Plan Well: How Sermon Planning Helps the Pastor and the Church at Worship by Phil Newton via Founders Ministries: The Blog
I can remember with anguish the early days of pastoral ministry when I had no clear plans on my preaching. Scrambling for a text to study and prepare when there are hundreds to choose from seemed overly daunting for a young pastor! Knowing that I juggled seminary studies, work, family, and preaching twice on Sundays built pressure as the weekend neared. How I wish that I had taken the time to do some sermon planning! It would have relieved a lot of stress, improved my preaching, and better served the congregation that probably tolerated much more from me than I realized.
Dear Timothy (revisited) Part II: Set your eyes on faithfulness by Jeff Robinson
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The last time I wrote you, recall that I sought to stir up your mind by way of reminder, to use the words of our dear brother Peter, that you must find your contentment in Christ alone, else you will be habitually frustrated in your ministry. Remember, that was my first watchword for you in the ministry: contentment. Today, I write to you and commend to you a second, equally vital, watchword: faithfulness.
Particular, Importunate, Submissive, Endeavoring, Constant and Effectual Prayer by Nicolas Alford via The Decablog
From A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism by Benjamin Beddome, published in 1752
In conclusion then: If you love the New Calvinism and bristle at any suggested critique (you know who you are), you need this book. It you loath the New Calvinism and get secretly giddy whenever one of its leading men makes a misstep (you know who you are) you need this book. Jeremy Walker has offered criticism in a careful, humble, and charitable manner- yet he has been clear. The current Calvinism, both New and Old, is in his debt.
In John 1:9, we read, “There was the true Light…” Note the description of the Light as “true.” This could simply mean not false. But “true” in John’s Gospel has another technical meaning, especially when it is connected to Old Testament concepts. Notice John 6:32 and John 15:1.
The Temptation of Christ: Why? [FYI: Includes image of Jesus] by Bob Gonzales via It Is Written
I’m not referring so much to the reason why God allowed Christ to be tempted, but rather to the reason why God included the account of Christ’s temptation in the Bible. According to John’s Gospel, 20:30, Christ did many significant things in His lifetime that are not recorded in Scripture. Apparently, the Holy Spirit moved the writers of Scripture to record those events which were most necessary for the salvation of sinners and edification of the church. Since three of the four Gospel writers include the temptation of Christ in their gospel presentation (see Matt 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13), there must be a good reason!
Aslan just won’t go away… by Jeff Riddle via stylos
A friend sent me an email this evening that began, “Aslan just won’t go away” along with this link to an article from The Hollywood Reporter. I thought it was going to be an article about a new Narnia movie. Instead, it’s about Reza Aslan’s Zealot book being made into a movie. I told my friend that I’m at least impressed by Aslan’s tireless self-promotion, and it appears that there’s a ready market in Hollywood for alternative views of Jesus (you know how big the History Channel’s Bible miniseries was!). Maybe the Word Magazine’s (parts one, two, three, and four) I did on Aslan’s promotional interviews for the book will have an extended purpose.