Monday, December 31, 2007

Vintage Jesus

I have been out of town and just not wanting to blog lately but hopefully the 3 of you who read this blog have also been busy and have not noticed.

Anyway I have been reading Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll for over a week now and I am loving it. Even though it has not been released yet, the PDF is available to those who have preordered through the link above. Actually, I am planning on using this book for a before-school-leadership-group I am starting next week.

One of the strengths of the book is the fresh perspective on Jesus that Driscoll brings. What may be considered fundamental, he has made very interesting with his usual wit and unique cultural perspective.

The following is a sampling along with chapter titles...

Roughly two thousand years ago, Jesus was born in a dumpy, rural, hick town, not unlike those today where guys change their own oil, think pro wrestling is real, find women who chew tobacco sexy, and eat a lot of Hot Pockets with their uncle-daddy. Jesus' mom was a poor, unwed teenage girl who was often mocked for claiming she conceived via the Holy Spirit. Most people thought she concocted the crazy story to cover the fact she was knocking boots with some guy in the backseat of a car at the prom. Jesus was adopted by a simple carpenter named Joseph and spent the first thirty years of his life in obscurity, swinging a hammer with his dad.

In Vintage Jesus, one of America's most influential young pastors teams up with a seasoned theologian to lead you on a hilarious theological journey chasing Jesus through Scripture and pop culture. The authors provide timeless answers to twelve timely questions about the most important man who has ever lived. Each chapter concludes with answers to common questions about each subject.
Chapter 1 Is Jesus the Only God?
Chapter 2 How Human Was Jesus?
Chapter 3 How Did People Know Jesus Was Coming?
Chapter 4 Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
Chapter 5 Why Did Jesus' Mom Need to Be a Virgin?
Chapter 6 What Did Jesus Accomplish on the Cross?
Chapter 7 Did Jesus Rise from Death?
Chapter 8 Where Is Jesus Today?
Chapter 9 Why Should We Worship Jesus?
Chapter 10 What Makes Jesus Superior to Other Saviors?
Chapter 11 What Difference Has Jesus Made in History?
Chapter 12 What Will Jesus Do upon His Return?

These questions are answered with insights from people such as Jesus himself, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Luther King Jr., Hugh Hefner, Jack Bauer, Fidel Castro, Oprah, Kanye West, Gandhi, Homer Simpson, Mike Tyson, Gil Grissom, and Madonna, along with some demons and a porn star. There have been seventeen thousand books written about Jesus, but none is like Vintage Jesus.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Do Hard Things

Alex and Brett Harris are the twin brothers of Josh Harris. They run a website/ministry called rebelution and have new interesting book coming out, Do Hard Things.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

Missouri Southern Baptist Convention v. Acts 29

The Acts 29 Church Planting Network is now totally at odds with the MSBC. I have been reading about this story for a couple of days now. Alcohol seems to be part of the discussion even if not the whole story. Hysterically, how some of these guys dress seems to be part of the discussion in some circles. My guess is the real issue is the vision and methodology. The Acts 29 guys are wanting to men and women saved and culture engaged. The SBC seems to want the Power Team and are just fine with the "40 Days of Purpose." None of this really surprises me at all as I continue to have a "love/hate" relationship with the SBC.

The SBC has more than a few things going for it, such as Southern, Ed Stetzer and 9Marks. But I fear these will further the breach between those who care enough to think biblically and missionally so as to "save some." And those who will not.

The following are more links to the discussion:

Acts 29 is Kicked out of Missouri - Show Me the Love!

If You Don’t Know You Better Axe Somebody

Acts 29 De-funded by Missouri Baptist Convention

When I Am Ashamed to be a Southern Baptist

Acts 29 is Banned

Mo. Baptist leaders restrict funding for church starts, angering some

No Funding for SBC/Acts 29 Church Plants in Missouri

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Only a Bama Fan Would Not be Moved

Prodigal Sons Trailer

Justin Taylor posts the trailer for the short film, Prodigal Sons from Modern Parables.

Monday, December 10, 2007


This is one of the few reasons I have not yet come out in support of Huckabee. I know National Review is wanting America'a Mayor to be the next Republican Candidate (which to me veers far from the original convictions of a Buckley-run NR) but I do think Jonah Goldberg has a more sophisticated understanding of foreign policy than Huckabee does.

Update: This makes more sense.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Calvin Quote on Worship

But as in external discipline and ceremonies, he has not been pleased to prescribe every particular that we ought to observe (he foresaw that this depended on the nature of the times, and that one form would not suit all ages), in them we must have recourse to the general rules which he has given, employing them to test whatever the necessity of the Church may require to be enjoined for order and decency. Lastly, as he has not delivered any express command, because things of this nature are not necessary to salvation, and, for the edification of the Church, should be accommodated to the varying circumstances of each age and nation, it will be proper, as the interest of the Church may require, to change and abrogate the old, as well as to introduce new forms. I confess, indeed, that we are not to innovate rashly or incessantly, or for trivial causes. Charity is the best judge of what tends to hurt or to edify: if we allow her to be guide, all things will be safe.

From: Calvin, J., & Beveridge, H. (1997). Institutes of the Christian religion. Translation of: Institutio Christianae religionis.; Reprint, with new introd. Originally published: Edinburgh : Calvin Translation Society, 1845-1846. (IV, x, 30). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

What I Am Reading...

Actually, I am no longer reading this one because I finished it yesterday but I really enjoyed Confessions of a Reformission Rev. by Mark Driscoll. I can see why so many people do not like him, he is a little rough around the edges but I can't help but like him. His passion for the lost in a city as hard to reach as Seattle is contagious. He challenged me in areas such as Prayer and boldness in evangelism and confirmed a few suspicions I had about the way most people think about ministry in the 21st century.

As of now I am mired in Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative. It is a 3 volume work which I have always wanted to read because I know next to nothing about the Civil War. I am so clueless about most of the wars and politics involved in the Civil War that I have only recently learned not to tell people in rural Mississippi how much you like Lincoln. My public education in the city limits of Birmingham taught me nothing of the particulars of the longstanding attitudes regarding "The War Between the Satates." Anyway, I picked up the first volume for $15 at Barnes and Noble. If you are at all a history buff and want to really get into the details of the Civil War (that's the War of Nothern Agression for those of you still saving your Confederate money) this is the book for you. Each volume is approximately 800 pages. I am not quite 1/4 of the way through the first volume and I am riveted by what I am reading. So far the only person I really like in this story is Lincoln...many of many Southern friends are very scandalized by that last statement.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

"Give the Lord a Shout!"

So I have been listening to a lot of Casting Crowns lately. After going to their concert I downloaded all their albums from itunes. Some of the albums are live albums.

Well, during one song the lead singer, Mark hall, says "Give the Lord a shout!" I have to admit it irked me to no end...for a while...

But then I remembered that the OT, especially in the Psalms...

...describes shouting as positive...

May we shout for joy over your salvation - 20:5

And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
- Ps 27:6

and commands it throughout...

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy - Ps 32:11

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. - Ps 33:1

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. - Ps 33:3

Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!- Ps 47:1

My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have redeemed. - Ps 71:23

There are some views, opinions and preferences I will have to forever unlearn.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Letter re: Me Leaving the PCA

To the family of Westminster,

Matt Redmond has informed the Session of some changes in his views that are doctrinally different from the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), specifically on baptism. Matt seeks to answer God’s calling to ordination as a minister of the Word and a ministry position outside of the PCA.

We love Matt and Bethany and no one wants them to leave. We should not and will not hinder Matt in answering God’s calling for his life and his ministry. So it is with heavy hearts that we inform you that Matt and Bethany are now actively seeking a ministry position elsewhere.

Whenever that call comes about, Westminster will be sending them out as one of our own, whom we love dearly. Please join us in praying for them as they seek to respond to where God would have them to go.

Together with you in His service,
The Session

Mark Barger
Walter Pillow
Craig Brewer
Kent Savage
John Downs
Jeff Warren

Mark Noll on Music in the Church throughout History

Mark Noll's contribution to the Christian Vision Project is entitled Praise the Lord.

Among other things, he asks, "What explains the power of song so powerfully to shape, anchor, encourage, disturb, unite, divide, and distract Christian communities?"

Hat Tip: JT

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Favorite Piper Qoute

From my mentor...I just wish he knew he was...

Inside and outside the church we are drowning in a sea of triviality, pettiness, banality, and silliness. Television is trivial. Radio is trivial. Conversation is trivial. Education is trivial. Christian books are trivial. Worship styles are trivial. It is inevitable that the human heart, which was made to be staggered with terrifyingly joyous dread and peace by an infinitely untouchable, embracing God—it is inevitable that such a heart, drowning in the all-pervasive, blurry boredom of banal entertainment, will reach for the best buzz that life can give: sex.

Why I Will Not Support Ron Paul

If you have been attracted to Ron Paul at all for any reason, you need to read what the American Thinker has to say about him and who his supporters are. This will disappoint many but my hope is that he will be repudiated by all those who love Christ.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Some Recommended Listening

I have not posted much in the last week or so...not sure why but I thought i would get something on here.

Here are some albums I have been listening to lately that I would recommend...

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The ESV Literary Study Bible

I received yesterday my copy of the The ESV Literary Study Bible. So far I am very pleased with it. I have not yet used it enough to provide a review but here are some reviews that might be helpful. The following is from the website:

Combining thousands of insightful notes with the complete ESV text, the new Literary Study Bible will help you understand God’s Word more fully, in all its richness and beauty. You’ll explore in detail the Bible’s story lines, complex characters, historical settings, literary genres, motifs, theological themes, imagery, and important terms, making the Bible come alive with greater clarity and impact.

This one-of-a-kind Literary Study Bible is an indispensable tool for devotional reading, teaching, and in-depth study—for all who treasure God’s Word.

About the Editors

Leland Ryken, the Clyde S. Kilby professor of English at Wheaton College, has written and edited more than twenty-five books, including The Literature of the Bible, Words of Delight: A Literary Introduction to the Bible, How to Read the Bible as Literature, A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible, Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, and Ryken’s Bible Handbook. He has been a leader of the Literary Approaches to the Bible interest group of the Evangelical Theological Society. He earned his PhD in literature at the University of Oregon.

Philip Graham Ryken, senior minister at the historic Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, has written and edited more than twenty books, including Exodus and Jeremiah and Lamentations in the Preaching the Word commentary series and Galatians in the Reformed Expository Commentary. He also coauthored with his father, Leland Ryken, Ryken’s Bible Handbook. He earned his MDiv at Westminster Theological Seminary and his DPhil at the University of Oxford. He serves as visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California.

The Invitation System

Strange Baptist Fire has some links to more than a few good essays and posts on the invitation system and altar calls.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sheep, Wolves, Snakes and Doves

John Piper writes on whether to stand or flee...with some help from Bunyan.

A Kind of Announcement about Free Download from


'our November Free Audiobook of the Month is going to be a really really good one. We cannot announce what it will be quite yet. Well, we'll just give a little hint. The title starts with "Rel" and ends with "ions".'

"Religious Affections"

Thinking About Halloween?

John MacArthur and Tim Challies have some good thoughts on Halloween.

Monday, October 22, 2007

New favorite Blog

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood has an excellent blog that is fairly new. The following is from the "About Us" section of the website.

The Mission & Vision of CBMW

The mission of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is to set forth the teachings of the Bible about the complementary differences between men and women, created equally in the image of God, because these teachings are essential for obedience to Scripture and for the health of the family and the church.


The vision of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is to see the vast majority of evangelical homes, churches, academic institutions, and other ministries adopt the principles of the Danvers Statement as a part of their personal convictions and doctrinal confessions and apply them in consistent, heart-felt practice.

What's at Stake?

With the Mission and Vision in mind, it is important for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood to clearly state how it intends to help the church, and perhaps more importantly, why it needs to help the church.

In 1987, CBMW was established primarily to help the church defend against the accommodation of secular feminism. At this time many evangelicals were beginning to experiment with an ideology that would later become known as evangelical feminism. This was a significant departure from what the church had practiced from its beginning regarding the role of men and women in the home and local church. The effects of this departure have not been benign. As evangelical feminism continues to spread, the evangelical community needs to be aware that this debate reaches ultimately to the heart of the gospel.

1. The authority of scripture is at stake.
The Bible clearly teaches that men and women are equal in value and dignity and are have distinct and complementary roles in the home and the church. If churches disregard these teachings and accommodate to the culture, then the members of those churches and subsequent generations will be less likely to submit to God's word in other difficult matters as well.

2. The health of the home is at stake.
If families do not structure their homes properly, in disobedience to the teachings of Ephesians 5, 1 Peter 3, and Colossians 3, then they will not have the proper foundation from which to withstand the temptations of the devil and the various onslaughts of the world. This hinders the sanctification of married couples and also introduces confusion about basic parenting issues such as raising masculine sons and feminine daughters.

3. The health of the church is at stake.
Just like the home, if the church disobeys the teachings of 1Timothy 2, 1 Corinthians 11 and disregards the structure that God put into place for the community of faith from the beginning, then the church will be weakened. If the church is weakened in its convictions, it will be less effective in accomplishing its mission.

4. Our worship is at stake.
Increasingly, members of the evangelical community, in the name of gender equality, are advocating calling God "mother" as often as we call him "father." God has named himself and for us to make changes to his self revelation not only undermines the written Word, but also undermines God's authority in our lives.

5. Bible translations are at stake.
There are many who are currently advocating for Bible translations that would essentially be "gender-neutral." These translations, in hundreds of places, remove the words he, him, his, brother, father, son, and man. Our concern is that in the name of gender equality, the Bible is undermined and the very words of God end up being revised.

6. The advance of the Gospel is at stake.
Ephesians 5 calls husbands and wives to relate to one another as a picture of Christ and the church. The picture involves the humble, sacrificial leadership of the husband and the joyful, intelligent submission to that leadership by the wife. Husbands and wives who model this improperly portray a distorted and false picture of Jesus Christ, the Head and Savior of his bride, the church. Deviation from biblical teaching on manhood and womanhood hinders the advance of the gospel.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I Love the NFL but...

It is insane that Tom Brady and can get his girlfriend pregnant, ditch her for another supermodel and be fauned over by....well, everyone.

Koren Robinson gets reinstated after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, driving drunk and leading police on a car chase at up to 100 miles per hour.

And yet Michael Vick is a pariah for particpating in dog-fighting.

Listen, I have not cared about the Falcons since Steve Bartkowski was QB and Billy "Whiteshoes" Johnson was returning punts but something is really out of whack here.

Monday, October 15, 2007

A Brief Review of the Casting Crowns Concert in Tupelo

Let me give you a little context first. When I ordered the tickets for me and the rest of the students in the youth group, I was calling this "the Leeland concert." You see, me and the kids of Westminster Youth Ministries love Leeland. We have already seen them twice live and decided we would go to Tupelo to see them open up for Casting Crowns. Casting Crowns was the headliner but we were going to see Leeland.

I had only really heard a couple of songs by Casting Crowns before I bought the tickets so I decided to download some songs...legally of course. And then I was given their new album, "The Altar and the Door." The more I listened the more I liked what I heard. Actually, while not really liking all I was hearing I was suprised by what I heard. So many Christian musicians have gone the route of being so vague in their lyrics you really have no idea what they are singing about....God? Girlfriend? Lost Dog? Not Casting Crowns, the lyrics may not be "cool" but you have no question where they stand. The lyrics from the first song off the new album are indicative of what I have heard from their other albums...

What this world needs is not another one hit wonder with an axe to grind
Another two bit politician peddling lies
Another three ring circus society
What this world needs is not another sign waving super saint that's better than you
Another ear pleasing candy man afraid of the truth
Another prophet in an Armani suit

What this world needs is a Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love them in their time of need
A Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love
That's what this world needs

What this world needs is for us to care more about the inside than the outside
Have we become so blind that we can't see
God's gotta change her heart before He changes her shirt
What this world needs is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance
Blending in so well that people can't see the difference
And it's the difference that sets the world free

Intense, specific, culturally aware and Trintarian; this is my kind of music. And by the way, they are so uncool I could not help but begin to love them.

Anyway, back to the concert. Leeland was good...not as good as before, we all thought. But Casting Crowns, well, I was blown away. Following are the reasons why:

1. Humilty. When we walked in some guy was talking about the bands coming up (John Waller and Leeland) and some other things. Who was it? Mark Hall, the lead singer of Casting Crowns. He is decidedly not interested in being a rock star or making a cool entrance. There was a concerted (pun intended) effort at pointing people to Jesus and away from the band. It has got to be hard to look at a sell-out crowd while in the spotlight literally, and point people away from your self.

2. Lyrics. All the lyrics for all the songs were put on a screen for all to read and sing along with. Seeing the lyrics not only helped with the enjoyment of singing along but I was blown away with some of the lines I had never heard or noticed before. I hope this will be a trend in all of CCM concerts.

3. Visual. The whole thing was visually stunning. Great Lights and a huge screen, tailor-made for those of us sitting in the back. There was also an artist working during a particular song...I don't want to say too much for those who have not seen the show yet but are planning to see it in Jackson or elsewhere.

4. Sound. The sound was phenomenal. Oftentimes there is a gap between the professionally produced sound on the albums and the live sound. Not on Saturday night. The instrumentation and the vocals were clear and crisp.

5. Prayer. One of the coolest parts of the night was the multiple times of prayer. Sometimes brief, sometimes a little more focused. Towards the end of the night all the members of the band brought out some chairs to the edge of the stage and asked us to bow our heads and then each one of them prayed for the people in the audience. One prayed for fathers, one for mothers (and those longing to be), one for the guys and another for the girls, etc. Now there was a time when I would have been annoyed by this, "hey, let's just rock!!!" but I realize now how much sense this makes. Think about it, there we were gathered - thousands around a common profession of belief in the gospel and a love for this music. And the ones who make the music end the night by praying for us. It was an awesome moment and I am thankful for their prayers.

All in all I enjoyed them more than my students did I think. They wanted more Leeland and suprisingly I wanted more Casting Crowns.

Friday, October 12, 2007

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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Kirk Wellum on "Ministerial Flexibility"

Kirk Wellum waxes eloquent on Paul's example of being "all things to all people."

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Life of David Brainard

The Life of David Brainerd is the free download from Christian Audio. To get it for free you must use the code OCT2007 when you checkout.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Spurgeon Quote

"I bind myself precisely to no form of doctrine. I love those five points as being the angles of the gospel, but, then I love the Center between the angles better still."

Breaking Down the HIgh Priestly Prayer

Justin Taylor breaks down the High Priestly Prayer in John 17.

Monday, October 01, 2007

2007 Desiring God National Conference

Here are the messages given by John Piper, Helen Rosavere, Randy Alcorn, Jerry Bridges and John MacArthur.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Challies' review of Mclaren's Latest

Tim Challies holds nothing back in evaluating Everything Must Change. The following is the final paragrapg from his review...

"It seems increasingly clear that the new kind of Christian McLaren seeks is no kind of Christian at all. The church on the other side of his reinvention is a church devoid of the glorious gospel of Christ’s atoning death. It is a church utterly stripped of its power because it is a church stripped of the gospel message. McLaren’s new gospel is a social gospel, a liberal gospel and, in fact, no gospel at all. This Emerging Church has managed to do something remarkable—it has emerged into something the church has already seen, has already wrestled with, and has already defeated. The Emerging Church has gone suicidal."

Thoughts on Worship, Part 3

The Scene: The year is 5 AD and we find oursleves in the Temple on a lovely Saturday morning just as the Psalm leader steps into view...

Psalm Leader: Please sing Psalm 136.

Circumcised man #1: (frustratingly) Oh no! Not that one!

Circumcised man #2: What, you don't like this one? Is it too long?

Circumcised man #1: No, no...that isn't it. This is one of those newer Psalms, I think.

Circumcised man #2: Why are you getting so worked up (laughs at the pun) about a new Psalm?

Circumcised man #1: Well, this is one of those, what I like to call, "6x26" Psalms. (Smiling at his own wit) You get it, you sing the same 6 words, over and over, 26 times!

Circumcised man # 2: What is so bad about that?

Circumcised man #1: It is so mindnumbingly simple, What is deep and profouond about singing, 'for his steadfast love endures forever' over and over and over again?

Circumcised man #2: I don't know...I kinda like it. I can always remember the words! I think its kinda cool actually.

Circumcised man #1: You would.

Finally, A Shoe for My People

Finally...After all I am 1/16th Cherokee.

Don't laugh! I qualify to be member of the Cherokee nation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

My Bible Software Just Got Better

From Logos:

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Emergent Pyromania!

The Pyromaniacs get all heated up about two different gospels...and rightfully so.

Tim Celebrates 5

Thanks to Tim Challies for 5 great years of blogging!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Felicity Margaret Piper

John Piper posts about his granddaughter, who was due to be born this week--and was delivered stillborn on Saturday night at 11:54 PM.

Felicity is the daughter of Abraham and Molly Piper. Abraham works as the Web Content Manager of Desiring God. I am very thankful for the work Abraham does at DG.

Please pray for them during this difficult time.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Coming Interview with Piper on Wright

From Desiring God Blog:

In preparation for John Piper's forthcoming book The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright, we will be posting audio excerpts (with transcripts) from an interview he did with Bob Allen. He will answer 7 questions:

Who is this book for?

Who is N. T. Wright?

What do you believe about justification?

How is Wright's view of justification different than yours?

What's the problem with Wright's view of imputation?

What damage could Wright's view cause the church?

Where are you trying to keep the doctrine of justification from going?

Beginning on Monday, we will post a new question and answer every few days until the book's release in late October.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Photo Tour of Justin Taylor at Work and Crossway Books

I am a huge fan of blogger, Justin Taylor. There are no days on which I do not visit his blog for a least a few moments. Well, here is a photo tour of his office and Crossway books.

Challies on McLaren's Emerging Gospel

"It seems clear to me that Everything Must Change is another step down the steep path that leads farther and farther away from biblical orthodoxy. McLaren seems to be fully aware of the path he is taking and of the crowd he is taking with him. I fear for them all. It seems increasingly clear to me that the new kind of Christian is starting to resemble no kind of Christian at all…"

Here for more.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Mohler on the Reading of Books

Here are "Some Thoughts on the Reading of Books" from Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Posts "On Being a MIssional Church"

Here are some helpful links from Said at Southern on what the idea of being a "missional" church. I for one am tired of the term and have not found it helpful. But the links above will at least help you think about this trend (trendy?) term/idea/passion.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tuesday 9-11

Over at the Desiring God Blog there are some articles that will help you think about 9-11 biblically and Christocentrically.

My favorite is this one about Lisa Beamer and her faith in a Sovereign God in the midst of such a tragedy which is still happening for her.

The following videos are not posted so we will "not forget" what happened to "us" on 9-11. I am posting them so we will not forget that there is terrible suffering in this world and these should be a sermon crying out that our sin is heinous. We should not forget that God was sovereign over all the pain, all the hurt, all the death, all the sin. He was sovereignly reigning over every brick, every beam, every terrorist and every piece of dust landing on the heads of those who escaped. It is good for us to imagine and meditate on the horror of that day...the videos of people choosing to jump to thir deaths I will never forget. Why is it good? Those horrors are nothing compared to the horrors of hell, which will be expereinced by those who have not believed the gospel. We should long to see that people are saved from that horror and be thankful we have been.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Challies' Review of Dever's "What Is A healthy Church?"

Time Challies has a review of Mark Dever's What Is A Healthy Church.

Friday, September 07, 2007

A Little Sports

Even though I live only a few hours from New Orleans, I have never liked the Saints. However, I love the Colts and have for years. I told my wife that I would only be happy if the Colts beat the Saints by 4 touchdowns. I went to bed 3 points happier than I hoped for.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Did Moses Marry a Black Woman?


How to Help Your Kids Not Waste Their Lives

This Sunday I will be teaching a Sunday School class made up of singles, young couples and young families. The leaders of that class asked me to come and talk to them about how to prepare for the teenage years that will come. Well, since they are about to study Piper's Don't Waste Your Life I thought I would call it "How to Help Your Kids Not Waste Their Lives."

Below are the ten strategies in very brief form.

1. Romans 11:36

2. “God is the Gospel”

3. “All of Grace”

4. Go Hard After God

5. Prioritize

6. 21st century American values – cool, silly, sexy, funny

7. Make room for God in your driveway

8. Give them “A Chance to Die”

9. Teach them to say “NO” to more than sin

10. Reject the American Dream for their good and the glory of Christ

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Emma Caroline's God is So Big

Me and EC sing this alomst everynight before she goes to sleep....errrr, bed.

Go here for more Redmond kid videos.

Enthusiastic About Baptism?

(HT: Girltalk and JT)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Poor in America

Here is an article about a Census Bureau study on the "poor" in America. The following are some stats...

- 46 percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

- 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.

- Only six percent of poor households are overcrowded; two thirds have more than two rooms per person. The typical poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)

-Nearly three quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.

- 97 percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.

- 78 percent have a VCR or DVD player.

- 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.

- 89 percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and a more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.

- As a group, America’s poor are far from being chronically undernourished. The average consumption of protein, vitamins, and minerals is virtually the same for poor and middle-class children and, in most cases, is well above recommended norms. Poor children actually consume more meat than do higher-income children and have average protein intakes 100-percent above recommended levels. Most poor children today are, in fact, super-nourished and grow up to be, on average, one inch taller and ten pounds heavier than the GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Leeland in Concert

This past wednesday night, my wife and I took 11 students to go see Leeland in concert. This is my second time to see them and I was even more impressed this time.

What impressed me?

1. There is an obvious humility that shows up in their desire for the audience to not just come to a concert but to worship God through song.

2. They sounded really great. The album is really good but I think they actually sound better live.

3. They are young. The lead singer, though engaged is only 19. He shows a maturity in his desire for God to be exalted through the music that is lacking in most young people I know.

4. But what impressed me the most was when they played some new songs from the next album they did not seem to "graduate." For some reason alot of the bands/singers I used to listen to used to have an OBVIOUS evangelical faith oozing out of their lyrics. But when I listen to new Derek Webb and new Waterdeep their is an obvious lack thereof. Sure, there is God-talk here and there and perhaps all the songs sprang from a heart for Christ. But there is not much more than "poetic" generalities, lines about the effects of sin without mentioning sin and leftist social/political jargon. They seemed to have graduated by the second or thrid album.

Not Leeland though, they were content to exalt Christ for students, adults, parents and more than a few grannys to enjoy.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Thoughts on Worship: Part 2

1. I know of no man or woman, who wants to truly go back and start wearing the the clothing styles of the Victorian era or previous to it. And I know of no one who thinks we should talketh liketh this! We all expecteth that those are ways of speaking and dressing of a bygone era that we may romanticize and long for to some degree. but no one is calling for the continuation of such practices.

Is it not strange that we would then have so many voices decrying the use of "contemporary" music styles and demanding the exclusive use of traditional songs from a bygone era? It is at least curious.

2. Because I work with teenagers, I tend to try and look at various aspects of church life and all of relaity from their perspective. Music is huge for teenagers. They are always listening to it, spending lots of money on it and talking about it. In my denomination, we celebrate this demographic and call them covenant children. Most churches will pay someone like me alot of money to disciple them week in and week out.

Why do all this if you are unconcerned with what kind of music they might enjoy in corporate worship? Does it even matter that they rarely ever enjoy the tunes of "the great old hymns"?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Discussions on Baptism

Over at 9Marks they are discussing the debate over whether a paedobaptist should be able to be a member of a credobaptist congregation, here here and here.

And at Between Two Worlds you can read simply a run-of-the-mill discussion on paedobaptism verses credobaptism, here and here.

My guess is alot of this has come from this discussion.

Update: Sam Storms joins in here on the debate regarding paedobpatists being barred from membership at credobaptist churches with a point I find hard to argue with.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Emergent Posters

The above is my personal favorite. For more go here.
Update: Well, I have been thinking about these posters. And I am not sure now that these reflect the character of the gospel of grace I wish the emrging church promulgated. There is a lot of truth here. But I am not sure this is the kindest way to teach that truth. But I leave the post here because I am unsure about it and there is some benefit to be had.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Getting Ready for Sunday's Sermon

I am preaching on Sunday from Psalm 115:1a.

"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory."

Here is a great quote from Thomas Manton which I got from the indispensable work of Spurgeon, The Treasury of David.

"Self and God are the two things which come in competition."

A Post I Never Expected to Post

Piper vs. Grudem

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

I have Been Reading "Girl Talk"

Yeah, so I admit it. I am no the manliest of men. My favorite novelist is Jane Austen (I have read all of her novels multiple times). And I am reading now reading a Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughter Nicole Mahaney Whitacre. The book is for moms and daughters. I am neither of which. So. But it is a a radical call to Biblical Womanhood and that I love to read about.

I wanted to post what I found to be a helpful set of questions as regards "true beauty" which comes from pages 134 and 135.

1. Do I spend more time each day caring for my personal appearance than I do in Bible Study, prayer and worship?

2. Do I spend excessive money on clothes, hair, and makeup, or is it an amount that is God-honoring?

3. Do i want to lose weight to "feel better about myself," or do I desire to be self-disciplined for the glory of God?

4. Am I on a quest for thinness to impress others, or do I seek to cultivate eating habits that honor God?

5. Do I exercise to try to create or maintain a good figure, or do I exercise to strengthen my body for God's service?

6. Is there anything about my appearance that i wish I could change, or am I grateful to God for the way he created me?

7. Am I jealous of the appearance of other girls, or am I truly glad when I observe girls who are more physically attractive than I?

8. Do I covet the wardrobe of others, or do I genuinely rejoice when other girls are able to afford and purchase new clothing?

9. When i attend an activity, do I sinfully compare myself with others, or do I ask God to show me whom to love and how to do it?

10. Do I ever dress immodestly or with the intent of drawing attention to myself, or do I always dress in a manner that pleases God?

These ladies also blog at Girl Talk.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Eccentric Preachers

I just finished a small book by Spurgeon entitled Eccentric Preachers. Having just finished, I cannot tell you how it has affected me entirely. But I can say it has had a couple of effects as I was reading it.

1. It has confirmed what I knew in my heart and from the Biblical witness about preachers. Preachers ought to be themselves and not try to be someone else. Our environment and the preachers we hear will have an influence on us naturally. But the goal is not imitation but making sure the Gospel is heard and the glory of God in it is protrayed.

2. My criticisms of preachers are very often wrong. My chief concern should be that a preacher give his hearers the gospel meat to chew on. Is the gospel clearly preached? Are the hearers pressed to conviction? If I can say "yes" then I should be glad and rejoice that His name has been exalted and the cross lifted up and the glory of Christ displayed.

You can read this book online for free here.

Where Did All These Calvinists Come From?

Mark Dever has been asking the question, "Where Did All These Calvinists Come from?" He is an influential SBC pastor in Washington DC. His 9th reason (in no particular order) for Clavinists reappearing in the SBC after being gone for the most part in the past 100 years is John Piper

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Two Responses to the Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis

Piper, who pastors a church a mile from the bridge and Morris, who is a Fox News Contributor.
Update: Al Mohler tag teams with Jonathan Edwards here.

Some Thoughts on Worship Styles

There are a number of reasons I have been thinking about worship styles lately. One is bethany and I went to a church this past weekend that is nothing like the church I serve in. First it was not a Presbyterian Church and second it was very "non-traditional." We actually sang songs written previous to the Civil War. There were guitars, drums and an accordian. This was nothing like my church.

Here are some thoughts I have had over the past couple of weeks.

1. We are commanded in the Psalms to "sing a new song" in praise of our God over and over again. This is an explicit command to pen and seek after and sing songs that are new. This does not seem all that complicated to me. Yes, we should sing old hymns but we should also be singing new songs also.

2. Every song and every hymn ever written and sung and played was at one time "contemporary." And every song sung today that lasts will be an "oldie-but-a-goodie" or a "classic" one day.

3. Colossians 3:16 calls us to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. At the very least this teaches us that a variety of different kinds of songs should be sung...not just one kind of song.

4. In the Old Testament, the Jews used all kinds of instruments. Now I believe in some discontinuity between the covenants but are we to then chuck this practice? Can we not use at least the modern day equivalent of the lyre and stringed instrument? Can we not at the very least use more than the organ and pinao...neither of which was in the Temple Worship?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Parental Guidance Suggested

Online Dating

According to this site my blog is rated "PG." But I am told if I use the word "missionary" enough I can get a PG-13 rating...

missionary, missionary, missionary, missionary, missionary, missionary, missionary...

(Hat tip: Timmy Brister)


He was right...

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Monday, July 16, 2007

The Spurgeon of Africa: Conrad Mbewe

You have got to listen to this guy preach. To do so go here and here. After listening go here for an interview with Pastor Mbewe. The following is a story from World Magazine, March 29, 2003.

Conrad Mbewe slices the air with his hands. His booming baritone soars to a frenzied pitch. "I ask, what is your attitude to authority in your home?" he says. "What is your at-ti-tude? If that's what characterizes your life, stop cheating yourself that you're a Christian." The congregation's eyes follow every jab of his finger, every sweep of his hands. They're hearing - and watching - a regular Sunday sermon from their pastor. But he also happens to be the Spurgeon of Africa.

Mr. Mbewe is the pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia - a position he took 15 years ago when he gave up a career as a mining engineer. The service over, he strides down the pew aisle, wiping fingers across his brow. His face collapses in fatigue.

For one month, Mr. Mbewe preached only once a Sunday, instead of his usual two times. After three bouts of malaria and back-to-back preaching conferences in Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia early this year, he was exhausted. "What impresses me is how he manages to get things done," said church office assistant Lumpuma Chitambala. "The question should be, when does he rest?"Mr. Mbewe's doctor ordered two months of rest - which he loosely observed. "I would sneak in here - my wife was working so she couldn't police me," he said, sifting through a stack of paper at his office desk. Behind him a regal impala head dominates the wall. Just below, a framed portrait of Charles Haddon Spurgeon rests on a bookshelf, a gift from a pastor in Kansas.

Mr. Mbewe isn't sure why listeners compare him to the British "Prince of Preachers." Perhaps it is because Mr. Spurgeon too toiled to the point of collapse, ministering to a congregation of 4,000, delivering sermons 10 times a week, managing an orphanage, and running a preachers' college - all of which culminated in exhaustion and gout.Or perhaps it is because Mr. Mbewe shares Spurgeon's love for writing. Spurgeon edited and wrote for his monthly magazine, The Sword and Trowel; Mr. Mbewe has been writing two columns a week for the last 10 years in the country's Daily Chronicle newspaper. One is a sermon, while the other examines popular social questions and is tailored for the ordinary man, similar to Spurgeon's selection of parables, John Ploughman's Talk.

But where the Zambian pastor most resembles Spurgeon is in his challenge to the "mile wide and inch deep" church in Zambia. This year he declined to participate in Operation Sunrise Africa - an evangelical crusade meant to dispense gospel teaching to 50 million people in 50 cities in 50 days in southern and eastern Africa.

The cost to sponsor a city for the July and August campaign and three years of follow-up ministry is $160,000. Most of the funding has come from the United States. In Zambia, hundreds of pastors are taking part. "They were so excited about this. My question is, what are they doing that I don't already do? You can't win the world in 50 days. Every generation has to be re-evangelized.

"This outspokenness in the pulpit and on national television panel discussions has put the spotlight on Mr. Mbewe and his ministry. "People think that he's always serious - a sort of cold-blooded theologian," said Charles Bota, a 29-year friend of Mr. Mbewe. "He's warm. He's funny. He knows a lot about the world."

On a Saturday afternoon, Mr. Mbewe chugs to the church gate in his Toyota Corona, the one with the bumper sticker warning, "Don't let the car fool you - my treasure is in heaven." He's preaching to a youth group at another church. "My poor car is giving up," he says, as it stalls twice before reaching the road. Mr. Mbewe slides the stick shift into gear then rests his left hand on the wheel, poking a casual right elbow out of the window.

Inside the church, with the rare intimacy of a small youth group, Mr. Mbewe abandons the rickety wooden lectern and towers a foot away from the front row. For three weeks he has preached from Galatians. Now he fires questions at the group, then stops short as they flutter through notes and Bibles. "It's too late, I'm already complaining," he says, as one young man yells out an answer. "You know I always complain when I come here. You people don't make me feel like I'm in a youth group." His meaty, rippling laugh infects his audience.

Back at Kabwata Baptist Church, Mr. Mbewe chats with church members outside a rectangular building of church offices, school, classrooms, library, and sanctuary. None of this existed 10 years ago. In 1987 the 35-member church met in the local community hall. Now the congregation has grown to 200 members.

In that time the pastor has guided a steady treadmill of additions. Ceiling and paint were added to the sanctuary in 1997 so the congregation wasn't worshipping under naked steel roof sheets. An elementary school began in 1998. A printing press began in the garage in 2000.The growth proved to be the pastor's hardest test. Twenty members left over changes he instituted. When he arrived at Kabwata, he found a team of deacons and one elder heading the church. Within two years he created an eldership and divided the duties, which left the deacons out of some decision making. He also introduced Reformed theology.

Church members accused him of singling them out in sermons and said he was unfit to be a pastor. Dapson Mwendafilumba, a member who disagreed with Mr. Mbewe, argued in the pastor's book-lined study that Mr. Mbewe wasn't practising what he preached. "He was not being more of a caring pastor in terms of visiting when he left the pulpit," he said. "I called him an actor. I said, 'Look here, you don't seem to marry the two."' Mr. Mbewe described the period as the "worst in his ministerial life."

He used to joke, "If I coughed, people would say 'He's coughing too much,' or if I didn't cough they'd say, 'Why isn't he coughing? Isn't he human?"'

So five years into his pastorate; the congregation had to vote on whether it wanted him to stay or go. In the end, 92 percent of the congregation voted for Mr. Mbewe to stay. Mr. Mwendafilumba, who joined another church, said they are on good terms now. He maintains that Mr. Mbewe could have gone slower on the reforms. Mr. Mbewe agrees. "He is very headstrong and likes to lead, likes to push," said Mr. Bota. "He's rarely in a position where there's another guy that's better than him. He tends to get what he wants done, done."

Mr. Mbewe's wife, Felistas, recalls his patience when dealing with church members who opposed him. "You can't see my husband lose his temper," she says "If he's upset about something usually he withdraws: He was having sleepless nights, wanting to write everything that happened."

Today, Mr. Mbewe's reputation extends beyond Zambia. He has preached at Reformed and Baptist conferences in the United States, England, South Africa, and Brazil. Tom Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, first met Mr. Mbewe at a conference in South Africa in 1995. "Conrad has been gifted by God to preach to the consciences of people," he said. "He is a devoted student of Scripture and human nature, as well as a ravenous reader of theology. All of this he shares in common with Spurgeon. Also, like Spurgeon, though he is multitalented, he is first and foremost a preacher and loves to have it that way."

Even when Mr. Mbewe winds down on a Monday evening, his day off, church workers scuttle in and out of his front door. Several members of the college group slip into his study to borrow a book. "This is what it gets like at this time," he says, grinning from his living-room armchair. He doesn't know about being the 'Spurgeon of Africa'. But he does like being a pastor.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Reflection on Philippians 2:3-11

"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

I am always acting out of rivalry and conceit. He acts out of humility. I want all the attention and admiration I think I deserve. Christ forsakes the attention he deserves so we might fix our attention on the glory of God the Father (John 17). We benefit from Christ’s humiliating death for the sake of the glory of God, his Father. Who benefits from my humiliation for the sake of God being glorified?

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Wholly Yours

For about a month now I have been enjoying the music of David Crowder Band. One song has stood out among all the others. The lyrics alone are singular but the intensity of the music really makes this song one in a million.

I am full of earth
You are heaven’s worth
I am stained with dirt, prone to depravity
You are everything that is bright and clean
The antonym of me
You are divinity
But a certain sign of grace is this
From a broken earth flowers come up
Pushing through the dirt

You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries “Holy, holy God”
You are holy, holy, holy
I wanna be holy like You are

You are everything that is bright and clean
And You’re covering me with Your majesty
And the truest sign of grace was this
From wounded hands redemption fell down
Liberating man

You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries “Holy, holy God”
You are holy, holy, holy
I want to be holy like You are

But the harder I try the more clearly can I feel
The depth of our fall and the weight of it all
And so this might could be the most impossible thing
Your grandness in me making me clean

Glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah
You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries “Holy, holy God”
You are holy, holy, holy
I want to be holy, holy God

So here I am, all of me
Finally everything
Wholly, wholly, wholly
I am wholly, wholly, wholly
I am wholly, wholly, wholly Yours
I am wholly Yours

I am full of earth and dirt and You

Friday, July 06, 2007

A Flame of Fire

If you have never read, Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot you really ought to order it now. You may be thinking, "Well, I saw End of the Spear, the movie about it." Trust me, the story of Jim Elliot and his passion for missions and his full-bodied effort for Christ to be glorified in all of his life is worth reading.

Here are a few qoutes:

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

"We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with. But we are "harmless," and therefore unharmed. We are spiritual pacifists, non-militants, conscientious objectors in this battle-to-the-death with principalities and powers in high places. Meekness must be had for contact with men, but brass, outspoken boldness is required to take part in the comradeship of the Cross. We are "sideliners" -- coaching and criticizing the real wrestlers while content to sit by and leave the enemies of God unchallenged. The world cannot hate us, we are too much like its own. Oh that God would make us dangerous!"

"Those whimpering Stateside young people will wake up on the Day of Judgment condemned to worse fates than these demon-fearing Indians, because, having a Bible, they were bored with it - while these never heard of such a thing as writing"

"'He makes His ministers a flame of fire.' Am I ignitible? God deliver me from the dread asbestos of 'other things.' Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be a flame. But flame is transient, often short-lived. Canst thou bear this, my soul, a short life?"

I know no one like Jim Elliot. Therefore I long to be like him.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Stats on the Sale at Desiring God

From Abraham Piper at the desiring god blog

"In the 2-and-a-half-day sale last week, we took almost 11,000 orders and moved more than 125,000 books. To give perspective, we usually only process about a hundred web orders a day, and in 2003 we were excited to have distributed 75,000 books in the whole year.

Thanks a lot to those of you who participated! Thanks especially for your patience when the website was slow and the phones were busy.

In case you’re wondering, we were not expecting to turn a profit with this sale—we actually planned on losing money. As it turns out, we broke even—Praise God!

We are excited to see how God will use the books from this sale to glorify himself. And we are even more excited to dream up more ways we can join with you to keep spreading God-centered resources.

Enjoy all the reading and don't forget to give lots of books away!"

I ordered 10 copies of Don't Waste your Life to give away and 1 copy of A Hunger for God.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Piper Books for $5!!!

I keep going back to this post just to make sure I did not dream this up. But it is true. If you buy online you can buy any and all and as many books by John Piper as you want. Sheeeeesh.

My recommendations?
Don't Waste Your Life
No other book has chged me as this one has. I give it away all the time so I plan on buying 10 to 20 copies of this book.

God is the Gospel
This book answers the seminal question of why we should believe the
gospel is "good news." Why? Because we get God, reconciliation with the glorious God of the universe.

Desiring God
A must-have if only because it started it all for the revolution of Christian Hedonism.

Let the Nations Be Glad!
The definitive work on Missions. "Missions exists because
worship does not."

The Pleasures of God
Nothing like it in any bookstore anywhere. A book to make you
exult in the God-centeredness of God.

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals
No other book on the ministry is more valuable to me than this book.

The Supremacy of God in Preaching
All preaching should be judged by the standard of the message in the God-centered, Christ-exalting work.

A Godward Life
My favorite devotional work.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Reading About Church and Sex

So I have been growing more and more fond of Josh Harris. He is a great preacher and makes more since than most people twice his age. I had already read his first two books, I Kissed Dating Goodbye and Boy Meets Girl. The first is the definitive book on dating for Christians. I have given away about a dozen of these. The second was born out of the courtship with his wife and the kessons learned.

This week I read two other books by him;
Stop Dating the Church and Sex is not the Problem (Lust Is).

Both are short powerful reads. Both are full of common sense and more biblical wisdom than is found in the majority of books twice their size. Gospel centered and Christ-exalting neither falls into the trap of legalism or license on these two issues. They will lay open your life before you in all its horror and and the gospel in all its beauty.

Therefore I commend then to you all his books and

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

God is for Us: Christ Obeyed and Died

This is an excerpt from Piper's upcoming book, which is a response to N.T. Wrights work on Justification. the title of Piper's book will be The Future of Justification and will out this fall, God willing.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Prophetic Voice of Steve Camp

I have been listening to Steve Camp since High School. Doing My Best was a staple for youth group. Justice was a kick in the teeth. And My best friend, Head and I must have listened to Consider the Cost a thousand times. His prophetic message in CCM was rivaled only by Keith Green. I did not know this but the big difference between Steve and Keith besides the former being alove and later being in glory was their theology.

Steve is an impassioned teacher of Reformed Theology.

Steve Camp has 2 sites.
Audience One is his main site full of articles by him and theologians both alive and dead...mostly dead ones though. You can also download or just listen to his music. He has a whatever you can afford donation policy for his music. CAMPONTHIS is his venture into the blogoshere. Again, there are lots of good resources, links and thought provoking, gut-wrenching, soul-satisfying words there.