The Pride Test

Mark Driscoll gave this pride test as part of his sermon on Luke 14:7-11, the parable of the wedding feast. Do you long for a lot of attention? Do you become jealous or critical of people who succeed? Do you always have to win? Do you have a pattern of lying? Do you have a … Continue reading The Pride Test

Uncovering Our Counterfeit Gods

Thirteen Questions on Discerning Idols (from Soul Idolatry Excludes Men Out of Heaven, by Puritan Pastor David Clarkson) What do you most highly value? What do you think about by default? What is your highest goal? To what or whom are you most committed? Who or what do you love the most? Who or what do you … Continue reading Uncovering Our Counterfeit Gods

Sinful and Immoral Behavior of the Patriarchs

As the Old Testament historical narrative unfolds, it quickly becomes clear that these men and women were sinners just like us. This observation often leads people to say things like, "if these people did such bad things, why does God include them in the Bible?" Or, "if Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were liars who went … Continue reading Sinful and Immoral Behavior of the Patriarchs

Seek and Find Bible by Crossway (Reviewed by Greg & Sara Wilson)

Sara and I were both thrilled when Crossway Books sent us their new Seek and Find Bible to review. We were excited for a couple of reasons. First, we love to read God's Word together. And, although Sara already had a children's Bible in the New International Reader's Version (NIrV), she liked the idea of … Continue reading Seek and Find Bible by Crossway (Reviewed by Greg & Sara Wilson)

Three Needs of Potential Volunteers

To be successful to meet our own needs in recruiting small-group leaders who are healthy and able to go the distance, we need to meet their three key needs. We must show them that their role is manageable, one that they are competent to perform, and one that is highly valued. How much commitment are you asking from your … Continue reading Three Needs of Potential Volunteers

Summary of Key Doctrines in Genesis 1-11

Here is a summary of key theological doctrines in Genesis 1-11 provided by David Platt, the author of Radical. (I added the Scripture references.) The Nature of God He is the supreme Creator. (Genesis 1-2) He is the sovereign King. (Genesis 2:15-17, Genesis 9:1-7) He is the righteous Judge. (Genesis 3:14-24, Genesis 6-8) He is the merciful … Continue reading Summary of Key Doctrines in Genesis 1-11

Robert Jastrow on Creation

I love this quote from the former director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies: The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same... This is an exceedingly strange development, unexpected by all but the theologians. They have always believed the word of the Bible. But … Continue reading Robert Jastrow on Creation

Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions (1722-1723)

These resolutions are taken from The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 1. Edwards, who went on to be a pastor, theologian and the President of Princeton University, wrote these when he was 19 years old. He read these 70 Resolutions once each week, for 35 years, more than 1,800 times before his death in 1758. Being … Continue reading Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions (1722-1723)