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Bob Bevington
Full Name: Bob Bevington
Website: http://BobBevington.com
Email Address: Bob@BobBevington.com
Bob was educated at The Ohio State University where he earned a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1980. He semi-retired from optometry in 2001 at age 45, but still practices five days a month. To get an appointment call 330-644-7138. Bob has co-authored two books with his mentor, Jerry Bridges. They were both published by Crossway Books. The first was, The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness (2007) followed by, The Bookends of the Christian Life (2009). Free chapters of both books are available via links at: http://www.BobBevington.com Bob has been called "a serial entrepreneur." His latest project was Cruciform Press, where he continues to serve as Executive Director. At his church, Bob leads Oasis: Marriage/Divorce Recovery, Ye Olde Dead Guye Society (a men's reading group), The Cellar Dwellers (a community group which meets weekly in his basement), and serves as a Premarital Mentor. Nationally, Bob leads The Bookends Weekend Conference, and Five Aspects for Freedom: A Porn Workshop for Men. Bob has four children: two with his former wife, Rita, and two with his current (aka second) wife, Amy.

About Bob Bevington

Bob was educated at The Ohio State University where he earned a Doctor of Optometry degree in 1980. He semi-retired from optometry in 2001 at age 45, but still practices five days a month. To get an appointment call 330-644-7138.

Bob has co-authored two books with his mentor, Jerry Bridges. They were both published by Crossway Books. The first was, The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness (2007) followed by, The Bookends of the Christian Life (2009). Free chapters of both books are available via links at: http://www.BobBevington.com

Bob has been called "a serial entrepreneur." His latest project was Cruciform Press, where he continues to serve as Executive Director.

At his church, Bob leads Oasis: Marriage/Divorce Recovery, Ye Olde Dead Guye Society (a men's reading group), The Cellar Dwellers (a community group which meets weekly in his basement), and serves as a Premarital Mentor.

Nationally, Bob leads The Bookends Weekend Conference, and Five Aspects for Freedom: A Porn Workshop for Men.

Bob has four children: two with his former wife, Rita, and two with his current (aka second) wife, Amy.

Good Friday: The Best Day of All

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Good Friday: The Best Day of All | April 17th, 2014

Good Friday: The Best Day of All

Good FridayMaybe you’ve noticed. I haven’t been blogging this year. Instead, I’ve been spending most of my time working on two projects. The first is a book on the presence and glory of Christ. It’s literally the biggest topic in the universe ever. So it’s taking a bit longer than expected. Second is a book on spiritual warfare. It’s one of the most overlooked topics for Christians. It’s perplexing, too. So I’m glad to have a very capable co-author for that one.

But here we are on the brink of Good Friday, the one day that always pulls me up short. Time stops on Good Friday at 6:00am. In preparation I couldn’t resist blogging some Good Friday cheer:

Anyone with a personal sin dilemma should agree–Good Friday is the most important and precious of all the holidays. Why? Because it alone connects us to the unfolding of the great purpose and plan of redemption that required the unthinkable incarnation of God the Son (Christmas) and was validated in the glorious resurrection of the Son of Man (Easter). Erase Good Friday, and Christmas and Easter become merely miraculous, and not relevant to us at all.

Jesus hung suspended between heaven and earth, and Good News for sinners began with his final words, “It is finished.”

Draw near to Him in the Gospel narratives.  See Him at the blazing center of the glory of God, where the justice of God collided with the love of God in the sin-bearing body of the sinless Son of God on the Tree (1 Peter 2:24). When you remember the origin of the sin at the Cross as your sin, Good Friday quite easily becomes The Best Day of All.

On Resurrection Sunday we should sing and feast and click up our heels. But let Good Friday take our breath away.

I plan to start at 6:00am by re-reading the Scriptures from Joe’s BLOG POST this week at CoffeyTalk.com. I will also read from Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die which is available for free from DesiringGod.org in PDF format at this LINK. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, for 50 obvious reasons. And I will listen to the song below over and over again with absolute gladness.

May the wonder, joy and peace of Good Friday be upon you and your church,

Bob

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My Mom’s Final Breath

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My Mom’s Final Breath | January 2nd, 2014

My Mom’s Final Breath

Mom & BobIt can only happen once in a lifetime: you watch your Mom take her final breath.

Nine difficult days had passed since the car accident. Although she was still in the intensive care unit, there were reasons to hope my Mom would eventually recover.

It was Christmas Eve morning and I arrived at the hospital early in a cheerful mood, expecting to see her smile. I met the nurse in the hallway and she told me things were “the same.” Not a bad report, given all my Mom had suffered. I walked into the room and our eyes met. But instead of smiling, she started coughing. The nurse yelled for help and within seconds the room was full of people dressed in scrubs trying to save my Mom’s life. a few minutes later they stopped trying. The doctor looked at me and said, “She still has a pulse but it wouldn’t be long.”

So I stood there, by her bedside, dissolved into tears and whispering goodbyes into her ear.

I love you. You were the best Mom ever. And you have a great Savior. He is all you need right now. He’s waiting for you with open arms. I will see you again soon and everything will be better. Good bye Mom. I love you. You were the best Mom ever.

When I was a kid growing up all my friends wished they had a Mom like mine. She really was the best Mom ever–right up to her final breath. My 12-minute tribute to her is below [Read more...]

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The Talk, Tim Keller, and a Video about Sex

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The Talk, Tim Keller, and a Video about Sex | December 5th, 2013

The Talk, Tim Keller, and a Video about Sex

The TalkI recently had “The Talk” with my fifth-grade son. It was very brief and went something like this:

Son, I can pretty much tell you everything you’ll ever need to know about sex in one sentence: God made sex. And if you do sex God’s way, it will turn out good. But if you don’t do sex God’s way it will cause all kinds of problems.

As soon as the words came out of my mouth I realized it was actually three sentences. But he didn’t seem to notice. So I asked,

Any questions?

He didn’t have any so I figured I must have done a good enough job.

But then I came across this video of Tim Keller talking about sex. How Keller can pack so many profound insights into a 2-minute video amazes me. [Read more...]

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Jen Phipps on Channel 5 News

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Jen Phipps on Channel 5 News | November 28th, 2013

Jen Phipps on Channel 5 News

Mark-Jen-John-Owen-300x196Jen Phipps has been featured HERE at RedLikeBlood.com before. You might remember her one-year-old son, John Owen. Jen’s inspiring story of faith has continued–and today, on Thanksgiving, it even made the network news!

The 2-MINUTE version ran on television. But the longer version shown below is worth every minute. Especially toward the end. Sorry about unavoidable the 15-second commercial. But when you begin to understand everything Jen’s been through, little things seem like what they really are–insignificant.

What is significant is a person finding the source of her strength in the Living God. And finding Christ-centered faith to rise above her circumstances and keep her eye on the goal of bringing glory to God–no matter what. Jen also speaks of the blessings of receiving support from a “Christian community in action.”

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for many things. One big one is knowing Jen Phipps and being encouraged by her life as [Read more...]

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Does Billy Graham Listen to Rap?

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Does Billy Graham Listen to Rap? | November 11th, 2013

Does Billy Graham Listen to Rap?

Try to imagine 95-year-old Billy Graham sitting on a rocking chair in his log cabin tapping his foot while listening to rap music. It now appears this has actually happened.

Furthermore, Billy must have actually approved of at least one rapper, Lecrae, or else he wouldn’t have included him in his Final Sermon–one that has already reached tens of millions via video and is likely to become recognized as the powerful and complete gospel message of his long and famous life. It’s a must-see. It’s called, The Cross.

Does Billy Graham listen to rap? Yes. But this begs an even bigger question: Does God listen to rap?

Well. Does He? Because if He does, there are a lot of implications for those of us who tend to normalize Christianity into the limited range of categories with which we are personally familiar and comfortable.

Does God listen to rap? If you, like me, would be inclined to answer, No way! you’ll be challenged [Read more...]

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The blog, Broken at His Feet, reviews RLB

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The blog, Broken at His Feet, reviews RLB | October 18th, 2013

The blog, Broken at His Feet, reviews RLB

red_like_blood_210wide_300dpiThe full name of her blog is: Broken at His Feet: Where Jesus Begins to Transform You. I love knowing blogs like this are out there calling people to confrontations with grace! Here’s an excerpt from Heather’s review:

Their writing styles are modern, blunt, humorous and yet raw in all their honesty. This book is about the topic of grace and I think they covered it from every angle possible through sharing their own life stories and those of their friends.

Bob and Joe don’t talk down to you. Their stories are real. They aren’t puffed up to look perfect for they are both broken men saved by grace. Their candid confessions are gut wrenching. Sometimes through reading a chapter I was nodding my head in recognition of what they were going through. You can relate to them.

If you are looking for a life-changing book [Read more...]

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The ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: Is it the best one for you?

Bob Bevington

The ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: Is it the best one for you?

imagesIf you are in need of Good News every day;

If you need to change but trying harder only makes you feel defeated and exhausted;

If you want to get closer to God but applying rules isn’t helping;

Then the brand new ESV Gospel Transformation Bible is for you.

Actually, any Bible is for you.

But the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible is special because its supplemental notes:

Display Christ in all of Scripture.

Point the way to grace in all of life.

Available in nine different cover styles. For as little as $20.

Shipping is free from WTSBooks.com for orders over $49.

Here’s a cool video with more info:

ESV Gospel Transformation Bible from Crossway on Vimeo.

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Michael Boling Reviews Red Like Blood

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Michael Boling Reviews Red Like Blood | October 11th, 2013

Michael Boling Reviews Red Like Blood

“. . . if there is someone you know who needs to desperately hear about God’s free gift of grace, this book is definitely one to pick up, read, and share with those in need.”

That’s what book reviewer, Michael Boling, recently wrote about Red Like Blood in his blog, Intelmin Apologetics. I recently learned that over the past 2-3 months twenty different bloggers have reviewed Red Like Blood. Since you’re on the RLB blog I thought you might like to hear what people are still saying about the RLB book. Here’s the whole article:

red_like_blood_210wide_300dpiThe grace of God is far too often just a theological concept that in many cases is overlooked or taken for granted. Unless someone has experienced a tremendous low point in their life, the proverbial rock bottom if you will, the wonderment of God’s grace is just a term the preacher throws around for good measure on Sunday morning. Joe Coffey and Bob Bevington, in their book Red Like Blood: Confrontations with Grace, provide the reader an upfront and extremely personal look at what God’s grace looks like by allowing the reader to take a journey through their respective lives, noting along the way how God mercifully reached down and lifted them up in their time of need.

Unlike books that take a theological look at the topic of grace, Red Like Blood is extremely practical. The reader is able through the lens of the co-authors Coffey and Bevington, to truly observe how this thing called grace works and what it looks like in the life of individuals who so desperately need it. The authors are extremely frank as they share their respective life stories so the reader should be prepared for some phrases and statements that are definitely not for the faint of heart or for younger eyes to read or hear. The content at times was a bit “mature” but rightfully so given the experiences of these authors and the necessity for the reader to fully grasp that no matter how far someone has fallen, God is there to pick them up. By not beating around the proverbial bush, the authors are brutally honest about their path and confrontation with God’s grace in their life.

I especially appreciated the format of this book. It was a relatively quick read even at right over 200 pages. The back and forth conversational style of writing made me feel as if I was sitting in the room actually listening to these two men share their life story with me. That engaging and personal approach once again sets this book apart from the more theological style texts on grace, affording the reader to feel as if they know the writers personally. Furthermore, I felt while reading this book a great connection to Coffey and Bevington as I was drawn in to their stories and the passionate telling of how God had moved in their lives.

All throughout this book, helpful tidbits of great scriptural truth are interspersed through the story telling, [Read more...]

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