Daily Roundup for July 13, 2017

Daily Roundup for July 13, 2017

NOTE: Today’s list is the biggest I have done to date. I would appreciate feedback from my readers.  Have you found these resources helpful? Do you have any suggestions or criticisms? You can leave a comment in the appropriate section below (either in the Facebook section or the blog comment section).  Thank you for reading The Parchment.

Here are the items and resources of interest for July 13, 2017:

Theology/Christianity:

  • Learning to Love the Psalms — a new teaching series from Robert Godfrey and produced by Ligonier Ministries.
  • The Family Altar — This is the first in a series on the subject of Family Worship as discussed in the book The Family Altar by Oliver HaywoodThe issue of family worship and the need to do it cannot be overstated. The family has been under attack for many years. Are we better for having neglected such an important duty? 
  • On the tragic side of things, read this interview held with Eugene Peterson. In light of this, Lifeway makes an announcement regarding The Message
  • The Pope has spoken regarding gluten free bread in the Supper — I admit, this is pretty stupid. I leave it here for information (amusement?) only. 
  • Young pastors need old mentors — I agree! The ministry is hard sometimes and having older, godly men in your life will help a great deal. 
  • A helpful reminderWes Bredenof reminds us that the footnotes in The Institutes need to be read with discernment at times. 
  • Sermon Preparation TimeThom Rainer gives the results of a “poll” he conducted on the topic. What is missing, I think, are other aspects required to make the survey more valuable. For instance, age and time in the ministry. Granted, it was a Twitter poll. For me, my preparation time varies from week to week depending on the text.  Sometimes the outline appears very easily, and at other times, I need to work hard to find it. Many factors affect the time necessary to prepare a sermon, and one of those is prayer.  I wonder if the results include the prayer time required to prepare and preach?
  • Why Millennials Need the Church — Written by Ross Hodges. From the article:

Millennial blogger Sam Eaton—citing alarming statistics from a recent Barna survey—declares that millennials are “over church.” Eaton himself admits, “From the depths of my heart, I want to love church. I want to be head-over-heels for church….I desperately want to feel this way about church, but I don’t. Not even a little bit. In fact, like much of my generation, I feel the complete opposite.”

Technology:

Miscellaneous:

  • I place this video under miscellaneous because it cannot be put under theology/Christianity and I don’t have a category called “terrible theology.” Many have already seen it. What you are about to watch is a blasphemous act performed in a worship service of Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 6, 2016 (why are we only seeing this now, I wonder). I implore the presbytery in which this church resides to file charges against the leadership.  This behavior should not be tolerated.

Life Together from Redeemer Video on Vimeo.

 

Family Worship Manual: May 14-20, 2017

Family Worship Manual: May 14-20, 2017

In a recent post I mentioned that I would be writing a “Family Worship Manual” for the congregation I pastor at Landis Presbyterian Church, PCA.  I have completed the manual for May 14-20, 2017.

A few notes: First, the “Preached Word” section covers the sermons I am currently preaching at Landis. If you plan on using this manual with your family, you will want to substitute that section for the sermons in your church.  Second, the plan takes a family through the New Testament one chapter at a time. Third, the discussion points are suggestions. They are designed to provoke conversation.  Fathers or heads of households should be mindful of the age of their children and adjust them accordingly. As I said, they are merely suggestions. 

My intention is to release the manual every Friday, Lord willing. I hope this is useful for you.  If you do use it, please let me know. I would also appreciate your feedback and suggestions.  Thank you.

You can download the manual in the attachments section below in Word and PDF format.

Family Worship Manual: May 1-6, 2017

Family Worship Manual: May 1-6, 2017

In a recent post I mentioned that I would be writing a “Family Worship Manual” for the congregation I pastor at Landis Presbyterian Church, PCA.  I have completed the manual for May 1-6, 2017.

A few notes: First, the “Preached Word” section covers the sermons I am currently preaching at Landis. If you plan on using this manual with your family, you will want to substitute that section for the sermons in your church.  Second, the plan takes a family through the New Testament one chapter at a time. Third, the discussion points are suggestions. They are designed to provoke conversation.  Fathers or heads of households should be mindful of the age of their children and adjust them accordingly. As I said, they are merely suggestions. 

My intention is to release the manual every Friday, Lord willing. I hope this is useful for you.  If you do use it, please let me know. I would also appreciate your feedback and suggestions.  Thank you.

You can download the manual in the attachments section below in Word and PDF format.

The Family Worship Manual

The Family Worship Manual

NOTE: I am Sharing this item that I wrote on the Pastor’s Corner on the Landis Presbyterian Church website.

I remain convinced that the subject of family worship has fallen on hard times these days, especially when we live “hurry up” lifestyles. I suspect that fathers (or heads of households) desire to conduct this valuable time with their families, but either feels ill-equipped or lacks time to prepare adequately.

Therefore, to assist, I will be writing a family worship manual.  

This manual will be divided into two sections:

SECTION ONE:  “The Preaching of God’s Word.”  This section will cover the two sermons preached at Landis Presbyterian Church each Lord’s Day.
 
SECTION TWO: “The Reading of God’s Word.”  This section will take the family through the entire New Testament.

 Each section will include the following:

A prayer.
A suggested hymn to sing.
Discussion questions related to the chapter or sermon.

The “Family Worship Manual” will be posted each week, beginning Monday, May 1, 2017. It will be available on the Pastor’s Corner and in PDF format on the Landis Presbyterian website here