Category Archives: Resources

New Dutch Resource Added

With thanks to Een in waarheid, I have another blog post that’s been translated into Dutch:

Hoe COVID mijn preken veranderde

Sixteen other articles appear on my Dutch page here.

 


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

Does Systemic Racism Exist?

That’s a provocative question in today’s environment.  Samuel Sey’s answer will stir up your grey matter.

When C.S. Lewis was an atheist…

This is an excerpt from Douglas Bond’s book War in the Wasteland.

Why haven’t we heard from ET?

Jon Dykstra considers the possibilities and comes up with what seems to me to be the most likely answer.

A Free People’s Suicide? — The End of Law and Order in the West

I’m sure you’ve heard the rallying cries of either defunding or dismantling police forces around the world.  What could possibly go wrong?  David Robertson provides some penetrating analysis of the spirit of the age, a spirit which is increasingly lawless and illogical.

Does the Condition of Your Church Facility Matter to Guests?

“I find that many church members take better care of their homes, boats, cars, motorcycles, and even their pets than they do their ministry facilities. Is this acceptable to you? It is not to me, and I suggest that the church (big “C”) wake up, take notice, and do something about it. I believe that God will hold each of us responsible and accountable for how we steward every resource entrusted to us.”  And even more than stewardship, this is about the gospel.  When we show that value the church and its facilities poorly, it reflects poorly on the rich gospel we aim to preach there.

Greed, Heresy, and the Prosperity Gospel

The White Horse Inn is one of my favourite radio programs.  This episode features a powerful interview with two ex-insiders from the prosperity “gospel” world.  Costi Hinn is a nephew of Benny Hinn; Michael Cerullo is a grandson of Morris Cerullo.

 

 


I Recommend

This past week, I shared the following links on social media and I think they’re worth sharing here too:

Return to Elevation

David Robertson takes another look at the ministry of Stephen Furtick.  Has there been more faithfulness?

Dutch Supreme Court Approves Euthanasia for Dementia

The Dutch are always a few steps ahead on the downward death spiral.  This is especially relevant for us here in Tasmania as the state parliament will soon be considering another legislative push on this issue.

How porn industry uses Disney characters, innocent-looking pop-up ads to get your kids

That blog post is as disturbing as the title indicates.  My first exposure to pornography was accidental — I stumbled upon some old discarded magazines in the bush.  But that kind of pornography hardly compares to what kids could get exposed to today.  Parents need to be aware.

Theological Cost of Evolution

Dr. John Byl reviews an important article by Hans Madueme on the theological implications of accepting macro-evolutionary theory.

Pro Rege Polemics

Dr. Byl gave us a second blog post this past week.  This one reports on a discussion about science and faith taking place in Dordt University’s Pro Rege between Dr. Arnold Sikkema and other scholars.

 

 


I Recommend — Podcasts

School recently started up here again in Australia.  This year I’m spending 45+ minutes each morning bringing our daughters to school.  At first I looked at that as a bit of a drag, but then I realized it’s actually a huge opportunity.  I can use this time for listening to some great podcasts.  Let me recommend the following to you:

The White Horse Inn

I’ve been listening to the WHI off and on for a long time (since the early 2000s).  This past week, they had a great interview with Adam Duker, a comparative religions professor.  WHI is available on Spotify and other platforms.

Abounding Grace

Pastor Chris Gordon is a long-time friend and colleague of mine.  He presently pastors the Escondido United Reformed Church in California.  AG has been running for years (I used to participate in the Friday programs when Chris was in Lynden and I was in Langley — good times!).  A program that stood out for me this week was this one on “Christian myths and other famous quips.”  Does “God help those who help themselves”?  Is God a “gentleman”?  Check it out.

Christ the Center

CTC tends to be a bit weightier than the other programs I’m mentioning.  But it’s good to be challenged and stretch yourself intellectually.  CTC often has interesting topics and sometimes controversial guests.  This past week, I enjoyed their interview with Dr. David Van Drunen about his forthcoming book, Politics and Christendom.

Mid-America Reformed Seminary Round-Table

This podcast (available on Spotify) features MARS professors in discussion on topics they teach at the seminary.  Just this morning, I enjoyed this interview with Rev. Danny Patterson, who teaches introductory Christian counselling.  There’s some good conversation there, especially about the use of medication.

 


I Recommend

I don’t often share links in this space, but I’ve got three that I shared on social media today that are definitely worth passing on here too:

January/February 2020 Reformed Perspective

If you’re not familiar with it, this is a great Reformed magazine and it’s available as a free download.

Church Should Be Your Excuse for Missing Everything Else

Regular habitual church attendance is essential for spiritual health.  As the author says:

…the reality is that I have never known a casual attendee to thrive in any meaningful capacity. I have yet to meet another pastor/elder that can testify to the exemplary faith of the professing Christian who abdicates regular church attendance. I have witnessed seasons of growth from them, yet I have simultaneously witnessed a stunted growth because invariably, they are sporadically absent from the ordinary means God has given them for their maturity, encouragement, and perseverance in the Christian faith. More often than this stunted growth though is no growth at all, or worse, a “back-sliding” of sorts.

Jesus Devastates an Old-Earth

When it comes to the age of the earth and similar issues, why don’t we just listen to our Lord Jesus?  After all, he was there “at the beginning.”  He knows what he’s talking about.