There’s a various assortment of books to flick thru in in the present day’s Kindle offers.
(Yesterday on the weblog: Grey Hair and a Righteous Life)
Right here’s Kevin DeYoung on a urgent concern. “This isn’t an article concerning the case for complementarianism as a substitute of egalitarianism. That issues, after all, however this piece is for self-identified complementarians questioning if their theology can permit, or ought to permit, for girls preaching. Right here is the query I need to handle: Is there biblical justification, given primary complementarian convictions, for the observe of ladies preaching sermons in a Sunday worship service?”
“A pastoral colleague recently bemoaned, ‘It feels like I get hammered if I do, and hammered if I don’t.’ He was referring to the constant pull of our culture these days to ‘make a statement’ about the current ‘hot topic’ trending on the 24-hour news cycle or on social media. The pull to ‘use your platform’ from the pulpit to the blogosphere is an interesting dance for the contemporary pastor because there exists some inherent tensions in pastoral ministry in shepherding the flock, teaching the gospel of grace and truth, and modeling winsome cultural engagement in an increasingly fragmented world.”
That is the fascinating background story of the actress who performed the notorious Depraved Witch of the West.
This text explains what one church’s summer time schedule seems like and the advantages of this schedule by the summer time months. Because it occurs, we observe a considerably related sample at Grace Fellowship Church.
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There’s a problem right here! “The issue is that gentleness, as a fruit of the Spirit, is usually mistaken for its placebo, niceness. Gracious phrases are ‘like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body’ (Proverbs 16:24), however niceness, like most synthetic sweeteners, leaves a bitter aftertaste. Niceness masquerades as love however fears males greater than God. Consequently, niceness nearly invariably assigns better weight to tone than fact, taking on verbal arms solely when one thing ‘big’ like substitutionary atonement or the Trinity is on the road—by which level it’s too late.”
“I’m not impressed by younger pastors who appear too desirous to publish books and converse at massive occasions and construct ‘a platform.’ They’re doing the work of the Lord, which is sweet. However I’m not impressed. What impresses me is my dad’s every day slogging, 12 months after 12 months, within the energy of the Spirit, with no big-deal-ness because the purpose or the payoff. That is the pastoral ministry that brings Jesus into the world in the present day, and it takes a lifetime to develop.” Amen!
Schism might not be precisely what we predict it’s. “Schism is a scary, serious word. We often think of a schismatic as someone who has caused a split in a denomination over a hot topic issue or walked away from the church entirely, and these never include ourselves. But John Owen’s teaching on schism reminds us that schism can be much less dramatic than this and thus much easier to fall into without realizing it.”
God won’t ever obtain new data of me which will trigger him to query his dedication to name me his buddy. And for that purpose, no relationship I’ve will ever be safer than my relationship with him.
It’s not sufficient for me to consider that God liked the world. I have to be gripped by the conclusion that God loves me. —Jerry Bridges