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Christianity in The Simpsons: Top 12 Reverend Lovejoy Quotes

April 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Who is the most watched preacher on American TV? For the past 20 years it has probably been the Reverend Timothy Lovejoy of the First Church of Springfield. This is both funny and depressing. Funny, because The Simpsons is good satire (or used to be); depressing because for many Reverend Lovejoy is the face of [...]

“The Naked Gospel” by Andrew Farley

March 31, 2010 // 10 Comments

If you’ve been plugged into the blogosphere you’ve probably heard of The Naked Gospel and the story of how it’s author, Andrew Farley, came to write it. Farley was burned out with “obsessive Christianity disorder.” The pressure he felt in trying to perform for Jesus reduced him to a nervous wreck. He [...]

Top 20 Joseph Prince Quotes

March 26, 2010 // 188 Comments

A little game I sometimes play is I switch over to the local Christian TV channel and see how long it takes for the preacher of the moment to mix law with grace. It’s not a game I enjoy! The more I appreciate the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice, the more sensitive I become to those who try and tell me it was [...]

Psalm 51 – The Badness of David versus the Goodness of God

March 23, 2010 // 14 Comments

Christians sometimes battle with guilt and condemnation even though God declares them “not guilty” and Christ has given us the gift of “no condemnation” (Rms 8:1). Some think that the way to shake off these bad feelings is to confess their sins. This is a little bit like saying “I feel condemnation [...]

Grace and Love in the Chronicles of Narnia

March 19, 2010 // 1 Comment

Like many young Christian men reading The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, I used to wonder about Emeth the Calormene. You know the one. He was the Tash-worshipper who went through the stable door and was accepted by Aslan. Aslan makes it plain that he and the false god Tash have nothing in common. “We are [...]

Top 12 Blessings in the New Covenant

March 17, 2010 // 44 Comments

In Christ we can participate in all of the blessings God promised to Abraham (Gal 3:14,29). We also get all of the blessings promised under the law covenant and none of the curses (Gal 3:13). This is pretty amazing when you think about the blessings God offered in the Old Testament: To Abraham and his descendants [...]

“A Matter of Life and Death” by Wayne Duncan

March 17, 2010 // 3 Comments

Today is the official release date of Wayne Duncan’s book A Matter of Life and Death: How to Read the Bible through New Covenant Lenses. Wayne Duncan is a South African pastor who desires to see “the culture of the Gospel of truth, liberty and freedom preached, with a demonstration of power.” The title of [...]

“Culture of Honor,” by Danny Silk

March 16, 2010 // 1 Comment

Danny Silk’s book, Culture of Honor, is about relationships that release the life of Heaven into our churches. A “culture of honor” is probably not what you think it is. It is not about giving church leaders more control. “It is actually about getting rid of control and cultivating self-control [...]

Grace and Law in the Chronicles of Narnia

March 12, 2010 // 9 Comments

One of the consequences of learning about grace is that you become sensitive to anything that smacks of legalism. This can lead to some nasty surprises. One moment you’re enjoying a sermon/MP3/book and the next you’re jolted because the speaker or writer has just smacked you over the head with the stone [...]

“Destined to Reign” by Joseph Prince

March 11, 2010 // 34 Comments

Life is too short to waste reading bad books or getting distracted by bad doctrine. One of my aims in keeping this blog is to promote good books that help us understand our position in Christ, that unpackage the goodness of God revealed to us through Jesus. To that end I can highly recommend Destined to Reign by [...]

How to Read Your Bible Without Getting Confused

March 10, 2010 // 62 Comments

Have you ever been confused by a Bible teaching that seemed contrary to something else in the Bible? Have you ever read a scripture that seemed to contradict another scripture? Paul said that the entire Bible is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). But he also said [...]