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Tuesday Rewind: An Open Letter to Pastors

On some Tuesdays, I go back into the archives and dig up something that still relates today. For the next 5 weeks, I am going to repost the Top 5 Posts from 2011.  Today's post is #1 and it comes from February 21, 2011.  I am so glad this was the most popular post on my blog last year, because it was by far my favorite and the one I felt most passionate about ...

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Tuesday Rewind: Thoughts on the Marriage Bed

On some Tuesdays, I go back into the archives and dig up something that still relates today. For the next 5 weeks, I am going to repost the Top 5 Posts from 2011.  Today's post is #3 and it comes from November 7, 2011. Sex. There are few topics that are trickier to teach on in the church. As I walked to the stage at Riv this past weekend, I knew I ...

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Tuesday Rewind: Review of “Real Marriage” by Mark and Grace Driscoll

On some Tuesdays, I go back into the archives and dig up something that still relates today. For the next 5 weeks, I am going to repost the Top 5 Posts from 2011.  Today's post is #4 and it comes from December 7, 2011 (yes, a post from December clocked in at #4 for the whole year).  This post is particularly poignant because the book has now come out to ...

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Review of “Real Marriage,” by Mark and Grace Driscoll

Two weeks ago at Riv, I quoted from three fantastic books on the topic of marriage.  I have already reviewed two of the books (Sheet Music by Kevin Leman and  The Meaning of Marriage: by Timothy and Kathy Keller) and today I am reviewing the final book, Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll. Overview If you Google my name, one of the top responses ...

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Review of “The Meaning of Marriage,” by Timothy and Kathy Keller

Last weekend at Riv, I quoted from three fantastic books on the topic of marriage.  I have already reviewed one of the books (Sheet Music by Kevin Leman) and I will review another (Real Marriage by Mark and Grace Driscoll) next Wednesday.  Today's review is of The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God by Timothy and ...

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Fornicating on the Battlefield

At Riv this past weekend, I read a bit of a powerful piece called "Fornicating on the Battlefield."  The entire thing is worth reading (so make sure you click over to check it out).  Here's the part I read: Just imagine for a moment that this is reality: You’re on a battlefield. It’s dark. Chaotic. Cold wind is whipping your face. The stench of death ...

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Review of “Sheet Music,” by Kevin Leman

To prepare for the current section of 1 Corinthians we are working through at Riv, I have been reading a few books on sex, marriage, and divorce.  For the next couple weeks, I will dedicate my Wednesday book reviews to these books. Today's book is Sheet Music by Kevin Leman. What did I like most about the book? This is a book I wish I had read ...

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Thoughts on the Marriage Bed

Sex. There are few topics that are trickier to teach on in the church. As I walked to the stage at Riv this past weekend, I knew I would be addressing miserably married couples, adulterers, virgins, porn addicts, engaged couples, and happily married couples to mention just a few.  And they all have one thing in common: it's as uncomfortable for them to ...

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What is a “Pagan” in Corinthians?

A great question has popped up from last weekend's teaching at Riv.  It stems from this verse: It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. (1 Corinthians 5:1) Who are these "pagans?" Well, the word translated "pagans" in this text is "ethnos" ...

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Not Less Than…

The last few weeks I’ve been getting a lot of the same question - a question that reveals some big misconceptions about the Bible’s stance on things. The question often comes from those who have attended and enjoyed our church but were turned off by the false notion that Riv believes, as one recent email put it, “women are less than men...or that gays ...

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