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Morning Coffee – 05/22/14

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

  • A Hope Worth Dying For
  • Death is not termination but initiation—the start of an existence far better than anything we can imagine.

  • Back to Basics: The Church
  • If the church has a wrong view of its purpose in the world, its ministries will be ineffective, and its members will be poorly equipped and spiritually immature.

  • 8 Lessons on Evangelism from Proverbs
  • Solomon is not a lecturer, he’s a pleader. Solomon is not simply reciting facts, he’s persuading souls. . . He’s calling, alluring, beseeching, appealing, and imploring.

  • Another Try
  • There are times when the best place to stand is on the margins and the best place to play is in the second division.

  • Bonhoeffer and Blind Spots
  • We easily identify blind spots in contexts other than our own while nurturing our own forms of blindness. Our own blind spots would not be so if we could see them (that’s why they are aptly named).

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Links

 

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Morning Coffee – 05/15/14

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

  • Learning from Liberals
  • But, in the midst of the chaos and carnage, are there lessons that we can learn from the German liberal theologians and higher critics, even if it is almost entirely from their negative example? I think so.

  • Witnessing to Homosexuals
  • How do you witness to homosexuals? The answer is, “Like anyone else,” but perhaps for some that is an over simplification.

Music History Bonus:

  • Isaac Watts: His Rhymed Sermons
  • Because they were undiluted theology conveyed to the mind and heart through Watts’ poetic imagination and gifted wonder, his people—and all who sing Watts’ hymns today—were dazzled with the splendor of Christ and the gospel.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Links

 

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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 – 02/21/14

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

  • The Flower and Life of True Religion
  • Any thought of joy as being the “icing on the cake” of the Christian life, or a “take-it-or-leave-it” fruit of the Spirit, falls woefully short of the biblical testimony.

  • The Danger of Forgetting How to Read the Bible
  • Leaders stumble for many reasons, and while I could argue that a zealous seminarian has little in common with a vain or depressed middle-aged leader, there is at least one common thread: My peers and my students can both stop reading the Bible as we should.

  • The Christian’s Glorious Freedom
  • Believers sometimes wrongly assume: “I have sinned; therefore, sin still has authority over me. I cannot possibly have ‘died’ to sin.”

  • “Be Anxious for Nothing.” Why?
  • Whether it’s fear, or stress, or a full-blown panic attack, we need to address anxiety as the sin it is – namely, a focus on what might happen without placing confidence in the sovereignty of God.

Match-up Bonus:

  • Eclectic Shock
  • Now that, I thought, is one three-way gentlemanly cage-fight I’d like to tell my grandchildren about.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Links

 

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