The Value of Reading
Life is too short to read everything, and most of what has been written is not worth reading anyway. One must be selective.
Great books are our teachers, and good books are our companions. Poor books are obstacles we meet along the way. If you are a Christian, there is one book you will love, even if you do not love any other. That, of course, is the Bible. But if you know the value of reading, there... Continue Reading
Arming Our Children Against Pornography
I’m thankful for all four of these books, and I hope that they will help many parents and elders in the urgent work of preparing our children for intense warfare against pornography.
Good Pictures, Bad Pictures Jr.: A Simple Plan to Protect Young Minds by Kristen A. Jenson, published by Glen Cove Press. This book is beautifully illustrated, and it features simple text in a big font, perfectly suited to young children. It teaches children a simple way to distinguish good pictures from bad pictures, and a... Continue Reading
Review: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ-A Commentary for the People”
Crenshaw’s, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” provides a considerable amount of insight into the meaning of the visions that John saw and recorded in the Revelation.
Crenshaw places his emphasis throughout the book on the textual context of each of the visions of Revelation. Through each section, Jesus remains in view. A discussion of Jesus’ overwhelming holiness before a prostrate John leads to a church-by church-study series through the seven letters to the churches. A Review: The Revelation of Jesus... Continue Reading
4 Qualities of God-Honoring Work
Because of the curse, your job may involve painful toil and yield little satisfaction. But you can glorify God where you are by your heart attitude.
Work that is truly Christian is work well done. Genesis 1 logs God’s commitment to excellence when it says, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). Christians should always do good work. Christians ought to be the best workers wherever they are. They ought to have the... Continue Reading
How Everything Became About Race, Gender, and Identity
I think “Cynical Theories” will prove an important resource and rallying point for those who refuse to bow the knee to the ideology of race, gender, and identity.
Yet I am still convinced that Cynical Theories can and will prove an invaluable resource in better understanding the world as it is right now and in helping us understand why Social Justice cannot and will not provide justice and equality for everyone. For that reason it receives my recommendation. You can’t read the... Continue Reading
We Need Another Storyline to Put Ours in Perspective
Christians embrace the Christian story, situating their personal stories within it and thus orienting themselves according to its overall storyline.
In “When the Stars Disappear,” Mark Talbot encourages readers to digest the lessons of some of the Bible’s great saints who, when faced with similar trials, learned to continue believing and hoping as they realized that God in his steadfast love continued caring for them. How We Orient Ourselves We orient ourselves by means... Continue Reading
What Did Jesus Teach about Politics?
If we take the lordship of Christ in our lives seriously, then we should seek to apply that lordship to our participation in politics.
I have studied politics most of my life. And like so many, I have lived and died over the many victories and defeats that come with modern campaigns and legislative battles. But the older I get, the more clear it is to me that the most significant thing I have to say about politics is... Continue Reading
Why Was Satan Allowed to Torment Job? (Job 1)
God is impressed not by Satan’s extraordinary abilities but rather by Job’s character.
What is surprising is his theology. Is God in the business of dealing with Satan? Or, worse, is God in the business of giving authority to Satan? Worse still, is God in the business of giving Satan power to do evil to good people? The answer to those questions is “yes.” But the key to... Continue Reading
The Unholy Pursuit of God in Moby Dick
Ahab’s pursuit of the whale is not a righteous pursuit of God but natural man’s futile attempt in his hatred of God to destroy the omnipotent deity.
Some argue that Moby Dick is Melville’s symbol of the incarnation of evil itself. Certainly this is the view of the whale held by Captain Ahab himself. Ahab is driven by a monomaniacal hatred for this creature, this brute that left him permanently damaged both in body and soul. He cries out, “He heaps me,”... Continue Reading
John Owen’s Ministry to Young Christians
Owen spent a great deal of time with teenagers and young adults as the primary focus of his preaching.
Owen had high expectations for the spiritual potential of younger people. From the beginning of his ministry, he thought carefully about the ways in which Christian children should be formed. In 1645 he published two catechisms that outlined the principal themes of the Christian faith. The Potential of Young Christians John Owen specialized in... Continue Reading