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Clean Hands and a Pure Heart

This is the title of Phil Johnson’s first talk at this year’s PCRT conference. His text was Psalm 24:3-6: Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? 
And who shall stand in his holy place?He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does […]

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White Teeth Teens

I’m telling you, one of my favorite singers on my daughter’s playlist is Lorde. While I certainly don’t endorse all of her values, some of the messages that she sings about are penetrating not only the teen culture, but to all of us. This 17-year-old artist calls out the real picture of society, while also […]

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A Faith That Fights

Christians are disciples, and therefore by definition, we are disciplined.Hebrews 12:11, “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it,” is couched in an exhortation not to grow weary under the discipline of our loving Father. By […]

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Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, Gloria Furman (Crossway, 2014) “I feel like I could lift a bus to protect my offspring, but if you ask me to hand over my peanut butter banana smoothie to one of them, then I have to really think about it” (35). It’s lines like this that remind […]

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Delicate Ecosystems

I just cracked open Michael Horton’s latest edition for Crossway’s “Theologians on the Christian Life” series, Calvin on the Christian Life. You could say that I have my fingers in too many books at the moment. What happens is that I may get some good syntopical reading, or may just force out some relationships of […]

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Evangelical Housekeeping

Several years ago, I noticed a pattern in my life.  First, I’d read or hear about a sketchy theological trend. Maybe it would be a certain high-profile preacher, a new book that’s out, or a movement that seems to be threatening to creep into Christian thinking. Whenever this happened, I would think, “No need to worry. […]

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Should We Expect More from Our Teenagers?

My oldest daughter was talking to me yesterday about how some of her friends buy their likes on Instagram. Perhaps I didn’t give the most godly answer when I responded, “That is the most pathetic thing I’ve ever heard!” Solee explained that they didn’t actually pay for the likes, but they downloaded an app, where […]

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Take Me to Church

Here’s a little teaser for my latest post on Ref21: This is the title of a song by the band Hozier. The song is pretty disturbing, and yet it is an enlightening and honest picture of the state of our culture. In one quick listen, it’s pretty clear that “church” is neither Christ’s bride, nor […]

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Green Sally Up!

I can always count on my brother to give me a cool, new workout. When we were away together over Thanksgiving we did a 20 minute, high intensity workout with a deck of cards. Good times. Like my dad, Luke is good at finding or putting together creative workouts. While I was on the phone […]

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The Most Encouraging Book On HELL Ever

Thor Ramsey, The Most Encouraging Book on Hell Ever (CruciformPress, 2014)  The title of this book prevails upon the reader to open it up and see what this is all about. It’s daring. I mean encouraging and hell are in the same sentence! It kind of reminds me of the old fundamentalist preachers my husband […]

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