As I prepare to speak at an upcoming church retreat on guy-girl relationships, I’ve been reminded of a helpful 13-part sermon series on this topic by Rick Holland from 1999 entitled “A Roadmap for Righteous Relationships.” Rick has pastored the Crossroads college ministry at Grace Community Church for more than a decade. He is a godly man … More A Roadmap for Righteous Relationships by Rick Holland
Abraham Piper recently searched the DesiringGod website for the word “television” and compiled a short list of his dad’s quotes that contain the word. It’s sad to me that when concerned Christians speak about the spiritual effects of American TV culture and the foolishness of imbibing it with regularity, the word “legalistic” is often part of the response … More John Piper and Television
I prefer to write instead of linking, but when a spiritual hero shares his day-old journal entry about the death of his father, linking is better than writing. You will be better for reading it. Perhaps, by miracle and by grace, I might be a father like “Daddy” and a son like John.
The new and vastly improved DesiringGod website is now up. What an amazing ministry. Check it out and use it.
Since my youngest brother Greg is majoring in architecture in one of the top architecture programs in the nation (Oklahoma State University), this kind of thing interests me: Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises The description reads: The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Currently … More Architecture for the Poor
There are few Christians who have influenced my life more than John Piper. If you've ever heard him preach or read any of his writings, you might know what I mean. The Lord speaks through him in a powerful and compelling way. That's why I was very excited to hear about one of Desiring God's latest ministry … More John Piper Audio Sermons
I've mentioned this here before, but I feel compelled to mention it again because To Every Tribe Ministries has revamped their website. Don't click on the link if you don't want to be challenged and stretched and inspired. To Every Tribe Ministries was started by David Sitton, a hardcore pioneer missionary (I think that's redundant). I … More To Every Tribe
Mary from the Amani Baby Cottage called around noon today to inform us that they've chosen a baby boy for us! His name is Charles, and he's about two months old right now. Their guess is that we'll head to Uganda to finalize the adoption and pick him up around June or July, when he's … More Our New Son “Charles”!
Although there are a few blogs I frequent and benefit greatly from, I consciously try not to pass on too many links. I don’t go to blogs mainly for links to other places (and I assume you don’t, either). I go to blogs mainly for that particular individual’s thoughts and writing (and I assume you … More Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?
For you ladies, there’s a good blog out there called “Girl Talk” that you ought to check out. It’s authored by the four main women in CJ Mahaney’s life — his wife and his three married daughters. Here’s Carolyn Mahaney’s lowdown on the most recent series of posts: “Over the next several days, each of the girls … More Girl Talk
National Public Radio Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr was so bold as to impugn God regarding Hurricane Katrina. Pastor John Piper of Bethelehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota has passionately answered him. Although Piper always speaks and writes with manifest zeal, he seems to write with a particularly jagged edge in this response. This is fitting, because God … More The God of the Hurricane: Blame and Defense
I’ve been asked to join FoolishBlog as a writer there, and I’ve accepted the invitation. FoolishBlog is maintained by Eric and Heather Zeller (husband and wife) and Eric’s younger brother Scott. I went to school with all three of them, and consider them to be like-minded friends. I still plan on writing regularly here, but … More Joining FoolishBlog
On a lighter note, if you’re interested in how biology and genetics influence some of sports’ most dominant stars, check this out. Ok, that little pitch doesn’t make the article sound as interesting as it really is. How about this: Michael Phelps (swimmer) has size-14 feet and can lay flat on his back, stretch his … More Michael Phelps’ Feet
At various times over the past few years, my heart has burned to do pioneer missions—to break into an unreached people group in Papua New Guinea or Africa or South America (or anywhere else), learn the language, cross the culture, preach the Gospel, translate the Bible, plant a church, train leaders, and leave an indigenous … More Pioneer Missions
If you like to eat, or cook, or just like to see how God mirrors His glory and goodness in every little thing in the universe, read Hot Providence. It’s Doug Wilson’s foreword to the Christ Church cookbook (he’s the pastor). Cookbook introductions aren’t supposed to be so delightful, well-written, and of all things, theological. Then again, perhaps everything is … More “Hot Providence”: A Cookbook Introduction
There wasn’t really a “Humility – Part 1”, but since my last post was about one of my recent lessons in humility and since I came across this humility-focused post by Tim Challies, I figured his could qualify as a “Part 2” of sorts. It’s called “The Greatest Sinner I Know.” Don’t read it lazily. Tim writes: I am … More “The Greatest Sinner I Know” – Humility (Part 2)