8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Expositional Preaching” by David Helm

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Is blogging dead? Is it time bloggers to throw the towel? Read my response with a few dozen other bloggers on these questions on this article.

Anyways, here are my favorite quotes from the book, Expositional Preaching by David Helm published by Crossway. If you like these quotes, please get a copy of the book by clicking here.


“Knowing the historical and literary contexts can change everything for you. Good biblical expositors allow these contexts to control the meaning of the text. “

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The Debut Album That Changed Everything (Including Me)

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This day marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the self-titled album of the band, Jars of Clay. This debut record changed the course of modern Christian music. This band and the album paved the way for Christian acts to go to mainstream. There will be no Casting Crowns, Switchfoot, Creed or P. O. D. on the radio or music channels without Jars of Clay breaking the barrier.

Do you remember this album? Where were you when Flood hits the airwaves? What was the impact of this band, the album or song to you? What’s your favorite song in this album aside from the big hits? I don’t own a CD or cassette tape of this album. To tell you honestly, the only time I listen to the whole album was just recent and over Spotify (I’ll tell you why in a bit).

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Raising Kids with a Heart for Mission ” by Daniel Akin


Had a blast with my family for a 4 day staycation over my parents house. Minimal online time, had a short road trip, chatting, watching TV together, ate Ramen noodles and long sleeps. I thank God for the quality time we had.

Anyways, sample these quotes from the book, Raising Kids With A Heart for Mission by Daniel Akin published by 10 Publishing. If you like these quotes, buy the book by clicking here.

“Obeying the Great Commission should begin in the home, though it should certainly not end there.

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The Freebie Round-Up #69

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Happy Monday! Do you miss waking up early and going to work? I know this because my wife is staying home because of the pandemic. But the good news is that she has more time for me and our daughter.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. 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 ebook “Behold I Come Quickly” by Davideo Engelsma and Andrew Lanning- This free book discusses the end times with a scholarly and reformed treatment of “dispensationalism”.

FREE ebook “A Practical Treaties of Fear” John Flavel – A 123 page free book on with a much needed message  for this pandemic to overcome fear victoriously.

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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!

 

 

The Freebie Round-Up #62

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It’s the first month of the year but it feels we need a year ender special. A death of a celebrity basketball star, Taal volcano erupting and a deadly virus. In these times, we need to humbly seek God for His guidance.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your 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 e-book “Knowing God the Father” family devotion from  David C. Cook – Free till the end of the month is this devotional for the family from David C. Cook.

FREE e-book “Unstuck” by Tim Lane  – It’s there free ebook of the month and by simply signing up in the link you can have this free from Good Book Company. xcmxluu

FREE collection of devotionals from Log College Press- What better way to start the year by having a devotional book during your quite time. Log College Press uploaded some free devotionalsfrom unknown Presbyterian preachers that you might want to use and enjoy.

FREE “Book of Romans” ESV digital journaling  – Because of the tremendous benefits of journaling, Crossway is releasing it’s online digital journal. So to give us a sample, the have a Book of Romans for free.

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FREE e-book “The CSB Study Bible” from Logos Software – For those who love study Bibles here’s something free for you. If you have a Logos app or atleast an online free account you can download this for free.

Free audiobook”Competing Spectacles” by Tony Reinke- I was part of the book launch team of this book last year and I’m glad it’s a free audiobooks for the month of January on Christian Audio. I have a book review and selected quotesfrom this book that I hope you’ll check it out.

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:

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Book Review: A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman by Holly Beers

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Before you get into this review, I would like to encourage you to check out my post of some of the favorite quotes from this book.

A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman presents the life a woman (or women) ancient Ephesus named Anthia. It opens with the death of her friend after giving birth. Then the story  shifts to her own pregnancy as she experience it going through her daily life, her dealings with society and eventually her encounters with the Christians. It’s part of a series which I haven’t check all of it yet but I read A Week in the Life of a Slave, which safe to say it goes along with that kind of story.

However unlike A Week in the Life of a Slave, the social and cultural details in this book are very impressive (kudos to Dr. Beers!). A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman has a great emphasis on food, clothing and everyday life in Ephesus that you’ll feel that you’re living with these people. Social and economic status are also included in the story however, the detailed life of characters here are strong. The treatment of women and children in this society will grab your hearts and how Christianity turned their world upside down will spark a fresh appreciation to the reader. Stay also with this book as it mentions slavery, honor and shame culture and pagan gods.

Now for the rants. As much I enjoyed reading the culture and biblical backgrounds going on with this book, the later part became fillers for the story. The thing is, the book started strong then in the later chapters it became uninteresting because of the fillers. Fillers that are fascinating in itself but unnecessary to the story. So skip it and it won’t disrupt the story. Then the names of the characters are quite confusing especially women starting with the letter “E”. Finally the anti-climatic ending which it’s not a big let down but I think it would be better if its something else.  It could end with the healing of the main character, finally meeting Paul or book burning on Ephesus which will leave the reader stunned. The author has couple of ways to end this book memorably but settle for something soft.

 A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Roman is a good read with a strong initial premises but had a bumpy ride towards the end. Read it more for cultural backgrounds that will help you understand the Bible.

My verdict:

4 out of 5

(InterVarsity Press provided the digital copy for this review)

The Freebie Round-Up # 52

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Controversy spilled over a transgender woman who was not allowed by a janitress to enter a women’s bathroom. So news outlets picked it up and its all over media. Then the SOGIE Bill is on the spotlight again. Please pray for the us Christians who stands against this bill that will trample our religious and academic freedom.

Anyways, here’s a list of great freebies that are waiting to be downloaded. And if your 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.

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Free audio teachings on “The Book of Romans” by C Michael Patton- Credo Courses is giving this digital audio download of this teaching for free. Make sure you have an account with Credo Courses (which is also free).

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FREE sample of “Contemplate” Bible Magazine- Get a free sample digital copy of Contemplate, the Holy Bible in magazine format with beautiful photographs.

FREE e-book “Sermons Upon the Eight Chapter of Romans” by Thomas Manton- Monergism has this superb streak of giving out free e-books this past weeks. So I have to pick out only one for this weeks freebie post.

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FREE live stream of Sing 2019 with free 20 songs download-  Dont miss this conference with awesome line up of speakers by signing up this live stream notification. Once signed up, you’ll receive 20 songs free.

FREE audiobook of  “Spending Ourselves in Christ” – As a “thank you’ for supporting Grange Press, they’re making their new audiobook for free download. To support this small press, please sign up with their email list.

FREE e-book “Love the Least (A Lot)” by Michael Spielman – From the founder of Abort73.com is this free ebook. If you want a physical copy, you have to shell some cash.

FREE e-book “The Wiersbe Bible Study Series: Jeremiah” – On this week’s David C. Cook’s free e-book is the Bible study series of Warren W. Wiersbe titled Jeremiah: Taking A Stand for the Truth. Get it while it’s still free.

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:

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The Rebel’s Dictionary: Snoremon

The Rebel’s Dictionary injects humor and satire to made up words. TRD’s goal isn’t to poke fun on individuals or use these words to label a person or entity.  By using funny words as jump off point, TRD aims to discuss issues concerning Christians, the church and Christianity at large. At the end of every entry, TDR includes biblical and practical answers. 

The Rebel’s Dictionary Entry #2

Snoremon (noun) – refers to a sermon that induces sleep to the hearers. It might not be the message itself that pushes the snooze button to the listener because of the different factors involve. It might be the way the sermon is delivered or the length of the sermon (commonly in long messages). Regardless, because of a snoremon, rather than becoming a worship service, the Sunday program becomes a sleep over fellowship.

 

Reality Check: The problem with snoremons is a two way street. It’s not just the pastor’s part but also the pew. A pastor may do the best of his skills to craft and deliver a sermon.  However he can’t control the listeners in other weak areas he or she might have. The best solution is a pastor should diligently polish his messages and the listeners should be a diligent receiver of the message.  Here are some tips that might will help you fight snoremon:

Book Review: Preaching With Passion by Alex Montoya (The book is available at PCBS)

5 Reasons Why Your Sermon is Boring (and 5 Ways to Fix it)

5 Essential Things to Prepare Before Sunday Service 

If you’re a member consider praying for you pastor and for yourself 

Church members should consider practicing this to avoid falling asleep.

Desiring God: Listening to the Word Preached