Meet Wesley Thomas Green.


TGAHWHave you ever watched a film where the opening scenes turns out to be the ending, and then the rest of the movie shows you how that conclusion was reached?

Kevin DeYoung’s book, Taking God at His Word, does a similar thing as he begins his book at the end with the application.

DeYoung like the Psalmist who wrote down the words of Psalm 119, wants us to believe that God’s Word says what is true, demands what is right, and provides what is good. He wants us to delight in God’s Word, desire God’s Word, and depend on God’s Word. And He wants us to sing God’s Word, speak God’s Word, study God’s Word, store up God’s Word, obey God’s Word, praise God for His Word, and pray that God would act according to it.

And the way he says that will happen, is as we understand what the Bible says about the Bible.

So what we have in the rest of the book unsurprisingly, are seven chapters unpacking key passages of the Bible and as he does, he covers a huge amount of ground. He explains how the Bible is God’s Word, it is true and inerrant, it is sufficient, clear, and authoritative, it is relevant to all of life and necessary for salvation, and worth sticking with,

As you’d expect if you’ve read any of DeYoung’s previous books, this one is easy to read, thoroughly biblical, helpfully practical and accessible to all. He really does have the knack of being able to make complex things simple and straightforward.

Taking God at His Word is a solid introduction or refresher on the doctrine of Scripture. It would make a good book to give away if you are looking for something more substantial and less yellow than a book like ‘Can I really trust the Bible?’ In addition, for pastors and preachers, the eight chapters would provide a good basis for a teaching series on the Bible which is something I might one day do.

Thank you Crossway for providing a free copy of this book through Beyond the Page.


Links10 links to check out over the weekend…

(Photo: Ryan McGuire)


AA031Trevor Archer:

“Far too many younger folk are being encouraged into ministry today and taken into Bible colleges without much life and workplace experience.

In the longer term it is not serving the local church well to have unproven leaders.

The Bible tells us to appoint to leadership those who have a “good reputation with outsiders” (1 Timothy 3v8), who have demonstrated an ability to manage their family (1 Timothy 3v5) and have a ‘proven-ness’ about themselves.

There is more to ministry than a good theological education!

I am concerned that for many this lack of basic experience in handling and leading people will come back to bite and harm them in the everyday life of gospel ministry.

We need to take the long term view when preparing people for ministry.

Life and workplace experience is not time wasted but a vital part of the preparation for a lifetime of ministry.”

(Photo: matei)


file4731299616030Trevor Archer:

“I am more convinced than ever of the prime importance of the character of any aspiring gospel minister… Below are seven of the traits that the Bible tells us to be looking for in prospective gospel workers. 

#1: Godliness

#2: Teachability

#3: Faithfulness

#4: Servant-heartedness

#5: Humility

#6: Love for People

#7: Proven-ness

Of course, none of these qualities will be fully formed this side of Glory – we are all “work in progress” – but they ought to be evident in good measure in the life of anyone being considered for ministry.”

(Photo: deegolden)


JoshuaThe Big Read – Joshua

Powerpoint Pictures: Outlines of different countries – one must be Israel ; Map of Canaan before Conquest by Israel

Can you tell what country it is from its outline? [Variety of countries with the last one being Israel] 

A long time ago Israel was not known as Israel. It was called Canaan, and in Canaan lots of different groups of people lived, with their names ending in –ites! These people were wicked people who did not love God.

Now God had made a promise to Abraham that one day his family would live in this land. But how would this happen when God’s enemies were already living there?

That’s what the book of Joshua is all about. It is about how god used Joshua to lead the people of Israel into the land of Canaan, defeat God’s enemies living there, and then enjoy living in the land that God had promised to them.

“So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their forefathers, and they took possession of it and settled there… Not only of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:43, 45)

As Joshua led the people of Israel in obeying God’s Word, God kept His promise to them and gave them the land of Canaan to be their home.

God has made a wonderful promise to us too if we have put our trust in the Lord Jesus, and the book of Joshua reminds us of this. God has promised that one day we will live in a land, a new heavens and new earth and the Lord Jesus is leading us there. He has defeated all our enemies (sin, Satan and death) by His death and resurrection, and one day He will bring us safely there to live with Him forever.

The book of Joshua encourages us to follow the Lord Jesus by obeying His Word as we wait for Him to take us to our home in heaven.

More talks from The Big Read for Kids can be found HERE.


41_Mk_11_08_RGThe Big Bible Adventure – Mark 11:15-19

Powerpoint Pictures: Wembley Stadium; National Gallery; McDonalds Restaurant; Waitrose; Gatwick Airport; St Paul’s Cathedral

What would you expect to see happening at the following places? Wembley Stadium [people playing football]; National Gallery [people looking at paintings]; McDonalds [people eating food]; Waitrose [people buying things]; Gatwick Airport [people going on holiday or returning from holiday]; St Paul’s Cathedral [people singing, praying, listening to the Bible].

Imagine you went to a church or cathedral and instead of seeing people praying or singing, you saw lots of people buying and selling things like it was a shop.

After Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, the next day He went to the temple (a bit like going to church) and instead of seeing people learning about God, people were buying and selling things.

Jesus was not impressed. He was angry. He overturned the tables and drove the sellers out of the temple. As He did “he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” But you have made it a den of robbers.” (Mark 11:17) 

Jesus was so angry because the temple was meant to be a place where people from all nations could come and hear and learn about God and to hear about Him being the King God sent to save people from their sins. But with all this buying and selling, people could not, and Jesus doesn’t like it when people hear about Him.

Now what Jesus did made the religious leaders (the people in charge of looking after the temple) angry and they began to look for a way to kill Him. We’ll find out if they were successful or not as the story continues.

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

(Image: Bible Illustrations from Sweet Publishing)


GLCEvery Tuesday I want to highlight on this blog a great resource that is available from 10ofthose.com and some great deals for you to check out.

This week’s resource is one that is really helpful for training leaders and elders within the local church, and that’s Growing Leaders in the Church by Gareth Crossley.

The cover may not be great, but the content is.

Growing Leaders in the Church is available to buy HERE.

And while you’re visiting 10ofthose.com you might like to check out the latest offers on a number of resources including deals on resources for both small groups and youth ministry.