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Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2015’

Ministers are Suspicious, Insecure and Jealous People

Or so says, Rev. Dr. Ligon Duncan in a sermon that I encourage every one of you to listen to: Who is the Greatest? (Taken from Luke 9:46-56 ESV …) An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side …

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Preaching to Him Will Only Deepen His Guilt

Yesterday, I had a wonderfully interesting and edifying conversation about the difference between guilt and shame—and why assurances of forgiveness do not comfort us when we are burdened by ungodly shame. (For more on that topic, I encourage you to read one of the few books I have ever endorsed–Ed Welch’s excellent book, Shame Interrupted. And Judy and I also have a chapter …

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Should a Christian Put Up “Boundaries” with a Mentally Ill Addict (Who Happens to be Her Mother)?

As a Certified Christian Conciliator with The Institute for Christian Conciliation (a division of Peacemaker Ministries), I have the privilege of participating in webinars with Christian conciliators from around the world. Yesterday, we discussed the topic of forgiveness and how hard it can for us to forgive and to help the parties we serve to forgive, especially when there are complicating factors like dangerous situation, …

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Have the Men of the Church Watch the Children

Pastor Brian Croft answers yet another great question over at Practical Shepherding: How can you disciple women and train husbands to serve their wives at the same time? Answer: Have women’s events for the church where the men are responsible for watching the children. This is a (potentially) great idea and I encourage you to read the reasoning behind and …

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Does Motherhood Narrow the Mind?

Last week, in our church’s Introduction to Theology and Logic class, I was privileged to discuss three extremely important topics with three extremely wonderful pre-teen girls: The Ordo Salutis God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Free Will The Problem of Evil I hadn’t planned on discussing these topics–but I teach by the Socratic method and thus, I go where the class takes us. And our initial discussion …

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If you do not live a life marked by love toward others, the Bible has no encouragement for you to think that you’re a Christian. None.

Quoting from Stop Dating the Church (by Joshua Harris): “To be part of the universal church isn’t enough … Every Christian is called to be passionately committed to a specific local church. Why? Because the local church is the key to spiritual health and growth for a Christian. And because as the visible ‘body of Christ’ in the world, the …

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A Multitude of Faithful, Risk-Taking, Plodders …

Yesterday, I was researching something for one of my pastors and I came across a bunch of emails from one of the hardest-working women in our little church. Her wisdom, wit, and passion (along with her faithful, long-term service to our church family) reminded me of one of my favorite Kevin DeYoung articles that I encourage you to read in …

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Remembering As We Are Dying

Easter always makes me think a lot about death. Of course, Good Friday is the main impetus for my thoughts. The worst day ever, leading to the best day ever. But I also think about our second child who slipped from my womb the afternoon of Easter, 2007. The Day of Life reminds me of death. Every year. Plus, I …

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The Day I Hit our HOUSE with Fred’s TRUCK

Today, my darling husband has been working hard on a number of projects both inside and outside of our home. I have to admit … as he worked on the bushes by our driveway, I was tempted to cringe a tiny bit as I remembered the time I accidentally drove over them—damaging the bushes, to be sure, but far more …

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If you are ever going to become a credible theologian instead of a know-it-all pundit, you had best restart your life on firmer ground …

As I read this words from Dr. Michael Kruger’s Canon Fodder blog (quickly becoming one of my favorites), it reminded me of a passage in a Kevin DeYoung book that I have reflected on previously. (Rev. DeYoung is pretty much nose-to-nose with Ed Welch as my favorite contemporary author these days.) First. Dr. Kruger: “There are countless stories of evangelicals who head off to Ph.D. programs …

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