Book Review: “Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry Into the News”(Jeffrey Bilbro)

As we believers view the media landscape of our times, we get a certain sadness of what mess we are looking at. Some of us their gets turn off of the ugliness or get caught up fighting against its currents. We comment sharing but it spills over to became debates on either the news itself or the media outlets. As the digital age progress it seems that the news has turned into this monster that we Christians want to get rid off or should we? Maybe we should get a little bit of boost on how we deal and navigate the news. Perhaps learning to read it with the lense Jeffrey Bilbro wants us to wear?

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The Freebie Round-Up #110

I have my first article on CRCNA’s The Network which is a book review of a new book written by Alistair Begg. Also I have a freshly translated article from Desiring God now live at Driven By The Gospel website.

Now that those have been taken cared of, lets proceed to our freebies. If you missed the previous one and some of the old round-up, just scroll down and you’ll find them 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 e-book “Zealous” (David Michael) – Truth 78 and David Michael presents seven  presents seven commitments that provide a vision and framework for your discipleship of the next generation. Get the book by clicking here.

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8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Love Story” (Glen Scrivener)

I have a new quote cards collection involving the this post over my FB page and also a fresh translated article from Joe Carter now live at the Driven By The Gospel website. Hope you’ll check those updates.

Now here are my favorite quote from the book Love Story by Glen Scrivener published by 10 Publishing. If you want to support the author, get a copy of this book by following this link.

“Christians insist on telling a story – all about God coming to earth to die for his creatures. More than its creeds or rituals or moral codes, it is the Easter story that is central for Christians.”

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The Freebie Round-Up #105

I have two new articles on Driven By The Gospel. One is a translated article from Desiring God about Valentine’s Day and a quote collection from an author I recently interviewed here on this blog. Plus a new quote card collection over the FB Page of this blog.

Now that those have been taken cared of, lets proceed to our freebies. If you missed the previous one and some of the old round-up, just scroll down and you’ll find them 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 10 Sunday School lessons for kids – So you want to sample Truth78 Sunday School curriculum? Then click this link to sample 10 of it for free.

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(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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Vintage Prayers for Lent

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There are lots of things that we can learn in our own prayers. One of which is how theology goes through the different challenges that we encounter in our lives. We might feel joy, lost, doubts and depression. In our prayer we will discover not just what those truths mean to us but how it will shape us in the process. We cannot escape the fact as part of our theology, also reveals our view on God. Knowing God provides our prayer life a fervent devotion to Him and how our human experiences find context with this kind of knowledge.

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Facilitating A Breakout Session


To be honest being included as a speaker at this years iDisciple Philippines conference didnt sink easily on me. Of course, every bloggers dream is to jump from a platform to another, to be heard in a different but wider audience. This means he’s gonna taste something different and be at an unfamiliar place which he will have an opportunity to glorify God. I have to wait to see the digital poster with my photo there before I can say that I’m really speaking at a conference. Yes no need to pinch myself.

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Being J. I. Packer

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J. I. Packer: His Life and Thought offers the readers the life, faith, career, works and controversies of this influential theologian. The set up of the book is giving the narrative first then the analysis from McGarth. So this is not the usual all narrative and then the conclusion will give the analysis of the person. This will give you a breather from the narrative to examine what takeaways we can get from that part of Packer’s life. Both the narratives and reflections are meaty and in some parts of the book, you can’t distinguish each other. I like how McGarth gives a satisfying context of certain events, people, books and career moves of Packer that shaped his life. You won’t get lost reading this book.

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