Pornography and Men's Souls

HT: Michael Kelley. Al Mohler: Consider these two pictures. The first picture is of a man who has set himself toward a commitment to sexual purity, and is living in sexual integrity with his wife. In order to fulfill his wife’s rightful expectations and to maximize their mutual pleasure in the marriage bed, he is careful to live, to talk, to lead, and to love in such a way that his wife finds her fulfillment in giving herself to him in love. The sex act then becomes a fulfillment of their entire relationship, not an isolated physical act that is […]

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The South Ain't What is Used to Be

An excerpt from Trevin Wax’s blog: “… the cultural setting we are called to be faithful in today will be very different than the one our parents and grandparents knew. Christians will need to be equipped for a new day – a day when the offensiveness of the gospel spreads not only from the core of our message (Christ crucified and raised) but to its implications for Christian morality. A day when Christian morality is no longer seen as decent but repressive, bigoted, and intolerant. A day when beliefs in traditional tenets of the Christian faith – the exclusivity of Christ, the […]

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Holiness and Homosexuality

Homosexuality is all the rage … at least in the news these days.  My thoughts are grounded in Isaiah 6:1-7: In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:  “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”  4 And the foundations […]

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Wednesdays were Pretty Normal

I trust many in our congregation will find this book helpful when it comes out in March. Michael preached over a year ago at Lake Murray, and he can continue to be a blessing to you through his  new book!  Check out the video below! I’m so excited to post today the promo video for my book that’s coming out in the spring called Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, and God. I don’t know what else to say about this except that I’m incredibly grateful, and nervous, about the book coming out. I’ll post more about it as the […]

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Here and Back Again: Reflections on being a Foster Parent

At noon on a Thursday in mid-May 2010, we received a phone call that our foster care license was active.  With significant limitations placed on the agency with regard to the kinds of kids we could take, I was extremely skeptical that we would ever receive a placement. At 3:30 that same afternoon, we received another phone call asking us to pick up two African-American/Hispanic sisters, ages 2 and 3. 446 days later, we now know they will be returning home very shortly. They are leaving as quickly as they came.  They were here, but now they are back again. […]

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Porn (How to Erect a Modern-Day Asherah Pole)

I’ve been preparing for a lot premarital counseling coming my way this summer.  This plus “Weinergate” has me on the search for great resources on pornography, and there is (thankfully) no shortage.  I’ve found Tim Chester’s book, Closing the Window, to be extremely helpful in my preparation.  Here are 7 of his 12 reasons to give up porn, with some commentary from me. It wrecks our view of sex.  Expectations are premeditated resentments.  Porn sex isn’t marital sex.  When men even briefly expose their minds to the fantasies portrayed in pornography, they bring resentment into the bedroom. It wrecks our […]

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