The Problem with Distractions

Here is an infographic rollup on the trouble modern people are having with DISTRACTIONSIt’s like a crawling BLOB constantly threatening to overcome you and destroy your productivity, steal your mission, and discourage your soul. This infographic focuses on productivity loss in the workplace. Read it and tremble. Welcome to a new world of wasted hours transitioning in and out of interruptions. This data claims that you get interrupted every 10.5 minutes and it takes you 23 minutes to return to your original task. Do the math. We are wasting our lives and the resources of our companies. This hits very close to home. My writing this blog about distractions was actually the result of getting distracted.

Social Media Monster [Infographic]
Courtesy of Red e App

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I’m Happy About This – The FAA Reconsidering Electronic Device Restrictions on Airplanes

Image courtesy of Flickr, egmTacahopeful
Here is a sign of rationality from the FAA. Some of their radio frequency restrictions on flights are overboard.

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On Our Singing Together Tomorrow – “Expressing Sweet Concord of Mind To Each Other”

Tomorrow our congregation will gather to sing, pray, learn, and firm our bonds of love for one another.  This is such a privilege. It is such a help. I was reminded of this afresh this week as I read of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards. They loved the harmonies of voices and they loved to sing. He said, “Sacred music has a powerful efficacy to soften the heart into tenderness” and to “harmonize  the affections.”


“The best, most beautiful, and most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other, is by music. When I would form in my mind an idea of a society in the highest degree happy, I think of them as expressing their love, their joy, and the inward concord and harmony and spiritual beauty of their souls by sweetly singing to each other.”


I look forward to our lifting up our voices tomorrow… harmonizing our affections, softening our hearts, and drawing together in loving, unified singing.


Citations From, Jonathan Edwards and The Gospel of Love, by Ronald Story, Historic Northampton Museum and Education Center, p7

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IndoctriNation – the Book

Why a growing number of parents choose not to send their children to public school.

The companion book to the award-winning documentary “IndoctriNation” includes:

  • An unforgettable introduction by a father who lost his son in the Columbine school massacre — “I put him in a pagan school where they teach there is no God.”
  • 12 common reasons people give not to homeschool — and the manageable reality of this educational alternative
  • Revealing, firsthand accounts of Christian educators working in public schools — sharing the struggles they face in a hostile system
  • The classroom, anti-Christian ideologies from humanism, marxism, utopianism, educational psychology, and more, confronting students in public schools today

Look behind the comfortable myths of an educational system actively at work to alter your child’s moral values, worldview, and religious beliefs. Learn the history and philosophy of public school education — and discover it is based on neither Christian nor American values. Explore the biblical principles regarding education — and who is ultimately responsible for our children’s future.

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The Problem with Modern Day Evangelism

In modern day evangelism, this precious doctrine [of regeneration] has been reduced to nothing more than a human decision to raise one’s hand, walk an aisle, or pray a “sinner’s prayer.” As a result, the majority of Americans believe that they’ve been “born again” (i.e., regenerated) even though their thoughts, words, and deeds are a continual contradiction to the nature and will of God.

– Paul Washer

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Six Lessons on Enduring Hardship from Godly Men in My Life

Last week, hardship struck three of my friends. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, R.C. Sproul Jr. lost his teenage daughter. Right after that, my fellow elder, Dan Horn, and his family along with two young men were in a devastating car crash in Maryland, and Dan was quickly flown to the Shock and Trauma Center of University Hospital in Baltimore. When I heard of Dan’s accident, I immediately headed north to Baltimore where Dan was being flown to the hospital in a helicopter. By the grace of God, today they are all still alive and healing. That same day, another good friend and a deacon in our church, Tommy Vestal, was celebrating his twenty year wedding anniversary in a town several hours away from home, when he was rushed to the hospital with appendicitis and underwent emergency surgery.

What do these three situations all have in common? (more…)

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Join Us for Burnings in the Soul – a Special Men’s Luncheon Before White Unto Harvest

Join us for a time of fellowship and encouragement just before the official sessions of the White Unto Harvest Conference begin.

Scott Brown, Doug Phillips, Paul Washer, Joel Beeke, Jeff Pollard, Conrad Mbewe, and Joe Morecraft will share what is burning in their souls. This is a men’s meeting, and all fathers are encouraged to bring their sons.

We will have three hours together, beginning with a catered lunch.

Click here for more information and to register.

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My Beloved Friend’s Example: How to Handle Tragedy

My dear brother, who has been through more heartache and life-altering tragedy than any one single person I have ever personally known, has yet again lost one of his beloved ones. In the ten years I have known him, the Lord has brought him through repeated measures of the harshness of slander and sickness and death. Now, the Lord has taken from him a very powerful source of happiness – his sixteen-year-old daughter Shannon. Yet, in turn, he is pouring out sweetness and life and confidence in the goodness of God. It is such a blessing to me to have a friend who continually declares that “the Lord is upright’ (Ps. 92:15). R.C. Sproul Jr. says in this episode (Watch HERE) of “Joni and Friends,” speaking of the gift of his beloved, special needs daughter, “I have a father who is known the world around for trying to persuade people of the sovereignty of God. And all his convictions in that vein were poured into me all my life. And now God says ‘here’s this challenge. Do you really believe that this is from my hand?'” (more…)

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Pray for My Friend

Please pray for RC Sproul Jr, whose sixteen-year-old daughter Shannon died last night.

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An Important Conference in Australia: Building Business and Family

My friend, Anthony Courter, is conducting a conference in Australia:

The Building Business, Building Family Conference: How to use Christian entrepreneurship as a tool for Christian discipleship.

You can register and follow them on their Facebook page. The conference will be held at the Presbyerian Church of Hawthorne.


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Top Ten Bad Fruits Of Youth Culture

Jesus makes it clear that he who does anything to “cause the least of these” to stumble “it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones” (Luke 17:2). By gratifying the natural desire of youth to be with other youth and giving them what they want, even though it is destructive, we are depriving them of the mentors they need. For some, this will mean delayed maturity. For others, it may mean they will never put away childish things their whole life long. When we put children into environments that cause them to stumble, we become guilty. Jesus maintains such a high view of youth that He issues a terrifying warning to all who would cause them to stumble. (more…)

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Finishing Well… “I Again Dedicate My Whole Self to Thee”

It is always a blessing to find examples of men who finished well. David Livingstone is one of those men. The year before he died, his heart was still burning to obey Christ. On his 59th birthday, this great missionary to Africa made this entry in his journal:

19th March, 1872. Birthday. Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever any ties save the tie that binds me to Thy heart. My Jesus, my King, my life, my all, I again dedicate my whole self to Thee.

– from DAVID LIVINGSTONE (1813-1873)

Inscription: “This Engraving, for which I supplied the materials, represents my meeting with Dr. Livingstone at Ujiji, Lake Tanganyika; and is as correct as if the scene had been photographed.” – Henry Morton Stanley

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Tobymac Success: Victory or Defeat?

We are winning! So they say. Recently, singer Tobymac made history with his new song “Eye On It” becoming the first Christian artist in the past fifteen years to achieve the number one position on the Billboard Music Chart. Before you toss your hat in the air though, pause and read the lyrics to the song the “Christian community” is rejoicing over (see below). Or if you really want, you can also listen to the song HERE.

An analogy comes to mind to describe my response. In a season of drought,  people often drink things they wouldn’t in normal circumstances. During times of famine, cow patties become a source of food. A father coming home to a houseful of children which are starving hungry might be met with rejoicing as he presents a fresh harvest of dried cattle dung. I think the problem with this analogy is that it is too flattering to the song, suggesting that there may be some small spiritually nutritive value in it even if it tastes bad – and is bad.

After witnessing the hoopla, I read the lyrics. (more…)

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Help Spread the Word – Four Weeks Until White Unto Harvest

Hello friends, we are just four weeks away from the White Unto Harvest conference. Below is a two-minute promotional video clip we put together specifically for our friends to share around the Internet to get the word out. Would you consider sharing the video below with your friends, your community, and your fellow church members? (Please see below.)


Help spread the video… (more…)

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Five Mankillers

After many years of ministry to men, it is clear to me how simple men are. They all struggle with the same basic things.  That’s one thing I like about working with men. Men are not complex. I have come across several summaries of the things that kill men off. I know a law enforcement professional who identifies these: Lying, Liquor, Lust, and Loyalty as the top four mankillers in his profession. They see these common denominators on the street all the time. I know an attorney who categorized them this way: Greed, Sex, and Power.  Here is my list: Fear, Lust, Anger, Feminism, and Abdication. (more…)

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