Over at his “Pure Church” blog, Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile wrote the following after concluding his preaching through The Song of Solomon:
Well, by God’s grace, at FBC Grand Cayman we’ve completed our sermon series through the book Song of Solomon. As I admitted here, I approached the book with no small amount of trepidation. But the Lord was good and kindly blessed His word. We had a great time considering the themes of the book and applying its lesson to our lives. I’m not sure there’s been a series with more excitement despite my trepidation. And it’s probably the series where the congregation laughed at me the most, trying in futility to sing 80′s love songs that illustrated various themes in the book. If you need a good laugh, you’ll enjoying the terrible singing bits!
Thus far in my life as a preacher, I’ve found Song of Solomon to be both the most difficult book to preach and the most rewarding and encouraging. I expected the difficulty, but I’m not sure I expected the reward. Oh me of little faith. All in all, God built us up by His word and in our fellowship together.
Here are the sermons:
Anticipation (Songs 1:1-2:7) | Download
Love Found, Lost and Found (Songs 2:8-3:5) | Download
Consummation (Song 3:6-5:1) | Download
How Women Should Talk about Their Husbands (Songs 5:2-6:3) | Download
How Men Should Talk about Their Wives (Songs 6:4-7:9) | Download
Getting Away Together (Songs 7:9-8:4) | Download
The Strength of Love (Songs 8:5-14) | Download
Two blogs in light of the Trayvon/Zimmerman verdict reactions:
Serve your neighbor instead for this reason: he was created in the image of God, so whoever loves God must love his neighbor. Learn to hate all lies, especially the lies that your favorite pundits have told you about your community. In a word: do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.
Neighbors and Illusions by Tom Chantry [listen to the 10 minute readout]
The rubber meets the road at our dinner tables, in our living rooms, on the drive to school and work, and during our bedtime routines. What will we tell our children? Here’s my take.
Some Different Advice to Those Raising African-American Boys in the Wake of the Martin Shooting and Zimmerman Trial by Thabiti Anyabwile [listen to the 18 minute readout]
Thabiti Anyabwile, at his blog Pure Church, writes on what he is going to do in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman verdict:
1. I’m going to play with my son.
2. I’m going to remember 1950.
3. I’m going to finally commit myself to a Quixotic quest to rid the world of “race” as a category of human identity.
4. I’m going to pray and preach.
Read the rest or listen to 10 minute readout.
Over at the Pure Church blog, Thabiti Anyabwile posted his reflections on this recent conference as well as a link to the audio and video from the Basics Conference 2013 for pastors:
At his blog, Pure Church, Thabiti Anyabwile took some time to interview [written] James White on his newest book:
Sometimes there comes a book that changes the way we think and talk about a subject. That book generally pushes us into deeper fundamental understanding of a theme and helps us see from there the things we did not know or somehow missed. Such books stir fresh thought, fresh zeal, and renewed efforts to see and act in the world according to truth. We need a book to do that for us and to us because we’re so prone to settle into intellectual ruts and hand-me-down assumptions.
I think James White’s new book, What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an, is a book that changes the Christian understanding of Islam and it’s holy book. You can read an excerpt of the book here. I had the privilege of reading James’ book in manuscript and offering the following endorsement:
James White has given the thoughtful Christian a game-changer for Muslim-Christian dialogues about the Qur’an, the Bible, and our claims to truth. For too long, Christians have remained largely ignorant and even reluctant toward one of the world’s largest faiths. We no longer have reason for either ignorance or reluctance thanks to White. I know of no other introduction to the Qur’an and Islam that is as technically competent and easy to read as James White’s What Every Christian Should Know About the Qur’an. This book is my new go-to source and recommendation for anyone wanting a thorough introduction to the thought world of the Qur’an and the Muslims who revere it. For irenic, honest, charitable and careful discussion of the Qur’an, this is the best resource I know.
They also address the “Insider Movement” and translation issue. Read the interview or listen to readout [14 min.]
Get James White’s book:
What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an.
Also, note that Thabiti Anyabwile is a former Muslim who now serves as pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and has himself written a book relevant to this topic:
The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence
Over at the Pure Church blog, Pastor Anyabwile writes:
Michael Haykin, in his book Rediscovering Our English Baptist Heritage: Kiffin, Knollys, and Keach, provides a valuable, crisp overview of the early years of Calvinistic Baptist development. Anyone looking for a quick read of this history (97 pages) and an introduction to the major figures pioneering the movement would do well to read this well-written, succinct summary.
Of the many things I appreciated about Haykin’s summary was the frequent attention he gave to the major lessons we may appropriate from these forebears for our own day. The concluding chapter draws our attention to three lessons in particular.
- Confessional Heritage
- Congregational Heritage
- Reformed Heritage
Read or listen to a readout [7 min.]
Thabiti Anyabwile, at his blog Pure Church, writes Speaking of Beautiful Things in a Beautiful Way: Complementarianism “New” or “Old”:
My friend Kevin DeYoung beat me to the “post” button with his question and concern on “New Wave Complementarianism.” Kevin is always thoughtful and helpful with a wonderful ability to take complex things and make them simple.
If you’ve read his post, you know that he responds to another post entitled “New Wave Complementarianism” written by Wendy Alsup. I don’t know Wendy personally but I’ve appreciated her courage and her insight over the couple years I’ve been reading her books and blog. In her post, Wendy (as I read her) attempts a framework for describing a phenomena she sees among many women who (a) love their Bibles, (b) are themselves unashamed complementarians, but (c) sometimes find themselves uncomfortable with what Alsup calls “old school complementarianism.” In reply, Kevin asks the question: “What was the old wave” of complementarianism?…
I’m excited for what could happen in this conversation. It could result in fresh and joyful wind filling the sails of complementarian practice. We could learn to speak and live this vision of our shared humanity in a way that makes God’s wisdom and creativity beautiful inside and outside the church to some measure. But for that to happen, we have to be careful to hear the “gist” of what conversation partners are saying….
Thabiti Anyabwile, at his blog Pure Church, explains “How Older Members Brighten the Future of the Church”:
…We have congregations of people “trying to figure life out” largely alone. Great amounts of time get invested in helping young people negotiate the choppy waters of early adulthood, middle-aged people work their way through challenges of marriage, family, and career, and older persons figure out meaning late in life sometimes without much-loved spouses, declining health, and shrinking numbers of living peers. Pastors and elders mistakenly think they must become masters of each stage of life, counsel people through every opportunity and difficulty, and be there in every circumstance. But, actually, the Bible instructs the pastor to teach the congregation to be there for one another and does so by tying the generations together so that the built-in expertise of old age gets leveraged for every younger generation. It’s a beautiful thing.
In this way older members of the local church become the front line of discipleship and care. They brighten the future of the church by teaching younger members how to live out the faith, how to avoid mistakes, seize opportunities, practically apply the word of God to their lived realities….
Thabiti Anyabwile, at his blog Pure Church, explains why you shouldn’t listen to him:
… I suspect that some others have mentioned my name in this or that conversation, favorably or unfavorably, and imagined that I had some influence they should either accept or counter. Some have decided they either like or dislike me because I’m associated with this or that person, because I get to preach at conferences, because I’m a member of TGC, because I blog at TGC, because I hold a particular theology, and because they think such “platforms” give me influence….
So, don’t listen to me. Chances are you don’t even know me. I’m not likely related to you. I’m probably not your pastor. I don’t have any control over the events in your life. I certainly have no part in the incommunicable attributes of God like omniscience…
Thabiti Anyabwile post 6 things that help him get out of a “preaching slump”:
- Get on Your Knees
- Get Perspective
- Get Help
- Get Over Yourself
- Get Rest
- Get on with It
Read his explanation of these 6 points here.
Two pastors post about their joyous burden:
- Tom Ascol:
- Thabiti Anyabwile:
Thabiti Anyabwile, on his blog Pure Church, posted a final wrap-up of his discussion with Douglas Wilson on Wilson’s book “Black & Tan: A Collection of Essays and Excursions on Slavery, Culture War, and Scripture in America“:
When our discussion first started, we were both surprised at how well it went, and both of us are very grateful to God, and to one another, for this great blessing. We have also been grateful to the readers and commenters who participated in this discussion in the same spirit, praying with us, and laboring to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3)…
Read their agreements, differences and conclusion.
At the beginning of this month, Thabiti posted a round-up of their back and forth:
For the past couple of weeks, Douglas Wilson and I have carried on a discussion of his book, Black and Tan. The book and its prequel, Southern Slavery As It Was, triggered controversy that’s lasted these last ten years or so. Our exchanges have been charitable and frequent. I thought it might be good to include a post-by-post round-up for anyone wishing to follow the discussion as it evolved…
See the links and summaries here.
Thabiti Anyabwile is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. He tweets @ThabitiAnyabwil