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Kent Brantly’s remarks upon his release from hospital

I can’t tell you how full my heart is at the news of Dr. Kent Brantley’s recovery. I can only imagine how his family must be feeling to have him back after thirty very dark days of uncertainty and perhaps even of despair.

The video above is the statement that Dr. Brantly made upon his release earlier today. It’s fantastic. Among other things he describes how he cried out to the Lord as the illness descended upon him, “I prayed that God would help me be faithful even in my illness and that in my life, even in my death, he would be glorified.” How grateful we should be for this dear brother’s life and for that of his colleague Nancy Writebol. God is merciful.

I am reminded of the lines from John Piper’s poem about Dr. Brantly and Ms. Writebol:

Fly back to us, our joy, our crown…

They are back… all the way back. Thanks be to God!

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What about the Birds and Bees? – Family Life Today

In this third and final episode of the interview with Family Life Today, we discuss talking to children about the birds and the bees. We also discuss our culture’s changing definition of marriage. Can Christians have fellowship with one another while having differences over the definition of marriage? Can pastors be neutral on the issues of marriage and homosexuality? You can listen to the episode below or download it here.

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Sex for the Glory of God – Family Life Today

Here is the second episode of my interview with Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine of Family Life Today. I’ll post episode three tomorrow. You can listen to today’s episode below or download it here. Here’s the description of the show:

What did God have in mind when He created male and female? Denny Burk, a professor at Boyce College and an assistant pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, reminds listeners that sex exists for the glory of God, which means that our sexuality puts God’s glory on display. Burk talks about God’s purposes for sex: consummation, procreation, an expression of love, and pleasure. [Source] Continue Reading →

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God’s Purpose for Sexuality – Family Life Today

I am very grateful for the ministry of Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine at Family Life Today. These are faithful men running a top-notch ministry aimed at strengthening marriages and families. I recently had a chance to sit down for an interview for three episodes of their daily radio program. It was a joy to be with these brothers to talk about sex and gender issues. I will post all three episodes as they are released over the next couple of days. You can listen to episode one below or download the audio here. Continue Reading →

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5-year old Noah Ritter “apparently” gets songified into pop culture greatness

Here’s some lighter fare for your Saturday morning. 5-year old Noah Ritter’s man-on-the-street interview went viral this week for obvious reasons. It also got songified into what may very well be my favorite Songify rendition yet. It’s a classic. The original video is above. The songified version is below. (HT: 22Words) Continue Reading →

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5 Reasons to consider buying the “ESV Reader’s Bible”

I have been reading my new copy of the ESV Reader’s Bible over the last week, and I have to say that I am really impressed with this work. If you are thinking about purchasing a reader’s Bible, there are at least five reasons that you really ought to consider this one.

1. Fine Translation: The most important thing about picking a Bible is the translation. There are many fine translations on the market today, and the ESV is leading the pack among the more literal versions on offer. As a revision of the RSV, the ESV does not use archaic expressions like “thee” and “thou.” Nevertheless, the ESV is in the King James family of translations and as such retains the literary elegance of that tradition. The ESV translation committee is committed to the ongoing work of keeping the translation up to date. Indeed, this volume contains the “ESV Text Edition: 2011.” Continue Reading →

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My take on the Bibliotheca project

There’s no way to understand my feeling about Adam Greene’s Bibliotheca project without telling you something about my own story as a Bible reader. I first confessed Christ as a 9-year old. I really think that is when the Lord converted me. I remember some things that immediately changed in my life after that experience. Among other things, I wanted to tell my third grade teacher at my public school that I had gotten “saved” (which turned out to be a bust, but that’s another story). I also remember having a desire to pick up my Bible and read it.

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Women will be saved through childbearing?

I have been preaching through Paul’s letter to 1 Timothy in my church over the last several months. Yesterday, we looked at one of the more enigmatic verses in all of scripture:

“But women will be saved through childbearing–if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.”
-1 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)

The exegetical issues here are too complex to unpack in a single blog post, but I thought I’d share briefly what I understand this text to be saying. Continue Reading →

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Correcting the Record in light of Sec. Hillary Clinton’s false statements

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed-in on the Hobby Lobby decision yesterday (see above), and her analysis is so egregiously in error that I could not let it pass without some comment.

She claims first of all that this is the first time that the Supreme Court has found that a corporation has religious freedom and thus that employers can impose their religious beliefs on employees. Now this is a curious characterization of yesterday’s opinion. Religious freedom does not give anyone—individual or corporate—the right to impose one’s beliefs upon someone else. Yet Clinton speaks as if the right of individuals to “impose their beliefs” has now been given to corporations. What a gross mischaracterization of our first freedom. Continue Reading →

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Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood

Desiring God Ministries and CBMW have just produced a new book celebrating biblical manhood and womanhood. It’s edited by Owen Strachan and Jonathan Parnell, and it’s titled Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood. I’ve got a chapter in it on transgender, which you can read here. John Piper penned a nostalgic forward to the book that takes a look back at just how much has changed among evangelicals since he and Wayne Grudem first edited Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood twenty-six years ago. Grateful for the fruit of that work, Piper concludes with this:

I commend this book to you, and pray that the beauty of the vision, and the courage to speak it, will spread—for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.

To download Good: The Joy of Christian Manhood and Womanhood, click on the following format options:

  • Download ebook as a PDF file.
  • Download ebook as an EPUB file formatted for readers like the Nook, Sony Reader, and Apple iBooks (iPad, iPhone, iPod).
  • Download ebook as a MOBI file formatted for Kindle applications (this option works well on some mobile devices, and not so well on others).
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