I think the best people in the world are probably the ones whose names you never hear. These are the people who live and serve like Jesus did. He wasn’t in big cities all the time, didn’t write any books, made no headlines, networked with no one important. He was with fishermen and no-counts, prostitutes […]
Warning, hyperbolic statement ahead: More than any other book that will be published in 2013, I’m excited to see this new one from Brian Vickers. Having already published on imputation (which if you haven’t read it already, you should click right here and get yourself a copy of Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness), and having spent […]
What hath Whittaker Chambers to do with “Hope and Change”? What hath communism and secular liberalism to do with the promises of God in the Bible? What do racial equality and diversity, environmentalism, peace in our time, provision for all, the hope of socialism, the goals of liberalism, and the aims of all politicians have […]
Have you ever betrayed a friend? Can you identify with the bargain that Judas made? Have you ever decided that something else was better than Jesus? I’m not referring to inadvertent mistakes but to moments when one knows what God requires, knows what God has commanded, and chooses something else instead. What is it in […]
In Alexandre Dumas’s novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmund Dantes is about to marry his beautiful beloved Mercedes. On the night before he is to be married, Dantes is falsely accused by one man who wants his woman, and another who wants his job. It so happens that the judge is implicated in the […]
Paul: Missionary of Jesus. After Jesus, vol. 2. By Paul Barnett. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008, xvi + 240 pp. $18.00 paper. Published in The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 15.1 (2011), 112–13. In this book Paul Barnett asks whether the mission and message of Paul the Apostle was the mission and message of Jesus of […]
An ancient dragon. A vulnerable bride holding fast to a promise. An immoral temptress and her consorts. And the King, coming on a white horse. John writes to small, scattered churches with little worldly influence, urging them to hold fast to the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Sexual immorality lures them toward […]
On Sunday, May 22, 2011, it was our pleasure and privilege to ordain Ross Shannon to gospel ministry. Ross has been serving as the Assistant Pastor for Discipleship and Evangelism at Kenwood, and he just graduated from SBTS and was called to serve at First Baptist Church, Lapeer, MI. I had the honor of preaching […]
Have you ever looked at a flower? This week we went down to Bernheim Forest, and we saw this Quiet Garden full of Peonies. Have you ever thought about how delicate, transient, gratiuitous, and useless flowers are? God has lavished his creativity, resources, energy, mental ingenuity, and power on these things that serve no other […]
Here’s an interesting article about what is taking place in China: “The Debate about Shouwang Church.” I have a proposition, then a question prompted by the article, then brief thoughts on Paul’s response to such situations: Proposition: The Chinese government is wickedly persecuting Christians and opposing God and his gospel. May God break the teeth […]
What a book! Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken is a “true tall tale” (AP) powerfully told. At 19 in 1936, Louie Zamperini “was the youngest distance runner ever to make the [U. S. Olympic] team” (27). The 1940 Olympics were cancelled because WWII had begun (44). Zamperini was drafted and became a bombardier (45). May 27, 1943, […]
On Sunday, March 20, 2011, it was my privilege to preach Mark 7:1–37, “To the Jew First and Also the Gentile,” at Kenwood Baptist Church. At the exodus from Egypt Moses led Israel through the Red Sea into the wilderness where they immediately needed water and food. The Lord provided bread from heaven and water […]
Through March 31, 2011, ChristianAudio.com is giving away John Piper’s Jesus: The Only Way to God. Get it here.
If you’re in the area, or if you’re looking to get away for some refreshing time in the word with some co-laborers in the Gospel, it would be a joy to see you April 8–9, 2011 at the 9Marks Regional Workship in Wheeling, West Virginia, at First Baptist Church of Wheeling. Details on the Location, […]
Weep and burn indeed:
Denny Burk preached a strong word this morning at Kenwood Baptist Church. For a taste of the passionate and righteous justice of the cause see this post, and check out the audio of this strong sermon: Luke 23:34 – Denny Burk God will do justice. The only hope for sinners is repentance. The gospel of […]
Fighter Verses for your mobile device. Hide it in your heart. Talk of them when you rise up and lie down, when you sit in your house and walk by the way. Don’t waste your life. And don’t waste the childhood of your little ones.
From Elisabeth Ellliot’s foreword: “Abandonment, abortion, abuse, addiction, adultery, alcoholism, alienation, anorexia–words hardly understood a few generations ago but now on everyone’s tongue, words we can hardly escape if we pick up a newspaper or turn on television. It is generally taken for granted that these sins and sorrows can be dealt with only by […]
This past Sunday we were privileged to hear a fabulous exposition of Psalm 127 in its canonical context at Kenwood Baptist Church from Jeremy Farmer. This was the first sermon I’ve heard on Psalm 127, and Jeremy did a great job tracing out how this Psalm of Solomon fits with the promise to David and […]
We enjoyed this video, in which Justin Taylor interviews Trip Lee and Lecrae: And if you visit our home these days, you’re likely to hear Trip Lee’s 20/20 or Between Two Worlds or Lecrae’s Rebel or Rehab. May the Lord bless this gospel driven art. JT has more here.