A La Carte (September 5)

Kindle deal hunters will discover just some comparatively minor ones as we speak.

(Yesterday on the weblog: Risen Motherhood)

Is Your Church Frantic or Focussed?

I like this one! “If focussed attention is our greatest resource, then frantic distraction must be our greatest weakness. The lack of attention we give to anything, and the harried, harassed manner in which we give it, has enervated us and hollowed us out. Nothing seems permanent.” He goes on to use this to the native church.

When Worship Lyrics Miss the Mark

Do the lyrics in our worship songs actually matter? John Piper solutions nicely. “Given the hundreds and hundreds of worthy, substantial, rich, deep, old hymns that speak nourishing doctrinal truth, and given the many, many, many new songs of the last thirty years that are solid and Christ-exalting and gospel-rich and God-centered, there is no reason for any church to sing songs that are misleading or even questionable.”

Can You Hear the Distinction Between Low-cost and Costly Pianos? (Video)

I may initially, however the variations blurred as the costs went up.

As soon as Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church

“When I share my testimony, I’m often asked: ‘Why would you ever walk through the door of another church, much less become a member?’ And: ‘As a victim of pastoral abuse, how can you submit yourself to male leadership within the church?’ My recovery from church hurt and pastoral abuse is ongoing. Time and distance aren’t the cure for all wounds. Even writing this article is a difficult enterprise. But certain biblical truths have enabled me to embrace the beauty of God’s design for the church and to grow in submission to its imperfect yet humble leadership.”

12 Favourite Productiveness Rules

Ray Fowler shares some helpful ideas for private productiveness. “I am a pastor and have a variety of tasks to fulfill each week – study, prayer, counseling, visitation, teaching, administration, etc. I also enjoy reading about productivity and learning how best to use my time for both professional and personal pursuits. I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks along the way and have compiled my twelve favorite productivity principles below. I trust you will find them helpful in your life as well.”

The Naked-Bones Mild Telephone Will Set You Free

A lot of persons are involved about what their telephone is doing to them, and an alternate like this can be simply the factor.

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of: Penal Substitutionary Atonement In Honor-Disgrace Cultures

There’s been an fascinating little dialogue unfolding about penal substitutionary atonement in honor-shame cultures. It started with the hyperlink above. Then Jackson Wu answered in three elements: right hereright here, and right here. The authors responded to him. Then he wrote an open letter that was conciliatory in tone. You could profit from studying via some or all of it.

Flashback: Thank God For Your Job (Doesn’t Matter What Your Job Is!)

As you take pleasure in relaxation out of your labors, why don’t you are taking a little bit of time to thank God to your labors. It doesn’t matter what they’re, they’re proof of his kindness and mercy towards you.

We could also be really mentioned to worship God, although we lack perfection; however we can’t be mentioned to worship Him if we lack sincerity. —Stephen Charnock

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