Weekly Review

View-Worthy 11.17.14


Porn & Singleness, Millennial Pastors, Complementarianism, Manhood & Resurrection.


Gina Dalfonzo. Porn and the Singleness Panic. (CT)

In a society that largely champions sexual expression, including pornography, it is heartening to hear someone acknowledge its detriments. That’s why I was initially glad to see sociologist Mark Regnerus’s recent article in First Things.

Deal of the Day

The Pastor’s Justification by Jared C Wilson $0.99

Book Review

Eric O Jacobsen. The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment. Reviewed by Walter Henegor. (TGC)


Thom Rainer. Five Reasons Why Millennials Do Not Want to Be Pastors or Staff in Established Churches.

Not all Millennials are averse to serving in leadership roles in established churches. But many of them are. And our churches are approaching a tipping point where many are unable to attract Millennial members or leaders. It will likely soon be a crisis.

What is it about established churches that push away Millennials? Let’s examine that question first, and then let’s look at some possible solutions.

Gavin Ortlund. 4 Dangers for Complementarians. (TGC)

I am not ashamed to be complementarian. It has never been a dirty word for me, because I’ve grown up seeing godly expressions of it in my family, and hearing compelling arguments for it from my ministry heroes. More than anything, C. S. Lewis books like Perelandra have shaped my thinking about gender. (For anyone curious, I’ve summed up why I’m complementarian here.)

Nick Batzig. Manhood and Theology: Resurrection. (CBMW)

What do men need for there to be real and lasting change in their lives? What is the secret to real manhood? What does it take for a young man to stop living foolishly, to start thinking maturely and to seek the Lord? What does it take for a husband to start loving his wife, to start speaking tenderly to her and to lead her in the Scriptures and prayer? What does it take for a father to start loving his children, to sacrifice his time for them and to bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord? After all, true manhood is that which is shaped by the biblical idea of wise, loving, and sacrificial spiritual leaders. That means that our deepest need is not merely behavioral—our deepest need is spiritual, something that God must do for us and in us.


Luke 4:32 “And they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority.”

“The only authoritative word ever published is that which comes from the Holy Scriptures.” A W Tozer

View Worthy: 11.14.12

A Comfort More Enduring than One More Kiss by Gloria Furman:

“Everyone in our home who is under four-foot-tall tends to go a little bananas around 7:00pm. A wise friend often reminds me that the days are coming when the tables will be turned.” Read more…

Story-Formed Disciple-Making by Tim Brister:

“Our church has been working through the book of Exodus each Lord’s Day, and one of the things that continually strikes me is the emphasis God makes on story telling.” Read more…

I’m Not Much of a Reader by Jared Wilson:

“In pastoring, in discipling, I’ve heard it more than I care to count. When exhorting a fellow spiritual journeyman to “Take up and read” the Bible as part of a regular discipline of growth in the Spirit, I will sometimes get this excuse: ‘I’m not much of a reader.'” Read More…

View Worthy: 11.9.12

God is Not the Gospel by Stephen Altrogge:

“The gospel does not make us more like Christ, the Holy Spirit makes us like Christ. The gospel does not give us power over sin, Jesus himself, dwelling in us, makes us more than conquerors. The gospel doesn’t give us power to love one another, the Holy Spirit binds us together.” Read more…

His Righteousness Will Find You Out by Jared Wilson:

“I think many of us who have tasted of the Lord’s holiness have a degree, some more than others, of the shame of sin. We envision the day when we will stand before the Lord to give an account of everything we’ve done.” Read more…

No Pastor is Greater than His Master by Paul David Trip on TGC:

“There is a startling moment of meek and instructive grace in the life of Jesus and the disciples that devastates self-glory and defines the kind of humility that should grip the heart of every pastor and form the lifestyle of his ministry.” Read more…

View Worthy: 10.31.12

My Custom Built Community by Tim Challies:

“One of the interesting and significant new realities of life in a digital world is that we are finding new and original ways of building community.” Read more…

Why Catechesis Now by Tim Keller via TGC:

“In the first several centuries the church had to form and build new believers from the ground up, teaching them comprehensive new ways to think, feel, and live in every aspect of life. They did this not simply through preaching and lectures, but also through catechesis.” Read more…

Seeing Generational Thought as a Means for Marveling by Erik Raymond:

“I had an interesting experience last week while studying for a sermon. It was like hearing a thought handed down from generation to generation. By God’s grace I found myself, at each turn, more sucked into the center of the biblical vortex.” Read more…

View Worthy: 10.25.12

Embracing Obscurity Book Review by Tim Challies:

“The author of the new book Embracing Obscurity spotted this same pride problem in his own life and responded by writing an entire book as simply Anonymous.” Read more…

By Grace You Can by Joe Thorn:

“I find that some Christians have a good understanding of the extent of our human depravity, but an underdeveloped view of God’s vivifying grace.” Read more…

The Objects of Our Affection:

“These days Karen King is probably most famous for her discovery of a papyrus from a fourth-century dialogue between Jesus and his disciples. In it, Jesus speaks of ‘my wife.'” Read more…


View Worthy: 10.23.12

God is Not Working for Our Comfort (But Something Far Better) by Mark Altrogge: 

“God’s wonderful plan for my life is to conform me to Christ, Not give me everything that I want.” Read more…

Glimpses of Grace in Homemaking by Gloria Furman:

“How often I forget that the presence of housework is evidence that the Lord has blessed my home with life!” Read more…

Nestle-Aland 28 Has Appeared by Larry Hurtado:

“Last Friday I gratefully received a copy of the 28th edition of the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graecae, the standard, scholarly hand-edition of the Greek NT.” Read more…

View Worthy: 10.22.12

Four Questions with Tim Challies by Mike Leake:

Tim answers four excellently posed questions about blogging from Mike Leake.

How Can You Encourage Your Pastor by Erik Raymond:

Erik 11 helpful hints to encouraging your pastor, a very timely post in light of it being pastor appreciation month.

Christ-Centered Biblical Theology book review by Nate Claiborne:

Nate gives another balance and interactive review on a book you should consider adding to your library, if you’re into that sort of thing.

View Worthy: 10.10.12

Passing of Abraham Malherbe by Michael Bird:

Details about the passing of an excellent scholar from Michael Bird.

10 Lessons Churches Should Learn from the Apple Store by Steve Gladen:

An insightful adaptation of 10 ways that Apple succeeds applied to the Church.

Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchivijian by Steve McCoy:

A wonderful plug for Tchividjian’s new book.

When do you stop calling someone an evangelical? by Timothy Dalrymple:

A very interesting post about discerning when someone has fallen off the wagon of evangelicalism.

View Worthy: 10.8.12

The Gospel and Sexual Orientation by Carl Trueman:

Carl Trueman gives a brief introduction to this book which is built on a testimony given to the synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America in 2011.

New Research: The Majority of Pastors Disapprove of Pulpit Endorsements by Ed Stetzer:

Ed Stetzer shares interesting statistics regarding Pastor’s and endorsements of political candidates.

Hypocrisy and the Young by Douglas Wilson:

Douglas Wilson reveals five reasons why young people are vulnerable to hypocrisy.

How Do I Dispose of a Bible? by Tim Challies:

Tim Challies provides an interesting discussion on how to properly dispose of a bible.




View Worthy: 10.3.12

The Days I Need the Gospel Least by Tim Challies:

Tim continues his reading together series through Jerry Bridges book the Discipline of Grace and observes that preaching the gospel to self has preemptive elements to consider.

On Headship, Hats, Hair and Historical Context by Nicholas Batzig:

Batzig gives a rundown on excellent resources for a very difficult discussion of Paul’s in 1 Corinthians 11.

Jesus Don’t Look Like You Imagined? by Josh Blount:

Blount offers reflection on how we expect or imagine Christ to appear from the what we will first encounter in the second advent.

David Platt on the Doctrine of Suffering by Jonathan Parnell:

This is a video of Platt and David Mathis dialoguing about how Platt counsels people through suffering.

What Do I Owe to the Person Who Differs from Me? by Justin Taylor:

Justin points us to an interesting article by Roger Nicole on how to interact with those whom we differ.