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The Death of Porn

The Death of Porn is unlike any other book I’ve read. First, it’s a very personal book — a series of letters — written by Ray Ortlund. If you don’t know Ortlund, read this article about him, watch one of his sermons, or check out his podcast for pastors. If you’re looking for a cold, dispassionate book, look elsewhere. Ortlund begins this book with a personal letter to the reader. It’s a book characterized by warmth, intensity, and hope. That hope also sets this book apart. You’d e...
Tags: Amazon, Featured, Life, Book Reviews, Jesus, Ray, Martyn Lloyd Jones, Ray Ortlund, Christian Living, Ortlund


Go Narrow, Go Deep

Suggestion: Since the Bible is probably too big a book for us to master it all in one lifetime, in addition to many annual read-throughs, choose one OT book and one NT and spend the rest of your life drilling down really deep there. Mine: Isaiah, Romans. Both are addictive.— Ray Ortlund (@rayortlund) August 24, 2018 Pick a book from the Hebrew Scriptures, and pick a book from the New Testament. If you want to go even narrower, pick a passage: the Servant Songs of Isaiah, the Sermon on th...
Tags: Featured, Life, PAUL, Mount, Ray Ortlund, Isaiah, Christian Living, Pastoring


The Problem Covering the Problem

I remember the first time I witnessed, from afar, the fall of a Christian leader I respected. One of the painful lessons I learned is that we’re all vulnerable. I appreciate what Ray Ortlund says: “Every one of us is always five minutes away from moral and ministry disaster.” It’s closer than we think. We have a problem. 64% of Christian men admit to watching porn. 57% of pastors admit they have struggled with porn, either now or in the past. This is a problem we clearly must address. Books l...
Tags: Featured, Life, Boston, Jesus, Samuel, Ray Ortlund, Randy Alcorn, Christian Living, Pastoring, Ortlund, Matthew Kruse


This Marriage Tells a Story

I don’t know how many years of marriage one has to have behind them to write with any authority on marriage, but I suspect it’s more than thirty. But I can tell you that, thirty years ago, the pair pictured below knew little about the journey ahead of them. Like most, they felt more confident than was reasonable as they took vows and began their married life together. Marriage is a funny thing. You can’t be more or less married. The moment the marriage ceremony was over, we were as marr...
Tags: Featured, Life, Jesus, God, Eden, Ray Ortlund, Char, Christian Living, Elaine Kapteyn


The Trolls Are Coming. These Books Will Help You Respond.

“This won’t take long,” she said. We sat in the foyer of the church building. She didn’t want to venture any farther. We sat in chairs facing each other while she unloaded on me for my failings as a pastor. “You don’t need to respond,” she said. “There’s nothing you can say. This is the last time you’ll ever see me.” If you’ve pastored for long, you’ve probably faced a similar scenario. Things seem to be getting worse these days with the increasing polarization in our culture and the rise ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Life, Friedman, Ray Ortlund, Pastoring, Marshall Shelley, Edwin Friedman, Steve Cuss


A La Carte (December 31)

There are some odds and ends to be had in today’s Kindle deals. You’ll find lots of good stuff on sale at Logos as they close out the year. (Yesterday on the blog: Why I Believe in African Christian University) Obviously you’ve heard about Mark Galli’s Christianity Today editorial in which he said that Christians should support President Trump’s removal from office. CT’s president subsequently responded and defended the editorial. You may be interested in reading Robert P. Geor...
Tags: China, Blogging, New York Times, Christian, Trump, A La Carte, Christian College, Christianity Today, Wayne Grudem, Ray Ortlund, Denny Burk, Mark Galli, Boyce College, Galli, Robert P George, China Sentences Wang Yi Christian


A La Carte (December 30)

There are lots of interesting Kindle deals today. Many are Christian, but I also added a whole list of historical works as well. (Yesterday on the blog: A Prayer Before Listening to Sunday’s Sermon) Trusting God with Our Unknown Future Vance Christie has a nice little biographical sketch of hymnwriter Philip Bliss. “This Sunday, December 29, marks the 143rd anniversary of the untimely death of Philip Paul Bliss (1838-1876), a popular nineteenth century hymnwriter. Circumstanc...
Tags: Blogging, Bliss, Greenland, Seth Godin, A La Carte, Wayne Grudem, Ray Ortlund, Vance Christie, Philip Bliss, Philip Paul Bliss, Ariel Gonzalez Bovat, Ivittuut


Small-Town Savior: For Discouraged Pastors in Forgotten Places

My father was a pastor for thirty years in rural Maine. Many of those years were devoted to shepherding a parish of three small churches, each in a different town. I grew up knowing something of the joys and sacrifices involved in caring for churches that other Christians often overlook, in towns the world ignores. One icy winter Sunday, so the story goes, only two older ladies showed up for the morning service at one of the churches. My father asked whether they should go forward with the...
Tags: Religion, Jerusalem, America, Maine, Jesus, God, Damascus, Matthew, James, Mark, PAUL, Luke, Cana, Nazareth, Barnabas, Ray Ortlund


Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: The Church: Love It, Don’t Leave It When tempted to hit eject on the local church long term, we should be careful. There are always good reasons why it is better to stay with Christ’s church than it is to leave her. Top Ten Tips on Leading a Time of Prayer A friend recently asked me for advice on leading a time of prayer. Here’s what I came up with. How to Prepare to Plant a Church Among the Poor Many church planters and established pasto...
Tags: Featured, Life, Links, Nashville, Christ, Ray, Ray Ortlund, Immanuel Church, Gospel Coalition Canada, Time of Prayer


The Kind of Man I’d Like to Become

I suppose I’ve always had dreams about becoming a certain kind of man. They used to be dreams about accomplishment: about being known as that guy, the guy who does big things and has a big reputation. I look around me now and realize those are bad dreams. They’re not dreams rooted in one’s identity with Christ. And who would want the responsibility that comes with trying to do big things, or the self-focus on what I want to do? Increasingly as I get older I have a different set of dreams. Here a...
Tags: Featured, Life, Jesus, Christ, PAUL, Ray Ortlund, Zack Eswine, Christian Living


An Aged Saint, Glorifying and Enjoying God

I’ve been thinking of this sentence ever since I read it. In a recent article, Ray Ortlund says this of his father: “An aged saint, glorifying and enjoying God, is a beautiful sight to behold.” I can’t get this out of my mind. An Aged Saint I’m 51 now. I’m not exactly aged, but I’m not young either. I’m noticing that people become more of who they are as they get older. You either become a crank, or you become someone who is more tender towards God. I don’t see a lot of in between. Here’s what...
Tags: David Brooks, Featured, Life, Jesus, God, Charlene, Ray Ortlund, Christian Living, Leila Whitcombe


Tincture

When Thomas Boston wrestled with a set of theological issues, it changed his ministry. “These things, in these days, while I was in the Merse, gave my sermons a certain tincture, which was discerned; though the Marrow, from whence it sprang, continued in utter obscurity.” In The Whole Christ, Sinclair Ferguson comments: I hope it will become clear throughout these pages what this tincture was. There is a perennial need for it in the ministry of the gospel. It is not linked to a particular person...
Tags: Featured, Life, Boston, Ferguson, Jesus, Christ, Jared, Ray, Peterson, Ray Ortlund, Thomas Boston, Zack Eswine, Jared Wilson, Eugene Peterson, Pastoring, Eswine


The Most Repeated Verse in the Bible

Symmetry can be wonderful. Think of the intricacy of a snowflake, or the geometry of certain iconic buildings like the U.S. Capitol or London’s Buckingham Palace, or the rotational symmetry of a pine cone. If any of these were distorted and the symmetry lost, the aesthetic appeal would immediately go as well. Several years ago, the corporate sponsorship of the London Eye transferred to a new company, which then painted one of the giant wheel’s capsules in the distinctive red of their brandi...
Tags: London, Israel, Religion, Buckingham Palace, Ray Ortlund, U S Capitol, John 4:8, John 1:5


Your Morning Will Come: Trusting God in the Darkest Nights

We took our 2-year-old daughter to the hospital for what we thought would be an ordinary visit. I threw in my bag the two books I had been reading that day. One was by a Christian leader diagnosed at age 39 with a rare form of incurable cancer. The other was a book on Romans 8 by Ray Ortlund, who writes, “A strong confidence in God’s loving intentions and enveloping care fortifies us to face whatever life throws at us.” That same day, life threw something big at me. While we were at the ho...
Tags: Hope, Religion, Jesus, John, Christ, Jesus Christ, Charles Spurgeon, Christ Jesus, Ray Ortlund, Isaiah, Randy Alcorn, John 14:16 Jesus


The No-Hype Truth About Church Planting

Stephen Kneale seems to have touched a nerve last week. In his excellent blog Building Jerusalem, he wrote: I am increasingly dubious of our use of the term ‘church planter’. I am, in fact, inclined to go so far as to say there is no such thing as a church planter… I understand why the term is applied to those who have been sent off as leaders of core teams to establish new churches. But once you have sent a group of people, established regular meetings at which the Word is being faithfully tau...
Tags: France, Life, Jerusalem, Ray Ortlund, Kneale, Church Planting, Stephen Kneale, Ryan Burton King


The Anemic Church

Some churches are built on a foundation of entertainment and relevance. They need good pastors to go in and love them and feed them. It’s not their fault, at least not entirely. They’ve probably been led there by pastors and elders. It’s been their culture for years, and it will take both love and wisdom to lead them to something better. I’m no expert on how to do this. Others have done it much better than me. But here’s what I’d do if I pastored such a church today. Love them. Ray Ortlund write...
Tags: Life, Church, Ray Ortlund, Greg Gilbert, Jared Wilson, Church Revitalization, Pastoring, Prodigal Church Use


The Creation, Care, and Feeding of Church Planters

I believe that every church should be involved, at some level, with church planting. For some, this will mean actually parenting a church. For others, it will involve financially giving to a church plant as part of the missions portfolio. But some churches aren’t yet at the stage at which they can commit to plant or give funds to a church plant. No worries. Here are some steps that you can take to care for and feed church planters. Pray for More Church Planters A few years ago I started to tak...
Tags: Life, Luke, Ray Ortlund, Creation Care and Feeding of Church Planters


Why I Listen to Ray Ortlund

I really appreciated The Gospel Coalition’s profile of Ray Ortlund the other week. I’ve heard Ray speak in person, read his books, and visited Immanuel Nashville. I often listen to his sermons almost every time he preaches. In his book The Imperfect Disciple, Jared Wilson captures what I appreciate about Ray so much: My friend Ray is the most Jesusy guy I know. Half of him seems to exist in the spiritual ether at all times. He simultaneously radiates a warmth, a gentleness, a sweetness, and an ...
Tags: Life, Jesus, Ray, Ray Ortlund, Immanuel, Ray Ortlund Jr, Jared Wilson, Gospel Coalition, Christian Living, Pastoring, Jesus Like, Immanuel Nashville, Jesusy, J Tims


Act Now to Get Your Free Book Before It’s Too Late

You’ve got mere days left to grab our free book of the month for January—Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living, by pastor and scholar Todd Wilson. This volume is part of the Preaching the Word commentary series by Crossway, a series derived from actual sermons by pastors whose calling it is to bring careful academic biblical studies to real-life church needs. Another book in that series, Proverbs: Wisdom that Works, by Ray Ortlund, is also available for $1.99, but only till January 31. Add a third co...
Tags: Religion, Products, Ray Ortlund, Todd Wilson, Lloyd Jones


Preach through Proverbs with Help from Ray Ortlund

This month we’re giving away Todd Wilson’s Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living, part of the Preach the Word commentary series from Crossway. Plus, you can add another volume from this series for just $1.99: Proverbs: Wisdom that Works. In this work, well-known Bible teacher Ray Ortlund unpacks the whole book of Proverbs in 21 straightforward sermons, providing a biblical worldview on everything from money, sex, and power to the daily routines of an average life. Drawing relevant parallels from anci...
Tags: Religion, Products, Peter, Martyn Lloyd Jones, Ray Ortlund, Todd Wilson, Stephen Lloyd Jones


Get a Free Commentary on Galatians That’s Perfect for Preaching

This month only we’re giving away free downloads of  Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living from Crossway’s Preaching the Word series. Plus, you can add on another volume from that series (Proverbs: Wisdom that Works, by Ray Ortlund) for just $1.99. And if that’s not enough, pick up the Martyn Lloyd-Jones 3-volume commentary on Acts 1–8 for just $9.99! Get all three at the Free Book of the Month page. Gospel-rooted living from Galatians What do you do when you’ve made a mess of things? Where do you ...
Tags: Religion, Products, Jesus Christ, PAUL, Martyn Lloyd Jones, Ray Ortlund, Todd Wilson, Galatia, Crossway, Calvary Memorial Church Oak Park Illinois, Carson Collection


A La Carte (October 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include an eclectic collection of interesting titles. Westminster Books has some good deals this week as well. At Least as Dangerous as Porn “Not to diminish the dangers of sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:9–11), but have you ever noticed that the New Testament issues more dire warnings against the spiritual dangers of material prosperity than sexual immorality? Jesus didn’t say it’s harder for a sexually immoral person to get into heaven than a camel to squee...
Tags: Blogging, Harvey Weinstein, Jesus, Kansas City, East Coast, Corinthians, A La Carte, Harvey, Ray Ortlund, Westminster Books, Hildebrand


A La Carte (September 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include a long list of top-quality books. Don’t miss these deals! (Yesterday at the blog I considered How To Grieve Like a Christian.) Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth Ray Ortlund has a wonderful letter to a would-be adulterer. But what he says is equally valuable to those who are not tempted to wander. Escaping from the Love of Money Simple: “Although there’s nothing inherently wrong with money, there’s something desperately wrong with devotion to money....
Tags: Blogging, A La Carte, Don, Ray Ortlund, Josh Byers, Aaron Armstrong, Matt Merker, Capitol Hill Baptists


What I Believe About Ministry

When I started out as a pastor, I thought I had a robust set of convictions. It turns out that they weren’t as robust as I thought. The result was costly: most of the mistakes I’ve made in ministry are a result of not holding tightly to what matters most. Al Mohler is right: The leadership that matters most is convictional— deeply convictional. This quality of leadership springs from those foundational beliefs that shape who we are and establish our beliefs about everything else. Convictions ar...
Tags: Life, Church, Ministry, Al Mohler, Ray Ortlund, Zack Eswine, Pastoring, Mohler Todd Henry


A Community Built On Grievance Will Never Last

We are community makers. I see this in my daughter all the time. The other day she had a group of friends, a flashlight, a cape, and their imagination. They’d only been playing for about five minutes and already formed a club—the Ghost Hunters. About ten minutes into this little charade community rules developed. They were having the time of their lives and plotting out their ideas for world domination….and then the whole thing blew up. We are community destroyers. I assume that somebody called ...
Tags: Facebook, Religion, Jesus, Christ, Ghost Hunters, Ray Ortlund, SBC Issues, Ghost Hunters About


Weekend A La Carte (June 3)

There is lots to choose from in today’s Kindle deals include. It has been a great week for them! Reformed Theology Gone Sour Ray Ortlund: “The problem is not Reformed theology per se. Inherent within that theology is a humbling and melting and softening and beautifying power. But Reformed theology is also intellectually satisfying, even captivating.” I Got Pregnant and My Christian School Humiliated Me Here’s a cautionary tale of how Christian institutions can handle situation...
Tags: Blogging, Trump, A La Carte, Ray Ortlund, Nick Batzig, FamilyLife, My Christian School


A La Carte (May 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include a long list of titles from Crossway, Thomas Nelson, and Zondervan. Free from ChristianAudio this month is Steve Lawson’s The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones. The other volumes in that series of short biographies are on sale. It Is Never Right to Be Angry at God Sometimes the strangest or most unexpected things are controversial, like saying that it’s never right to be angry at God. Of course it’s not! How the Universe is Way Bigger Than Y...
Tags: Blogging, United Airlines, A La Carte, Martyn Lloyd Jones, Ray Ortlund, Thomas Nelson, Steve Lawson


Rule #1: Trust the Means of Grace (8 Rules for Growing in Godliness)

T he great goal of the Christian life is to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. The Christian longs to be influenced by Christ to such an extent that every thought is one Jesus would think, that every action is one he would take. Such conformity depends upon a renewed mind, for it is only once our minds are renewed that our desires and actions can follow (Romans 12:2). The Christian life, then, is one of taking off the “old self with its practices” and putting on “the new ...
Tags: Articles, Blogging, Jesus, Christian, Christ, Jesus Christ, Timothy, John MacArthur, Adam, Ray Ortlund, Thomas Watson, Ryle, Sanctification, Luke xiii


A La Carte (March 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books that I see on sale only rarely, so they are all worth a quick look. Logos users will be glad to see the Expositor’s Bible Commentary 64% off for a limited time. Albert Mohler: Ask Anything Live Dr. Mohler has been recording some Ask Anything sessions live on YouTube. You can find the first one here and the second in the sidebar. He covers a wide range of issues. Church Hunters: Part 1 (Video) This is pretty clever. “Sick of your old, bo...
Tags: Blogging, Christ, A La Carte, Jeff, Tim Keller, Ray Ortlund, Albert Mohler, Mohler, Barry York, Princeton Seminary, Church Hunters, Aaron Chewning, John Schlitt, Princeton Seminary Here


A La Carte (March 8)

Later today I’ll be heading down to Orlando for the Ligonier Ministries National Conference. I hope to see some of you down there. On Friday I’ll be doing a breakout session on visual theology and, as part of that, explain why Peter Jackson ruined The Lord of the Rings. Today’s Kindle deals include several study Bibles and a couple of other books that are worth checking out. Westminster Books has launched a new web site. To celebrate they’re giving everyone $5 off plus free shippi...
Tags: Blogging, Peter Jackson, Orlando, A La Carte, Justin Taylor, Ray Ortlund, Westminster Books, Timothy Witmer