the Gospel (March 23, 2010) - "Prayer mirrors the gospel. In the gospel, the Father takes us as we are because of Jesus and gives us his gift of salvation. In prayer, the Father receives us as we are because of Jesus and gives us his... (Keep Reading Prayer Mirrors the Gospel)
The True Cause of Self-Righteousness (March 22, 2010) - "What is the true cause of self-righteousness? How is it that such a poor, weak, erring creature as man can ever dream of deserving anything at God's hands? It all arises from ignorance. The eyes of our understandings are naturally... (Keep Reading The True Cause of Self-Righteousness)
Content to Be Abased (March 17, 2010) - "There is in each of us an envy; O how hard a matter it is to rejoice in the gifts, graces, and labours of others, and be content in circumstances, when God casts us by as unworthy, and uses others... (Keep Reading Content to Be Abased)
Start Here by Alex & Brett Harris (March 16, 2010) - Today my brothers Alex and Brett release their second book, Start Here. By God's grace, their first book Do Hard Things has inspired thousands of young people to make the most of the teen years. Now they're tackling the practical... (Keep Reading Start Here by Alex & Brett Harris)
Bad Idea: Minding Sin More Than the Savior (March 15, 2010) - "The first device that Satan has to keep souls in a sad, doubting, and questioning condition, and so making their life a hell, is by causing them to be still poring and musing upon sin, to mind their sins more... (Keep Reading Bad Idea: Minding Sin More Than the Savior)
No Idols: Give Me An Answer High School Conference (March 12, 2010) - I'm looking forward to speaking at the Give Me an Answer High School Conference, next week March 19th & 20th in Louisville, KY. I'll be joining Dr. Albert Mohler, Dr. Russell Moore and musical guests Shane & Shane and... (Keep Reading No Idols: Give Me An Answer High School Conference)
Henry Scougal on Humility (March 12, 2010) - "Humility imports a deep sense of our own meaness, with a hearty and affectionate acknowledgment of our owing all that we are to the Divine bounty; which is always accompanied with a profound submission to the will of God, and... (Keep Reading Henry Scougal on Humility)
You Can't Get to Know God on the Fly (March 11, 2010) - "Jesus' example teaches us that prayer is about relationship. When he prays, he is not performing a duty; he is getting close to his Father. Any relationship, if it is going to grow, needs private space, time together without an... (Keep Reading You Can't Get to Know God on the Fly)
Thinking Less About Yourself (March 10, 2010) - It's been said that humility is not only thinking less of yourself but also thinking less about yourself. And I guess you could add that humility is assuming that others are thinking less about you, too. One person (besides... (Keep Reading Thinking Less About Yourself)
Paul Tripp Has Cool Shoes & Writes Good Books (March 9, 2010) - Last week I drove up to Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia to speak at a weekend conference they were hosting. The highlight for me was having dinner with Paul Tripp and his wife Luella. What a great couple! I learned... (Keep Reading Paul Tripp Has Cool Shoes & Writes Good Books)
Writing Tip: Kitchen Timer (March 8, 2010) - My friend Donald Miller shares a helpful tip for writers: get a kitchen timer. Don explains, "When I have two or three writing assignments I just make a list, then pick one, then set my little timer for an hour... (Keep Reading Writing Tip: Kitchen Timer)
An Interview About Dug Down Deep (March 8, 2010) - Recently my friend Thabiti Anyabwile interviewed me on his blog about my new book Dug Down Deep. Thabiti: Brother, thank you for writing this book. I really enjoyed reading it. Tell us, why did you write this book and what... (Keep Reading An Interview About Dug Down Deep)
What You Can Do With the Gospel by Justin Taylor (March 7, 2010) - Justin Taylor shares a sample list of what you can do with the gospel drawn from just  two verses.You can (and should):preach ithear it preacheddeliver itreceive itbelieve itbe saved by itremember itremind others of itstand in ithold fast to it"Now... (Keep Reading What You Can Do With the Gospel by Justin Taylor)
Gina Welch: In the Land of Believers (March 4, 2010) - I saw the book In the Land of Believers at Barnes & Noble the other day and thought "Another inside glimpse of evangelicalism? Are we really that interesting?" But this review by Denny Burke and the interview of the author... (Keep Reading Gina Welch: In the Land of Believers)
Bible Reading for Busy Moms (March 4, 2010) - How does a mother of young kids find time to read the Bible? My friend Ryan Kelly shares a helpful quote from Don Whitney who writes, "you may be in a situation that curtails many of your spiritual activities. You... (Keep Reading Bible Reading for Busy Moms)
Next Webzine (March 2, 2010) - Check out the March edition of the Next Webzine. The month the topic is sanctification and features great collection of articles and excerpts by Donald Whitney, Mike Bullmore and CJ Mahaney among others. Read it. ... (Keep Reading Next Webzine)
Dug Down Tweep (March 2, 2010) - Here's a sample of what people are saying about and quoting from Dug Down Deep on Twitter. To everyone who tweeted, thanks for reading the book and letting others know about it. That means a lot to me.  @Jillyalexis learning a lot from... (Keep Reading Dug Down Tweep)
The Path to the Cross (March 1, 2010) - This week we kicked off our sermon series, "The Path to the Cross." This series will retrace the final days before Jesus' death leading up to our celebration of the resurrection. Yesterday I taught from Matthew 26:1-29, on the... (Keep Reading The Path to the Cross)
Building on the Rock Series for Kids (March 1, 2010) - After reading about them on the Girltalk website, I bought the Building on the Rock Series for my kids. Since then my two oldest (ages 10 and 8) have been enjoying the books during their morning times of devotion. Each... (Keep Reading Building on the Rock Series for Kids)
Thank You, Mom (February 26, 2010) - Shannon and I liked this commercial. Moms are the best.... (Keep Reading Thank You, Mom)
Matt Chandler's Story (February 24, 2010) - I've been listening to and enjoying Mark Dever's interview with Matt Chandler. In introducing the interview Dever writes, ""This past August, Matt shared an hour with us to talk about his ministry. In light of what has happened to Matt... (Keep Reading Matt Chandler's Story)
God Knows What We Google (February 23, 2010) - Tim Challies asks whether he's ready to address his Google search history with God. "What would I say to him if he were to ask me about the things I have gone looking for online? Could I tell him with... (Keep Reading God Knows What We Google)
Think Globally, Love Locally (February 23, 2010) - Last week, a quote I shared by Rick Warren about the importance of commitment to a local church rubbed a few people the wrong way. I think some read his phrase "spiritual adultery" as a statement that you can never... (Keep Reading Think Globally, Love Locally)
How To Have Better Dinner Conversations (February 22, 2010) - Michael Hyatt shared a great post with 8 suggestions for improving dinner conversations. Here are three of his points that I found most helpful: Have only one conversation at a time. We learned this from Luci Swindoll. We went to... (Keep Reading How To Have Better Dinner Conversations)
McDonalds Has a Chef? (February 21, 2010) - I thought this TIME magazine article was interesting. Do you agree that McDonalds is on the upswing? Did you know they have a chef? Is reading this making you crave french fries? ... (Keep Reading McDonalds Has a Chef?)
Next 2010 Promo Video (February 19, 2010) - Join us at Next 2010.... (Keep Reading Next 2010 Promo Video)
Sex in the City: Urban Ministry Conference (February 18, 2010) - I'll be joining John Freeman, Paul Tripp and Dave White on March 5-7 at the 2010 Urban Ministry Conference hosted by Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. You can get registration info and schedule information here. The conference team is... (Keep Reading Sex in the City: Urban Ministry Conference)
The Bible Has Hands and Feet (February 18, 2010) - CJ preached this past Sunday from Jude 1-2. In his message he quoted Martin Luther who wrote, "The Bible is alive, it speaks to me, it has feet, it runs after me, it has hands, it lays hold on... (Keep Reading The Bible Has Hands and Feet)
And the Winner is... (February 16, 2010) - The results are in. According to both our online voting and our panel of judges, Tristan Carnahan is the winner of the Dug Down Deep short film contest. Tonight I called Tristan and congratulated him. Here's a sampling of... (Keep Reading And the Winner is...)
Snow, Snow Go Away (February 14, 2010) - This is the pile of snow outside our side door that was created by our driveway being plowed. This won't melt until June. This is the pathway I shoveled to our door Saturday morning while I listened to a... (Keep Reading Snow, Snow Go Away)
Lecrae "Far Away" Haiti Relief Song (February 11, 2010) - Keep praying. Keep giving. Buy Lecrae's song on iTunes. Proceeds go to rebuilding efforts.... (Keep Reading Lecrae "Far Away" Haiti Relief Song)
Rick Warren on Church Dating (February 11, 2010) - On the Out of Ur blog they share Rick Warren's comments on the importance of commitment to the local church: "Warren shot down the notion that membership isn't important as long as people attend the church. 'The difference between an... (Keep Reading Rick Warren on Church Dating)
Michael Oh: Missionary to Japan (February 10, 2010) - I learned about Michael Oh from the Gospel Coalition. Since then I've emailed Michael and I look forward to meeting him later this year when he visits the states. Being half-Japanese, I have a special burden to see the... (Keep Reading Michael Oh: Missionary to Japan)
Porn is Not Just a Guy Problem (February 5, 2010) - In an article called "It's Not Just a Guy Problem" Rachel Zoller shares her own struggle with pornography and offers hope to other women struggling with online sexual temptation. If you're a woman facing these struggles, you're not alone and... (Keep Reading Porn is Not Just a Guy Problem)
Jonathan Edward's Album (February 4, 2010) - Here's a work of Jonathan Edwards that I bet John Piper doesn't have. See it.... (Keep Reading Jonathan Edward's Album)
Sermon Jams (February 1, 2010) - My friends over at Sermon Jams just launched a new website. If you're not familiar with their ministry, they remix preaching clips with a hip hop beat. They take clips of sermons and add music. Make sure to check them... (Keep Reading Sermon Jams)
Maddy Curtis on Idol (January 30, 2010) - My brothers Alex and Brett are planning to watch American Idol and root for Maddy Curtis. Find out why and watch Maddy's audition here. ... (Keep Reading Maddy Curtis on Idol)
Dug Down Deep Film Contest (January 26, 2010) - I've just posted below the six short films created by the finalists in the Dug Down Deep Film Contest. Nearly 100 people requested to participate, we chose ten finalists to create films (though only six were able to complete the... (Keep Reading Dug Down Deep Film Contest)
Film 1: Bobby Shook (January 26, 2010) - Film by Bobby Shook To vote for this film, leave a positive comment (only one per film). Critical comments are welcomed (as long as they're friendly) but only positive comments will be counted as votes for the film. Dug... (Keep Reading Film 1: Bobby Shook)
Film 2: Ben Cantrell (January 26, 2010) - Film by Ben Cantrell To vote for this film, leave a positive comment (only one per film). Critical comments are welcomed (as long as they're friendly) but only positive comments will be counted as votes for the film. Dug... (Keep Reading Film 2: Ben Cantrell)
Film 3: Tristan Carnahan (January 26, 2010) - Film by Tristan Carnahan To vote for this film, leave a positive comment (only one per film). Critical comments are welcomed (as long as they're friendly) but only positive comments will be counted as votes for the film. Dug... (Keep Reading Film 3: Tristan Carnahan)
Film 4: Stephen Nelson (January 26, 2010) - Film by Stephen Nelson To vote for this film, leave a positive comment (only one per film). Critical comments are welcomed (as long as they're friendly) but only positive comments will be counted as votes for the film. Dug... (Keep Reading Film 4: Stephen Nelson)
Film 5: Guy Camara (January 26, 2010) - Film by Guy Camara To vote for this film, leave a positive comment (only one per film). Critical comments are welcomed (as long as they're friendly) but only positive comments will be counted as votes for the film. Dug... (Keep Reading Film 5: Guy Camara)
Film 6: Stephen McGee (January 26, 2010) - Film by Stephen McGee And Stephen tells the story behind his film here. To vote for this film, leave a positive comment (only one per film). Critical comments are welcomed (as long as they're friendly) but only positive comments... (Keep Reading Film 6: Stephen McGee)
Revelation Song (January 24, 2010) - This morning at church Devon Kauflin and the choir led us in singing "Revelation Song" written by Jennie Riddle. I was deeply affected as we sang of our holy God. It's such a sweet thing to experience a small glimpse... (Keep Reading Revelation Song)
Evangelism Tip: Tip Big (January 23, 2010) - Some very simple, but helpful thoughts on sharing the gospel with people from pastor J.D. Greear. (Via Vitamin Z).... (Keep Reading Evangelism Tip: Tip Big)
Next is Back (January 23, 2010) - Next 2010 is back in Baltimore, May 28-31. This year the theme of Next is based on the theme of Dug Down Deep. We're going to study some of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith and ask, "What difference... (Keep Reading Next is Back)
A Superbowl Ad Worth Watching (January 22, 2010) - I'm looking forward to seeing the Superbowl commercial that Denny Burke describes. What a great idea. I hope it touches many hearts. ... (Keep Reading A Superbowl Ad Worth Watching)
Wrong Reasons to Love the Church (January 22, 2010) - Do you love the church? Romans 12:10 tells Christians to "Love one another with brotherly affection." The affection and love we're to have for fellow-Christians is to be based on the work of Jesus Christ for us. It's not about... (Keep Reading Wrong Reasons to Love the Church)
Jiffy & Lou on Courtship (January 21, 2010) - Since we're breaking out my old cartoons, I thought I'd share this installment of Jiffy & Lou on relationships. I hope it shows that I don't just take swipes at Christian musicians, I also enjoy making fun of, well, myself.... (Keep Reading Jiffy & Lou on Courtship)
Why I Disagree with Tim Challies (January 20, 2010) - My friend Tim Challies has written a very negative post about Apple's new iPad. In fact he's calling it "the greatest disappointment in human history." Tim, where has your discernment gone? Go read your own book! Admittedly, I am a... (Keep Reading Why I Disagree with Tim Challies)
Trevin Wax on Reading Goals (January 19, 2010) - Trevin Wax writes: Reading rates are down even as literacy rises. Americans can read; we just don't.Harry Potter has at least infused a generation of children with the joy of reading, but it is difficult to know whether that will translate into reading more... (Keep Reading Trevin Wax on Reading Goals)
Sally Jenkins on Tim Tebow (January 18, 2010) - Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins writes about the controversial pro-life commercial Tim Tebow helped make for the Super Bowl: I'm pro-choice, and Tebow clearly is not. But based on what I've heard in the past week, I'll take his... (Keep Reading Sally Jenkins on Tim Tebow)
Now Available (January 18, 2010) - Hope you like it. Read Chapter One • Book Summary • Buy OnlinePhoto by Tony Reinke... (Keep Reading Now Available)
Doritos Commercial Contest (January 15, 2010) - No, my church has not made a commercial for the Doritos Crash the Superbowl contest. But I just found out that a guy named Nick who attends the Sovereign Grace church in Apex, NC, has two commercials in the finals:... (Keep Reading Doritos Commercial Contest)
Al Mohler on God's Message to Haiti (January 15, 2010) - The following article by Dr. Al Mohler is excellent. I plan to read a portion of it to our church this Sunday when we take time to pray and also give toward relief efforts. Dr. Mohler's biblical and gospel-centered insight... (Keep Reading Al Mohler on God's Message to Haiti)
Praying for Haiti (January 14, 2010) - If you have friends and loved ones touched by the tragedy in Haiti, please leave a comment with their name so that the rest of us can lift them up in prayer. We will ask that our great God will... (Keep Reading Praying for Haiti)
Jiffy & Lou on Christian Music (January 11, 2010) - In a former life I published a magazine called New Attitude. In it I used to do a cartoon called Jiffy & Lou about two immature, self-centered teens. My cartoons used to get me in a lot of trouble. My... (Keep Reading Jiffy & Lou on Christian Music)
Russell Moore's Avatar Review (January 9, 2010) - I think I might be the only human being left on the planet who hasn't seen the movie Avatar. I've heard it described as the story of Pocahontas with aliens. To me it looks like Smurfs on steroids. Always insightful... (Keep Reading Russell Moore's Avatar Review)
Chesterton on Smallness (January 9, 2010) - In a post entitled "The Smaller You Get, the Freer You Will Be" Tullian Tchividjian reflects on a difficult year and the freedom that comes with feeling small and inadequate and finding all hope and security in Jesus Christ. He... (Keep Reading Chesterton on Smallness)
Bob Kauflin Reflects on 55 (January 9, 2010) - Bob Kauflin turned 55 and in this post he reflects on what he's learned about following Christ and leading others in worship. It's worth reading. ... (Keep Reading Bob Kauflin Reflects on 55)
3 Pages a Day (January 9, 2010) - Here's a motivating post from Stephen Altrogge on what reading 3 pages a day of a spiritual book could give you over the course of a year. "Ten minutes a day, a lifetime of change."... (Keep Reading 3 Pages a Day)
Brit Hume Roundup (January 7, 2010) - Justin Taylor provides a helpful summary of the controversy swirling around Brit Hume as well as background information on Hume's faith as a Christian. Taylor writes, "[Hume] isn't backing down from his recent comments that Tiger Woods should turn to... (Keep Reading Brit Hume Roundup)
A Message From Jesus to Brit Hume (January 6, 2010) - "Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!" - Jesus in Luke 6:22... (Keep Reading A Message From Jesus to Brit Hume)
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