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The following books are currently available for your Amazon Kindle at a very reasonable price. You should pick them up immediately because they are (1) cheap and (2) part of a series that has proven itself time and time again. While it’s true that some are better than others, for the most part they are all worth owning. Without further …

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Clergy Housing Exemption unconstiutional?

Three great articles on the “Clergy Housing Exemption” issue… The Gospel Coalition Thom Rainer Internet Monk Thoughts? Able Baker Able is the lead pastor of Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church (Hardin, Montana) and has been a senior pastor for ten years. He has a passion for rural ministry, enjoys reading, movies, playing sports, chess, coffee, beer, watching MMA, MLB, NFL, …

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Being a pastor is not hard. It’s very easy. You’re just lazy.

I am interested in your thoughts concerning this article by Mike Niebauer at The Gospel Coalition and the comments that follow. In light of 1 Timothy 5:17-18, what do you think of Paul’s use of the word labor in regards to ministry of teaching and preaching? Is it legit? Labor: κοπιάωa; κόποςa, ου m: to engage in hard work, implying …

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Pennington’s Case Against Continuationism…

I already wrote a long post on Strange Fire, so this will be a little shorter. Tim Challies has posted Tom Pennington’s case for Cessationism. It probably has the most substance for Continuationists to consider out of all that has been shared thus far at MacArthur’s anti-charismatic rally. Pennington suggests there are four chief arguments for the charismatic position and then offers …

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Strange Fire Turns Toward Strained Polemics

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So the firestorm from the Strange Fire Conference has been steadily building throughout the past few weeks and is now in full swing. When word got out that the conference was going to take place and that John MacArthur was releasing a book of the same name, Dr. Michael Brown appealed to MacArthur to embrace God’s true fire and then …

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On John Piper’s Twister Tweet

There’s quite the stir over a recent tweet that John Piper made: I appreciate a lot of what Nate Pyle wrote. I think Piper’s tweet could certainly have been misunderstood, which is probably why Piper went on to remove the tweet and posted a more compassionate thought on the devastation experienced this past week. Pyle’s concerns about being sensitive are well worth your …

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Reflecting on Dave Workman’s Thoughts on Pastoral Pretending

Dave Workman is awesome. I haven’t personally met him, but I’ve greatly benefited from his book The Outward-Focused Life.  If you are interested in learning about being a servant or “servant evangelism” or aspects of missional theology, this book is a great starting point. A number of people who are a part of the church I serve recently attended a conference he …

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Misreading Statements, Jumping to Conclusions, & Selectively Leading Readers

As some of you may know, Sovereign Grace Ministries, led by C.J. Mahaney, has been facing a lawsuit for a case of child abuse. For a quick recap, see here and here. Many have been calling for some sort of a clarification from those affiliated with SGM, but it appears that everyone close to SGM and Mahaney are being relatively silent. …

Across the Web – 01/28/13

Trevin Wax has a good article, “Why Did Jesus Say He Came Only for Israel?”  This is a good article on issues related to the Gospels and Jesus’ mission! Joe Carter does a FAQ, from a perspective of a member of the Gospel Coalition, on Women in Combat. I tend to find it’s conclusions and general concerns to be similar to …

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Confused by a Decision: LifeWay, What Gives?

I’m not a huge fan of the methodology, arguments, and thinking of some of Rachel Held Evans. She is provocative and raises important issues, but I find her arguments sometimes less than compelling. She should still be read by anyone interested in issues related to gender, evangelicalism, progressive Christianity, etc. That being said… Luke Geraty Luke Geraty is a young budding pastor/theologian …

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The Chick-Fil-A Hoopla

So I was going to write a long post about what I thought concerning today’s “Support Chick-Fil-A” reverse boycott. I planned on explaining that I’m sure the intentions of those who started this idea and promoted it and took part in it were probably nothing but good. I was going to say that if I were near a Chick-Fil-A, I might have …

Themelios is out!

The latest issue of Themelios is out. Lots of excellent articles, essays, and book reviews. Stand outs include: “John Owen on Union with Christ and Justification” “The Earth Is Crammed with Heaven: Four Guideposts to Reading and Teaching the Song of Songs” “The Profit of Employing the Biblical Languages: Scriptural and Historical Reflections” A review of Becoming Whole and Holy: …

Across the Web – 03/13/12

Stanley E. Porter is blogging. This is huge news. If you are into theology and appreciate discussions about Greek, this needs to be added this to your Google Reader. He writes, “In this blog, I will often be discussing—in no particular order and at no particular time—three areas of great concern to me. These are McMaster Divinity College, where I …

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God’s Meticulous Sovereignty in Tornadoes

When tornadoes, storms, floods, or other natural disasters and accidents happen, lots of questions get raised. John Piper, a man I greatly respect and have been blessed by, hasn’t been afraid to address the big questions that arise when they happen. In 2009 a tornado struck downtown Minneapolis and Piper addressed it. When the recent tornadoes went through the Midwest, …

Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics is coming!

Logos has announced that Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics is being translated into English under the watchful eye of Richard B. Gaffin (Westminster Theological Seminary). This should be pretty awesome. Vos’ Biblical Theology and Pauline Eschatology are excellent works from a pillar in the Reformed tradition. Vos taught at Princeton and Calvin Theological Seminary in the early 20th century. I’m looking …

Across the Web – 02/18/12

Marc Cortez is giving away a copy of William J. Webb’s Corporal Punishment in the Bible: A Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic for Troubling Texts. I’m liking Webb as of late. Not because I agree with him, but because I like him… a lot. Weird, I know. I want this book! The Middle-Aged White Guy’s Guide to Christian Rap. Not sure what to …

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This. Is. Blasphemy. *UPDATE*

Apparently the original video I posted was taken down due to “copyright” issues. Let’s read between the lines and assume that it has been taken down because the content was so blasphemous. Joe Carter has a good blog on it (here). You can watch the video here (apparently it hasn’t been taken down yet). This. Is. Blasphemy. Theological and historical. …

The NIV Application NT Series

Yesterday I noticed that Logos was offering the 20 volume NIV Application Commentary (New Testament) series for a mere $249.99 (retail is $477.99). I tried to resist buying this series, but I ended up figuring it’s such a deal that I mine as well pick it up. I already own four of these, so I’ll probably end up either giving …

Across the Web – 12/08/11

Getting Inerrancy Wrong. First Piper Book to Be Legally Published in China (The Legacy of Sovereign Joy). 6 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Leading Small Groups. The People Who Hate Tim Tiebow. Who is John Bunyan? Luke Geraty Luke Geraty is a young budding pastor/theologian who serves at Trinity Christian Fellowship. Husband of one, father of five, …

Across the Web – 11/17/11

There’s a huge conversation going on right now regarding the mission of the church. It started when reviews started coming out for Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert’s new book, What is the Mission of the Church, was released (see Ed Stetzer’s brief roundup). Joel Willitts of North Park University has been writing a lengthy group of reviews that you will …

Around the Web – 11/04/11

I stumbled upon an explanation of how one church allows for both covenantal infant baptism and believer’s baptism by Jared Wilson. Much to agree with and certainly good to think through. Shai Linne’s new album (“The Attributes of God”) has been released. It’s a great hip hop album, which I plan to review soon. At any rate, he’s added his …

Across the Web – 10/11/11

If you haven’t heard, CNN has reported that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has ordained its first openly gay pastor. Let’s quickly acknowledge that the church has not interacted with homosexuals well, and that this issue is one that takes great humility, care, respect, and conviction… all which can coexist together! Homosexuals are people, just like heterosexuals, and all people suffer …