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Book Review: ESV Reader’s Bible

Book Review: ESV Reader’s Bible

by Coleman M. Ford – Aug 12

ESV Reader’s Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014. 1840 pp. $29.99

The Bible is a story, a tale of redemption from creation, fall and recreation. There are developing characters , interweaving plot lines, and allusions. Readers are carried along the story page after page, era after era, author [...]

Personal Organization for the Sake of Fruitful Ministry

Personal Organization for the Sake of Fruitful Ministry

by Derek J. Brown – Aug 7

This post originally appeared on www.derekjamesbrown.com. It has been reproduced here with permission of the author.


Some people may think it weird or merely the sign of an obsessive personality, but I get butterflies when I walk into an Office Depot.  Even the thought [...]

A Mother’s Hope for a Better World

A Mother’s Hope for a Better World

by Coleman M. Ford – Aug 5

With such constant turmoil overseas, those of us in the west may fret about what sort of difference we can make in a world fraught with evil and despair. As Christians, we know the reality of a Genesis 3 world yet, as Paul described in Romans [...]

We May Be Worshipping Our Family

We May Be Worshipping Our Family

by Coleman M. Ford – Jul 31

Jason Helopoulos, author of A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, recognizes both the benefits and the potential downfalls of family worship. He provides readers with a sober reminder about the potential of making family-integreted church and family worship an idol. Helopoulos [...]

Four Reasons Why Marriages Suffer

Four Reasons Why Marriages Suffer

by Coleman M. Ford – Jul 29

Leon Brown, writing on the Reformation21 blog, offers a quick look at why marriages suffer. He offers four reasons:

  1. You have fallen in love with someone else.
  2. Physical union is withheld.
  3. Marriage is about the children.
  4. No time in the scriptures and prayer.

These reasons may sound simplistic and self-evident, but [...]

Preaching Body Image to Your Congregation

Preaching Body Image to Your Congregation

by Coleman M. Ford – Jul 24

Its nothing new to say American culture is obsessed with body image. TV and magazines thrive on it, social media is fueled by it, and people are consumed as a result. Perhaps obsessed is too weak a word. Body image is the warp and woof of [...]

Dads, Date Your Daughter’s Boyfriend

Dads, Date Your Daughter’s Boyfriend

by Coleman M. Ford – Jul 22

Marshall Segal, executive assistant to John Piper, regularly writes on the topics singleness and dating at Desiring God. Recently he gave readers (specifically fatherly ones) six ways in which fathers should date their daughter’s boyfriends. He explains what he means by “dating:”

As a trend, dads seem [...]

Setting Up Your Children for Salvation

Setting Up Your Children for Salvation

by Coleman Ford – Jul 1

It’s the constant prayer of every Christian parent. Its the general truism offered by Proverbs 22:6. Ultimately we have to understand its up to God and his timing when it comes to the salvation of our children. But even if we acknowledge this truth, parents can [...]

Why You Should Think About a Reader’s Bible for Family Devotions

Why You Should Think About a Reader’s Bible for Family Devotions

by Coleman Ford – Jun 26

Maybe you need another Bible. I can hear you saying now, “Another bible? Is that really necessary?” Likely you have numerous bibles sitting on your shelf, representing numerous translations, various study notes and varying emphases. Do you really need to add another member to the already crowded [...]

A Great Gift for Your Kids

A Great Gift for Your Kids

by Coleman Ford – Jun 24

In a recent blog post, Rob Rienow observes:

How a man relates to his wife dramatically affects the entire family, and directly affects the souls of his children. When a man loves, serves, and leads his wife, he creates security for his children. The challenge is that being a godly [...]