This is great whether you like Father John Misty, Arcade Fire, or just good music.
Heard a great discussion with Sam Allberry yesterday about his book Is God Anti-Gay? (Kindle only $5.99). Once again The Good Book Company is showing that they are serious about publishing important (and often wonderfully succinct!) books for our time.
I also discovered this talk Sam gave at the ERLC national conference in 2014 which I remember hearing about but until now hadn't heard. Good stuff.
This is maybe the first time Fox News seemed interesting to me. #Genius
Some supercheap gems...
NAC Studies in NT Theology
- Believer's Baptism by Tom Schreiner & Shawn Wright ($0.99)
- The End of the Law by Jason Meyer ($0.99)
- God's Indwelling Presence by Jim Hamilton ($0.99)
Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" mashed up with "Bad Blood." Maybe you thought her music sounded a bit recycled?? You were right.
- Leon Bridges - Coming Home | soulful throwback goodness
- Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool | fun, summery indie pop
- Son Lux - Bones |
- Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down the Light | formerly of Espers. Beautiful
BURNING UP MY iPOD (yes, I still use my iPod)
From Crossway, on The Prodigal Church...
"This is my manifesto. I'm not angry about it. I'm not throwing stones. I just want to raise the banner for the gospel. I want it to fly high over all of our churches. Because in the end, they're not our churches, but Christ's.."
So everyone thinks my baby girl, Sarah (who graduated high school on Saturday!), looks like Emma Stone. Whaddaya think?
What Small Churches Can Do by Joe Thorn | 3 articles so far...
My Sermon Planning Worksheet by Chad Brooks | I'd do this a little different, but I'm sure many will find it helpful. Chad writes...
I really prefer having a physical document to orient my sermon preparation. I have found beginning a sermon on this sheet and letting it be for a couple of weeks is a great jump start to my weekly preparation.
The brass barrel of the Retro 51 Homerun is wrapped with a lacquer finish that has slightly raised red markings that do a great job of simulating not only the look but also the feel of actual stitches on a baseball. The main body of the pen isn’t pure white, but more of an antique white which matches nicely with the antique brass looking finish of the clip and other accents on the knob and nose cone of the pen.
New Jazz: The Epic by Kamasi Washington | I've turned to this nearly every day since I bought it for new and interesting jazz that both grabs my attention and yet doesn't break my focus on reading, writing, and general work that takes concentration.
The White Horse Inn is one of my favorite podcasts. The newest episode of WHI is a discussion between Michael Horton and Scot McKnight on The Church & The Kingdom of God. Scot's recent book, Kingdom Conspiracy, is in focus.
I've been able to spend some time with Scot and I always love hearing his perspective. I encourage you to listen to this one.
This book is for you--the normal, unimpressive, everyday person, young or old, male or female--because Jesus means to carry out his mission of filling the world with his presence through you. You are meant to do this.
The mission of Jesus is yours to participate in. It has always been God's intention to choose normal, everyday people, and to show his amazing power and glory through them. He's not looking for the most impressive person because he already is that person.
For the last day of National Poetry Month, I give you Billy Collins' "animated poetry." I've posted these before and will probably post them again in the future. He is one of the most accessible of our living poets and this animated poetry is fantastic and perfect for introducing folks to poetry who think it's over their head.
New Music - Out Today
Recent Noteworthy Books
Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt -- I've been able to spend some time with Jeff the last few years at conferences and Soma School. Remarkable guy with a remarkable (and simple) vision for the church being the church. And the vision, as I have experienced it first hand, is being realized. A book I wish I could gift to every one of my pastor friends.
Blind Spots by Collin Hansen -- "It's easier to associate only with our own. But anyone in the world can have that kind of community....True community results only from a miracle." Hansen explains and why the Church is are divided into three groups and how all three are important and should unite us.
The Reformation Study Bible (ESV) ed. R.C. Sproul -- Gorgeous and very useful. I use the ESV Study Bible every week, almost daily, and the RSB will now be used weekly as well.
Mea Culpa by Kyle McClellan -- I served in a volunteer capacity with Kyle as he pastored a church in Lexington, Kentucky over a decade ago. This is a book about his service as a young pastor who made some mistakes.
Bonhoeffer's Seminary Vision by Paul House -- As a guy who juuust missed having Paul House as a seminary professor (he left SBTS just as I arrived), I always look for chances to learn from him. Here's another opportunity specifically concerning theological education.
17 Bucket List Fried Chicken Restaurants -- Steve is getting HUUUNGRY!
5 Solutions for Churches that are Stalled -- "It's one thing to spout off statistics about stagnant churches, but it's a whole different sack of potatoes to acknowledge that your church has stalled. So I won't tell anyone that you're reading this. Our little secret. Here are five things you do when your church stalls."
- Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
- Twin Shadow - Eclipse
- Inventions - Maze of Woods - Two guys, one from Explosions in the Sky & the other from Eluvium.
- Delta Spirit - Into the Wide $5
- Brandi Carlile - Give Up The Ghost $5
- Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise $5
- Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers $5
- Radiohead - The Bends $5 - It's the 20th anniversary of this album and you should celebrate!
- Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter - A must-buy for my family as she is singing in our house regularly. Every CD is great.
- Purity Ring - Another Eternity - Man, this album is fun!
- Carly Rae Jepsen - "I Really Like You" - Another catchy pop song to satisfy your hook worthy fish lips. Here's her video for it, starring Tom Hanks and a Bieber sighting.
Brief update after Elijah's first infusion of Remicade.
Infusion - Elijah's first infusion went great. Stayed at Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Monday night and infusion was first thing Tuesday at Lurie Children's in Chicago. Given Tylenol, Benadryl, and Remicade. Benadryl made him a grump for a bit, but the Remicade had no visible effects. Seemed to take it great. Very proud of our boy.
We took a photo next to a Lurie pillar (below) so we can track his growth with each visit, if we can remember to take the picture. :) We are believing that God and doctors and meds will get our kid healthy and growing. Praying toward that end.
Ronald McDonald House - E was a little bummed that we stayed Monday night and not Tuesday night because on Tuesday there were free tickets to Northwestern vs Michigan basketball game. More bummed to know it went to double OT!
Next Appointment - We set up next three appointments. Next one is Tuesday March 17. We got the big room at RMH the night before so we can have all six of us there and that will put us in the city for St. Patrick's Day. Big celebration is Saturday and we'll miss that, but hoping the river will still be bright green for the kids to enjoy!
Test Results & Other Health Issues - A bone scan and blood tests have shown Elijah's bones are weak and vitamin D is way too low. We knew this was possible and the doctor already had him on supplements just in case, but now we know these are real issues. He is on serious doses of vitamin D and calcium.
City & Stuff - We are trying to make these appointments fun enough to keep E encouraged. So we saw some sights Monday evening, especially noticing some architecture since E's working on a project about being an architect. He took a lot of pictures. We perused shops on the Magnificent Mile.
After the infusion and before leaving for home on Tuesday, E and I dropped Molly at the parking garage and walked in the rain for a couple of blocks to get to Do-Rite Donuts. Those are the best donuts I've ever had. And as someone who has never been a huge donut fan and NEVER go out of my way to get one, this place will get our regular business, you know, for the sake of Elijah. :) If you are in Chicago, I highly recommend finding a Do-Rite old fashioned donut.
- The Stories We Tell by Mike Cosper ($1.99)
- The Daring Mission of William Tyndale by Steven Lawson ($3.99)
- Imagination Redeemed by Gene Veith ($2.99)
- The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson ($3.99)
- Crazy Busy by Kevin Deyoung ($0.99)
- The God Who Justifies by James White ($2.99)
The key attraction of the suburbs for artists is comparatively cheap and spacious accommodation; the same imperative that drove the first wave of artists who settled in the inner city.
- Experiencing The Trinity by Joe Thorn
Fear of missing out is a problem as old as humanity and has practically become an epidemic in our culture. Some suggest it has to do with social media. Others suggest it’s our fast-paced, technology-heavy lifestyles.
Others still say it’s a character flaw in the “next generation.”
No matter what you say the cause of FOMO is, there is one thing no one can deny and that is FOMO is impacting our lives in a couple of really important ways — namely our productivity.
...to the 21st Century music industry, he is the Antichrist. Love, lust, and sex sell because they are believed to be substitutes, to solve problems, to save you from a boring hell of a life. They are sold as a drug, marketed as a painkiller, a treatment for the culture in which you feel slightly ill most days. Hell, they’ll even give it away for free if they can keep you hooked on it!
- Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear - A great album from an artist who is good at saying something when everyone else is saying nothing much at all.
- Screaming Females -Rose Mountain - This album is basically on repeat for me. It's everything I wish I could hear from Sleater-Kinney. And it's just rocking my face off with it's blistering-yet-mannered rock onslaught.
- Sojourn - New Again - New worship album from a church I love in Louisville, Kentucky. Of their last few albums, this might be my favorite.
Happy Birthday, Danny! So proud of you making it a dozen years when THIS is your idea of a good time.
I say man must fall upon this Gospel and be broken to pieces and in deep consciousness lie prostrate, like a man that is powerless, unable to move hand or foot. He must only lie motionless and cry: Almighty God, merciful Father, now help me! I cannot help myself! Christ, my lord, do help now, for with only my own effort all is lost!
Complete Sermons of Martin Luther, Vol 2.1, page 396-397.
“Don’t carry one miserable sin for one miserable second.” David Murray, The Happy Christian, p 56
I've been given the opportunity to give away a copy of David Murray's new book, The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World. David is professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and pastor of the Free Reformed Church in Grand Rapids. I've reviewed his excellent book, Jesus on Every Page. A book that may not be on your radar but should be is Murray's Christians Get Depressed Too. I appreciate Dr. Murray giving us the flip side book to the topic of depression, The Happy Christian. An important topic and a helpful resource for the many Christians around you who need encouragement.
GIVEAWAY --> I'll keep this simple. To enter to win...
- Tweet and/or share on Facebook --> Tell folks about this giveaway so I can get the word out on this great book and use this link, please: http://bit.ly/gethappybook
- Comment below (be sure to input your real name and email so I can notify a winner) with your guess as to how many brands of pencils I have on my desk. I'll send out of secondary gift to the closest guess and I'll post a picture to show the correct answer visually. I'm a pencil geek so it isn't only a few. I'll use random.org to choose a winner from the comments below on Monday.
BONUS --> If you order The Happy Christian before February 24, you'll receive over $100 of free books and videos. More information on the resources at happychristian.net. Giveaway includes ebooks, study guide, and films. You don't have to buy it anywhere special to get these free items. Just send your online or bookstore invoice to: TheHappyChristianBook@gmail.com.
“Happy is a cheap word nowadays, hardly strong enough to describe the realistic, joyful, triumphant Christian life into which David Murray labors to lead us. His book overflows with earthy, deep-rooted biblical wisdom that many miss but all of us need.”
-J. I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College