Jeremy Sarber / The Bible Readers Podcast

54 sermons, articles, and other useful items from around the Web

Each week I collect and curate sermons, articles, videos, books, podcasts, and other items from around the Web that you may find interesting and, hopefully, edifying. (My posts are in bold.)

  1. The Whole in Our Holiness (a five-star sermon by Ligon Duncan; my favorite quote: “It’s the daggum second commandment!”)
  2. Unanswered prayers and unmet expectations in the Bible (the second episode of The Bible Readers Podcast)
  3. 9% of Americans in study report deleting Facebook (yes, but how many will reactivate his or her account within the week?)
  4. Building A Family Legacy One Bedtime Story At A Time (I can hardly wait to read the Bible to my daughter)
  5. 7 Reasons Your Church Members Don’t Give Like They Could (or Should) (emphasis on #4)
  6. Social Media and Sin (“Facebook’s technology is designed to accommodate, encourage, and exploit human depravity”)
  7. It’s Time to End the Stupid about the End Times: Debunking Christian Numerology (fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me; fool me a third time and I desperately need to read my Bible)
  8. Eleven Places Where the 1611 KJV Has Textual Critical Notes (in other words, even the KJV translators openly acknowledged variants in the Bible manuscripts)
  9. Tennessee Defunds Planned Parenthood, All Abortion Providers (a step in the right direction; thank God)
  10. The Pastor’s Book: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry (pastors, this book is a favorite of mine; I consult it often; it will help you think intentionally about your church’s liturgy, traditions, and your sermons, not to mention funerals, weddings, the Lord’s Supper, baptisms, and so on; 50% off the full price)
  11. What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep (“when you don’t sleep, your body revolts”)
  12. Why It’s Almost Impossible to Throw a 110 MPH Fastball (baseball fans, I think pitchers have reached the peak of what the human arm can do)
  13. 6 Habits of Highly Destructive False Teachers (certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God)
  14. Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World (this book by N.D. Wilson is not your typical Christian literature, but I found it uniquely insightful and entertaining; the Kindle edition is only $.99 for a limited time)
  15. Citizens of Heaven: In the World But Not Of (we could all use a few more of these sermons; Matt Chandler’s lion analogy was perfect)
  16. The Real Story of Ralph Barton’s Note (do you know someone trying to escape from himself?)
  17. 2018 Boston Marathon (congratulations to my brother who ran with endurance the race set before him, that is, the Boston Marathon; I admire you, little brother)
  18. This Is What A World Without Smartphones Looks Like (I wonder whether this town has any vacation rentals)
  19. China’s crackdown on Christianity (“analysts say the government increasingly views Christianity’s rise in China as a threat to its rule”)
  20. The Little Anger that Grew (confess your sins to one another and pray for one another)
  21. Who Will Save Superman? (“what we love about Superman is not his power so much as his vulnerability”)
  22. The Soul Suffocation Of Social Media (though it’s rarely suggested, some people would benefit from unplugging from social media altogether)
  23. Be Countercultural and Enjoy Your Work (do you hate Mondays? remember that God worked for six days, and he made us in his image; even before sin, he made us to work)
  24. Christian Music Makes Me Cringe (I’m not alone; allow me to recommend Caroline Cobb, for starters, if typical contemporary Christian music isn’t your thing; oh, her lyrics)
  25. More Christian Than American (brothers and sisters, I love this country, but I’m happy to say I’m only passing through)
  26. How to Be a Perfect Christian: Your Comprehensive Guide to Flawless Spiritual Living (preorder The Babylon Bee’s first book)
  27. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about coffee (as much as I love coffee, I knew less about it than I thought)
  28. Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry (I’m still reading this one, but I can already rank it among the top five books I wish every pastor would read; the Kindle version is only $1.99)
  29. Neither Do I Condemn You (Pastor John Piper gracefully explains why John 7:53–8:11 wasn’t an original part of God’s inspired text)
  30. Why I quit Twitter and will again (and maybe again and again) (allow me to explain why I left Twitter for several months and why I returned)
  31. The Dangers of Reading Providence (God’s providence is best understood in hindsight if we are able to understand it at all)
  32. Don’t Let Your Kids Use Apps (while privacy should be a concern, I can’t see how screen time in general is good for developing children)
  33. The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible (I love the history someone’s used Bible can tell; use a printed Bible, fill it with notes, and leave it for your children or grandchildren)
  34. The design tricks that get you hooked on your phone (it’s called persuasive design, that is, design based on psychological principles to influence our behavior)
  35. How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches (if you are concerned about your privacy and want to fight surveillance capitalism, here are several steps you can take)
  36. Museum of the Bible (I’m still waiting for my chance to visit)
  37. The Allure of Sin (Christ died to free us from the bondage of sin)
  38. The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption (Chandler combines a practical book about dating and marriage with biblical commentary on the Song of Solomon; the Kindle version is only $2.99; the paperback is on sale for $7.99)
  39. The God Who Is Not Like Us: Why We Need the Doctrine of Divine Immutability (you’ll need one hour to listen to this sermon and another three to process, but the time spent is well worth it)
  40. The Key to Not Being a Bad Bible Reader (the first step to understanding the Bible is to read it thoroughly)
  41. Rather be alone with your iPhone then with God? (turn off your phone if that’s what it takes; don’t sacrifice your prayer and devotional time for every digital notification)
  42. Why This Lake is the Deadliest in the World(did you know a lake could explode?)
  43. Practical Advice for Family Devotions (start simple, but please start whether you have children or not)
  44. Charles Spurgeon’s Call to Preach Christ in a Christly Manner (Spurgeon continues to be one of my favorite preachers)
  45. Why Women Should Not Teach the Bible to Men (“whatever God expects from us as clearly stated in the Scriptures, rather than working diligently to find loopholes—it would be for our joy and our good to submit”)
  46. 10 Things Teachers DID NOT Have to Deal With 10 Years Ago (my wife is a teacher; many of us don’t realize how much public education has changed for the worse; both our children and their teachers suffer)
  47. A Biblical Perspective on the Events in Waco (an old sermon on recognizing cults and guarding against heresy)
  48. Theologians on the Christian Life Set (I believe it is spiritually profitable for the church to read Christian biographies; this invaluable set of fifteen books about some of the church’s greatest leaders will give you immense encouragement; get every volume for 60% off or individually choose the books you want)
  49. If We’re More Connected Than Ever, Why Are We So Lonely? (“all humans need and even crave what only the church can provide: True community”)
  50. Exodus 21 and the Issue of Abortion (according to Scripture, life in the womb is just that: life)
  51. 6 Relevant Things That Saint Paul Never Said (for example, “let your guard down and just relax a bit; everything I’ve said is more like a guideline;” are we sure that isn’t in The Message?)
  52. 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith & the Baptist Catechism (my weekly small group is studying the more challenging issues of the Baptist Confession; having a physical copy of the 1689 and Catechism is helpful)
  53. What happens when you die (the funeral of Betty Lou Lee) (Ms. Betty made it easy for me to preach her funeral)
  54. Wives, Be Subject To Your Own Husbands (my fifth sermon on marriage)