Daily Roundup for December 6, 2017

Daily Roundup for December 6, 2017

Here are the items and resources of interest for December 6, 2017:



Theology/Christianity:

  • A proverb for social media — a useful article in today’s climate written by Shane Lems
  • Pastoring in a small town is often thankless. You are not a household name.  Your sermons are not downloaded thousands of times each month. You faithfully shepherd a few.  You labor day and night for little.  You are usually underpaid. Yet, the Great Commission means going to these small areas of the world. This article is a helpful reminder.
  • Robert Godfrey reminds us of the beauty of the Psalms in this article on Psalm 18
  • Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary OT professor, Dr. Benjamin Shaw is featured in this month’s edition of TableTalk Magazine. In this article, he writes on The Curtain [of the temple].

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Daily Roundup for December 5, 2017

Daily Roundup for December 5, 2017

Here are the items and resources of interest for December 5, 2017:



Theology/Christianity:

It is important to note that the Reformers held to sola Scriptura, not solo ScripturaSolo Scriptura advocates a radical individualism that rejects the church, creeds, confessions, and tradition as having any authority while embracing private judgment above all else. This view radicalizes the Protestant ethic and undermines it. Such an approach finds no credence in the teaching of the Reformers or the early church. Conversely, the Reformers taught the Apostles’ Creed and stood upon the truths articulated at Chalcedon and Nicaea. Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, Henry Bullinger, and Martin Bucer all wrote catechisms and confessions for their people. They viewed an anti-creedal and anti-confessional theology as anti-Christian. None of the prominent Protestant Reformers advocated solo Scriptura.

It is a common suspicion among Protestant teachers that using a confession for discipleship will devalue Scripture in the heart of a disciple. The first step toward being convinced otherwise is to understand that a good confession clearly places itself beneath Scripture.

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Daily Roundup for December 4, 2017

Daily Roundup for December 4, 2017

 

UPDATE: I have not been very faithful in getting these resources out to my readers. As a pastor, I have much on my plate. However, I am endeavoring to do better in the future. I do not know the benefit that these resources are bringing to my readers.  I would appreciate a few comments (and/or suggestions) if they are helpful to you.

Here are the items and resources of interest for December 4, 2017:



Theology/Christianity:

  • Upcoming Puritan MovieDr. Joel Beeke of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary has announced an upcoming released of Reformation Heritage Books. 
  • Tim Challies has released a video (with a transcript) on “Seven Marks of a False Teacher.”  In this day and age the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is plagued with many who are merely wolves in sheep’s clothing. We must be discerning and we must be on constant guard against those who would lead us astray. 
  • The issue of intinction is no plaguing many churches. The Presbyterian Church in America, the denomination in which I am an ordained minister, is not without this problem.  It is biblically wrong.  It is a violation of the vows ministers take when they commit to the Westminster Standards. Joe Thorn writes on this very subject
  • As a pastor, I wrestle with this question often. One one hand I value my wife’s input as well as being able to simply “get things off my chest.”  On the other hand, there are things I cannot tell her. This article is helpful. Written by Dave Harvey. 

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Daily Roundup for October 10, 2017

Daily Roundup for October 10, 2017

Here are the items and resources of interest for October 10, 2017:



Theology/Christianity:

  • I am a pastor. Most of you know that. My wife is, therefore, a pastor’s wife and she gets credit for finding this “open letter” as a way to encourage her often weary husband. Written by Mike McKinley
  • A friend on Facebook shared this lecture series.  The topic is often neglected and needs to be often revisited. Lectures by Dr. Nick Willborn
  • I love church history, and I am usually reading at least one book on the subject. This article will give you some motivation as to the reasons you should be reading it as well. Written by Psyche Ives
  • The church I pastor is now on SermonAudio for those interested in my sermons. In a few days, they will also be available here on The Parchment
  • Preaching and PrayingMark Johnston is helpful on this subject as it pertains to Gospel progress. 

Technology:

  • I use Google Photos exclusively. In my opinion, it is the best way to store your photos because it does not tie up space on your phone.  Once the photo is uploaded to the server, you can safely dump it from your device. PC Mag has 25 tricks and tips for you to use if you are using it. 
  • I am not a fan of anything Apple.  Most of my friends know that already. Therefore, I encourage you to switch to Android. Here is how
  • Which one is better? Netflix or Hulu? PC Mag helps you decide.

 

 

 

Daily Roundup for October 3, 2017

Daily Roundup for October 3, 2017

Here are the items and resources of interest for October 3, 2017:



Theology/Christianity:

  • How to shorten your sermonsDavid Murray offers some bits of help on his blog. As one who typically preaches 40-45 minutes sermons, I find these tips to be useful. 
  • An Act of Pure EvilDr. Mohler offers some commentary on the events of Las Vegas. 
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine — The columns from the October edition are available. 
  • Three Things to NOT Do After You Preach — an article written by Dave Harvey.

Technology:

  • Using Calendars — With the widespread use of smartphones, having your schedule with you at all times is pretty normal these days. Take a look at these calendars add-ons for Google Calendar. 
  • iPhone 8 Plus vs. Note 8 — a head to head comparison. 
  • Use your Amazon Echo to make free calls to landlines and cell phones.

 

 

 

Daily Roundup for October 2, 2017

Daily Roundup for October 2, 2017

Here are the items and resources of interest for October 2, 2017:



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