(Interview) Author Robert J. Nash on Preparing for Lent

It’s February and a few days more, Lent or Holy Week will start. It will be a time to commemorate Christ death, burial and triumphant resurrection. As much as Christmas is important, so is Lent for Christians. But how do we celebrate this event? We ask Robert J. Nash, author of Last Words: Seven Sayings from the Heart of Christ on the Cross, on how we can make Lent an occasion that will last through the year and the coming years.

Hello pastor! My first question is how important is Lent for a believer?


That is a great question. While Easter was important when I’m growing up, Lent wasn’t. For many of the people I knew, all Lent meant was cutting out sugar for forty days. Now, as a pastor, husband, and father, I realize a new value of Lent. Lent offers us the opportunity to prepare our hearts as we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for our souls. It helps us slow down and be honest about what we have done and not done, what we have said and not said, what we have thought and not thought. We can take a good look in the mirror and see our sin for what it is. That look reminds us of our need for a savior and builds appreciation and reverence for what he did.

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The Freebie Round-Up #101

I have a re-published article over Driven By The Gospel that you might want to check out. Also Solid Joy Devotional from Desiring God is now in Filipino! Go to this link to watch it. Pray for us as we deliver new content every week.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies for the week. If you’re new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

Also since I’m not 24/7 monitoring the latest freebies of publishing companies, I’m posting their e-mail sign up page, so you’ll be in the loop whenever they give out freebies. You can find it at the end of this round-up.

FREE music and chords downloads– The Church at Brook Hills has a bunch of worship albums you can freely explore then download some of it’s song chord sheets if you want to use it at your own church.

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8 Favorite Quotes From The Book “Blogging for God’s Glory in a Clickbait World” (Benjamin Vrbicek & John Beeson)

I have a newly translated article over Driven by the Gospel that might interest you specially if your eyeing for church membership.

Anyways, here are my favorite quotes from the book  Blogging for God’s Glory in a Clickbait World by Benjamin Vrbicek & John Beeson, published by Fan and Flame Press. If you like these quotes and want to support the authors, consider grabbing a copy of the book by clicking here.

“Blogging can be an isolated calling. Do everything you can to remain in the community. Encourage other bloggers, and be real enough to experience the encouragement that can come from those in the trenches with you.”

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A List of Christian FB Pages That Creates Awesome Infographics!

Infographics are not just eye candies but it conveys a message that you can grasp in a glance. It helps easily digest ideas and concepts that a bunch of words can’t do. I love inforgraphics not only does it aids me to quickly learn something but it’s also a great opportunity to see some creativity and artworks.

This maybe a short list but I would like to give you readers opportunity to add your favorites here. Just fire it away on the comment section. Now here’s the list I hope you’ll enjoy:

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The Freebie Round-Up #63

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I’ve been asking for prayers for a specific thing that I haven’t yet reveal to everyone following this blog. But now I think this is the right time to have the big announcement. So here it goes! I will be working for Lifeway Philippines (yes there will be a Lifeway Philippines!) that will acquire writers for their upcoming blogging platform. The blog will cater to local pastors and ministry leaders. We are now having weekly meeting to meet certain goals one step at the time. So again I need your prayers for this new job ( I still have my day job and I,m not quitting) that Lifeway will be use by God to spread the gospel. For my part, please pray for my decision makings and people I will meet. Also may this job financially assist my small family.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if you’re new here to this post or you missed out other freebie round-ups, check the links to those post at the end of this article.

FREE “Salt Shakers” Magazine – This eye catching magazine is geared for Reformed youth of Singapore however everyone in the planet can download and enjoy the content for free.

FREE journal “Vox Reformata” – Another free resource from Asia or should I say Australasia is this annual peer reviewed journal from the Australasian Journal for Christian Scholarship.

FREE e-book “Vicarious Atonement through Christ” by Louis Berkhof – From the vast number of free e-books that Monergism is releasing, I choose this one although I want to put all of them here.

FREE e-book “Truths You Can Trust” from the SBTS faculty – This is an interesting resource on theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Faculty. Contributors to this volume are R. Albert Molher Jr., Thomas Schreiner, Stephen J. Wellum, Donald S. Whitney and more. With those names who doesn’t want to download this free book?

FREE e-book “Delights and Discipline of Bible Study” by Warren W. Wiersbe – This is Faithlife’s free e-book of the month featuring prolific author and Bible teacher, Warren W. Wiersbe. I haven’t encountered this book but it looks promising. Go to the Faithlife website to create a free account to download this resource.

FREE e-book “1 Samuel For You” by Tim Chester – Another prolific writer and another free e-book of the month, 1 Samuel For You helps you discover what it means to follow Jesus. Thank The Good Book Company for the generosity.

FREE webinar “Tactics Q and A with Greg Koukl” – The Colson Center presents apologist Greg Koukl, author of “Tactics” with this free webinar. Click here for more details and to reserve your spot.

By the way, to my Pinoy friends do you want to learn how to self-publish your book? Here’s a step by step video from Loida Bauto an AVM survivor and a PWD vlogger:

Do you want more freebies? Check out these past blog post:

Freebie Round-Up #62

Freebie Round-Up #61

Freebie Round-Up #60

Freebie Round-Up #59

Freebie Round-Up #58

Freebie Round-Up #57

Freebie Round Up #56

New and Upcoming Podcasts This 2020

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It seems to me that, everyone had a certain goals from the previous years that been in the basement of ideas. It’s  brewing for so long then simultaneously set it on 2020 to launch it. 2020 feels like having a new leaf for some to set an “out of the comfort zone” projects. It’s like starting a new beginning. And podcasting is not exempted.

Of course there is nothing magical with the year 2020. Nor will it bring good fortune to these newbies on the podcasting universe. But having new and upcoming podcasts will give us new choices to listen to and eventually new favorites.

Kevin Halloran posted something last January of 3 newish podcast and encourage me to post my own list. So here’s my list of new and upcoming podcasts you might want to check out:

The Disrupters – A collaboration between Christianity Today and Inter Varsity Press.  The focus of this podcast is to lay down disruptions and how it affects the church. It will be a mix bag of guest and will be hosted by Fr. Esau McCualley. You can read more about it on this article.

TGC Q & A – A new addition to  TGC podcast network, the podcast invites two council members to answer a specific question. So you wont get one but a collaborative answers that hits some angles most Q and A podcast don’t. The podcast is already on the roll with few episodes so please do check it out. By the way, podcast is one of the ways you can find answers for your pressing questions. There are five more on an article I wrote last year. 

Pardoning Grace – I just saw this on my Facebook feed and I dont have any idea of what this podcast will be. I like surprises and I know you like it too. But based on my Facebook friend Jason Boothe who is a pastor and uploads his preaching over Youtube and him being a blogger, I think it will be a discussion on theology. So to clarify I might reach out to him but this podcast will be good. So keep our eyes over the FB page of this podcast for further updates.

Anchored North/ Virality Podcast – Anchored North went viral because of the Love is Love video. From there, they constantly making video tracts and eventually a podcast. They use multimedia as a tool for evangelism to reach this generation. This 2020 they will relaunch the podcast with the aim to spark evangelistic conversations. You can find updates from them by joining the FB group.

I know this is a shortlist but I would like to encourage you guys to post in the comment new and upcoming podcasts you might have stumble upon. Happy listening!

 

 

5 Questions You Need to Answer In Writing A Superb Book Review

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Book reviews are “staple food” here at Delighting Grace and I hope everyone is enjoying every morsel of it. But you might ask, what does it takes to write a book review? How can someone start writing a review? Well for starters I’m not an expert on whipping up one. However, I do have questions I need to answer when ever I write a book review. It serves as a guide to me. Here are five of them:

Is the title, sub-title or book cover appealing? There is nothing special about me. I may have a blog and I review books, still I’m just an ordinary Joe who likes books. Like many, the name, sub-title, and cover  also influence what I want to check out. For me the cover and title are Easter eggs for things to expect to the book. It might be titled boldly and reveals in the sub-title some claims that raises my eyebrows. So along with a great book cover, it will lead me to want to investigate if it really holds up to what it says up front. Will it keep what it wants to say to the end or will it be a meh? That’s where the the book aesthetics may cause me to read it.

Is it relevant to me, my ministry or church? This is important to me because . On one hand I reading it for pleasure and in another I consider if its important to my personal growth, ministry or church. After all, I’m investing my time reading this book to learn something I might as well invest on what will benefit me. It might be controversial or popular as long as it will provide solid food for the various areas of my faith. It might not be for immediate application but something I can take note of.

After reading the book, does it push me to action? When I put down this book, does it move me to do something? Does this book points back to God’s will for me as a Christian? I’ve encountered books that is so engaging that I didn’t need to finish it and I just sat down for a few minutes and meditate on it. It makes you want to apply the truths that touched your heart. This might  be getting your hands dirty for the Lord or sharing this truth to other Christians, either way, the words from the book connected to you is enough to hack up a great review.

Is the book biblically solid? Does the book centers on Jesus and the gospel? Does the author digs deep on the passages of Scriptures and not just slapping a verse here and there in the book just to make it biblical? Does he exalt enthusiastically Christ in the book that brings a certain excitement as you read the book? These are some questions that will guide someone when writing a book review.

Did I enjoy reading the book? It doesn’t matter who wrote it, or if it’s a long or short read nor who endorses it, it matters if I enjoyed it. It might come through how creative the topic was presented, or the style of writing of the author. His cool illustrations,  wit and humor that keeps you reading are also some factors to consider as long as the truth is thoroughly conveyed and satisfied my expectation for the book. Simply put, do I walk away happy?

That’s my 5 questions that will prep you up if your considering to write a book review. Now get a pen and paper (or laptop) and start writing that great review.