Ask Me Anything (Leaving your Church, Catholicism, Ungodly Husband, etc)

I decided to begin the “Ask Me Anything” feature as a means of answering some of the questions I receive from readers of this site. Over the past few weeks I’ve received mountains of them, so please forgive me if I haven’t been able to take a shot at answering yours. Meanwhile, here are a few more attempts to answer a few more questions. I serve as pastor of Congregational Care in a large evangelical church. Recently our lead pastor …

Letters to the Editor (Sexuality, the Power of Story, Worship Leaders, the Proverbs 31 Woman)

It has been an excellent couple of weeks for letters to the editor and I found it tough to narrow down the list to just a few. But here are the ones that most stood out to me. I hope you read and enjoy them! Letters on Beware (and Embrace) the Power of Story Tim: I’ll be honest and admit I don’t exactly know all the author of this comment is trying to say, but I want to give him …

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Ask Me Anything (Sex in Marriage, the Proverbs 31 Woman, Pursuing Vocation, etc)

It is time to attempt answers to another collection of questions from my Ask Me Anything feature. This week’s questions concern the Proverbs 31 woman, sex that doesn’t go all the way, abstinence during times of separation, the great cloud of witnesses, and pursuing your vocation. Looking over Proverbs 31, something came to mind. You see her busy with worldly concerns, but you don’t see her reading the Bible/Torah, talking about God, praying, or witnessing. Since this is held up …

Letters to the Editor (Commentaries, Rape on Television, Funerals, Hospitality, etc)

Letters to the editor continue to roll in. My gratitude goes to each reader who takes the time to write in. Here are a few of the most noteworthy I’ve received recently. Letters on Logos New Testament Commentary Collection I recently purchased your NT commentary recommended bundle on Logos, and my, what a deal! I hope you and Logos can partner together on an OT commentary set in the near future. Thanks! —Matthew D, Arlington, VA Tim: Yes, it is …

Ask Me Anything (Sleepovers, Miracles, Making Money, etc)

Once again, I’m going to attempt answers to a selection of the questions I have received through my Ask Me Anything feature. This week’s questions involve sleepovers, miracles, reading the Bible in church, and the clarity of the Bible. But I am going to begin with an answer to what is probably the most common question I receive. How do blogs make money? How do you make money? Is it actually possible for a blogger to earn a living? I …

Letters to the Editor (Consecutive Exposition, Funerals, Provoking Children, Hymnals, and ABWE)

A long weekend in mid-summer seemed just the time to share another collection of letters from readers of this site. This week’s deal with consecutive exposition, provoking children, hymnals, and the awful news from ABWE. Letters on Consecutive Exposition is Not the Only Way My pastor uses the consecutive exposition method, therefore I may be biased, though I hope not. I want to state up front that true exposition is essential whether one is preaching topically or through a specific …

Ask Me Anything (Raising Boys, Homeschooling, Dealing with Debt, Miracles, and more)

Every now and again I like to collect some of the questions I’ve been asked and take a shot at answering them. Here, then, is another Ask Me Anything round-up. This one deals with raising boys through puberty, making educational choices, dealing with debt, the existence of miracles, and more. I hope you enjoy it. How do you prepare a boy for puberty and to remain pure through physical changes, sexual attraction, the desire to masturbate, and so on. I’m …

Letters to the Editor (Blogging, Preaching, Gossip, Church Services and Godly Moms)

It has been too long since I’ve shared a selection of letters to the editor. Here are a few of the most noteworthy that have come my way recently. They cover blogging, preaching, gossip, and more. Letters on Nobody Respects a Blogger Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for not using the dreaded “Sign up for my newsletter” popup. I consider it one of the scourges of the internet. On every encounter, my reaction …

Ask Me Anything (Parents, Porn-Free Families, Studying the Bible, Worship Services)

Here is another batch of answers to questions I’ve received as part of my Ask Me Anything series. I hope you find them helpful! Would you consider updating the Porn-Free Family Plan? My wife and I have three small children, and this is something we would like to implement early. The principles laid out in the plan are solid, but I’d like to know about any new tools I haven’t heard of. I’m aware of Circle, but I wonder if …

Ask Me Anything (Abortion, 13 Reasons Why, Local Church, Cartoon Pornography, etc)

I receive questions—lots and lots of questions—as part of the feature I call Ask Me Anything. Here is another attempt to answer a few of them. I had an abortion when I was in college. I have confessed that sin to God and know I have been forgiven. I am now dating and about to be engaged, but have never told my boyfriend about the abortion. Does he need to know? Do I need to confess the sin to him …