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    Another chance to catch a glimpse of what is coming true!

    When I look in the rearview mirror, I see the years gathering up behind me, and I can hardly believe how quickly they’ve piled up. As life rattles forward, it seems the earth makes its annual journey a little quicker than the year before. Where has the time gone? It’s well past time to start wondering whether there may be more years behind me than there are in front of me. I don’t mean to be dour or macabre in saying such a thing. It’s just that pondering that possibility tends to focus the mind on what God wants it focused on. Numbering our days is how we present to…

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    Top Ten Posts of 2014

    I want to thank all of you who have read and interacted with this site over the last year. For those of you who are interested, I give you the top 10 blog posts from 2014. This blog is a combination of content creation and content curation, which means that I sometimes write original material and that at other times I pass on to you items that I find interesting from elsewhere on the interwebs. Both kinds of posts appear on this list, but the vast majority are original pieces. Drum roll, please.

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    Top 10 YouTubes of 2014

    It’s time for my annual posting of the Top 10 YouTube Videos of the Year (see last year’s list here). This ranking is totally unscientific. Only one person was polled to compile this list—yours truly (although my wife helped a little this year). This year’s slate of videos ranges from profound and poignant to downright silly. I have put the three serious videos at the beginning. The rest of the videos (numbers 4-10) are humorous. They’re not all actual YouTubes. They’re just internet videos. If you think I’ve left something out, let me know. I’ll think about adding it to the “Honorable Mention” category at the bottom. If you’re interested,…

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    9 Terrible Habits You Need to Stop Immediately

    A productivity expert at Time magazine offers “9 Terrible Habits You Need to Stop Immediately.” This is not written from a biblical point of view, but there are nevertheless some wise, adaptable things to consider in this not-to-do list. The “terrible habits” are listed below. Click here to read the explanation for each one. Do Not Answer Calls from Unrecognized Numbers Do Not Email First Thing in the Morning or Last Thing at Night Do Not Agree to Meetings or Calls With No Clear Agenda or End Time Do Not Let People Ramble Do Not Check Email Constantly Do Not Over-Communicate With Low Profit, High Maintenance Customers Do Not Work…

  • Christianity,  Personal

    Saying goodbye to Bill Cutrer

    Today I attended the funeral of a colleague and friend, Dr. Bill Cutrer. I can’t say enough about how much I admire and appreciate this man. He was a medical doctor turned seminary professor. He ran a successful OB-GYN practice in Dallas, Texas before leaving that behind for a ministry of teaching and writing. I knew him before he knew me because of a book that was given to me during my engagement to my wife. Little did I know then how much of a personal impact he would have on my family in just a few short years when I became a student at Southern Seminary.

  • Christianity,  Personal

    The death of a mentor, Howard Hendricks (1924-2013)

    It’s difficult to describe the sense of loss at the news today of Howard Hendricks’ death. He leaves behind an enormous footprint—a legacy of teaching and ministry that looms large over the landscape of American evangelicalism. As one of his former students, I can attest that his legacy still looms large over my own life. If I could sum up that legacy in a phrase, it would be this: He loved the Bible, and he gave his life sowing that love into the hearts of his students. He sowed it into me.

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    The Morning of My Years

    I first heard Allen Levi’s song “Morning of My years” when I was in my twenties. The song is about turning 40. After hearing the lyrics for the first time, I remember hoping that this would be my perspective when it came time for me to turn that page. It meant a lot to me then, and it still does now. Allen Levi was kind enough to allow me to share the song with you below. The album is old and a little hard to come by these days, but you can purchase a used copy here if you are interested.

  • Christianity,  Personal,  Theology/Bible

    Tom Schreiner Preaches Acts 20:17-38

    Thursday morning’s chapel at SBTS was a memorable one for a number of reasons—not the least of which was Tom Schreiner’s excellent exposition of Acts 20:17-38 (see above). Before Tom preached, however, Dr. Mohler recognized and prayed for someone special in the room—Tom’s wife, Dianne. Many of you know about the severe head injury that Dianne suffered in an bike accident last August (her son Patrick wrote about it here). When I visited her in the hospital after the accident, she could not walk. She could not talk. It wasn’t clear that she could even recognize friends and acquaintances. The situation was dire. Yet when I greeted her this morning,…

  • Personal,  Theology/Bible

    I Am the God of Wine

    I have always believed it to be a great irony that a Baptist minister should be named after the Greek “god of wine,” but I am. I will never forget as a young man stumbling across a “baby names” book in my house and flipping quickly to the D‘s to find out what my name meant. And before I knew it, there it was: “Dennis: the Greek god of wine.” I was gobsmacked. I was only ten years old, but I had been Baptist long enough to know that something was terribly amiss. As far as I knew, my teetotaling parents had given me my name, but this just wasn’t…