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Therefore Choose Life - Our Whole Church Reading Deuteronomy Out Loud Today

Posted on Feb. 05, 2011

Our church is did something today that we have done many times over the years - read out loud the book we are going to study or have already studied. Today, our church gathered to read the book of Deuteronomy, the book we are now finishing - one more sermon left. It took about four hours to read all 34 chapters. We have preached through Deuteronomy over the last two years, with an exegetical study of Galatians inserted in the middle of the series. Today, we started at 9:00, had lunch together and finished by 2:00. This practice has proven to be a great encouragement to us. We did the same with Acts, Romans, Hebrews, Genesis…

In one way, we are doing what happened in Deuteronomy,

“Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully observe all the words of this law, and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land which you cross the Jordan to possess.” Deuternomy 31:12

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Identifying Causes of Prayerlessness

Posted on Feb. 04, 2011

“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

John Piper

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How to Raise a New Generation of Couch Potato Patriarchs

Posted on Feb. 02, 2011

Here is another deposit in the Couch Potato Patriarch’s logbook, Why is it that I Always See My Mom Shoveling the Driveway?

Tim Challies remarks about his neighborhood:

“In most cases the children are teenagers, in their twenties or even in their early thirties. In every case there is at least one boy thirteen or older who is able-bodied. Yet in almost every case, mom is the one who shovels the driveway.”

Challies tells a story of confronting some rebellious, selfish, future couch potatoes.

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Webinar Rescheduled

Posted on Feb. 02, 2011

We apologize, due to a significant technical error with our webinar hosting company, we have been forced to reschedule the video streaming to next Tuesday, February 8, 8:00-10:00 Eastern time. More information will be forthcoming. The webinar will stream at This first session will still be free.

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Are You a Couch Potato Patriarch?

Posted on Feb. 01, 2011

There is a brand of patriarchs that do nothing but their own thing. Their wives are “keepers at home” but the patriarch lifts not a finger to help. Just completing this sentence pains me for my own failure. Our church’s confession of faith, the Baptist Confession of 1689 wages war with the couch potato patriarch saying, “Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife” (Sec. 25). While there is a God ordained division of labor in marriage, it is too easy to take it to the limit (as I well know from personal experience). Martin Luther sought to bring this to a screeching halt. He lobbed some very colorful words about husbands helping their wives with diapers and all manner of “insignificant, distasteful duties.”

“Now observe that clever harlot, our natural reason…takes alook at married life, she turns up her nose and says, ‘Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores, and top of that care for my wife, provide for her, labor at my trade, take care of this and that, do this and that, endure this and endure that, and whatever else of bitterness and drudgery married life involves? What then does the Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful, and despised duties in the Spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says ‘O God, because I am certain that thou hast created me a man and hast from my body begotten this child, I also know for a certainty that it meets with thy perfect pleasure. I confess to thee that I am not worthy to rock this little babe or wash its diapers, or to be entrusted with the care of the child and its mother. How that I, without any merit, have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? O how gladly will I do so, though the duties should be even more insignificant and despised. Neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labor, will distress or dissuade me, for I am certain that it is pleasing in thy sight.”

Timothy F. Lull, editor, “A Sermon on the Estate of Marriage,” Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1989) (Recommended for primary source material. Comes with a CD), 412-417.

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Article at White Horse Inn - “This is Not Your Neighbors ‘Youth Group’”

Posted on Jan. 26, 2011

The White Horse Inn has an article, “This is Not Your Neighbor’s ‘Youth Group’” which contributes to the discussion about the way the Bible establishes the methodology for the discipleship of youth, which is the subject of my book, A Weed in the Church. The author explains the article this way, “The only ‘youth program’ your kids need: some thoughts on family worship and catechesis.”

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