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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Here are the items and resources of interest for January 15, 2018:
NOTE: Now that I am back from vacation, I intend to publish the Daily Roundup Monday-Friday, Lord willing.
View from the parking lot of Fellowship PCA
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.
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.