View-Worthy: 1.22.15


Gay Marriage, Ammo Against Porn, Cinema & the American Dream, Giving to God.


Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could do for same-sex marriage what Roe v. Wade did for abortion-on-demand.
What concerns me, besides the obvious prospect of having marriage permanently redefined in American law, is the impact of such a ruling on religious freedom. As you know from listening to BreakPoint, there is ample reason for concern on that score. Recent events have demonstrated that the clash between gay rights and religious freedom is a zero-sum game.

Deal of the Day

On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig FREE

Book Review

N. T. Wright. Simply Good News. Reviewed by Andrew Wilson. (CT)


Dieudonne Tamfu. Ammunition for the Fight Against Porn. (DG)

Paul’s two-fold imperative for the Church is to flee sexual immorality and glorify God with your body (1 Corinthians 6:18–20). Paul gives us seven theological ammunitions that empower us to obey these commands and kill porn.

Wade Bearden. Cinema’s Dismal Look at the American Dream. (CaPC)

I‘m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. 

Our country lives and dies by this line—politically, socially, and morally. If there’s one quality that seems to embody the American spirit, it’s freedom. That freedom is often symbolized, at least intrinsically anyway, in what we call the “American Dream,” the belief that everyone within our nation’s borders has an equal chance to make something of his or her life, to achieve personal success in whatever form desired—whether wealth, riches, power, fame, or something else.

Ricky Alcantar. How Much Money/Time/Stuff Do I Need to Give to God. (Blazing Center)

In America we’re all about “balance.” We want a “work/life” balance. We want to balance our role in our family, with our hobbies. And we, especially, love us some “me time” – our time to unwind and shop, or watch an uninterrupted football game, or take in a movie, or play a game with our amateur sports club. We look at our calendar, or our budget, and divide our calendar into “My time” and “Family time” and “Exercise time” and perhaps “God time.” In general we see our time as, well, our time, and try to decide how best we should use it.

To pull us out of this mindset I’d suggest asking three questions…


Romans 15:2 “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”

“We must never edit God.” A. W. Tozer

View-Worthy: 12.4.14


Meaning of Advent, Is Christmas Pagan?, Lore Ferguson Interview, Between Jobs.


Justin Holcomb. What is Advent? Meaning Behind Christmas Tradition. (Christianity.com)

For many Christians unfamiliar with the liturgical year, there may be some confusion surrounding the meaning of the Advent season. Some people may know that the Advent season focuses on expectation and think that it serves as an anticipation of Christ’s birth in the season leading up to Christmas. This is part of the story, but there’s more to Advent.

Deal of the Day

Ten Who Changed the World Daniel Akin $0.99

Book Review

Mike Cosper and Daniel Montgomery. Faithmapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey. Reviewed by Joel Badal. (Themelios)


Nathan Busenitz. Is Christmas Day Rooted in Paganism.

It’s not uncommon to hear that the celebration of Christmas is rooted in ancient Roman paganism. That claim generally goes something like this: the ancient Romans celebrated a pagan festival on December 25th, but when the Roman Empire was Christianized in the 300s, the church simply turned the pagan festival into a Christian holiday.

Christine Hoover. Singles and the Church: An Interview with Lore Ferguson. (CBMW)

Lore Ferguson is a graphic artist, writer, and speaker who is passionate about the gospel and the Church. Her stated goal in her work is “to see a generation of dechurched, second generation Christians, or the ragged and hurt, come to the joy of what the gospel means deep down.” Being a single woman covenanted to a church with many singles, she often uses her gifts to exhort both singles and church leaders to value the unique contributions that singles bring to gospel work. As we continue to highlight the diversity of people and gifts within the larger church on CBMW, I asked Lore for her insights on these unique contributions.

Luke Murry. When You Are Between Jobs. (TGC)

“Job transition.” “In between jobs.” “Unemployed.” Whatever you want to call it, these seasons are almost always characterized by doubt about yourself and anxiety about the future. My trial of unemployment was no different. Ten months before I finished grad school, I received a job offer from my dream employer in Washington, D.C. I was elated—I had been praying for this job for six years, doing all I could to present myself as the best possible candidate. And finally, there it was. A job offer that I could hold in my hands. I felt set for decades to come.


Psalm 18:31 “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?”

“The Scriptures sprang out of God.” William Tyndale

View-Worthy: 7.29.14


Muslim Converts to Christianity, Deeds & Salvation, How to Stop Sinning, Scholarship and Blogs.


Warren Cole Smith. The Rising Tide of Muslim Converts to Christianity. (WORLD)

If you spend any time keeping up with the news, you know that radical Islam is a significant and destructive force in the world. David Garrison, does not disagree with that assessment, but he says it’s only part of the story. There is also a revival in the Muslim world, Garrison says. He believes between 2 and 7 million former Muslims have converted to Christianity in the past two decades, and he has impressive research to back up his claim. He documents his findings in his book A Wind in the House of Islam.

Garrison has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and spent more than 25 years as a missionary with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Missions Board. I had this conversation with Garrison in Atlanta at the recent International Christian Retail Show.

Deal of the Day

Engaging with the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers by Graham A Cole $0.99

Book Review

Michael Kruger. The Question of Canon. Reviewed by Coleman Ford.


John Piper. Three Ways Our Deeds Relate to Our Salvation. (DG)

One effect of close attention to Scripture is that sweeping generalizations become problematic. This is notably true of the way our works (including our attitudes and words and behavior) relate to our salvation.

David Murray. How Do Sinners Help Sinner Stop Sinning? (Christianity.com)

Christians are not only called to repentance but are also called to call others to repentance. This is often one of the hardest tasks in the Christian life. How do we approach someone who is sinning in a way that will help lead them to repentance?

Larry Hurtado. Scholarly Work and the “Blogosphere”.

I’ve been puzzled in recent days by some readers whose comments suggest that they expect that sound scholarly analysis of serious historical questions can be conveyed persuasively in blog-postings and/or replies to comments.  There seems to be some notion that they shouldn’t have to read books and articles, plow through the data, etc.  So, they ask a question; I respond briefly and point them to some book or article for fuller and more adequate discussion; but then the responses sometimes suggest the folk posing the questions really can’t be bothered.  Yet they often seem to have firm opinions on the issues involved, challenging me to dislodge them to their satisfaction.  So, I think it’s well to try some clarification of things here.


Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”

“Keep company with the more cheerful sort of the godly; there is no mirth like the mirth of believers.” Richard Baxter


Final Thoughts on Sola13

Sola13 was an outstanding conference. If you missed the conference, worry not. I’ve live blogged each of the sessions for your enjoyment. You can get the best of the content in about 30 minutes of reading.

Sola13 Live Blog Introduction and Session 1 Sola Noel Heikkinen

Session 2 Ad Fontes Kevin DeYoung

Session 3 Sola Fide Matt Chandler

Session 4 Sola Gratia Leonce Crump II

Session 5 Solus Christus Stephen Um

Session 6 Sola Scriptura Albert Mohler

Session 7 Soli Deo Gloria John Piper

If you wish to hear the entire 7 hours of audio, Sola13 will be releasing that audio content later this week at there website, sola13.com.

Here are my 3 takeaways from this conference.

1. The Church needs these kinds of conferences. During the last few years I have traveled to many conferences but all of them have been geared to pastors. This is the first conference that I went to that target a lay audience. Every speaker preached their sermon with this in mind. People left having engaged the Scripture, educated on the reformation, and enlivened by the gospel. Churches dream of delivering this kind of training to their people. I hope that Sola13 finds a way to reproduce itself in every region of the United States. Every Christ-foller should have access to this kind of experience. Perhaps they could have a circuit to hit other regions of the US in the coming days.

2. Pastors need these kinds of conferences. As a pastor it was a thrill to observe how the teaching had an immediate impact on people. As I furiously live blogged the conference, I was able to capture how the audience responded to what preachers preached. I was able to listen in on people’s conversations between sessions. I got to watch people get excited about their faith. I observed their interest in the bookstore, consideration of seminary, or even church planting. It warms pastors heart to see how the Body of Christ respond to solid biblical exhortation.

3. Publishers, Seminaries, and Church Planting Networks need these kinds of conferences. There are the obvious reasons for why these organization find these conferences helpful. But there are also more subtle reasons. There is something special when you get a blogger, a couple directors of admissions, a marketing representative from a publisher, and a church planter/gifted web developer together to fellowship and robust discussion about matters of the Church, seminaries, theology, ghostwriting, Nelson Mandela and Carrie Underwood singing the Sound of Music Live. Through these kinds of conferences new friendships are formed.

I’m grateful for my time of fellowship with Jared Oliphint, Stephane Jeanrenaud, Pat Daly, and Matt Heerema on Friday night. I was refreshed by my late night conversation with Michael Breznau, who kindly hosted me at this home. It was great catching up with a seminary bud. I enjoyed getting to know the guys at Crossway, Andrew Tebbe and Matt Tully. And then there was the hilarious antics of Dave Kurt and Ken Buck, two fellas who sat near me while I live blogged on Saturday.

Forming new friendships is a blessing of conferences.

Roy B Zuck Enters Glory (1932 – 2013)

Roy-ZuckRoy B. Zuck, senior professor emeritus of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary and editor of Bibliotheca Sacra, went to be with the Lord on the evening of Saturday, March 16, 2013. Family visitation and viewing time will be on Thursday, March 21, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Redeemer Bible Church (Fellowship Hall).

There is an excellent tribute article written on DTS’s website. You may view it here.

Also, you may view his last Chapel message, Is the Rapture Next? here.


Top Ten Books I Read and Reviewed in 2012

It was tough to narrow it down to my favorite ten books, but here is my favorite ten books I read and reviewed in 2012. This is a ranked countdown. Visit my book reviews page here to read these reviews.

10. Giving Up Gimmicks by Brian Cosby

9. Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian

8. Am I Called by Dave Harvey

7. Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler

6. Servanthood as Worship by Nate Palmer

5. Modest by Tim Challies and R. W. Glenn

4. Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Geiger

3. Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax

2. Gospel Deeps by Jared Wilson

1. Note to Self by Joe Thorn


2013 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Resolved, to brush up on Greek by doing a weekly devotional from Devotions on the Greek New Testament by Duvall and Verbrugge.
  2. Resolved, to read Scotty Ward Smith’s Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel Centered Faith. I’m going to be giving away a print copy of this book on the blog soon.
  3. Resolved, to blog for quality over quantity this year. I hope to put together a couple solid interviews and book reviews a month and continue to blog about theology, family, youth ministry, and popular issues in the Church.
  4. To delve deeper in dependence on the gospel for hope.
  5. To love my family well with quantity time.

What’s Ahead While I’m Out: Next Week at jtcochran.com

This morning my wife, daughter, son and I piled into the mini-van and started our delightful journey to a magical vacation in Disney World. Therefore we will experience an intercalation of our review series on Michael Svigel’s wonderful work, RetroChristianity. I know. This is a very dispensational thing for me to do and say.

When I return from vacation you can expect to see the last two installments on RetroChristianity, an evaluation of Unit One of the Gospel Project, a review of the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones, and my review of Gospel Deeps by Jared Wilson releasing from Crossway on September 30.

In the meantime, here is a preview of next weeks guest posts.

Saturday September 15th high school student Claira Hull shares about her most prized possession.

Monday September 17th author and blogger Aaron Armstrong will share about the not so glamorous life of a writer.

Tuesday September 18th blogger Nate Claiborne will disclose his strategy of applying triperspectivalism in a small group environment.

Wednesday September 19th blogger Kyle Worley will impart insights from the transfiguration pericope.

Thursday September 20th pastor Michael Breznau will provide four critiques on why a print bible excels over the use of a digital bible.

Lastly, on Friday September 21st and Saturday September 22nd, wife and mother Tammy Adams shares from the Genesis story of Joseph and her own touching story that God moves from being cool to astounding.

Look forward to these good reads and please pray for our safe travel.

August’s Featured Posts and Book Reviews

At the end of each month I like to share the most popular posts for the month. Here are the featured posts for this month. If you happened to miss any of these posts, give them a read. Sampling these posts also is a great way to decide if you might want to subscribe to my RSS feed.

Each month I also write a number of book reviews. Typically, the books I read go highly recommended by myself and others. In case you missed any of these reviews here is a list of the books that I reviewed this past month.

Flap Jack Fundraiser for Bless the Children Ministries

Post Updated: 9/6/12

On Saturday September 8th from 8-10am go out to the Applebee’s in Tulsa Oklahoma at 106th and Memorial. For $6 you’ll be able to enjoy a great meal of flapjacks and help raise money for Bless the Children Ministries. Please share with others about this event and spread the word! You can register for this event at orphanrunflapjack.eventbrite.com

To learn more about Bless the Children Ministries visit their website.