The Problem with Love Languages – Three-Minute Thursdays #3

If you are a Christian (and maybe even if you’re not) you’ve probably heard of “love languages.” I believe love languages can be both helpful and unhelpful depending how we use them. In this video I try to explain where they are helpful and where perhaps they aren’t. Here it is in Facebook and YouTube formats, followed by a transcript. Rush Transcript Welcome to another edition of Three Minute Thursdays, where I try to say something important, maybe even helpful, …

Vlog: Why My Family Still Doesn’t Do Sleepovers

Many years ago Aileen and I made a decision for our family, little knowing how that decision would end up reverberating around the world. We decided not to have our kids participate in sleepovers. Here’s why, many years later, my family still doesn’t do sleepovers. It’s available in YouTube and Facebook formats and, as always, there’s a transcript for the readers. Note that the videos also now feature captioning. Rush Transcript A few years ago Aileen and I made a …

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Children and Pornography – Three-Minute Thursdays #2

Today’s pornography plague is reaching around the world and impacting even the youngest children. In this edition of Three-Minute Thursdays I offer three things parents ought to consider about children and pornography. I’ve got it in YouTube and Facebook formats, then a transcript for the dedicated readers. Rush Transcript Welcome to another edition of 3-minute Thursdays. How does it work? I put three minutes on the clock, and in that sparse amount of time, I try to say something useful, …

Christians, We Need To Talk About Hollywood

Scandal after scandal has broken over Hollywood and, for perhaps the first time, we are all seeing what goes on behind the lens. And now I think it’s time we, as Christians, had a talk about Tinseltown. You can watch this video in YouTube or Facebook formats or scroll down for the transcript.   Rush Transcript These have been some dark days for Hollywood. I’m not talking about box office receipts. I’m not talking about Rotten Tomatoes reviews. I’m talking …

Three-Minute Thursdays #1 – Called to Ministry

Today I am trying something a little bit different: I’m shortening down the video format to a mere three minutes. After all, who has got time for a whole seven or eight minutes? I’ll try this for a few weeks under the heading of “Three-Minute Thursdays.” The first one deals with the common question of “How can I know I’m called to ministry?” You can watch it on YouTube or Facebook or read the transcript. Rush Transcript Today we’re going …

The New Calvinism: Areas of Weakness

The New Calvinism has become a worldwide movement of Christians who are looking to the past to recover and live out the precious truths of Reformed theology. Having introduced the movement and having identified some ways in which we see evidences of God’s grace in and through it, I am now suggesting some weaknesses it may do well to address. Here’s that video in Facebook and YouTube formats, followed by a transcript for those who prefer to read. Transcript It …

Evidences of God’s Grace in the New Calvinism

In yesterday’s video, “Where Did All these Calvinists Come From?,” I provided a brief introduction to the New Calvinism—the recent resurgence of Reformed theology. I described how, in my assessment, it came about at least in part as a response to the excesses of the church growth movement (and an alternative to the emerging church movement). Today, in a video for the watchers and a transcript for the readers, I want to point out some of the evidences of God’s …

Where Did All These Calvinists Come From?

Where did all these Calvinists come from? This is a question I was asked recently and I thought I might answer in video format. Actually, I’ll answer in three videos. Today I’ll tell a little about the history of the New Calvinism, then in future videos talk about evidences of grace within the movement and finally suggest some areas it would do well to improve. Here it is in YouTube and Facebook formats. For those who prefer to read, I’ve …

The Immortal Goddess

Yesterday I posted a brief reflection on the nineteenth chapter of Acts—a portion of Scripture that has often struck me as a hilarious commentary on human nature. Earlier this week, as I was reading through Phillip Ryken’s commentary on 1 Timothy, I found some thoughts he wrote about this portion of Scripture and immediately marked it as something worth sharing. Today seemed a logical time to do so. Demetrius was right to be worried. The Ephesian silversmith made shrines for …