Here are the items and resources for May 9, 2017:
Here are the items and resources for May 5, 2017:
I know the ministry isn’t supposed to be easy. There are burdens and anxieties that are particular to pastors (see 2 Corinthians 11:28). Mary Winslow reminded her son, Octavius of this, when she wrote: “When you accepted the pastoral office you commenced a life of trial both from saint and sinner. Oh, do not be surprised at all you meet with.” A good shepherd will bear many of those trials in silence (1 Peter 2:19-23) and endeavor to let love cover a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). But it’s a painful reality. Pastors are only men, and just because they’re public servants doesn’t mean they don’t have private anguish. It hurts when sheep are meticulous fault-finders in everything a pastor says and does. It wounds when sheep lay all the blame only on a pastor’s shoulders. It’s traumatic when sheep hold their pastor to their unbiblical and unrealistic expectations. It aches when sheep neglect the material needs of a pastor and his family. It’s painful when sheep hold things like time, money, and talents hostage unless the pastor does what they want. It’s miserable when sheep secretly round up the opposition failing to go privately to the pastor. It’s abusive when sheep have no regard for a pastor’s emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Yes! Sheep can hurt, wound, abuse, and torture the shepherd.
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In Matthew Jesus commanded his disciples to “Go into all the world and make disciples.” Most Christians are not called to go into ALL the World — but then again, neither did those 11 apostles that heard the original words of the Savior. However, there are always the areas of YOUR world. In brief, your world can be defined by your neighborhood, your job, your relationships around you, etc. Sadly, many in the church think this command is something that only the pastors should be doing. Yes, the ministers are to GO, as well as prepare two sermons, Sunday school lessons, attend presbytery meetings, attend other meetings of the church, AND visit every member on a regular basis. I am not saying that ministers are not required to GO and make disciples. Indeed, they are to obey this command. However, primarily, ministers are to TRAIN members to go and make disciples, equipping them with the tools necessary for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).
So, members of the church, are you going into all of your world to advance the gospel and make disciples? Ministers, are you training your members to do the work of the ministry? Think about this brief reminder.
Here are the items and resources of interest for May 1, 2017:
- Five Mistakes Small Churches Are Likely to Make — from Christianity Today.
- Children at the Lord’s Supper? — This is a useful article gleaned from Bavinck.
- Some people refuse to be encouraged. I have met some that have that problem. You try and try, and try to encourage them and they simply refuse to accept it, graciously. This article Refusing to Be Encouraged is helpful on that subject.
- Should we preach like the Puritans? Dr. Joel Beeke says NO and he also says YES. Read them in order, starting with NO.
- Starting with this edition of the Daily Roundup I will be offering Kindle Deals (probably not every day, but often). Today’s Kindle deal is about a subject that is vitally important: hospitality.
- Can’t We Please Talk About Something Else?! — One woman’s perspective on the subject that is getting much attention in the PCA.
Here are the items and resources for April 21, 2017:
- Ministry can be a roller coaster ride. This article talks about it. Authored by Nick Batzig.
- John Knox and the Lord’s Supper: Some Practical Points —
Up to thispoint it has been shown that, for John Knox, the Lord’s Supper is ordained of God; Christ is truly, but spiritually present; and it is a great blessing, but a blessing that is reserved for God’s own people. Knox’s hatred (and that is not putting it too strongly) of the Mass has also been considered. However, an examination of Knox’s teaching on the Lord’s Supper would be incomplete without considering briefly some practical aspects. Knox’s convictions regarding the regulative principle of worship, and his position that “The Table of the Lord is then most rightly ministered, when it approaches most nighto Christ’s own action…” carried with it a number of practical implications. (Knox, “First Book of Discipline” in Works, 2:187)
- Paul and James and the Subject of Justification
- Report of the PCA Committee on Women Serving in the Church — it has been released and, thankfully, early enough to read and consider before going to General Assembly in June.
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