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The MoS crew really get into the celebratory spirit this year. Something Todd said recording our Easter podcast made me want to outfit the three of us in the latest craze. That’s right, look out Cadbury bunny, and say hello to Janimals. Our producer caught us in the action. Unfortunately, that’s...
Let's face it, all women get tangled up in the whole beauty issue. Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitaker tackle it head on in their new book True Beauty. If you want to know a little more about the book, I have reviewed it over at Books at a Glance : One of my Facebook friends, Janelle, was not...
Here are two categories that Christians tend to pit against one another. Michael Horton makes the case in his chapter on “How God Delivers His Grace” from Calvin on the Christian Life that this is a false choice. I’m always edified by the way Horton teaches about the preached Word. Here is an...
Given the season, I wanted to repost this wonderful piece from Dana on the Passover meal and the Last Supper. It's also fitting because I am taking about her today while I speak on the subject of hospitality to some fantastic Texas women. Right after last week’s sermon, my good friend, Dana Tuttle...
For this week’s MoS Bully Pulpit , I invited Carl and Todd over to sit in my kitchen and have a casual conversation about gospel-centered food. To get in the spirit, I made every square inch brownies, almond butter blossom cookies with dates substituting for chocolate kisses, sustainable Sundays,...
My pastor mentioned Luke 14:15 in his sermon yesterday while preaching on Proverbs 9. I remembered this article I wrote last year, and now find it even more pertinent and timely than when I wrote it. I can’t seem to keep up with the latest health food trends. It’s exhausting. Back in college when I...
If you are torn up over your Christian responsibility in taking every square inch captive when it comes to where your food comes from , this humorous video should help lead you to ask the right questions for your journey.
If you are torn up over your Christian responsibility in taking every square inch captive when it comes to where your food comes from , this humorous video should help lead you to ask the right questions for your journey.
Matt and I have found ourselves in a completely different parenting stage. Gone are the days where we can control our children’s environment and make every decision for them. With a daughter in high school and one in middle school, we are painfully realizing that our job has now changed to...
If you are torn up over your Christian responsibility in taking every square inch captive when it comes to where your food comes from , this humorous video should help lead you to ask the right questions for your journey.
If pastors and elders are to serve their congregation well, what are their responsibilities when it comes to being aware of what Christians are reading? 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...
If pastors and elders are to serve their congregation well, what are their responsibilities when it comes to being aware of what Christians are reading? 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...
If pastors and elders are to serve their congregation well, what are their responsibilities when it comes to being aware of what Christians are reading? 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...
Carl, Todd, and I learned the hard way that you can’t always trust the label. For instance, the brother who will not be named decided to invest in a non-fat yogurt shop. To our amazement, the yogurt is delicious! Maybe a little too delicious… As it turns out, Carl and I packed on a few pounds. So I...
If pastors and elders are to serve their congregation well, what are their responsibilities when it comes to being aware of what Christians are reading? 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...
Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full , Gloria Furman (Crossway, 2014) “I feel like I could lift a bus to protect my offspring, but if you ask me to hand over my peanut butter banana smoothie to one of them, then I have to really think about it” (35). It’s lines like this that remind me why I...
We currently are going through Genesis in my women’s Bible study class at church. This week Joseph entered the scene. As we were discussing his integrity and character, my teacher read this quote from James Montgomery Boice’s commentary on Genesis: In the chapters of Genesis that follow, nothing...
The Westminster Bookstore has a really great event lined up to launch Kevin DeYoung’s new book, Taking God At His Word . If you are free on April 25, and are anywhere near driving distance to Glen Mills, PA, this will be time well spent. Listen to all you will enjoy for a mere 15 bucks (This is the...
I've been hearing this phrase used a lot lately. Before a person begins sharing their thoughts, she may say something like, "I'm speaking openly here," or, "Can I speak openly?" Yes! Please do! Tell me what you really think, or just keep your mouth closed. The fact that this phrase is being uttered...
I've been hearing this phrase used a lot lately. Before a person begins sharing their thoughts, she may say something like, "I'm speaking openly here," or, "Can I speak openly?" Yes! Please do! Tell me what you really think, or just keep your mouth closed. The fact that this phrase is being uttered...
Is it okay for a Christian to smoke weed? This is a pertinent question now that Colorado and Washington have led the way in legalizing recreational marijuana. Andy Crouch has written an article for Christianity Today titled, “ You’re Free to Toke Up. But Don’t. ” He says that where it is legal,...
I've been hearing this phrase used a lot lately. Before a person begins sharing their thoughts, she may say something like, "I'm speaking openly here," or, "Can I speak openly?" Yes! Please do! Tell me what you really think, or just keep your mouth closed. The fact that this phrase is being uttered...
I just cracked open Michael Horton’s latest edition for Crossway’s “Theologians on the Christian Life” series, Calvin on the Christian Life . You could say that I have my fingers in too many books at the moment. What happens is that I may get some good syntopical reading, or may just force out some...
So someone Matt and I care deeply for was sitting at our kitchen bar the other day talking about the new TV series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” If you are unfamiliar, this is a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s popular series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.” This person, whom I will call Betty, is a...
(I'm bringing in the caboose on our three part series. Todd started us off with What Is Not Happening , and Carl wrote Of Good Reputation With Those Outside .) Messy. Now there is a buzzword that will earn you some evangelical street cred. The currency is authenticity points. It's now okay, no...
(I'm bringing in the caboose on our three part series. Todd started us off with What Is Not Happening , and Carl wrote Of Good Reputation With Those Outside .) Messy. Now there is a buzzword that will earn you some evangelical street cred. The currency is authenticity points. It's now okay, no...
Have you heard about the Faithful Shepherd's Pastor Conference for pastors, elders, and ministry leaders? P&R and the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals are hosting this event May 5th-7th, 2014 at scenic Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island. Speakers Harry Reeder, Ed Welch, Tim Witmer, and Steve...
(I'm bringing in the caboose on our three part series. Todd started us off with What Is Not Happening , and Carl wrote Of Good Reputation With Those Outside .) Messy. Now there is a buzzword that will earn you some evangelical street cred. The currency is authenticity points. It's now okay, no...
This week on Mortification of Spin , Todd, Carl, and I interview author and counselor, Barbara Duguid about her book, Extravagant Grace . Referring to the writings of John Newton, Barbara considers why God still would have us to struggle with sin after our salvation. The thing that I most...
One of my very favorite sections of Scripture is Luke 24:13-35, about the two disciples encountering Jesus on the road to Emmaus and the amazing table fellowship there. I especially like to return to this during the Easter season. As I was reading from there this morning, I found another...
Several years ago, I noticed a pattern in my life. First, I'd read or hear about a sketchy theological trend. Maybe it would be a certain high-profile preacher, a new book that's out, or a movement that seems to be threatening to creep into Christian thinking. Whenever this happened, I would think...
Several years ago, I noticed a pattern in my life. First, I'd read or hear about a sketchy theological trend. Maybe it would be a certain high-profile preacher, a new book that's out, or a movement that seems to be threatening to creep into Christian thinking. Whenever this happened, I would think...
Several years ago, I noticed a pattern in my life. First, I'd read or hear about a sketchy theological trend. Maybe it would be a certain high-profile preacher, a new book that's out, or a movement that seems to be threatening to creep into Christian thinking. Whenever this happened, I would think...
Several years ago, I noticed a pattern in my life. First, I'd read or hear about a sketchy theological trend. Maybe it would be a certain high-profile preacher, a new book that's out, or a movement that seems to be threatening to creep into Christian thinking. Whenever this happened, I would think...
What does the cross make you think of? Sugary, sweet, colorful candy? No? Are you sure? Of course you are. Then why would anyone think it is a good idea to make lollipops shaped like a cross? What kind of message does this send to our children? “The crucifixion was delightful. Wrath of God over sin...
My oldest daughter was talking to me yesterday about how some of her friends buy their likes on Instagram. Perhaps I didn’t give the most godly answer when I responded, “That is the most pathetic thing I’ve ever heard!” Solee explained that they didn’t actually pay for the likes, but they...
My publisher, P&R, is running a series of author interviews on their blog. Yesterday was my turn. Here is a sample question: How do you deal with writer’s block? “Oh, let’s see, I usu­ally start with a snack and increase my cof­fee intake. If that doesn’t work, I pick up a jump rope or my...
One valuable friend that I have made through the internet is Carol Noren Johnson. She is a 70-year-old Christian wife, faithfully caring for her husband who is suffering through Alzheimer’s Disease. One thing that is so beautiful about Carol is the bluntness of her writing. She doesn’t put on any...
I had the honor of being the guest speaker at a women's retreat last weekend. Given the setting of the retreat, and the four different sessions blocked out for me to speak, I incorporated about a half hour or so after every presentation to break into small groups and answer discussion questions. I...
I had the honor of being the guest speaker at a women's retreat last weekend. Given the setting of the retreat, and the four different sessions blocked out for me to speak, I incorporated about a half hour or so after every presentation to break into small groups and answer discussion questions. I...
I had the honor of being the guest speaker at a women's retreat last weekend. Given the setting of the retreat, and the four different sessions blocked out for me to speak, I incorporated about a half hour or so after every presentation to break into small groups and answer discussion questions. I...
I had the honor of being the guest speaker at a women's retreat last weekend. Given the setting of the retreat, and the four different sessions blocked out for me to speak, I incorporated about a half hour or so after every presentation to break into small groups and answer discussion questions. I...
There are clarifying experiences in our lives that cause us to put things in perspective. I always try to encourage Christians, and even unbelievers, that theology is very practical to everyday life. What we believe about who God is, what he has done, what he is doing now, and who we are, shapes...
If I oppose the Word I oppose my Lord when he is most near; If I receive the Word I receive my Lord wherein he is nigh. This is a line from “Christ the Word," a prayer found in the Valley of Vision . The collection of Puritan prayers found in this book is so enriching to my personal prayer life...
I was born to young parents---teenagers. But I still had a very stable home and a crib of my own. I was safe and secure. Well, ostensibly anyway. Although I was intimately knit together by God in my mother’s womb, I was born his enemy. I was sinful, unholy, a child of wrath. But God would not leave...
The MoS team was issued a challenge this week by one of our listeners. Carl, Todd, and I were asked to provide commentary on the Katie Couric interview with Carl Lentz without using the words utterly or ridiculous . This was quite a challenge indeed. As you will hear, Todd doesn't do too well, and...
Donald MacLeod ends his book, From Glory to Golgotha with a very strong chapter, "To Live is Christ." It's always a special treat when a book saves the best chapter for last. The last couple pages focus on preaching Christ and living to preach Christ. I found this helpful as a congregant, and even...
Donald MacLeod ends his book, From Glory to Golgotha with a very strong chapter, "To Live is Christ." It's always a special treat when a book saves the best chapter for last. The last couple pages focus on preaching Christ and living to preach Christ. I found this helpful as a congregant, and even...
I'm talking about this line from Donald Macleod over at Reformation21 today: "Better to be wrong in the motive and right in the message than wrong in the message and right in the motive." Interested? You can read it here .
Donald MacLeod ends his book, From Glory to Golgotha with a very strong chapter, "To Live is Christ." It's always a special treat when a book saves the best chapter for last. The last couple pages focus on preaching Christ and living to preach Christ. I found this helpful as a congregant, and even...