benshim asked: Saw your books post! Some really challenging books I've read/been reading over the past six months: The Prodigal Son (MacArthur), Practicing Affirmation (Crabtree), Life Together (Bonhoeffer), A Call to Spiritual Reformation (DA Carson), and How to Read the Psalms (Longman). Can I ask you the same question? :D
The idea that all you have to do is to accept Christ and you are in is a great...– A.W. Tozer
What books do you recommend?
Compiling my 2012 book list.
Resurgence College Conference: Session 1 Notes →
Jesus is God, not just a good man. And we murdered God. Some of you are liberal and think little about the death of Jesus and instead focus on how he loved children, served the poor, and healed the sick. None of those things are the reason he was put to death. He was not put to death for feeding the poor and loving children. He was put to death for continually, emphatically, saying, “I am God.” ...
If God is Sovereign, why pray in 2012? →
evenso-itiswell asked: Tag, you’re it! Here are the rules: Each tagged person must post ten things about themselves. You have to choose and tag ten people. Go to their blogs and tell them you tagged them. No tag backs.
How do you begin your day?
Much has been written and discussed about technology’s encroachment on our lives. I’ve been greatly aided by friends who have looked at this problem with a theological eye (Note Tim Challies book, The Next Story and Al Mohler’s many blogposts on the subject). Most agree that computers, tablets, smart phones, and social media are not going away. In fact, we can expect the avalanche to get bigger...
Snake or Seraph? The Identity of the Serpent in... →
The 268 Declaration
My desire is reflected by the following statements and prayers: Because I was created by God and for His glory, I will magnify Him as I respond to His great love. My desire is to make knowing and enjoying God the passionate pursuit of my life.[God, give me a desire for You like the desire that You have for me.]Colossians 1:16-18, John 17:3, Revelation 3:20, Philippians 3:7-10, Jeremiah 9:23-24,...
Still Running: Beauty →
benshim: “Music is not robust to degradation.” I’m watching a video about the attempt to restore musical cognition to patients with cochlear implants. They perceive language well, but pitch is apparently nowhere close—and even if the pitch was close, the music would still sound terrible. (In my humble opinion, a pitch sounds the worst when it’s just a little bit wrong, relatively speaking.) So...
johnnyis: Noun: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of… I understand why people get very technical with crying out “Christianity is a...
Going to re-read " Don't Waste Your Life" by John...
I love winter break.
Anonymous asked: How can I break free from lust and unruly sexual desires - especially when I am going out with a brother in Christ?
“Why would you panic at your loss of control when you can rest in the arms of the One who, in righteousness and grace, controls all things? He who writes every detail of your story has authored those details for your ultimate good and his eternal glory. If you’re God’s child, there’s no need to wonder and fret today because God knows, he cares and is in absolute...
Dear Ciera , I feel like we have a lot in common and I know you’re going through a rough time right now. You are in my prayers and I don’t want to throw cliche sayings at you but God’s word always refreshes and soothes the soul :) I’m praying that He will provide you strength and comfort during this time. I’m always here if you need anyone to talk to. This is a...
Dear Ben , You were one of my early followers when I first got a tumblr. Time flys! I remember I was so excited because we both have so much in common. It’s awesome that we read the same blogs. I appreciate that you know what Girltalk is too haha. I am thankful for your passion and love for Jesus. Thank you for setting an example for other men. I love your heart for hurting, broken...
Dear Lubee , Thank you so much for all of your encouraging words and thoughtfulness. I enjoy talking to you about God, theology, and how He is working in our lives I’m amused that we are pretty much identical twins who haven’t met each other yet. God has gifted you with an incredible talent in graphic design. Thank you for taking the time to design that amazing cover. I...
Dear Aaron I like how you like G.K. Chesterton. I didn’t really know much about him until you started posting all his quotations. Good stuff. I enjoy reading your posts. I appreciate your value for life and hard work. Although I’m not very vocal about my political views, I think that you articulate politics very well. You really know where you stand and will not applaud sin or...
Dear Lauren , I am so glad to see that God has placed you in my life. I’m grateful that I got to witness your baptism and see how God’s using you in your life. You remind me of me when I first got saved and definitely revived that fire. I am thankful that we can grow in our walks with Christ together. I appreciate that you are a fast texter. I know that you’re always going...
Late Christmas virtual presents :)
I wanted to give some of my followers virtual Christmas presents on why I am thankful for them. Even though I’ve never met 99% of you, I feel so close to you since we share a love for Jesus and the gospel. I can’t wait to meet all of you in heaven! I was busy on Christmas since I was visiting my grandpa who is in the ICU at the UCLA medical center so I didn’t have time to post...
benshim asked: Hey, just wanted to say that I continue to be encouraged by what you post. It's almost always instructive or helpful, like Jesus! Keep at it. :D
Theology is simply that part of religion that requires brains.– G. K. Chesterton
"The great paradox and humor of God's audacious...
I’ve just started reading Grace to You’s devotionals! 1) Drawing Near (meditation on a few verses) 2) Strength for Today (daily readings for a deeper faith) 3) Daily Bible (Bible passages with footnotes/commentary and a q/a at the end) 4) Daily Readings (from the book Daily Readings from the Life of Christ) These are amazing devotionals by John MacArthur! It’s a...
Does Grace Produce Disobedience? By Tullian... →
lubee5d: “There seems to be a fear out there that the preaching of grace produces serial killers. Or, to put it in more theological terms, too much emphasis on the indicatives of the gospel leads to antinomianism (a heretical version of Christianity that believes there is no place for God’s law in the life of a Christian). My problem with this fear is that I’ve never actually met anyone who has...
tisthecirclekey-deactivated2012 asked: Hey! I wanted to let you know you have a great blog. It's so encouraging to see how into theology you are. Oh, and I just finished watching your video of "Before the Throne of God Above." I'd never heard that hymn before until tonight.. talk about incredible! Anywho, hope you have a good night.
cierabgardner: There are 120 million unchurched people in the United States making it the largest mission field in the Western hemisphere and the fifth largest mission field on earth. Non-believers can be divided into two groups of people; nominally churched, which make up 30% of U.S. population and the radically unchurched, which makes up 40% of the U.S. population.
The Will of God
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people - 1 Peter 2:15 The godly lives of believers will put to silence false charges raised against them.- ESV Student Study Bible Here is the purpose for our submission to authority, in order that we should avoid condemnation and with commendation that shuts the mouth of those obstinately...
The love of the Bible will show itself in a believer’s actions.– J.C. Ryle
The (Politically Incorrect) Gospel →
solideogloriaa: Everywhere I turn, the slogan of most ministries echoes something similar to one I came across: “a place for teens to come and be accepted and loved for being themselves while having fun and learning the truths of God’s Word for them.” The gospel in the modern church has become so self-focused and…
Winter Break Goals
In no particular order: Read Vintage Jesus, The Jesus Storybook Bible, and Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Practice self discipline with my time in limiting social networking Practice the piano Keep my room clean Budget for next year Go to the gym or workout 4 days/week Take each of my siblings out on dates Write in my prayer journal (I’ve been typing my prayers out but...
Substituting God's Word
I misplaced my Bible. Last Sunday, I was frantically scrambling around to find it for church. Then I realized that the last time I saw it was when I brought it to church the previous Sunday. So I haven’t read my Bible in a week (well I have multiple Bibles but I usually read out of my ESV thinline). I like to multi-task so I usually listen to sermons when I do homework or clean my room. I...
Proverbs 31 →
thesweetermelody: One thing I have been noticing on Tumblr as of late is the amount of young single women who profess that they want to be shaped into a Proverbs 31 lady. I applaud such an admirable hope. It is mine too. But upon further investigation into my own life, I did have to question, “What are we doing about it? What are we doing to ensure we actually become a lady of prized value,...