Archive for the ‘Links’ Category

SBC Resolution Seeks Regenerate Church Membership

June 19, 2008

I am very pleased to see the Lord’s gracious work in moving the Southern Baptist Convention to take such a positive step toward maintaining a regenerate church membership and seeking to exercise restorative church discipline in the process. Read the “Complete text of amended membership resolution” here. Pray the local bodies will follow in this wise biblical counsel.

“Let Them Come Home”

April 27, 2008

My brother Brandon sent me a link to an article entitled “Let them Come Home,” published in the September 2007 edition of Decision Magazine. It is written by Abraham Piper, who rejected the faith at age 19 in order “to drink gallons of cheap sangria and sleep around”. Some time later, however, the Lord gloriously rescued him with an email and a reading of Romans 1-10. He writes,

“The best way I know to describe what happened to me that morning is that God made it possible for me to love Jesus. When He makes this possible and at the same time gives you a glimpse of the true wonder of Jesus, it is impossible to resist His call.”

Today the Lord is using him in mighty ways as the Web Content Manager for Desiring God Ministries. He often posts very helpful, Gospel-centered information on the Desiring God Blog as well. The reason I mention this article to you is because in it he also includes 12 very helpful ways one can minister to a prodigal child. I highly recommend reading the article, for as my brother mentioned to me, these biblical tips are valuable and helpful even if your own son is not rejecting the faith. Click here to view his article.

ESV Study Bible

April 17, 2008

I normally do not recommend many study Bibles to people since there is a tendency to be always relying on the study notes and commentary instead of reading (and rereading) the biblical text. However, when used properly as a tool for further study, they can be very helpful. After reading over the new website for the forthcoming ESV Study Bible, I believe this study Bible will be one of the best contributions to the church in helping believers to mature in their knowledge of Christ. They have done a superb job in selecting some of the most significant evangelical scholars and pastors to contribute and edit this study Bible. I am looking forward to purchasing one myself this October. Take some time to peruse their website, and note the helpful commentary, theological articles, maps, charts, diagrams, and much more.

Together For the Gospel 2008

April 16, 2008

I had the opportunity to attend the Together for the Gospel Conference (“T4G”) in 2006. Hands down, it was the most fruitful conference I have ever attended: solid doctrine, great exposition, genuine fellowship, (theologically) sound music, amazing encouragement, humble speakers, and a profound love and concern for the Gospel, the church of Christ, and the world, to the glory of God. I am not in a position to attend this year, but am grateful for the opportunity to remain here in Fort Worth to care for my pregnant wife and the other tasks the Lord has set before me.

Thank you Tim Challies for covering this years conference. Your summaries have already been tremendously helpful, and I pray they continue to be for the larger community of Christ. I would encourage everyone else to check out Tim’s coverage, the T4G blog, and look out for the audio messages in the near future.

Baby’s Coming Soon!

April 13, 2008

Well, my wife has been doing a fantastic job keeping tabs on her blog with our preparation for the baby, who, Lord willing, shall be born into the world sometime in June! There she has some pictures of a stuffed elephant (which she crocheted), a baby blanket (which she crocheted), and the offic-ery (i.e. office/nursery). She is amazing and very gifted, as you will observe from the blog (and her life)! The Lord continues to use her in helping me to become a godly husband, and now an expectant father. What a blessing! Stop by her blog to check out the progress sometime.

Men’s Retreat: Purity In This Present Evil Age

January 15, 2008

Purity Conference at Redeemer Church

Please click here in order to contact Redeemer Church concerning more information on the retreat (e.g. registration; cost; father-son opportunities; etc.).

The Gospel Coalition

July 20, 2007

In this day of fragmented understanding of the Gospel, Evangelical Christianity undoubtedly needs leaders who will promote a sound, “robust, confessional, biblically faithful” (D. A. Carson) understanding of the Gospel. The Gospel Coalition is a group of about forty to fifty Evangelical (and broadly Reformed) pastors and scholars, who are deeply committed to and passionate about the Gospel, and who are also deeply concerned about the state of the church and confronting the culture with the Gospel. It would be well worth your time to check out their website, especially so that you will have access to (and READ!) the confessional documents they have put together. 

Church Matters: 9Marks Blog

June 23, 2007

If you have yet to hear, Mark Dever and 9Marks Ministries just set up their own blog called Church Matters. I would encourage you to visit not only their blog, but their web site regulary. In their own words, “9Marks wants to help local churches re-establish their biblical bearings and re-think their ministry methods. We exist to help local church pastors and leaders in the discovery and application of the biblical priorities that cultivate health and holiness in the local church.”

Check Out “Says Simpleton”

June 13, 2007

Ched Spellman recently posted some great words of wisdom that will add biblical food for thought concerning the discussion on the church and her relationship to the culture. Click here to read his post.

Pagan Agendas Continue

May 23, 2007

In light of my recent post commending Daniel Heimbach’s book, True Sexual Morality, two recent posts by Albert Mohler (president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) continue to expose the pagan agenda to destroy the home, the church, and humanity. His article, “The Disappearing Father,” addresses the negative effects artificial insemination has on the home, and the article that follows, “The Revenge of Conscience,” speaks to the brutality of what is euphemistically called “selective reduction.”