Archive | January, 2011

Are you radically devoted to God’s glory?

January 31, 2011

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From the book Radical by David Platt: George Mueller (1805-98) pastored a church in Bristol, England, for more than 60 years, but he was best known for the orphan ministry he began. During his life he cared for more than 10,000 orphans. Remarkably, and intentionally, he never asked for money or other resources to provide […]

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Why bacon rules the world

January 29, 2011

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I catch a lot of grief for my frequent postings about bacon. But as a recent NPR article reported, smoked swine flesh is exerting an irresistible sway over mankind. Even ardent vegetarians are not immune: “Recently, an old friend who’s been a vegetarian for more than 15 years shocked us with a story: Last weekend, […]

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Everybody likes you? That’s too bad.

January 26, 2011

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The only thing most people remember about the short-lived XFL football league was Rod Smart, a running back for the Las Vegas Outlaws. Rather, they remember his nickname “He Hate Me” which was emblazoned on the back of his jersey. If I played for the XFL, my jersey would say “Ain’t Nobody Hate Me.” Which […]

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Book review: Dragons of the Valley

January 24, 2011

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An absent-minded wizard and his companion embark on a mystical journey but taking a confusing detour. I know how they feel. When I started reading Dragons of the Valley, a new novel by Donita K. Paul, I was bewildered by all the unfamiliar names, places, people and creatures. Like a tourist visiting a new country […]

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Is your relationship with God dry and lifeless?

January 18, 2011

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Ever experienced a spiritual drought? A season when your relationship with God seems dry and lifeless? I know I have. Consider the suggestions below taken from a sermon by Charles Spurgeon: “Let us humbly use these means without putting our trust in them, and then let us: 1. Confess our unworthiness. The Lord might justly […]

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Danger dogs: Could this man-food land you on the wrong side of the law?

January 14, 2011

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“Just what is a Danger Dog?” you ask. Also known as the Tijuana bacon dog, it’s man-food so good, it’s illegal. Well, it is if served from homemade carts fashioned by strapping propane tanks to modified baby strollers. The Danger Dog consists of a bacon-wrapped wiener nestled inside a bun and topped with sauteed onions […]

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The greatest mustache in contemporary Christendom

January 13, 2011

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Paul David Tripp is well-known for for his teaching on practical theology. His books Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens and Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change have been helpful resources in my own parenting and discipleship. But I think he needs […]

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What drives you?

January 12, 2011

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Just what drives Christians to pursue holiness? John Murray (1898-1975), Scotch-born professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (who surely wasn’t as mean as he looks in this picture) had this to say about motivation: “‘A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you’ (Ezek. 36:26). […]

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If you HAVE to go out of town on company business…

January 8, 2011

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… you could do worse than Scrub Island, British Virgin Islands. But yet, that’s just my opinion.

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“Boyish rapture in the Highland hills”

January 3, 2011

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Describing the book of Ephesians, former Princeton Theological Seminary president John Mackay said, “To this book I owe my life.” He went on to explain how in July 1903 as a lad of fourteen he experienced through reading Ephesians a ‘boyish rapture in the highland hills’ and made ‘a passionate protestation to Jesus Christ among […]

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