HT: Challies

From First Thoughts

Great link from Challies at SBTS “The Towers”, from Chuck Lawless, Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. Seven sure-fire ways to blow up a church.Apply it liberally to yourself in whatever context you find yourself in. It’s great advice overall on how to . . . . Continue Reading »

Pastoral

From First Thoughts

So as a lead-in to the chapter-by-chapter reviews I’m going to do on the two books I recommended this weekend, let me ask you to consider something: what do we mean when we call something “pastoral”?For example, a lot of people are hot for teaching the word because they are . . . . Continue Reading »

The Surprising Offense

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The other book I’m reading right now is the latest from 9Marks ministries, by Jonathan Leeman,The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrine of Church Membership and Discipline. Just like the book by James Davison Hunter I recommended on Saturday, I . . . . Continue Reading »

To Change the World

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Got this book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity Today, in the mail Thursday night, and for those following on FB and Twitter you know I was laid up with a foot injury on a beautiful day, so I had some time to read the new insights of James Davison Hunter.The . . . . Continue Reading »

A Dangerous Man

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The people and their leaders all took Jesus to Pilate and began to bring up charges against him. They said, “We found this man undermining our law and order, forbidding taxes to be paid to Caesar, setting himself up as Messiah-King.”Pilate asked him, “Is this true that you’re . . . . Continue Reading »

Heaven Help Us

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Undoubtedly you have read something about the FBI raids in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.From that linked story, there’s this self-description of these people the FBI is taking into custody:Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment. The only . . . . Continue Reading »

Not our Enemy

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Russell Moore preaches one that everyone should hear, from 04 March 2010 at SBTS: Archived at Archive.Org if you want to podcast it and save it for later; you could also subscribe to the SBTS podcast and really give yourself a . . . . Continue Reading »

the best opportunity

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They’re reporting at Breitbart.com that since the Health Care reform initiative was such a grand-slam, they have to now move on to Global warming.“Climate legislation is the single best opportunity we have to create jobs, reduce pollution and stop sending billions overseas for foreign . . . . Continue Reading »