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If you have been hoping for a new reality show highlighting the life of a rich preacher in Texas then good news is on the way! However, if you are like me and dread the idea of yet another sad side show under evangelicalism's big top then we have Ed Young Jr. to thank, or better, blame. Actually, I...
As the most recent meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society made clear, the battle over the trustworthiness of the Bible is far from over. I recently posted some resources that have been helpful to me in my ministry as a pastor in helping those I serve to understand and embrace the doctrine...
Okay, so that's an exaggeration. But as I have read the many commentaries offered by various evangelicals on the Phil Robertson flap I cannot help but wonder if some of the discussion confuses categories. Some, while in sympathy with Robertson's view that homosexuality is sin, are scandalized by...
Admittedly, the "My Favorite Books Of The Year" posts are a bit self-indulgent. But personally, I like to read people's favorite books lists. So, with the expectation that at least my parents and in-laws will be mildly interested I offer the following list of my favorite books from this year. One...
I keep hoping that the fascination with Sarah Young's bestseller Jesus Calling will fade away. If you are not familiar with Jesus Calling , it is a book of 365 daily devotions that the author claims are messages from Jesus spoken directly to her. In fact the book is written in the first person from...
It is not an easy thing to be the pastor of a mega-church. There are peculiar pressures and temptations that accompany such a role. Not least is the temptation to believe that you are big enough to write your own rules. The church's "success" is so intricately woven to your own that you become too...
I was raised in a large Southern Baptist church in Houston, Texas. I was educated in Southern Baptist institutions. I was ordained in a Southern Baptist church. Coming of age in the 1980's I remember well overhearing the discussions at home and church about the conservative resurgence within the...
The cross is the perfect statement both of God’s wrath against sin and of the depth of his love and mercy in the recovery of the damaged creation and its damagers. God’s mercy, patience, and love must be fully preached in the church. But they are not credible unless they are presented in tension...
My plan is to add the following to my current reading list for this summer. I have already started on the two biographies. Great stuff. Truman by David McCullough John MacArthur by Iain Murray The U Turn Church by Harney & Bouwer
Over at First Thoughts, Joe Carter has posted his top 50 Summer Reads . This is a great list because many of the books are quite accessable rather than a bunch of high brow nonsense. Of the books that make Carter's list that I have read I heartily recommend: Enders Game All The Pretty Horses The...