Here are the items and resources of interest for October 10, 2017:
- 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 Praying — Mark Johnston is helpful on this subject as it pertains to Gospel progress.
- 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.
Here are the items and resources of interest for October 2, 2017:
- 7 Ways to get the most out of sermons — Every person who listens to sermons should read these and adapt them for their use. These are helpful tips. Written by Nicholas Davis. On this subject, I have written a different type of suggestion.
- On the subject of the ministry, Nick Batzig writes this helpful article.
- 6 Tips for Reading the Bible with your kids — written by David Murray.
- The Most Common Wi-Fi Problems — article published by CNET.
- The new Amazon Echo. What’s the Difference? Article on PCMAG.
Here are the items and resources of interest for July 11, 2017:
- Thinking they are more merciful than God — This article, written by PCA minister and TE Todd Pruitt, comments on the conversation that is dominating the PCA on the subject of homosexuality. Included is a lecture offered by Rosaria Butterfield. Since we are on the subject, this article on same-sex attraction is worthy of your time.
In trying to be helpful, many churches have failed, because they have failed to be truthful. They have failed not out of hardness of heart, or lacking of kindness, but in thinking that they are more merciful than God. I shudder to think about how much more rigorous, painful, and dangerous, and difficult my conversion would have been had it taken place in 2016. Rigorous, painful, dangerous, and difficult both for me personally and for my church. … Especially today the PCA is smitten in a stupid way, I’m using a hard word, very stupid way and to their shame, to the gay Christian movement. — Dr. Butterfield.
- I Have Labored To No Purpose — though I have not been in the ministry for a long time, I can identify with the struggle discussed in this article. Written by Mark Johnston.
- 10 Things You Should Know About the Necessity of Biblical Preaching — Sam Storms writes a helpful article which ought to remind and encourage all those who weekly ascend the pulpit to preach God’s Word.
- Recommendation #5 of the PCA Study Committee Report on Women in the Ministry — Geoff Gleason continues his examination of the recommendations offered by the ad interim study committee.
- There is the GREAT WALL of China, and there is the OTHER WALL. Read more about it in this CNET article.
- If you use Microsoft Edge as your browser, you will want to read this article published on Lifehacker.
After much thought, prayer, and discussion with my wife and trusted friends I have accepted the call of the congregation of Fellowship Presbyterian Church, PCA in Newport, TN to be their solo pastor. I am very excited and humbled at the Lord’s working to bring this opportunity to reality.
It was not an easy decision. Though our hearts are breaking, and though we care deeply for the people of Landis, my wife and I believe this is the right time for us to make this move. We have nothing but the fondest of thoughts for God’s people at Landis Presbyterian Church. They have been supportive, kind, and patient with their young pastor (ministerially at least). It is our greatest desire to see Landis grow and become the salt and light the Savior says they are in a community that so desperately needs the Gospel (Philippians 1:3-11). We ask that you pray diligently for them and that God would abundantly provide for them.
Our immediate plans are as follows: I will continue as the pastor of Landis until August 1, 2017. Between now and then we will look for housing in the Newport, TN area. Our plans are to rent a home for one-year and then purchase a house in the area. We are now in packing mode, both at home and in my study at the church. Lord willing we will be in our new home by August 1. Pending presbytery approval, the installation service will be August 13, 2017, at the church.
I look forward to this opportunity and privilege to shepherd God’s people as they pilgrim through this world. It is humbling to think that the Great Shepherd of the sheep has entrusted His people to my care, and the care of godly elders. I look forward to what the Lord will do in Newport, and I am praying that His name would be glorified in all that we do and that many would come to the Lord Jesus Christ as result of the ordinary means of grace God has given to the church. Please pray for us as we make this transition and please pray for God’s people at Fellowship.