Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Louv begins by recounting an anecdote involving his son, Matthew. When the boy was about ten years of age, he asked his father: "Dad, how come it was more fun when you were a kid?" The boy was honestly reflecting on his knowledge of his father's boyhood. Richard Louv, like most of us who came of age in his generation, spent most of our playing time outdoors, building forts in the woods, exploring every nook and cranny of our yards, and participating in activities that centered in child-organized outdoor fun. Louv reflects, "Americans around my age, baby boomers or older, enjoyed a kind of free, natural play that seems, in the era of kid pagers, instant messaging, and Nintendo, like a quaint artifact."Read the full article here.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Here's another great article on Tebow in the Christian Post.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I’ve heard so many people recently giving “I hope to” or “I wish I could” or “I’m going to try to” statements. I was talking to a friend the other day and she mentioned that she “hoped” to not have sex with her future husband before they get married. Let’s be honest, she’s already made her decision. Sometimes that’s just easier than committing… I hope to stop looking at pornography, I’m going to try to lose weight, I wish I could be bold enough to tell them how I feel about their actions… I was up front with my friend and told her that she more than likely will falter in her “hope” to not have sex before marriage because she didn’t actually believe what she was saying yet.
Switch it around in your head. Let’s be BOLD. Let’s make the decision and stand strong. You’ve got to say it with confidence though… I will not have those inappropriate conversations anymore. I will not make another purchase on my credit card. I’m going to spend time in the Word everyday… As you speak it out, you will believe it and your conviction and passion will grow. But don’t do it alone, you’ve got to tap into God’s strength to make it happen.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
There's a new debate among today's Christians. Does the New Testament require, suggest, even hint at local church membership? Are Christians required to belong to a local church, or is it an option? And what does such belonging entail?
The New Testament knows nothing of a creature reborn through faith in Christ, baptized in identification with Christ, communing with Christ at His table, and not a member of a visible, local, identifiable congregation of other born-again baptized believers.
This is a recent article that I wrote for my friend Ron Porter's e-newsletter, thechristianleader.org:
I have to admit from the get-go that writing this article was a little daunting, primarily for two reasons. First, I have a great respect for Ron and his leadership skills. Over the past six years he has had a huge influence on my personal development as a leader. Standing in for him is certainly an honor but it is also a difficult task. Secondly, what do I have to add to the discussion on leadership? A simple search at amazon.com shows almost 350,000 available resources on leadership. It would seem that perhaps everything there is to say about leadership has been said at some point.
And yet I do find something missing from most discussions on leadership today – the necessity of personal holiness. There are plenty of books and articles about rules or laws of leadership, keys to leading an effective team, how to be not simply good but great, and how to use your gifts to their maximum potential. But there appears to be few people discussing the vital issue of personal holiness in the life of a leader.
How important is personal holiness in the life of a leader? Before I answer that with my thoughts on the matter, answer it for yourself – how important do you view your own holiness to your success as a leader?
My answer to this question is that personal holiness is the most important issue to leadership success. I realize that this is a fairly bold statement, so let me take a moment to back it up. My belief in the importance of personal holiness comes from the foundational truth that as believers our ultimate goal in life is to bring glory to Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 10:31, Col. 1:18). Flowing from that, our goal as leaders should be to lead in such a way that our followers are influenced to pursue Christ’s glory as well. Our ability to glorify Christ is in direct proportion to how holy we are becoming (2 Cor. 3:18).
Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a Scottish pastor in the mid-19th century once stated, “what my people need most is my personal holiness.” I couldn’t agree more. Without personal holiness, a Christian leader has no foundation with which to lead.
You might not consider personal holiness to be a vital issue if you aren’t a pastor or a ministry leader. I would challenge you to reconsider. If you are a business owner and your employees (or customers) know you are a believer, you will be unable to lead them effectively if you aren’t living out what you claim to believe. If your integrity or morality is in question (which they likely will be if you aren’t pursuing holiness) you cannot be an effective leader.
So, how do we pursue holiness? First and foremost, we begin by focusing on Christ. Second Corinthians 3:18 tells us that as we look at Christ the Holy Spirit transforms us into His image, with ever-increasing glory. Something about simply focusing on Christ makes us more like him (1 John 3:2).
Second, we must be faithful in our study of the Word. In John 17:17, Jesus prays “Sanctify them by truth, thy word is truth.” We become holy as we get into the Word and the Word in turn gets into us.
Finally, we become more holy through prayer. As we pray and seek the Father’s face, He pours out the Spirit and draws us closer to him (Acts 4:31, Jude 20).
As God is holy, let’s continue to strive to be holy in all we do (1 Peter 1:15), setting an example for our people to follow.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.
I don't know about you, but I find that this verse hits way too close to home. In our fast-paced world, we have to make sure that we aren't hasty and miss our way -- or to say it another way, miss what God has for us in the business of life. It's good to be a go-getter, but it's much better to clearly hear God's voice. The Psalmist has some instruction for us here:
Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted in the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 (ESV)
Monday, July 13, 2009
Please also include prayer for those in Iraq who are suffering from the recent spate of attacks on churches.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Our biblical productivity depends upon a schedule, which depends upon clear goals, which depends upon clearly defined roles.
You can download the entire series here in one document.
Alternatively, if you have limited time, I highly recommend that you read the the post on Roles, which deals with a Theology of Work and that every vocation can be a calling from God.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
You can read the four-part story by following the links below:
Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part 1)
Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part 2)
Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part 3)
Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part 4)
Friday, July 10, 2009
Desiring God offers the book A Portrait of Calvin for $2 today.
John Piper has an article in this week's issue of World Magazine on America's Debt to Calvin.
Kevin DeYoung has a great blog post on being relevant at 500.
Joel Beeke has edited a devotional entitled 365 Days with Calvin, available at Amazon.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Cohabitation is the norm in our culture today, and is becoming increasingly so even for those who call themselves Christians.
Before the fall of Adam sinless man was able to sin. For God said, “In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17).
As soon as Adam fell, sinful man was not able not to sin, since we were unbelieving,and “whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).
When we are born again, by the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to not sin, for “sin will have no dominion over you” (Romans 6:14).
This means that what Paul calls “the natural man” or “the mind of the flesh” is not able not to sin. Paul says this in Romans 8:7-9
The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (See also 1Corinthians 2:14).
How then shall we think of free will?
Read the rest of the post here.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
One of my favorite things in life is to surprise my children with gifts. I believe this is because the One in whose image I was created loves to give gifts to His children (Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:9-13). And if I, a fallen human being, love to give my children surprise gifts, don't you think God has some wonderful surprise gifts in store for His children?
In both the Old and New Testament we repeatedly see God as a giver, especially to His people. It is clear from example after example that God takes joy in giving. Of course, the shining example is the fact that He gave us His Son. As Paul says in Romans 8, if He was willing to do that, what good thing would he withhold (Paul's answer: nothing!)? It gives quite a sense of anticipation, doesn't it?
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
There are certain rules and conditions involved in marriage that are required to make that marriage righteous. That is, a marriage pleasing and acceptable before God. A righteous marriage is one that is sanctioned by Him, fulfilling His design and will for a man and a woman in His creation.
The first and most important condition required for a marriage to be righteous is understanding what really constitutes a legitimate marriage in the eyes of the Lord and whether you qualify to be married without actually making it unrighteous by it being deemed an act of fornication instead.
Read the full article here.
Why is it that we heap scorn on "deadbeat" parents who fail to take care of underage children, but excuse adult children who don't take care of their feeble parents?
Perhaps it's because caring for children—no matter how many diapers and scrapes must be tended to—is a joyful experience, while aging involves untold sadness and indignity.
Read the full article here.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
DeYoung and Cluck have just released their second book, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion and have a great article related to the book in the Washington Post this week.
You can read the article here.
Read the article here.
At a dinner last week in California, I was reminded of the debt we owe to those who have, for 233 years, sustained our freedom and independence. One remarkable family in particular exemplifies the best in the American spirit of courage and sacrifice.
Sitting at my table was a friend, Christine Krissoff, wife of Dr. Bill Krissoff and mother of Nathan and Austin Krissoff. One of her sons, Marine First Lt. Nathan Krissoff, was killed in Al Anbar Province in December 2006. A Williams College grad, athlete and musician, he'd left for Iraq on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was 25.
I met his parents and brother in Nevada in August 2007 while accompanying President George W. Bush to Reno, Nev. The president was there to address the American Legion before meeting with local families who'd lost a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan. Mr. Bush has met with about 550 families in private visits like this. At those meetings, he would have a senior staff member close by in case there was something that needed to be followed up on, such as getting a flag to a family member.
Read the full article here.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
There was a lot going in the news last week-riots over the election in Iran, North Korea’s nuclear saber-rattling. But the biggest story of the week, it turns out, was-drum roll, please-the story of President Obama swatting a fly.
“I got the sucker!” Obama told CNBC correspondent John Harwood after killing a fly that had been buzzing around his head.
Harwood laughed and the camera crew applauded. But the sight of the fly’s corpse lying on the White House rug was too much for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals-and insects, apparently. They sent a letter to the Fly Swatter in Chief, expressing their disapproval.
Read the full article here.
More Americans are spending less time with members of the households, according to the results of a study released this week.
The University of Southern California’s Center for the Digital Future found that 28 percent of Americans it interviewed last year said they have been spending less time with members of their households. In 2006, 11 percent of Americans had said the same.
Furthermore, significant percentages of Internet users said they were sometimes or often ignored because another member of the household spends too much time online (44 percent). An even higher percentage (48 percent) said they were ignored because others spend too much time watching TV.
Read the full article here.
- Chris Carr
- I am a husband to Eva, father of 4, pastor, and most of all passionate follower of Jesus Christ. The focus of my life is to make the most of every opportunity God gives me to bring glory to Him. Outside of the time spent in my role as a pastor, I spend most of my time with my family -- a good deal of that coaching various sports teams that my children are involved with. Every fall and winter you will find me rushing to the woods of Indiana and West Virginia in search of a monster whitetail buck.