Here are the items and resources for April 20, 2017:
- Reformed Perspective — A magazine for the Christian family. I have not reviewed it, but I did see it recommended elsewhere so I thought I would offer it to my readers.
- Ten Questions for Pastors and Polemics — Kevin DeYoung employs fifteen years of pastoral ministry in writing this helpful article. The temptation to jump into every denominational battle is real, especially for a rookie minister. I know that I have given into it a few times (okay, maybe more than a few!). This article offers wise advice to think through before engaging the next issue on Facebook, Twitter, or on the floor of presbytery or General Assembly.
- Book Suggestion: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You — I have not read it, but it looks inviting. The forward is by John Piper. I don’t know if the author will address this issue regarding smartphones, but I have lost track of the number of times I see people in a restaurant, sitting across from one another, with their faces glued to their smartphone. I have done it too many times. Smartphones, if not wisely used, make one very anti-social. Ponder the irony of that statement. You can read a sample of the book here.
Here are the items and resources for April 19, 2017:
- Deceit in Church Courts — a useful article for any that serve as an officer in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- What is Worship? — This article sets forth some foundational issues regarding corporate worship.
- Patrick Gillespie on the Covenant of Works (1) — Part one of a seven part series authored by my friend and Professor at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Ryan McGraw.
- Preaching and the Danger of Compromise — This sermon was recommended by a friend. I have not listened to it, but plan to shortly. Preached by Kenneth MacRae.
- Knowing God and Ourselves — I ordered this book and should be receiving it today. After I read it, I will write a brief review. Author: David Calhoun and published by the Banner of Truth.
- The Church’s Responsibility to Its Pastor — Interesting article and there is much I agree with, especially as one who is a minister of the gospel. For instance, point #1 under the sub-heading “Honor and Respect.” He writes,
“Being on a first name basis. Today, everyone is on a first-name basis with the pastor. This is a definite show of disrespect for the ministry. Part of the problem is with pastors. We don’t expect it. I used to feel the same. I wanted to be everyone’s friend. I found out the hard way this causes many difficulties. When people really need help they need their pastor, not a friend. It also makes it difficult when you must assert pastoral authority. People can usually deal with things coming from their pastor, but it’s much harder coming from a friend. I don’t have any problem using “Pastor…” with their first name. That’s a step in the right direction.”
There are things where I think the author goes too far. For example,
“Disrespecting the altar area. The platform and altar is an area where sanctity must be preserved. It’s a place where worship is led and the Word of God expounded. It should be off limits to anyone who is not there to minister. Children should never be allowed to play on the platform. It’s not only disrespectful, but the equipment could be damaged or dangerous to the children.”
I am not willing to sanctify a platform. We should give that area of the building the same respect we would give to any other area. Overall it is a good article and worth considering carefully.
- My wife suggested I watch this program. So I started, and now I can’t stop. Season 1 and 2 is on Netflix.
Here are the items and resources for April 14, 2017:
- “Touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets are now fixtures of many households, so it comes as little surprise to learn that young children who don’t work or go to school are among their most active users. In the first study of its kind, researchers have learned that infants and toddlers who spend more time on these devices sleep less at night. It’s a troubling finding, but the reasons for these sleep disruptions are still unclear.” — Read more on this subject at Lifehacker.
- The Future of Packaged Water — Maybe it’s me, but this is not appealing. It may appeal to you.
- Instagram has grown up from its early days with many new features including the Snapchat type feature called Stories. This article will help you use it with some good tips. Facebook says that “Instagram Stories [are] now more popular than Snapchat.”
- Netflix now allows you to download movies to your Windows 10 device. This article tells you more about the process.
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