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Morning Coffee – 04/16/14

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • Why Did Methuselah Live So Long?
  • From the time God revealed the reality of that judgment to Enoch, it was almost a millennium before raindrops of wrath started to fall in the days of Noah.

  • The Assumption We Cannot Afford
  • We must teach the Bible, and we must do so in such a way that those sitting under our teaching learn to feed themselves rather than rely solely on us to feed them.

  • Discerning Correction
  • Where there is little genuine desire for purity there will also be little desire to deal with impurity.

  • So What Is An Elder, Anyway?
  • Therefore, what we see is that these three synonymous terms emphasizes a different aspect of the office of elder and the man who serves in this way – we learn of his function, his character, and his attitude.

  • Spy Wednesday
  • The church has long called it “Spy Wednesday,” as the dark conspiracy against Jesus races forward, not just from enemies outside, but now with a traitor from within.

Passion Bonus:

  • Holy Week Resources
  • These are worthy topics for our consideration. Jesus’ accomplishment on the cross was not—as some suggest—simply God’s “Plan B” after the Fall.

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 04/03/14

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • Pastors and Blogs
  • I’m sure that a mere twenty years ago, aspiring pastors never thought that reading or writing blogs would be a valuable resource to their ministry.

  • Are You Obeying the Third Commandment?
  • This is not a point that good Christians can and do disagree on, like the use of alcohol, or celebrating Halloween, or using off-color words like crap. This one is more black and white than whether you should designate that receipt as a tax deduction or not.

  • Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”
  • We are given all that we need to know about Noah in the Bible – and we need every word of the Bible. We cannot expect Hollywood to tell that story for us, or even to tell the story well. Our response to Noah should not be castigation and cultural outrage, but rather a sober realization that the story is ours to tell, and to tell faithfully.

  • Do You Like Snow?
  • Remember, it doesn’t matter if how badly someone may want to be in the ministry. No doubt there are a lot of privates that want to be generals, but it would be disastrous to appoint them as such if they don’t meet the necessary qualifications.

  • Six Lessons in Good Listening
  • According to Bonhoeffer, there are many times when “listening can be a greater service than speaking.” God wants more of the Christian than just our good listening, but not less.

Resource Bonus:

  • Top Commentaries on Every Book of the Bible
  • To help as you select biblical commentaries for your study, Reformation Bible College’s Dr. Keith Mathison has put together a list of his “Top 5” commentaries for each book of the Bible.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 03/26/14

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • Is It True That Natural Man Cannot Do Any Good?
  • The Bible is asserting that even acts of civic kindness done by an unbeliever fail to meet the requirement of God’s law—namely, that all our actions must be done with a view to glorifying God. In that sense, even the unbeliever’s good acts are evil.

  • The Old and the New
  • We are not concerned about building mass movements; rather, we are concerned about impact at a local and then a denominational level.

  • When the Bible Is Hard to Understand
  • But surprisingly, over time, my personal struggle to understand God’s word had the effect of increasing my appreciation for my pastors who wrestled week after week to bring greater clarity to God’s word, and increase our affection for it.

  • World Vision Roundup
  • For some reason, World Vision still believes adultery is a sin, presumably because the Bible says so. Why they don’t believe what the Bible says about homosexuality is anyone’s guess.

Movie Bonus:

  • Darren Aronofksy’s Noah
  • Their film will, I think, provoke heated biblical and theological conversations in restaurants and coffee shops after patrons see it. Christians might find it helpful to go see the film with people they know who have a lot of questions.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 02/27/14

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • Whitefield’s Sin Exposing Spotlight
  • He implored them, “You are lost, undone, without Him; and if He is not glorified in your salvation, He will be glorified in your destruction; if He does not come and make His abode in your hearts, you must take up an eternal abode with the devil and his angels.” None who heard Whitefield were put to sleep with a false sense of security.

  • We All Ban (sort of) Books
  • I truly do not have the power to ban books. I can warn people that certain books are filled with error and will lead them into those same errors. I can warn that some books are divisive because of their doctrinal error. But I cannot actually ban books. Although I must say that the power to do so seems rather tempting.

  • Five Truths About the Resurrection of Jesus
  • The resurrection is an already but not-yet reality for the Christian because of our union with Christ. Jesus’s resurrection means that those who have faith in him have been raised from the dead because they are in Christ, and yet we still await the full experience of the resurrection to come (Romans 8:22–23).

  • What Does “Give Us this Day Our Daily Bread” Mean?
  • We have a tendency to pray in general. When we pray in general, the only way we will see the hand of God’s providence is in general. As we enter into prayer, this conversation and communion with God, and put our petitions before Him, pouring out our souls and our needs specifically, we see specific answers to our prayers.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 02/12/14

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • The Problem with Polemical Preaching
  • On the one hand, preachers can go wrong by being too weak, not adequately refuting the error of those who contradict sound doctrine (Titus 1:9, 2:15). On the other hand a preacher can become consumed with calling everyone and everything out. . . . But defending truth against error is only one part of faithful preaching.

  • Shakespeare on Love: King Lear
  • This is not to say, however, that through Cordelia’s silence, Shakespeare the poet is not saying something—indeed, to my mind he has never been more eloquent.

  • Same-Sex Marriages and Segregation
  • The point is that people who are redefining marriage are not after wedding cakes as much as they are after affirmation—and the legal system is more than willing to compel religious people to speak in favor of gay marriage, or lose their businesses all together. There really is no parallel to that in the segregated South.

  • Carson Explains What Makes a Good Commentary
  • Good all-round commentaries help readers think their way through the text—which requires adequate handling of words, sentences, flow of thought, genre, theological presuppositions, knowledge of historical setting, and, ideally, a commentary writer who is humble and of a contrite spirit and who trembles at God’s Word.

  • An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives
  • This is a visible model of what male leadership and female support are all about. It’s an art form, not a mandate. It’s a disposition, not a set of rules. When it’s done well, it’s a welcome sight in which both partners are fulfilled in themselves and delighted in the other.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 02/07/14

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • “My Name is Todd and Arminians Have Been Mean to Me.”
  • I suppose we can ask Calvinists to be less confident in their doctrine or that they take a softer stand on Joel Osteen and substitutionary atonement. But then we would be robbing Calvinists of some of the fun in being a Calvinist. And who wants to be around an unhappy Calvinist?

  • Don’t Pray Like a Pagan
  • Christians can easily fall into a pattern of praying in a repetitious fashion, without engaging their minds.

  • Trained
  • When you can see the manoeuvres of the enemy, even where you cannot prevent combat, you can at least prevent surprise.

  • Why We Need Pastors with Big Hearts
  • Seminary is a place to be instructed and equipped, even though the vital experiences can’t all be simulated. Pastors must understand pain, even when they can’t understand every pain from the inside.

  • Investing in Your Crown of Exultation
  • We’re here to get into each other’s kitchen, to ask the hard questions, to give of our time and energy, to be devoted to one another in prayer, to model for one another how to put off sin and put on righteousness, and ten thousand other things as we seek to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 01/30/14

Here are the stories I put in my coffee this morning.

  • Don’t Miss the True Bread
  • Jesus promised eternal life not to those who eat and drink from His broken body, but to those who believe in why His body was broken — to pay in full the penalty for their sin and to freely give them His perfect righteousness in exchange for their unrighteousness.

  • Sola Scriptura
  • Contrary to common straw men erected by those opposed to this powerful doctrine, Sola Scriptura does not mean that there is no use for experience or tradition in the life of the church or believers.

  • A Catechism on the Heart
  • It is a truism to say that, in terms of our response to the gospel, the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart. But truism or not, it is true.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Links

 

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