Here are the items and resources of interest for February 15, 2018:
This spring, I spoke to a group of large-church pastors, staff members, and elders. During a Q&A, an elder asked, “What is the single greatest problem facing pastors today?” I replied, “The greatest problem is internal opposition from subversive co-leaders and self-appointed critics within the church.” The pastors released a collective groan of recognition and assent.
I will briefly mention five causes of criticism and focus on the fifth.
First, a pastor may face full-blown antagonists who will lie, deceive, and manipulate to destroy him and control the church.
- Valentines Day is over, but this article on the subject of love is not tied to any specific day. The issue is one of great importance and wrought with great misunderstanding. Written by the late Dr. R.C. Sproul.
- How should a pastor receive members from another church? — Listen to this podcast [19:08] as the hosts [Brian Croft and Jim Savastio] discuss this very issue. It is one that I have given some thought to, and it is an essential issue in a society where there are churches of every stripe on nearly every corner.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Pastors, if you do not have this book, you should get it and devour it. Excellent volume!
“Some Pastors and Teachers is a volume for every minister’s study and indeed for the bookshelves and bedside tables of everyone who has a concern for the ministry of the gospel and the well-being of the church in the twenty-first century. In many ways, it reflects the biblical vision of what every minister is called to be: pastor, teacher, counselor, and example—but also a man who is growing spiritually, both in understanding and in character, before the eyes of his congregation.” (From the Banner of Truth website).
- Do you use Apple Music? You will want to read this CNET article.
- YouTube has added more channels.
- Do you use SnapChat? You will want to read this article about their recent redesign.
- Do you use the Edge browser? If so, you will want to read this article that talks about saving passwords. I do not recommend keeping passwords in your browser. Instead, you should be using a password manager. My personal favorite and one that I use daily is LastPass. With this password manager, I have no idea what my passwords are except for the LastPass password. For instance, My Facebook password is OVER 20 characters long (I will not tell you how many, but it is long!) and I could not tell you from memory what it is. The best password is the one you do not remember.
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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 6, 2017:
- Man cannot live on podcasts alone — To be honest, I am not a huge fan of podcasts. Sure, I listen to a few from time to time, but I have not been particularly drawn to any one podcast. I know that may sound odd for a person who used to host one, but that is the way it is. This is an interesting article from the Gospel Coalition written by
- John MacArthur and the issue of [Homosexual] Weddings — Yes, I changed the title somewhat. I do not like the use of the term “gay” when referring to homosexuals. They are, after all, homosexuals and that is what they should be called, in my opinion.
- Three Reasons Why a Preacher Should Not Publicly Contradict a Bible Translation — Mark Ward, writing on Logos.com says it shouldn’t happen. I think there are times when you should. What do you think?
- Worship Issues in the Presbyterian Church in America — This article, written by William H. Smith is a response to Terry Johnson, who wrote an earlier piece on the subject. You should also read Sam DeSocio’s response as well. By the way, the “William Hill” mentioned in Mr. Smith’s article is not related to me.
- A thoughtful article on the issue of commissioned church workers — Rich Leino, a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America examines the term “commission” as it relates to recommendation 7 of the ad interim study committee on women in the ministry of the church. Speaking of the PCA General Assembly, The Atlantic has something to say.
- The 2017 Banner of Truth Ministers’ Conference audio is now available — you can get them in mp3 CD, audio CD’s, or mp3 download. Highly recommended! It was an outstanding conference, as usual.
- I use IFTTT all the time. I have recipes created for inbound and outbound SMS messages that log the entire text of every message to a Google spreadsheet. If I accidentally delete an important message, I can easily retrieve it from my spreadsheet. I also have a Twitter log of tweets sent and others that I favorite. It is an outstanding service that will automate many tasks you are probably doing manually. This CNET article highlights a few, but you will want to check out the website for much more.
- Android “O” versus iOS 11 — CNET weighs in on why they are more excited about the Android update than they are the Apple update.
Here are the items and resources of interest for July 3, 2017:
- In case you missed it, I made a personal announcement yesterday related to my current call as a pastor and where we are heading in the future.
Here are the items and resources of interest for June 19, 2017:
- The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering — So many people are dealing with great suffering. That is the nature of sin and living in a fallen world. Regardless, it is hard. This new book from Vaneetha Rendall Risner is highly recommended. Be sure to watch the 9-minute video of her life.
- For parents that are broken hearted over wayward children, this brief article from Desiring God Ministries may be helpful.
- There are likely to be many articles written on the recent PCA General Assembly. This one, however, is very good.
- Productivity tips for the busy pastor — You may not agree with all of these, and you may have your own, but these are a good start.
- A reformed guide to classical music — I enjoy classical music and often have it on while I work and study. This is a helpful article written by John Brentnall.
- Don’t forget the Bible in pastoral counseling — an article written by Jay Sanders.