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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