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By now you have no doubt heard the troubling news concerning Josh Duggar of the immensely successful television program 19 Kids and Counting . Many others have weighed in already. It is an important story not least of all because it gives the church another opportunity to think about how it should...
The following are some books that I have read in the past few months. Each one is well worth reading. The Happy Christian by David Murray Those looking for simplistic sentimentalism should look elsewhere. But for those who would like a robust and hopeful theology for a life that is happy in Christ...
I was interested to read Dr. Bryan Chapell’s piece in By Faith on the current tensions in the PCA between what he calls traditionalists and progressives. Not surprisingly Dr. Chapell’s piece is gracious and helpful in some ways. I share his hope that the PCA will remain united. I share...
I have been preaching through the Book of Acts on Sunday mornings. It has been a blessing for me for all the reasons it is usually a blessing to be engaged weekly in sermon preparation and preaching to God’s people. One of the characteristic features of the Book of Acts is the blessed...
Some friends and I were recently talking about the book When the Wicked Seize a City by Chuck & Donna McIlhenny. Pastor McIlhenny served as pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in San Francisco beginning in the 1970’s. It was during those years that Pastor McIlhenny and the church...
Recently Pastor Scott Sauls of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Nashville posted an open letter of sorts to his fellow Christians. In it he expresses sorrow over a column by the New York Times’ Frank Bruni which predicts a coming collision between Christians and homosexuals. Of course, the...
Lifeway, a publishing arm of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination will no longer be promoting and selling Heaven tourism books . This is good news. If you are unfamiliar with the term, Heaven tourism refers to books like 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real in which the authors...
Lifeway, a publishing arm of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination will no longer be promoting and selling Heaven tourism books . This is good news. If you are unfamiliar with the term, Heaven tourism refers to books like 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real in which the authors...
Desperately seeking relevance, the habitually dwindling Disciples of Christ denomination announced that Indiana, having had the audacity to pass a version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will not be host to their annual denominational convention. Once again the Disciples of Christ...
I read the following three books by Eugene Peterson while I was a young youth pastor. They were extremely helpful in challenging many of the assumptions I had learned in a mega-church culture. Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Ministry Working the Angles Under the Unpredictable Plant The Christian...
Many of you are no doubt familiar with the sad tale of Congressman Aaron Schock. Representative Schock recently announced his resignation from the House amid scandals involving his spending habits. It seems Mr. Schock loves the high life. He famously, or infamously, spent many thousands of tax...
Christianity Today seems eager to rescue the good reputation of Margaret Sanger and show us the softer side of eugenics. If you don’t read Ray Bradburry you are impoverishing yourself. Check out this piece on Bradburry’s moral imagination. Does anyone know how I can land a complementary...
Over at Scot McKnight's blog David Moore has written what is sure to be a provocative post . He does what many are not willing to do. He criticizes The Gospel Coalition. Certainly there is nothing small, petty, or mean about Moore's criticism. His words are thoughtful and his critique is...
This week the MOS podcast features an interview with Dr. Tom Acol on the subject of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention. When I came to embrace the Doctrines of Grace as a young SBC pastor Tom Ascol and Founder’s Ministries were a big help for me. The issue of Calvinism continues to...
Our friend Carl Trueman is one of the featured speakers at this year's Shepherds Conference at Grace Community Church. That is in Southern California for those of you who may not know. And what fits better in Southern California than a pasty white English history professor? Word has it that...
Gary Demar delves into the angry mind of Frank Schaeffer . It is a dark place. Recently the pathologically angry Schaeffer fired off a screed directed at a Christian publishing house and the president of its parent company. Scaeffer's complaint? The Christian publishing house chose not to...
Recently the MOS crew had the pleasure of spending some time at Cairn University. During that time we sat down with Jonathan Master for a conversation. You can check it out HERE .
Carl Trueman on Wesleyan University and our ever expanding gender categories . Denny Burk has written a good piece on how "consent" fails when it is the only boundary to sexual expression. "Abortion is an Attempt to Project Strength" by Steven Wedgeworth Lord willing, the MOS...
Charles Spurgeon suggested that the pastoral prayer may be the most important element of the church’s corporate worship. That may have been a bit of hyperbole. It may even be apocryphal. But I would suggest that a time for the pastor to publicly intercede for the people he serves should...
It was bound to happen. Actually I feel quite stupid for missing an opportunity to prophesy this rather unsurprising event. It seems that Carl Lentz and his New York Hillsong franchise are now going to be managed by the William Morris Agency out of Hollywood. A more fitting relationship I cannot...
This Sunday I am beginning a four week hiatus from my current sermon series through the Book of Acts in order to preach a brief series addressing gender and homosexuality. As I am sure you know our culture has, with stunning rapidity, normalized homosexuality and deconstructed the very notion of...
The church is both blessed and cursed by its well-known pastors. Some like T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyer and Brian McLaren have distorted the gospel and done great damage to the church. Others however have blessed the church by contending faithfully for the truth and advancing the gospel of Jesus...
No surprises HERE . What is sad is that the market for heavenly tourism books will remain high. On a related note, perhaps Lifeway will begin to seriously examine and reconsider the sorts of books they sell. The culture has probably been lost . If you believe what Christians have always believed...
On the most recent edition of Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit , Carl, Aimee, and I discuss the dreadful state of evangelical reading habits. Certainly there are some excellent books and publishers out there. But it takes only a moment perusing the Christian bestseller lists to understand that...
If you want to get people mad at you (I mean really mad) just criticize Beth Moore’s teaching. Trust me on this. Many a young pastor has found himself being roasted over the rhetorical bonfire of women’s ministry meetings for daring to raise concerns about Beth Moore’s rather...
Great stuff from Rick Phillips on whether evolution is compatible with the Scriptures. On a related note, Rachel Miller raises an appropriate concern regarding N.T. Wright . I have been quite concerned for some time now why it is that some of my PCA bretheren seem to be enthralled with Dr. Wright...
A few months ago Carl, Aimee, and I had the priviledge of having a public conversation with Kent Hughes about preaching and ministry. I was moved not only by Dr. Hughes' graciousness but grateful for the wisdom that the Lord has given him after years in ministry. Here are a few titles worth...
In this week's Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit we explore the issue of the content of our sung praise. Along the way Carl and Aimee offer dramatic readings of their personal favorites...
It is Christmas Eve and I wanted that special gift for Trueman to enjoy. I passed THIS along to him. Sermon Audio - Last week I preached from Matthew 1:18-25. You can check it out HERE . We have heard much about injustice in recent months. It is a worthy subject to be sure, especially for...
Systematic Theology Vol. 2 by Douglas Kelly This is my pick for “Book of the Year.” I love the way Dr. Kelly writes. The second volume in his Systematic Theology is beautifully written and well ordered. It is theology the way it ought to be written. As he does in the first volume Kelly...
This week's Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit addresses the issue of battered pastors. Having gone through an experience of battering for several years, it is a topic near and dear to my heart. Take time to listen to the discussion HERE . The following are the books we mention: New Life in...
In September of 2013 I took vows as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. Two months later I was officially installed as Lead Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. For all of this I am profoundly grateful. There were all sorts of things that led to my...
Last Sunday I continued preaching through the Book of Acts. The sermon is entitled "The Death of Dying" and was taken from Acts 9:32-43. It is the account of Peter's healing of Aeneas and the raising of Tabitha. Along the way I deal with the purpose of miracles. The following are some...
Much ink has been spilt over the situation in Ferguson. One article that is particularly worth reading is this piece by Tom Chantry . Dan Philips also made a worthy contribution to the conversation HERE . I am really enjoying Greg Beale's new book God Dwells Among Us . It is a brief and...
After wading through some of the less than helpful and, frankly, pandering comments about Ferguson from some well known white evangelical "leaders" I found the peice by Voddie Baucham to be a most necessary corrective. You can read it HERE . White evangelicals need to read Baucham's...
You won't want to miss the new conference sponsored by the good folks at Mortification of Spin. It is entitled "LOITER." We can hardly wait! When - TBD Where - A small OPC church somewhere in flyover country. Cost - $1.25 (plus tax) Speakers - You've never heard of them. Plenary...
I am currently preaching through the Book of Acts . Last Sunday I preached on Paul’s conversion from Acts 9:1-19a. It’s the sort of text that seems to preach itself. Paul is God’s great object lesson of grace. In his first epistle to Timothy Paul affirms just that. God saved him,...
Biologos has as its mission to spread the message that the Bible cannot be relied upon as a trustworthy guide to human origins (or anything else related to creation). If Biologos were an arm of a secular university or agnostic think tank, that agenda would make perfect sense. But the profane irony...
I deeply appreciate John Piper. His ministries of preaching and writing have meant a great deal to me over the years. I pray that the Lord will continue to use him to bless His church. I point that out because I am not a guy who makes it a point to hate on Piper. I don’t consider it cutting...
“You didn’t build that.” Those rather infamous words, some of you will remember, were spoken by our President to business owners about their businesses. And while those words are terribly misguided when applied to business owners they need to ring in the ears of every pastor who...
There has been much handwringing lately over the fall of Mark Driscoll and demise of Mars Hill Inc. It is not my intention to pick on Driscoll or Mars Hill. But the Seattle mega-church and her charismatic pastor were the most public face of the Young, Restless, and Reformed (YRR) movement. How this...
Happy Reformation Day friends! We value reading over here at Mortification of Spin . In fact we're pretty sure that there is no such thing as having too many books. So, from one bibliophile to many others I offer you the following list of excellent books dealing with the history and/or...
Sometime in the early Spring, Lord willing, I will preach a brief series of messages on Gender Confusion, Sexuality, and the Image of God. That's not an easy topic these days considering the fact that faithfulness to the biblical message regarding sexuality will get one branded a bigot. It is...
Since discovering that the Bible is riddled with errors and contradictions Peter Enns of Eastern University is rather enthusiastic about his project to expose us all to the glories of biblical errancy. Indeed, Dr. Enns' new book has received high praise from such evangelical luminaries as Brian...
Carl and Aimee, I am wondering if you have received any criticism on our interview with David VanDrunen on MOS. I have not received any directly. But I did run across a few Facebook comments that were rather critical (social media makes men quite brave). Anyway, the criticisms were completely vague...
The latest Mortification of Spin is up and running . On this episode we talk to Professor David VanDrunen about Two Kingdoms Theology. We cover such topics as politics, abortion, cultural engagment, and whether or not there is such a thing as Christian softball. Check out these two excellent books...
I can usually tell that I will like someone when they are criticized by those whose praise would be cause for concern. Such is the case with Mark Jones over at Ref21. It seems Mark has earned the sneers of the usual suspects over at the curmudgeon’s corner. The problem is that Jones won...
I'm currently preaching through the Book of Acts. On Sunday I preached part 20 which is entitled "The Death of Stephen" (7:54-8:1). You can listen to or download it HERE . We also podcast our sermons. If you are planning to preach or treach through Acts the following books have been...
It was inevitable I suppose. When a church operates as a global brand the need to stay fashionable is of prime importance. So it is not surprising that Hillsong, the multinational mega-church founded in Australia is now openly capitulating on biblical sexual ethics. Carl Lentz the uber hip rock...
Dr. Michael Kruger of Reformed Theological Seminary has written a helpful, clear, and appropriately corrective review of Dr. Peter Enns' (Eastern University) newest book The Bible Tells Me So . Dr. Kruger explains Dr. Enns' project: Enns is pushing back against another core historical tenet...