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Nothing Before, Nothing Behind (March 31, 2015) - (Keep Reading Nothing Before, Nothing Behind)
Empathy by Brené Brown (March 31, 2015) - (Keep Reading Empathy by Brené Brown)
Regent College (February 17, 2015) - This summer our family leaves the church we love to study at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. It's a bittersweet decision for us but we believe God is leading us into a season of learning and recalibration (see this... (Keep Reading Regent College)
A New Chapter (January 26, 2015) - In this message to Covenant Life Church on January 25th, I share my decision to step down from my role as lead pastor later this spring so that I can go to Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. At the... (Keep Reading A New Chapter)
PROOF by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones (June 11, 2014) - A new book by my friend, Pastor Daniel Montgomery and scholar Timothy Paul Jones is at the top of my summer reading list. It's called PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace. I love the vision... (Keep Reading PROOF by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones)
"Though You Slay Me" By Shane & Shane (Featuring John Piper) (January 29, 2014) - (Keep Reading "Though You Slay Me" By Shane & Shane (Featuring John Piper))
Sleep, Jesus, Sleep (December 21, 2013) - A few years ago my wife Shannon recorded this song on the Christmas album "Savior." I'd forgotten about it till this week when our seven-year-old, Mary Kate, sang it with her 2nd grade class at her school's Christmas concert. It's... (Keep Reading Sleep, Jesus, Sleep)
New Lyrics for O Holy Night by Kevin Hartnett (December 12, 2013) - We sang this new version of O Holy Night by Kevin Hartnett at our church this past week. I absolutely love it and hope it catches on. Verse One (by Placide Cappeau, trans. John S. Dwight) O holy night, the... (Keep Reading New Lyrics for O Holy Night by Kevin Hartnett)
The Beauty of Purity (June 24, 2013) - After the picture above of Bre and her husband, Josh, went viral, Bre decided to start a blog called The Power of Prayer to share the story behind the picture. Sexual purity isn't easy today. But God calls us... (Keep Reading The Beauty of Purity)
"Holy (Wedding Day)" by The City Harmonic Feat. JJ Heller (May 7, 2013) - I love this song. Check out The City Harmonic.... (Keep Reading "Holy (Wedding Day)" by The City Harmonic Feat. JJ Heller)
Rule-igion (April 28, 2013) - What is "rule-igion"? We know the word "religion" is belief in and worship of God. "Rule-igion" is the idea that a right relationship with God is earned through rule-keeping. "Rule-igion" says that we have to climb our way up to... (Keep Reading Rule-igion)
Now Available (April 2, 2013) - We don't get to choose between humility and orthodoxy. We need both. Orthodoxy, for the faithful, evokes what's cherished and beautiful and eternal. Yet in our day, orthodoxy is too often wielded like a weapon, used to bludgeon others... (Keep Reading Now Available)
Outrageous Example of Loss of Freedom (April 1, 2013) - Most of the lame-stream media isn't reporting this, but yesterday President Obama signed executive order 4113 otherwise known as "The Self-Portraiture Prohibition Order" which will allow the federal government to regulate the taking of photos of yourself in a mirror.... (Keep Reading Outrageous Example of Loss of Freedom)
3 Days (March 30, 2013) - In 3 days, my new book HUMBLE ORTHODOXY will be released. It's a call to this generation to care about Christian truth without being a jerk about it. I'm so grateful for the people who made this book possible.... (Keep Reading 3 Days)
6 Days (March 27, 2013) - In 6 days my sixth book, Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down, will be released. I still can't get over the fact that I've been given the honor of being published. I will never forget... (Keep Reading 6 Days)
7 Days (March 26, 2013) - A week from today on April 2, my newest book HUMBLE ORTHODOXY will be released. It's a small book, but its message is one that's very important to me. Our generation can't choose between humility of heart and orthodoxy... (Keep Reading 7 Days)
Humble Orthodoxy: The Book (March 2, 2013) - Today I opened the first box of my newest book, Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down. It releases in one month on April 2. You can pre-order it here.... (Keep Reading Humble Orthodoxy: The Book)
Worship Songs Featuring Shannon Harris (February 18, 2013) - God gave my wife an amazing voice. I'm so grateful she's had the chance to use it to sing his praises. Here's a listing of the songs she's been a vocalist on for Sovereign Grace Music over the years.... (Keep Reading Worship Songs Featuring Shannon Harris)
Are You Putting Jesus on Hold? (February 11, 2013) - Here's a sermon I preached on Matthew 8:18-22 about the cost of discipleship. In it I talk about the fact that sometimes we like the idea of following Jesus more than the reality. To illustrate the point I share... (Keep Reading Are You Putting Jesus on Hold? )
Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear (January 23, 2013) - Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart is an outstanding book. Thoroughly biblical, easy-to-read, pastoral, engaging and even funny. Greear writes, "If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for 'amount of times having prayed the sinner's prayer,' I'm... (Keep Reading Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear)
Kings Kaleidoscope: "All Glory Be To Christ" (December 30, 2012) - I really like "All Glory Be To Christ" by Kings Kaleidoscope. It's a new worship song set to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. We're planning to sing it tomorrow on the last Sunday of 2012. (via Jane Eliza... (Keep Reading Kings Kaleidoscope: "All Glory Be To Christ")
Merry Christmas! (December 24, 2012) - Merry Christmas from Emma, Shannon, Mary Kate, Wasabi, Josh & Joshua Quinn. God bless you!... (Keep Reading Merry Christmas!)
The One Who Poured Himself Out (December 9, 2012) - Commenting on Philippians chapter 2, Gordon Fee writes, "Here we see why the 'scandal of the cross' was so central to [Paul's] understanding of everything Christian. For in 'pouring himself out' and 'humbling himself to death on the cross,' Christ... (Keep Reading The One Who Poured Himself Out)
Purity After Impurity (December 1, 2012) - Here's a helpful post from The Gospel Coalition about knowing God's forgiveness and walking in purity after sexual sin. Authors Julia Huisman and Tammy Johnston share openly from their own experience and provide four simple steps for combatting remorse and... (Keep Reading Purity After Impurity)
Great Purpose (November 21, 2012) - "There is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with great... (Keep Reading Great Purpose)
The Gospel at Work Conference (November 3, 2012) - The Gospel at Work conference, coming to Covenant Life January 11-12, 2013, was born out of a desire to help Christians think and live differently in the workplace. If you work a 9 to 5, will someday be working... (Keep Reading The Gospel at Work Conference)
Worthy is the Lamb by God's Servant (October 3, 2012) - Great song. From the album Simple Love which releases Oct. 16th. The woman who does the mime in this video, Monielle McAllister, is a member of Covenant Life and an artist in her own right. Look for more from... (Keep Reading Worthy is the Lamb by God's Servant)
Love is Sweet, Life is Hard (September 17, 2012) - A young woman named Patty made this and gave it to me and Shannon today at church. We were so blessed by the gift and have it sitting on our kitchen counter. Thanks, Patty!... (Keep Reading Love is Sweet, Life is Hard)
Too Tough on the Guys Who Are Trying? (September 12, 2012) - I got some great feedback from a young man in our church after two of my recent sermons from Matthew 5, both of which touched on aspects of marriage (the messages were "Jesus on Lust" and "Don't Break Your Marriage... (Keep Reading Too Tough on the Guys Who Are Trying? )
The Reward of His Suffering (September 11, 2012) - The video above features a new song from Matt Papa that is a powerful call to world wide missions. Matt is giving the proceeds from the song--every single dime, for it's lifetime--to missions. You can see which organizations here.... (Keep Reading The Reward of His Suffering)
Eyes on the Prize by Sara Groves (August 13, 2012) - With just a piano & acoustic guitar, Sara Groves plays her beautiful song "Eyes On The Prize," accompanied by Steve Mason of Jars of Clay. The song is from her new album "Invisible Empires." My friend Erik Sheffer introduced... (Keep Reading Eyes on the Prize by Sara Groves)
Shophouse: a New Restaurant by the Creators of Chipotle (July 14, 2012) - I'm a big fan of Chipotle and was interested to read an article today in TIME about a new venture by the creators of Chipotle called Shophouse. The menu, which looks brilliant, is inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine. You choose... (Keep Reading Shophouse: a New Restaurant by the Creators of Chipotle)
Joshua Quinn Won! [Update] (July 12, 2012) - Okay, big favor to 10-year-old son, Joshua Quinn, is a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and of safety Troy Polamalu in particular (that's him dressed as Troy last October). Right now he's trying to win a football... (Keep Reading Joshua Quinn Won! [Update])
Mommy Porn is No Better Than Daddy Porn (July 7, 2012) - I appreciate Christian blogger Melissa Jenna's strong challenge to fellow sisters-in-Christ about the the acceptance of so called "Mommy Porn"--specifically, the best-selling erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey" and the male-stripper themed movie "Magic Mike." Melissa shares her surprise at... (Keep Reading Mommy Porn is No Better Than Daddy Porn)
Such Were Some of You (July 6, 2012) - This is a message I gave recently on the topic of marriage, homosexuality, and current the drive to redefine marriage.... (Keep Reading Such Were Some of You)
The Deadening Effect of Popular Culture (June 11, 2012) - David Kinnaman writes an article for Christianity Today entitled "The Rise of Digital Urban Tribes" on discipleship of the next generation. I found these two paragraphs provoking: ...we underestimate how much young people are shaped by the massive power of... (Keep Reading The Deadening Effect of Popular Culture)
Seven Deadly Sins Revisited (May 29, 2012) - I thought this was clever... (via Troy Polamalu)... (Keep Reading Seven Deadly Sins Revisited)
Ian and Larissa (May 8, 2012) - I love the sweet story of Ian and Larissa Murphy, just posted on Desiring God. As John Piper writes in his post, Being satisfied in God (or anything) always seems easier when all is going well. But when things... (Keep Reading Ian and Larissa)
Lord of the Rings LEGO Toys (April 26, 2012) - My brother Alex told me about the upcoming Lord of the Rings LEGO toys. My immediate thought was, "I must have them, my Precious!" Is that healthy? I will use the excuse that I am getting them for my... (Keep Reading Lord of the Rings LEGO Toys)
Never Give Up (April 24, 2012) - For the last three Sundays in April at Covenant Life, our series title is "Never Give Up," drawn from Luke 18:1, where we find Jesus teaching his disciples that they "should always pray and never give up." We're looking... (Keep Reading Never Give Up)
Josh Garrels: Love & War & the Sea In Between (April 20, 2012) - I have been playing the album Love & War & the Sea In Between to death the last few days. It's fantastic. I'm so grateful for Josh Garrels' generosity in giving his music away. Now I need to find a... (Keep Reading Josh Garrels: Love & War & the Sea In Between)
Terry Virgo on Prayer (April 16, 2012) - Terry Virgo is a man who knows the power of prayer. I've learned so much from him and I hope this message is an encouragement to you. I also recommend his book The Spirit-Filled Church.... (Keep Reading Terry Virgo on Prayer)
Resurrection iWitness (April 5, 2012) - My friend Justin Taylor pointed me to the book Resurrection iWitness and my kids have really enjoyed it. Written by Doug Powell, who is both an author and art-director, it's a visually-engaging, interactive book for the entire family-young children... (Keep Reading Resurrection iWitness)
Reasons Not to Marry an Unbeliever by Kathy Keller (January 24, 2012) - Kathy Keller, co-author of The Meaning of Marriage, writes an insightful article about her experience counseling Christians who are considering marriage to a non-Christian. "An unequal marriage is not just unwise for the Christian," she writes, "it is also unfair... (Keep Reading Reasons Not to Marry an Unbeliever by Kathy Keller)
New Attitude, Na, Next 1999-2012 (January 7, 2012) - This May in Orlando, Florida, the thirteenth and final Next Conference will held. What an incredible ride it's been! God has poured out so much grace on this event over the years. It all began when CJ Mahaney and... (Keep Reading New Attitude, Na, Next 1999-2012)
The Best Ever Sovereign Grace Worship Album (As Voted By Me) (January 5, 2012) - So many great songs and albums have been produced by Sovereign Grace Music over the years, but my absolute all-time favorite is The Gathering. Recorded live at Worship God 11, it contains 15 songs that progressively tell the story... (Keep Reading The Best Ever Sovereign Grace Worship Album (As Voted By Me))
Bible Reading Plans for 2012 (December 28, 2011) - Justin Taylor has created a blog post with a wide array of Bible reading plans. There's no "one way" to study the Bible, but there are compelling reasons to have a systematic plan. If you need one (or want to... (Keep Reading Bible Reading Plans for 2012)
Dispatches from the Front (November 21, 2011) - Our family has been watching a series of excellent DVD's called Dispatches from the Front. Today we watched the episode set in India (you can view the trailer for it above). My three kids were enthralled. I want, and... (Keep Reading Dispatches from the Front)
Kermit Learns the Truth (October 15, 2011) - (Keep Reading Kermit Learns the Truth)
Dear Steve Jobs (October 5, 2011) - Tonight when I left a prayer meeting at our church I found two text messages (on my iPhone) from friends telling me that Steve Jobs had died. I was surprised at how sad I felt at the news. My... (Keep Reading Dear Steve Jobs)
Homeschool Blindspots (September 11, 2011) - I read the following article by Reb Bradley in the Virginia Home Educator Magazine and was challenged by it. I appreciate Mr. Bradley's humility in admitting mistakes he's made as a dad. I see some of these tendencies in... (Keep Reading Homeschool Blindspots)
Dinner Table Devotions (September 8, 2011) - I've been very impressed by Nancy Guthrie's book One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters: 365 Opportunities to Grow Closer to God as a Family. We bought the book a few weeks ago and every time we've used... (Keep Reading Dinner Table Devotions)
More Time (July 15, 2011) - Spend more time in prayer than speculation. Spend more time interceding than choosing sides. Spend more energy loving others than arguing. Get away from the internet, get into the Scripture, go talk with God. Let's ask that he would use... (Keep Reading More Time)
Critics and Assyrians (July 13, 2011) - Last week I preached from Hebrews 12:1-11 called "The Father's Discipline." The point of the message is that God disciplines us because he loves us, that his discipline hurts, and that we must be trained by it. Instead of doubting... (Keep Reading Critics and Assyrians)
Why CJ Mahaney is Taking a Leave of Absence (July 7, 2011) - Today an important announcement from CJ Mahaney was posted on the Sovereign Grace Ministries website. In it CJ, the president of Sovereign Grace and the former Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church explains that he's taking a leave of absence... (Keep Reading Why CJ Mahaney is Taking a Leave of Absence)
Speak with Conviction (July 1, 2011) - Hat Tip: Challies via Resurgence via Timmy Brister.... (Keep Reading Speak with Conviction)
One-to-One Bible Reading by David Helm (May 26, 2011) - Our pastoral team is jazzed (I'm not sure I've used that word since the late 90's) about a new book by pastor David Helm called One-to-One Bible Reading. The premise is simple: the best way to evangelize unbelievers, disciple new... (Keep Reading One-to-One Bible Reading by David Helm)
Title Change Mayhem (May 26, 2011) - When it comes to book titles, I am the Sean Combs of Christian writers--I change names more than I should. Combs has been known as Puffy, P. Diddy, Diddy and most recently Swag (but only for a week). I changed... (Keep Reading Title Change Mayhem)
Where We're Growing (May 24, 2011) - It's not easy to evaluate areas where we've made mistakes, but God has been helping the pastors of Covenant Life through the constructive feedback of members to identify areas where we've gotten things wrong and where we need to grow.... (Keep Reading Where We're Growing)
How Should We Respond to Osama bin Laden's Death? (May 2, 2011) - When the news of Osama bin Laden's death hit, Twitter exploded with activity. The response of Christians was mixed. Christianity Today reports that among the most popular scriptures shared were Proverbs 24:17 "Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when... (Keep Reading How Should We Respond to Osama bin Laden's Death?)
Nehemiah Sermons (April 18, 2011) - p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 12.0px Arial; color: #444444} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 13.0px 0.0px; line-height: 18.0px; font: 14.0px Georgia; color: #3f464b} The following ten sermons were part of our church's study of the book... (Keep Reading Nehemiah Sermons)
Tempted & Tried by Russell D. Moore (March 7, 2011) - Some people are incredible writers but have little to say. Others have great substance but are boring as all get out to read. Russell Moore is that rare author whose skills as a writer are matched by his theological... (Keep Reading Tempted & Tried by Russell D. Moore)
The New Testament for the Kimyal People (March 6, 2011) - We played this video today at church. Tears come to my eyes every time I see it. What a treasure God's word is! (Via Justin Taylor)... (Keep Reading The New Testament for the Kimyal People)
Rob Bell, Hell and Why I Hope I'm Wrong (February 26, 2011) - Many people have challenged me for tweeting my dismay over Rob Bell's new book when it hasn't been released yet. I think the content of his video alone is concerning enough to be challenged. But I will read the book... (Keep Reading Rob Bell, Hell and Why I Hope I'm Wrong)
God's Providence in Salvation (February 26, 2011) - Tom Martin is a member of Covenant Life. He recently shared the story of how Jesus saved him with the whole church. It's worth watching. When I first heard his testimony, I was speechless (it includes occultists working at... (Keep Reading God's Providence in Salvation)
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Volkswagen Darth Vader Commercial (February 5, 2011) - I love this commercial.... (Keep Reading Volkswagen Darth Vader Commercial)
NEXT 2011 (January 26, 2011) - Next 2011 is May 28-31. For the first time ever, the Next Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida. We didn't change the location merely for the sake of tropical weather, amusement parks and natural beauty--although none of that... (Keep Reading NEXT 2011)
If by Rudyard Kipling (January 14, 2011) - If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you But make allowance for their doubting too, If you can wait and... (Keep Reading If by Rudyard Kipling)
Rebecca St. James Engaged (January 6, 2011) - I was very happy to hear today that my old friend Rebecca St. James is engaged to Jacob Fink (you can read the full scoop here). I got to know Rebecca back when she had just released her first... (Keep Reading Rebecca St. James Engaged)
Over 70 Christians Arrested in Iran (January 4, 2011) - Over the past several years God has stirred my heart with a deep love for and desire to intercede for the people of Iran. So I was very saddened to receive the news that 70 Christians in Iran were arrested... (Keep Reading Over 70 Christians Arrested in Iran)
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)
The Christmas Story Told on Facebook (December 24, 2010) - (Keep Reading The Christmas Story Told on Facebook)
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? )
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)
Twelve Years Ago (October 1, 2010) - October 3, 1998. Happy anniversary, darling.... (Keep Reading Twelve Years Ago)
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)? )
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 )
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? )
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 )
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Jesus Has Risen! (April 4, 2010) - (Keep Reading Jesus Has Risen!)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Lee Strobel's Books for Kids (December 30, 2009) - Recently my 9 and 7-year-old have been asking questions about the basis for faith in God. "How can we know God exists?" and "What about other religions?" This has been encouraging in that they're engaging with very important spiritual questions.... (Keep Reading Lee Strobel's Books for Kids)
I'm Now Eligible (December 30, 2009) - Today I turned 35. No, please don't worry about cards or presents. I want your vote. After 35 long years of waiting, I am now constitutionally eligible (Article II, Section 1), to be elected President of the United States of... (Keep Reading I'm Now Eligible)
A Sweet & Bitter Providence (December 28, 2009) - In his new book A Sweet & Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God, John Piper examines the book of Ruth's relevant, unchanging themes and its dangerous ability to inspire twenty-first-century readers in the cause of love. I... (Keep Reading A Sweet & Bitter Providence)
CJ Mahaney, Robin Boisvert & Gary Ricucci in 1973 (December 28, 2009) - (L-R: Gary Ricucci, Gary's dad, CJ Mahaney and Robin Boisvert)This picture (courtesy of Jeff Truesdale) was taken at Jesus Festival 1973 (about 18 months before I was born). Thirty-seven years later these men are still friends and still serving the... (Keep Reading CJ Mahaney, Robin Boisvert & Gary Ricucci in 1973)
Will Anyone Be at Church To Hear the Sermon I'm Working On? [Update: No] (December 19, 2009) - This is the scene outside my home office today. It isn't easy working on a sermon when every minute the chance that no one will hear it increases...inch by inch. The snow is coming down hard. We've already cancelled... (Keep Reading Will Anyone Be at Church To Hear the Sermon I'm Working On? [Update: No])
Matt Chandler Pathology Results (December 16, 2009) - Please join our family in praying for Matt and Lauren Chandler, their kids and The Village Church. The following is the letter by the pastors updating the church on the pathology results. Dear church, In the first chapter of Philippians, the Apostle... (Keep Reading Matt Chandler Pathology Results)
Toys R Us Kid (December 15, 2009) - I did a singing contest in the basement with the kids. Emma won with this song. She has a beautiful voice like her mama. Of course I'm biased. ... (Keep Reading Toys R Us Kid)
Welcome to the Redesigned Site (December 11, 2009) - Hope you like the site's new look. More stuff is coming. We'll be launching a "book blog" section for Dug Down Deep in a few weeks. Everything else is the same except that it looks better. Matt Wahl did the... (Keep Reading Welcome to the Redesigned Site)
Redeemer Arlington a Sovereign Grace Church Plant Led by Eric Simmons (December 5, 2009) - If you live in the Arlington/DC area and are looking for a great church, check out Redeemer Arlington led by my friend Eric Simmons. In 2009 Covenant Life Church had the joy of sending a great team led by Eric... (Keep Reading Redeemer Arlington a Sovereign Grace Church Plant Led by Eric Simmons)
Song Lyrics "Completely Done" (November 30, 2009) - Yesterday at church Bob Kauflin taught the song "Completely Done" and I found it encouraging. Here are the lyrics: What reason have I to doubt Why would I dwell in fear When all I have known is grace My future... (Keep Reading Song Lyrics "Completely Done")
Jesus Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition (November 23, 2009) - I'm a big fan of this children's story Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Last week I received a copy of the Deluxe Edition that includes the Bible and an audio version. Very cool. Keep this in mind for kiddos on... (Keep Reading Jesus Storybook Bible Deluxe Edition)
Cannibals or Worms (November 23, 2009) - I've been reading John Piper's book "Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ" which features the stories of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson and John Paton. It is the fifth book in his "The Swans are Not Silent" series drawn from his... (Keep Reading Cannibals or Worms)
Raising Kids to Do Hard Things with Gregg Harris (November 19, 2009) - I'm really excited about this series of conferences that my father is doing for parents. I can't improve on the description that my brothers Alex and Brett shared on their blog: Ever since we started this blog, and especially... (Keep Reading Raising Kids to Do Hard Things with Gregg Harris)
Bookends of the Christian Life (November 9, 2009) - Yesterday I preached the first message in a new series entitled Bookends of the Christian Life that will carry us through the end of the year. The series, inspired by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington's book by the same name,... (Keep Reading Bookends of the Christian Life)
John Piper on the Ruinous Ethic of Mere Avoidance (November 4, 2009) - I find the following quote from John Piper's book Don't Waste Your Life deeply challenging... One of the marks of this peacetime mind-set is what I call an avoidance ethic. In wartime we ask different questions about what to do... (Keep Reading John Piper on the Ruinous Ethic of Mere Avoidance)
Old Navy Mannequins (November 2, 2009) - Last week we were grabbing some clothes for the kids at Old Navy. While we were checking out I looked over and realized the kids were standing amidst the main clothing display acting like mannequins and trying to freak... (Keep Reading Old Navy Mannequins)
Together for the Gospel 2010 (November 2, 2009) - Together for the Gospel: T4G 2010 Conference from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.... (Keep Reading Together for the Gospel 2010)
Proverbs 31 Sermon (November 2, 2009) - On Sunday I preached the final message in our Proverbs series, "The Woman of Valor," from Proverbs 31. From the text, I focused on four characteristics of the valiant woman, in order of importance: She fears the Lord. She gives... (Keep Reading Proverbs 31 Sermon)
The Valiant Wife of Proverbs 31 (October 30, 2009) - I'm preaching this Sunday from Proverbs 31 on the woman who fears the Lord. I found this quote in Bruce Waltke's commentary compelling: "[T]his valiant wife has been canonized as a role model for all Israel for all time. Wise... (Keep Reading The Valiant Wife of Proverbs 31)
How to Insult God (October 27, 2009) - Sunday I preached from Proverbs 14:31 which states, "Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him." I don't know about you, but over the years I know I've been guilty... (Keep Reading How to Insult God)
A.J. Hamilton's Story (October 24, 2009) - I had the chance to meet A.J. several years ago when I visited Mars Hill in Seattle. I'm excited to hear about the church/campus he's starting and I was deeply encouraged by his powerful testimony. For women considering abortion his... (Keep Reading A.J. Hamilton's Story)
Hold That Thought, God. Need to Check My Email (September 30, 2009) - (Keep Reading Hold That Thought, God. Need to Check My Email)
Self-Control in a Wired World (September 28, 2009) - Yesterday I preached a sermon about self-control from Proverbs 25:28 that says, "A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls." I focused on the issue of media, the internet, and today's new technologies. I... (Keep Reading Self-Control in a Wired World)
Praying for Mexico During Drug Cartel Wars (September 25, 2009) - Prayer for Mexico from Covenant Life Church on Vimeo. This video clip is from Sunday when my friend and fellow pastor, Dave Brewer, led us in praying for the nation of Mexico. You might not be aware of the terrible... (Keep Reading Praying for Mexico During Drug Cartel Wars)
The Sluggard by Isaac Watts (September 22, 2009) - Proverbs' portrait of the sluggard is extreme, even comical. Nevertheless, laziness, in all its subtle forms, has serious consequences. You can listen to a sermon I preached on the subject. And the following is a poem by Isaac Watts based... (Keep Reading The Sluggard by Isaac Watts)
Give Uganda Water (September 5, 2009) - In 2008, a team of men and women from our church traveled to western Uganda to visit and be involved in the work of Kiburara Gospel Centre Church. While in Kiburara they saw the filthy drinking water and learned... (Keep Reading Give Uganda Water)
Proverbs 3:7-Turn Away From Evil (August 28, 2009) - This video is a clip from a sermon on Proverbs 3:7-12 called "Practicing Trust." You can listen to the audio of the full sermon here.... (Keep Reading Proverbs 3:7-Turn Away From Evil)
Towers Article on Joshua Harris (August 20, 2009) - Article:The newest issue of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's publication Towers features an article by Garrett E. Wishall about my experience as a new pastor. Read the article. Interview:They're also featuring a three-part interview with me: Part One, Part... (Keep Reading Towers Article on Joshua Harris)
Do Hard Things Tour-Washington, DC, Sept. 19 (August 9, 2009) - Last year our church was able to host the Rebelution conference featuring my brothers Alex and Brett. This September 19th they're coming back to the Washington, DC region but they've moved to a larger venue. If you didn't get... (Keep Reading Do Hard Things Tour-Washington, DC, Sept. 19)
Randy Alcorn on Taking Charge of the TV (August 8, 2009) - My old friend Randy Alcorn has written a helpful post about honoring God in your TV-viewing habits. The whole post is worth reading, but here's the list of suggestions that he shares. Obviously, these aren't laws but they're all helpful... (Keep Reading Randy Alcorn on Taking Charge of the TV)
Proverbs 9 Sermon: Learning to Love Correction (August 6, 2009) - Listen to the audio of the whole message.... (Keep Reading Proverbs 9 Sermon: Learning to Love Correction)
How Would You Invest $10,000 in Eternity? (August 3, 2009) - In the financial world money managers pick the stocks of the companies they think will turn a profit. What would it look like for Christians to invest their money for eternal rewards with the same intentionality? I thought it would... (Keep Reading How Would You Invest $10,000 in Eternity?)
Lecrae: Don't Waste Your Life Video (August 2, 2009) - I've been enjoying Lecrae's album Rebel. It is Christ-exalting and spiritually provoking. This is the video produced by the amazing team at Desiring God for the song "Don't Waste Your Life."... (Keep Reading Lecrae: Don't Waste Your Life Video)
You're Only as Wise As Your Next Decision (August 1, 2009) - How could Solomon, a man of such great wisdom and the author of Proverbs have strayed from faithfulness into the folly of idolatry? Consider a few of the compromises that marked his reign. Deuteronomy 17 tells Israel's kings not to... (Keep Reading You're Only as Wise As Your Next Decision)
Kevin DeYoung's Book on the Church is Better Than Mine (July 27, 2009) - I wrote a book on the church. Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck also wrote a book about the church. I like their book better. I imagine this makes my book feel bad to have its author pick another favorite.... (Keep Reading Kevin DeYoung's Book on the Church is Better Than Mine)
Joshua Harris Divorce: Ugly Rumor (July 23, 2009) - Not long after I wrote my first book on relationships and then got married a rumor began to circulate that I'd gotten a divorce. Ten years later we still get emails asking if this is true. One lady told... (Keep Reading Joshua Harris Divorce: Ugly Rumor)
"I Kissed Dating Goodbye" Pros and Cons (July 14, 2009) - The good folks at Boundless Line have done two posts reflecting on the good, the bad and the ugly related to my book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. I think I must be getting more mature (or maybe just tired) because... (Keep Reading "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" Pros and Cons)
7 Keys to Creating a Great List (July 3, 2009) - 1. Start your list with the number 1 and then go from there. 2. Use original and memorable words to describe your list like "key" and "great." 3. Never at any point give in to the creeping fear that your... (Keep Reading 7 Keys to Creating a Great List)
Regina Spektor "Laughing With" Video, Lyrics and Song Meaning (July 1, 2009) - I listened to Regina Spektor's haunting song "Laughing With" several times today. I don't know Regina's personal religious beliefs, but I think she's written a powerful song. To me the song speaks of the fact that suffering strips away our... (Keep Reading Regina Spektor "Laughing With" Video, Lyrics and Song Meaning)
A Letter from Ray Ortlund to His Family (June 22, 2009) - I came across a letter that the late Ray Ortlund wrote for his family before he went to be with the Lord. His son, Ray Ortlund, Jr., found it in his father's desk and I'm grateful that he and his... (Keep Reading A Letter from Ray Ortlund to His Family)
Resting, Remembering and Enjoying My Family (June 3, 2009) - Tomorrow I'm going on vacation with my family. Very kind friends let us use their place down in Florida. My little girl keeps asking when we're going on "cation." She asks if we'll see whales and sharks. Somehow someone... (Keep Reading Resting, Remembering and Enjoying My Family)
Kevin DeYoung: Defining Discourse Down (June 2, 2009) - Check out this convicting and insightful article by Kevin DeYoung entitled Defining Discourse Down. Here are two excerpts from it... Because I'm proud I get hurt when people disagree with me strongly. Because I'm proud I feel the need to... (Keep Reading Kevin DeYoung: Defining Discourse Down)
Should We Use Twitter During Church? (May 28, 2009) - In the past year Twitter has exploded in popularity. A USA Today article I read this week said its membership increased 3,000% in the last year. This year at Next 2009 a number of attendees (along with the team... (Keep Reading Should We Use Twitter During Church?)
Free Sermons from D.A. Carson, Sinclair Ferguson & Kevin DeYoung (May 27, 2009) - And now the audio of the main sessions is available for free download. Bob Kauflin has also shared the song list from the conference. A live recording of the worship will be sold online only in about three weeks.... (Keep Reading Free Sermons from D.A. Carson, Sinclair Ferguson & Kevin DeYoung)
Next 2009: Thank You (May 26, 2009) - To everyone who came, thank you for helping us rent the convention center so we could worship Jesus in downtown Baltimore. Thanks to all the pastors and leaders who brought people. Thanks to the young married couples and people my... (Keep Reading Next 2009: Thank You)
Going to Next 2009 (May 20, 2009) - This weekend I'm in Baltimore with 2,500 worshipers of Jesus Christ to spend four days considering who Jesus is and what he's done for us. If you're a friend of Next but can't make it this year, make sure to... (Keep Reading Going to Next 2009)
Os Guinness: Life and Ministry Interview (May 14, 2009) - Today I gave my brothers Alex and Brett a ride to the airport. They just finished their first year of college and were headed home (via a trip to Ohio for our cousin's wedding). Anyway, on the way back I... (Keep Reading Os Guinness: Life and Ministry Interview)
Death is Not Dying: Rachel Barkey's Story (May 13, 2009) - After four and a half years of vigilantly fighting breast cancer, Rachel Barkey, a 37-year-old wife and mother of two was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Rachel's story is not unlike what thousands of women around the world have experienced.... (Keep Reading Death is Not Dying: Rachel Barkey's Story)
Sinclair Ferguson on Imputed Righteousness (May 9, 2009) - Here's a short video of Sinclair Ferguson reflecting on the imputed righteousness of Christ, that is, "the simple glory of the Gospel that God counts to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ...not only are our sins forgiven, but the holiness... (Keep Reading Sinclair Ferguson on Imputed Righteousness)
Giving Birth to a Book (May 5, 2009) - The man who helped edit my first book once told me that writing a book is the closest a man comes to giving birth. I try not to share this with women because I've found that it really annoys them.... (Keep Reading Giving Birth to a Book)
Can You Twitter the Gospel? (May 5, 2009) - The team over at 9Marks invite you to succinctly communicate the Gospel in Twitter's 140 character limit. They're even offering free books to those who do it most effectively. Is this a worthy exercise? Greg Gilbert writes, "we ought to... (Keep Reading Can You Twitter the Gospel?)
May Issue of the Next Webzine (May 2, 2009) - The May 2009 issue of the Next Webzine is now live. Here's what you'll find inside: Author Spotlight D.A. Carson is one of the foremost biblical scholars of our day and has written or edited more books than you’ve probably... (Keep Reading May Issue of the Next Webzine)
Session Passes Available for NEXT 2009 (May 1, 2009) - A number of people have asked if they can attend individual sessions of Next. What if you want to hear Carson or Ferguson but can't get the whole weekend off work or can't afford staying at a hotel? Well... (Keep Reading Session Passes Available for NEXT 2009)
A Baptism Testimony: Kristin Hoover (April 30, 2009) - This is the testimony of Kristin Hoover, one of the seven young adults who were baptized last Sunday at our church. I'm so grateful to God for these students and the grace of God in their lives. All of them... (Keep Reading A Baptism Testimony: Kristin Hoover)
Twitter Flu: Are You Infected? (April 29, 2009) - Everyone is talking about Twitter and Swine Flu these days. And both seem to be spreading. Two days ago my good friend and fellow pastor Kenneth Maresco caught the Twitter Flu. For me that's the sign of saturation. Whenever Kenneth... (Keep Reading Twitter Flu: Are You Infected?)
Come See Pilgrim! (April 29, 2009) - If you're anywhere near Gaithersburg, Maryland, you should come see our church's youth drama, "Pilgrim: A Work in Progress," based on John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress." It is outstanding. Below are some shots from the last performance. Get info on the... (Keep Reading Come See Pilgrim!)
Final Stretch of Book Writing (April 28, 2009) - For the past two years I've been working on a new book. I'm not at liberty to share details about its title or content right now, but that will be coming later in the year. It's very different than anything... (Keep Reading Final Stretch of Book Writing)
Gospel Coalition 2009 Conference (April 19, 2009) - This week I'll be in Chicago for the Gospel Coalition 2009 Conference. I'm going with my dear friends and fellow-pastors Grant Layman, Kenneth Maresco and Corby Megorden. I wish we could have taken our whole team, but budget cuts... (Keep Reading Gospel Coalition 2009 Conference)
Tullian Tchividjian: Unfashionable (April 18, 2009) - Time for a friendly plug for my buddy Tullian Tchividjian's book Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different. The book was just released. Check out a few of these rave reviews: D. A. Carson: "It is... (Keep Reading Tullian Tchividjian: Unfashionable)
TIME Magazine: The New Frugality (April 17, 2009) - The cover of the latest issue of TIME states, "The recession has changed more than just how we live. It's changed what we value and what we expect - even after the economy recovers." Nancy Gibbs writes, "[W]e're stripping... (Keep Reading TIME Magazine: The New Frugality)
John Newton and Bob Kauflin "The Look" (April 11, 2009) - Tonight at our Good Friday night of prayer and worship we sang this song: I saw one hanging on a tree In agony and blood Who fixed His loving eyes on me As near His cross I stood And never... (Keep Reading John Newton and Bob Kauflin "The Look")
Scripture for E-Mail, Blogs and Twitter (April 6, 2009) - We've all sent an e-mail and forgotten to include the attachment we promise. But have you ever sent the wrong e-mail to the wrong person? Slate's Michael Agger has an interesting article "Can't Believe I Just Sent That" which describes... (Keep Reading Scripture for E-Mail, Blogs and Twitter)
Kevin DeYoung: Just Do Something (April 2, 2009) - The following is the foreword I wrote for Kevin DeYoung's new book Just Do Something. It is God's will for you to read this book. Yes, I'm talking to you. What are the odds that you would "just happen" to... (Keep Reading Kevin DeYoung: Just Do Something)
I Pray That God Will Be With You (April 1, 2009) - A good friend who knows I'm neck-deep in the book-revising process sent me an email saying that he would be praying for me. Then he wrote, "My prayer for you is that God would be with you. Not in the... (Keep Reading I Pray That God Will Be With You)
April 2009 Webzine in 60 Seconds (April 1, 2009) - The April 2009 issue of the Next Webzine is up. Here’s a 60-second run down courtesy of my friend Ricky Alcantar… Author Spotlight This month we're highlighting work from Kevin DeYoung. We like Kevin because he's a young pastor... (Keep Reading April 2009 Webzine in 60 Seconds)
Cherry Blossoms (March 30, 2009) - Video Description: Today we gave mom some time off and spent a few hours enjoying the Cherry Blossoms in DC. Emma, Joshua Quinn and Mary Kate visit the FDR Memorial, circle the whole Tidal Basin, climb a few trees... (Keep Reading Cherry Blossoms)
Preview: Mark Driscoll on Nightline's Satan Debate (March 24, 2009) - Update: The Nightline Faceoff Debate is now online. You can watch it here. Amy Letinsky stopped by the site and let me know that she attended the debate taped last week featuring Pastor Mark Driscoll, Annie Lobert, Bishop Carlton Pearson,... (Keep Reading Preview: Mark Driscoll on Nightline's Satan Debate)
Beatbox Chef (March 21, 2009) - (Hat Tip: Richard Wardman)... (Keep Reading Beatbox Chef)
Reflections on the Word "Unchurched" (March 19, 2009) - I think that one of the oddest words in the Christian lexicon is the word unchurched. Have you heard someone use this word? Usually it's spoken by pastors or church leaders talking about the people they want to save. At... (Keep Reading Reflections on the Word "Unchurched")
Professional Athletes Go Broke (March 18, 2009) - As the old saying goes, "A fool and his money are soon parted." The latest issue of Sports Illustrated has a nine-page investigative spread, "Money in Sports - How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke," By Pablo S. Torre, who sat... (Keep Reading Professional Athletes Go Broke)
An Interview With Tullian Tchividjian-Part 1 (March 16, 2009) - The following is an interview I did back in 2007. I'm sharing it again here for those have heard about Tullian replacing D. James Kennedy and are interested to learn more about him and his ministry. This interview (part... (Keep Reading An Interview With Tullian Tchividjian-Part 1)
Tullian Tchividjian Replaces D. James Kennedy (March 15, 2009) - Congratulations to my friend Tullian Tchividjian who will become the new Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Today the members of Coral Ridge gathered for a congregational meeting and voted (91%) to accept their Pulpit Nominating Committee's invitation... (Keep Reading Tullian Tchividjian Replaces D. James Kennedy)
Christians, Television and Sordid Bible Stories (March 15, 2009) - I received the following question after my post about the new TV show Kings which is based on the life of King David: QUESTION: Hi Josh, I was just wondering whether you could comment on the values you expect of... (Keep Reading Christians, Television and Sordid Bible Stories)
Tim Hawkins: Chick-fil-A Parody Song (March 13, 2009) - (Keep Reading Tim Hawkins: Chick-fil-A Parody Song)
The New Super-Tiny, Talking iPod Shuffle (March 12, 2009) - You guys know I'm a big Apple fan. I love music and I love my iPhone. Well, Apple has released a new, smaller, "talking" version of its popular iPod Shuffle. Apple writes: "VoiceOver is the exciting new feature that... (Keep Reading The New Super-Tiny, Talking iPod Shuffle)
I Feel Like I'm Stealing (March 12, 2009) - Okay, so maybe you all already know about this, but I've only recently discovered that a free preview of the ESV Study Bible is available online for the month of March. After that it will be available for anyone who... (Keep Reading I Feel Like I'm Stealing)
A Definition of Work, Trade and Finance (March 10, 2009) - Some men wrest a living from nature; this is called work. Some men wrest a living from those who wrest a living from nature; this is called trade. Some men wrest a living from those who wrest a living from... (Keep Reading A Definition of Work, Trade and Finance)
Next Webzine: March Issue Online (March 6, 2009) - Read it.... (Keep Reading Next Webzine: March Issue Online)
How Much is a Trillion Dollars? (March 5, 2009) - Ever wondered? This is really cool. (Hat Tip: Justin Taylor via Matt Perman.)... (Keep Reading How Much is a Trillion Dollars?)
Narnia Version of "Guess Who?" (March 3, 2009) - A few years ago I made a Chronicles of Narnia version of the game Guess Who? for my kids. Have you ever played this game? The object is to guess the name of the other person through a process of... (Keep Reading Narnia Version of "Guess Who?")
The Girl with Purple Hair (March 2, 2009) - Why'd she have to smile? The girl with purple hair smiled at me today. The girl with the purple hair and nose ring and black lipstick passed me on the sidewalk and smiled. Why'd she have to smile? I was... (Keep Reading The Girl with Purple Hair)
Resolved 2009 Conference (February 12, 2009) - Our friends at Resolved have a great conference planned. Here's the trailer...... (Keep Reading Resolved 2009 Conference)
Everything Has an End (February 5, 2009) - I mentioned in another post that our family has been reading a children's book called The Railway Children by E. Nesbit. Tonight, as we finished the final chapters, we read the following quote which I enjoyed. It gives you a... (Keep Reading Everything Has an End)
New Year, New Journal (January 1, 2009) - Yesterday I ordered a new journal for the new year. For the past six years I've used Paperblanks Journals. They're my favorite. They're sturdy, feel good in your hands and many come with a cool "magnetic wrap" that keeps... (Keep Reading New Year, New Journal)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Gift Idea: Journals (December 5, 2007) - Last night we had our annual Staff Christmas Party—always a wonderful time of fellowship and celebrating evidences of God's grace in those we work with. As a gift from the pastors, all the staff received leather PaperBlanks journals. These... (Keep Reading Gift Idea: Journals)
Relativizing God's Word (November 16, 2007) - In his recent article entitled, "The Feminization of the Ministry—A Milestone in Britain," Al Mohler comments on the increasing ordinations of female priests by the Church of England. His article points to an even more concerning trend—that of playing "interpretive... (Keep Reading Relativizing God's Word)
Learning From Mark Driscoll (November 9, 2007) - My first introduction to Mark Driscoll was his book Radical Reformission. I enjoyed it and was challenged by it. So I wrote him a letter telling him that I appreciated the stand he took for biblical truth and the clear... (Keep Reading Learning From Mark Driscoll)
Being Christian in Iraq (October 26, 2007) - I was recently reading an article from the Washington Post talking about the persecution of Christians in Iraq. Here's how it begins:BAGHDAD—Nabil Comanny and his family endured the dead bodies left to decompose along the road in their southern... (Keep Reading Being Christian in Iraq)
Wildfires in California (October 24, 2007) - No doubt you are aware of the massive fires raging in Southern California, with over 650 square miles burnt and nearly a million people displaced. Mark Lauterbach is senior paster of our sister church in San Diego. He, like... (Keep Reading Wildfires in California)
The New Banner (October 2, 2007) - My friend Beth Altrogge is the photographer behind the new banner for the homepage. We needed something different, and CJ has been bugging me to change it. The old banner was a close-up shot of one of my shirts... (Keep Reading The New Banner)
Machen on the Word of God (September 13, 2007) - "The Christian man...finds in the Bible the very Word of God. Let it not be said that dependence on a book is a dead or an artificial thing. The Reformation of the sixteenth century was founded upon the authority of... (Keep Reading Machen on the Word of God)
An Interview with Tullian Tchividjian-Part 3 (September 8, 2007) - This is the third and final installment of my interview with pastor and author Tullian Tchividjian, in which he shares about his new book, Do I Know God?, his testimony, and his thoughts on our generation. Josh: Tell us... (Keep Reading An Interview with Tullian Tchividjian-Part 3)
Mahaney Interviews Dever (September 4, 2007) - 9Marks just came out with their latest leadership interview. Normally Mark Dever serves as the host and peppers the guest pastors and authors with questions. But in the newest interview the tables are turned as C.J. Mahaney interviews Mark... (Keep Reading Mahaney Interviews Dever)
An Interview With Tullian Tchividjian-Part 2 (September 4, 2007) - This is the second part of an interview with my friend, pastor and newly published author Tullian Tchividjian (the picture is one I took of Tullian and his wife Kim during the Billy Graham Crusade in New York in... (Keep Reading An Interview With Tullian Tchividjian-Part 2)
Update: Taliban Agrees to Release Hostages (August 28, 2007) - As an update to my earlier post asking for prayer, I wanted to give an update on, Lord willing, the releases of the remaining 19 South Korean Christians. According to various news reports, Afghanistan's Taliban militants have agreed to release... (Keep Reading Update: Taliban Agrees to Release Hostages)
Whose Side Are You On? (August 25, 2007) - I recently did a brief interview with Outreach Magazine about the role of the local church in evangelism. Justin Taylor linked to the article and someone left the following comment, which I respond to below: Comment: Harris explains that the... (Keep Reading Whose Side Are You On?)
Interview: CJ Mahaney and Discipleship (August 23, 2007) - In December 2005, Adrian Warnock interviewed me about my being discipled by CJ Mahaney these last 11 years. As a follow-up to yesterday's post, I thought I'd share it here: Adrian: Josh, first of all welcome to this blog,... (Keep Reading Interview: CJ Mahaney and Discipleship)
New Office (August 22, 2007) - CJ just moved downstairs, leaving his Covenant Life Church office for a new one down in Sovereign Grace Ministries. And I've just moved next door to take his. Though he hasn't gone far (same building), it's strange after having... (Keep Reading New Office)
Pictures from The Clash (August 11, 2007) - It's good to be home, but I do miss the kids at The Clash. If you're a Clash attendee, please leave a comment. Hope you had a safe trip home.... (Keep Reading Pictures from The Clash)
Report from The Clash (August 10, 2007) - I've been having a great time at The Clash. It's been so good getting to know students from Sovereign Grace churches across the country. Every day I'm aware of God's kindness to our little family of churches in giving us... (Keep Reading Report from The Clash)
Cravings and Conflicts (August 8, 2007) - Conflict is coming your way. The following article, written by my good friend and mentor CJ Mahaney, recently appeared in Reformation 21. It is reproduced here with permission. CJ leads Sovereign Grace Ministries and has served over 30 years... (Keep Reading Cravings and Conflicts)
Off to The Clash (August 7, 2007) - This week I'm serving as a counselor at the Sovereign Grace-sponsored world view training camp "The Clash." You can read about the camp and the content of its teaching at their web page. I've been really looking forward to... (Keep Reading Off to The Clash)
Praying (August 3, 2007) - By now, I think most of us are aware of the South Korean Christians being held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Today a friend in Afghanistan passed on some suggestions for prayer, so I post them here for... (Keep Reading Praying)
Micah is with Jesus (July 25, 2007) - My heart is heavy today. The three-year-old son of a very dear family in our church has suffered the effects of a brain tumor for more than a year. Our pastoral team and my family prayed for little Micah... (Keep Reading Micah is with Jesus)
Photo for our Scrapbook (July 21, 2007) - Life goes by so fast. Too fast. The kids grow. They change in the blink of an eye. That's why our family takes the time to create a family photo album each year. We want to try and capture the... (Keep Reading Photo for our Scrapbook)
Discernment and Ali G (July 12, 2007) - Discernment is the ability to distinguish right from wrong, true from false—to "test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil" (1Thess 5:21-22). On the past two Sundays, I've preached on the topic of discernment. In... (Keep Reading Discernment and Ali G)
Today at Creation (June 29, 2007) - Today I'm up in PA speaking at Creation. If you're going to be there, I hope you'll stop by.... (Keep Reading Today at Creation)
Turn Off Your Phone (June 28, 2007) - A member of my church named Wes sent this to me and recommended that we play it every Sunday before the sermon. Not a bad idea.... (Keep Reading Turn Off Your Phone)
Rebelution Conferences (June 26, 2007) - I'm so proud of my brothers, and so excited for the Rebelution conference tour they've got going. They had their latest conference in Sacramento this past weekend, and it sounds like God did some incredible things there. Here are... (Keep Reading Rebelution Conferences)
Quote of the Day: Schaeffer (June 8, 2007) - Now the death of the Lord Jesus is absolutely unique. It is substitutionary. There is no parallel death to Jesus' death—his must stand as absolute in our thinking. His substitutionary death on the cross, in space and time in... (Keep Reading Quote of the Day: Schaeffer)
Florida (June 6, 2007) - Tomorrow morning, my family and I depart for a long-anticipated vacation in Florida. While down there, I'll speak at two Sovereign Grace churches: June 10 Gulf Coast Community Church in St. Petersburg June 17 Grace Community Church in Bradenton... (Keep Reading Florida)
Home From Na (May 30, 2007) - The Harris family is happily reunited and all wearing our Na t-shirts (including Emma's Samantha doll!) It was great seeing all of you at in Louisville. I can't wait till next year!... (Keep Reading Home From Na)
Packing for New Attitude (May 25, 2007) - My brothers, Alex and Brett, who run The Rebelution are the official live-bloggers for New Attitude 2007. Brett just posted a great little video on packing that pays tribute to all the past Na t-shirts. Check it out... If you're... (Keep Reading Packing for New Attitude)
Chewy Peps (May 23, 2007) - Alright, boys and girls. Today we're introducing a new feature on the website: random posts about stuff that I like. Food. Clothing. Furniture. Whatever. These posts will feature products and companies. I'll pretend that I'm important and they are my... (Keep Reading Chewy Peps)
Simply Christ's Herald (May 19, 2007) - "Paul in his own estimation, was not a philosopher, not a moralist, not one of the world's wise men, but simply Christ's herald. His royal Master had given him a message to proclaim; his whole business, therefore, was to deliver... (Keep Reading Simply Christ's Herald)
Why Sacrifice? (May 16, 2007) - This month our church is asking the question, "Why sacrifice?" To sacrifice is to give up something valued to achieve a greater goal. Sacrifice isn't a concept most of us are naturally drawn to. Why give up anything that... (Keep Reading Why Sacrifice?)
God Wants Your Heart (May 12, 2007) - Today I'm preparing a sermon about sacrificial giving and living for the sake of advancing the gospel. Our church is focusing on sacrifice as we prepare to give to our "Go Forward Fund." This fund was created to accelerate... (Keep Reading God Wants Your Heart)
Gray Matters (May 9, 2007) - The team at Boundless is featuring a great little series on discernment by my buddy and fellow pastor and New Attitude guru, Eric Simmons. In the series entitled "Gray Matters," Eric shares five principles of discernment. He kicks off... (Keep Reading Gray Matters)
Sovereign Grace Church of Frederick (April 24, 2007) - On Sunday, I had the joy of preaching at our sister church in Frederick, MD, while their senior pastor, Chris Silard, was preaching at Covenant Life. This quick video clip gives a glimpse of this thriving new church that was... (Keep Reading Sovereign Grace Church of Frederick)
Praying for Virginia Tech (April 16, 2007) - Please join me in praying for all the families touched by the tragedy that has struck Virginia Tech today. The coming days will be filled with the gruesome details of this mass murder. Let's ask God to keep us... (Keep Reading Praying for Virginia Tech)
Happy Resurrection Sunday (April 8, 2007) - Today I have the honor of preaching about the glorious resurrection of my Lord. I'll preach from John 20:24-29, about his appearance to his doubting disciple Thomas. Studying these verses this past week has increased my love for my... (Keep Reading Happy Resurrection Sunday)
CJ's Got Game (April 5, 2007) - CJ was recently at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for a meeting related to Together for the Gospel. During a break one afternoon, he arranged for a basketball game—CJ, John MacArthur, and Thabiti Anyabwile against 3 students. The dream team lost... (Keep Reading CJ's Got Game)
Praying for Godspell (March 23, 2007) - Today I have a little prayer request for you. Members of my church know that tonight our youth ministry is putting on a production of the musical Godspell. They've worked hard and prayed hard under the direction of Cathy... (Keep Reading Praying for Godspell)
Curtis Allen: Gentle Word (March 19, 2007) - This week, the Boundless webzine features an article by my friend and rap artist, Curtis Allen (a.k.a. "Voice"). In it, Curtis tells the story of the brouhaha over his performance at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Instead of lashing out with... (Keep Reading Curtis Allen: Gentle Word)
The Passing of Dr. William S. H. Piper (March 8, 2007) - I learned late Tuesday night that John Piper's father died. A friend emailed me the news. As a result of his father's passing, Piper wasn't able to speak at the Wednesday evening session of the Shepherd's Conference and so... (Keep Reading The Passing of Dr. William S. H. Piper)
Sunnis vs. Shi'ites (March 3, 2007) - Last night I read the cover story from the March 5 issue of TIME magazine entitled "Why They Hate Each Other." Written by Bobby Ghosh, it covers the chasm that has developed between Sunnis and Shi'ites in Iraq, and which... (Keep Reading Sunnis vs. Shi'ites)
Here We Are (February 28, 2007) - Welcome to the new site. From now on, my blog will be located here, along with a number of other pages and resources that I hope you'll find helpful. Nothing too fancy, but hopefully it will make the content more... (Keep Reading Here We Are)
Miscellaneous (in three life-changing points) (February 14, 2007) - Here's some random stuff: 1. Thanks for all the feedback on the Romans 13:14 cartoons. I've been amazed at all the encouragement I've received from these drawings. Several people at my church have communicated something along the lines of "you... (Keep Reading Miscellaneous (in three life-changing points))
NA Promo Video--Update (January 14, 2007) - Now it's on YouTube: See Friday's post below if your church wants to promote New Attitude.... (Keep Reading NA Promo Video--Update)
New Attitude Video (January 12, 2007) - NA has posted a new promo video. If you are a church leader who would like to use the video to promote NA at your church, you can request the promo DVD and/or promotional package here.... (Keep Reading New Attitude Video)
A Year of Grace at Covenant Life Church (December 30, 2006) - Each December, my family tries to sit down and recap the year that is almost gone. We list the big and little events that defined the year. It's a chance to reflect on answered prayers and give thanks for God's... (Keep Reading A Year of Grace at Covenant Life Church)
Elijah, Baal...Merry Christmas! (December 19, 2006) - I just learned that this past Sunday the lesson plan for the children's ministry had them studying 1 Kings 18:1-39, the story of the prophet Elijah (who I happened to dress up as for this year's Harvest Party...see picture). One... (Keep Reading Elijah, Baal...Merry Christmas!)
"Why me?" to "Why you?" (November 8, 2006) - Last month, my friend Kenneth arrived a little late to his son's soccer game only to find him lying on the field writhing in pain. While playing goalie, Chris had collided with two other players, flipped in the air, and... (Keep Reading "Why me?" to "Why you?")
How Many Points Have You Earned? (November 2, 2006) - In his book Holiness by Grace, Bryan Chapell retells a humorous old tale of a man who died and faced the angel Gabriel at heaven's gates: Said the angel to the man, "Here's how this works. You need a hundred... (Keep Reading How Many Points Have You Earned?)
Slight & Short (October 6, 2006) - This month, the magazine Christianity Today featured a cover story on young, theologically reformed pastors. I was anxious to read it because I'd been interviewed for the article and, if they quoted me, I hoped that I would come across... (Keep Reading Slight & Short)
Piper and Driscoll are Friends (October 4, 2006) - I'm grateful that Pastor Mark has posted this note and email exchange showing the unity between these two men. I hope the people who appreciate both of them will rejoice in and reflect this gospel partnership. (HT: JT)... (Keep Reading Piper and Driscoll are Friends)
Follow Up on Piper/Driscoll (October 2, 2006) - I didn't get to attend the final session of the conference because I was speaking at the local Sovereign Grace Church in Minneapolis. But I have heard that it was the best message of the conference. I'd love to have... (Keep Reading Follow Up on Piper/Driscoll)
Desiring God 2006: Day Two (September 30, 2006) - The weather in Minneapolis was beautiful today. C.J., Jeff and I had a great time on the second day of the Desiring God conference. Tonight in my hotel lobby I ran into Tim Challies who is live blogging the conference.... (Keep Reading Desiring God 2006: Day Two)
Interview with Voice (July 7, 2006) - Stop by Justin Taylor's blog Between Two Worlds for the interview he conducted with Curtis Allen (aka Voice) a talented, humble and Christ-centered rapper who is a friend and member of my church. You can learn more about Voice and... (Keep Reading Interview with Voice)
Back From Seattle (May 13, 2006) - I spent the past week in Seattle at Mark Driscoll's Reform and Resurge conference for pastors. Six of us flew out early Tuesday and returned via red-eye on Thursday night. (Lord willing, I will never fly a red-eye flight... (Keep Reading Back From Seattle)
Interview for Driscoll Conference (May 2, 2006) - Next week I'm flying to Seattle, Washington, with several of my fellow pastors for Mark Driscoll's Resurgence Conference for pastors. Here's an interview I did about the conference. If you're going to be there, please come say hello.... (Keep Reading Interview for Driscoll Conference)
More Thoughts on Wedding Day Modesty (April 29, 2006) - I don't normally draw attention to comments posted on the site, but the following by a young lady named Juli who wrote in response to someone who disgreed with the previous post was particularly insightful. She writes, Dear sister, your... (Keep Reading More Thoughts on Wedding Day Modesty)
Modesty on Your Wedding Day (April 19, 2006) - If tackling the topic of modesty weren't brave enough in and of itself, my sisters over at Girltalk have opened a much-needed conversation about modesty in wedding attire. No, men, your rented tuxedos and plastic shoes are not the source... (Keep Reading Modesty on Your Wedding Day)
Redemption Requires Self-Knowledge (April 3, 2006) - In a recent sermon I quoted David Powlison from an article he wrote for the Fall 2005 Journal of Biblical Counseling. In the article Powlison notes that the change and redemption we all long for requires self-knowledge. "Diagnosis precedes cure,"... (Keep Reading Redemption Requires Self-Knowledge)
Update on "The View" (March 31, 2006) - I didn't get to see the show myself, but I've been told that the briefest of brief mentions was made of I Kissed Dating Goodbye by the guest host, Myrka Dellanos, who is evidently both an Emmy Award winning Latino... (Keep Reading Update on "The View")
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