Jeff Myers:Four Ways to be Open-Minded Without Being a Relativist

In Jeff Myers latest latest newsletter, he makes some great points about engaging the next generation regarding truth. I encourage you to read the entire article here.

Trust God’s sovereignty. For most of my life I’ve been learning and growing in my faith, and much of this growth has involved honest wrestling with significant issues.

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Goodbye for now…

Small image of treeI find it tough to say goodbye, especially to loved ones. I took my second oldest son to the airport this morning. As a guy, I was all focused in on the task at hand. Wake him up (he was out nearly all night), find out the weight on his two large bags to check, and get to the airport in time to hopefully get his seat assignment changed.

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John Piper – Why and How I Am Tweeting : Desiring God Christian Resource Library

John Piper writes about why he is now using Twitter:

Now what about Twitter? I find Twitter to be a kind of taunt: “Okay, truth-lover, see what you can do with 140 characters! You say your mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things! Well, this is one of those ‘all things.’ Can you magnify Christ with this thimble-full of letters?”

To which I respond:

The sovereign Lord of the earth and sky

Puts camels through a needle’s eye.

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John Piper on the power of the Word of God

I am reading John Piper’s book When I Don’t Desire God. In a transparent fashion, he admits to 50+ years of fighting the distractions that lure each one of us away from spending our appointed times reading the Word of God:

A thousand interesting things compete for our attention to the Word of God.

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More on Not Using Twitter During Worship Services: Desiring God

John Piper follows up on Josh Harris’ blog post about using Twitter during a worship service:

Josh Harris has done us a good service. He explains why many of us think it’s a bad idea to “tweet” while participating in corporate worship. That is, we think you should use Twitter before and after corporate worship to say what you take in and take out.

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Overcoming Fear: C.J. Mahaney’s View from the Cheap Seats & Other Stuff

From C.J. Mahaney’s blog:

I struggled greatly with fear and unbelief in preaching. God has used so many means to deal with this sin as it relates to preaching. One story that was particularly helpful was a story of how Corrie ten Boom’s father helped her trust God in fearful situations (as told in Overcoming Fear, Worry and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick).

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Good Breeze from a Fundamentalist Neighbor :: Desiring God

Good thoughts…

I would like to encourage all fundamentalists and former fundamentalists to feel a good breeze from the fevered landscape of controversy. It’s an article by Kevin Bauder (PDF), the president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, across town from us here in Minneapolis.

If you are a younger fundamentalist and hope to stay one and be a good one, read this.

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The New Calvinism #3 in the 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now: Time Magazine

Time magazine listed “The New Calvinism” as #3 on its article, 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now

If you really want to follow the development of conservative Christianity, track its musical hits. In the early 1900s you might have heard “The Old Rugged Cross,” a celebration of the atonement. By the 1980s you could have shared the Jesus-is-my-buddy intimacy of “Shine, Jesus, Shine.” And today, more and more top songs feature a God who is very big, while we are…well, hark the David Crowder Band: “I am full of earth/ You are heaven’s worth/ I am stained with dirt/ Prone to depravity.”
Calvinism is back, and not just musically.

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