Daily Roundup for February 16, 2018

Daily Roundup for February 16, 2018

Here are the items and resources of interest for February 16, 2018:


Theology/Christianity:

 

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Church of Christ by James Bannerman

From the website: “The New Testament places the church at the centre of its practical vision of the Christian life and at the heart of the Great Commission. A church-less Christianity is no real Christianity at all.
As we head into a world very similar to Paul’s own context, in which pluralism dominates and Christianity is regarded with intellectual and moral suspicion, it is vital that Christians have a clear understanding of what the church actually is.
James Bannerman’s The Church of Christ is one of the key historic texts of the doctrine of the church. Few will agree with everything the author has to say, but as Carl Trueman states in his foreword, ‘the great thing about the book is that it will stimulate the reader to reflect on the nature of the church in a profoundly biblical and historically sensitive way’.
After dealing with basic principles and distinctions, such as the contrast between the visible and invisible church, and between the local and universal church, Bannerman takes up the important and far-reaching question of the relation between church and state. But the body of the work is really a treatise on church power—the nature, limits and exercise of Christ’s power in the church in its connexional and local aspects. In what does the ordained ministry consist? Should the church micro-manage the lives of her members? To what extent should the church campaign for wider political or social causes? Is the church to be an agent for the transformation of society as a whole? What tools does the church have for making disciples and, if necessary, disciplining them? Answers to these questions can only come from a correct understanding of the nature of the church’s power.
Although Presbyterian in conviction, the author has undertaken a ‘comparative’ study of the various classic positions on each issue under consideration as these are expressed in the confessional symbols and standard authors. It is this method which makes the book so useful for all serious-minded readers. The appendix also contains valuable bibliographical material.
This is classic Scottish theology at its best, and those who take the time to digest it will be richly rewarded.”

 

Technology:

  • For those of you who have a Samsung phone, a nice little app called SideSync is very helpful. It mirrors your phone on your laptop/desktop computer. In order to use it you need the SideSync app on your phone.If your Samsung phone is fairly new it is probably installed already. Check and then go to the SideSync website and download the program for each computer you want to us with your phone.

 

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Daily Roundup for February 13, 2018

Daily Roundup for February 13, 2018

Here are the items and resources of interest for February 13, 2018:


Theology/Christianity:

 

Banner of Truth

 

Technology:

  • Windows makes it easier to preview apps — article by Daniel Cooper
  • A cyber attack at the Winter Olympics — This is not surprising, to be honest.
  • Speaking of the Winter Olympics, this is how you can watch it online
  • I use Chrome as my default browser.  However, it will eat up a ton of memory if you have numerous tabs open as I usually do. Currently, I am running 23 open tabs with some of them pinned (which means they are always running).  I have been experimenting with this Chrome Extension to see if it will do what it proclaims to do and so far I have been very pleased. I have tested it against a memory use graph to see if it does give me back the RAM as it promises. So far it is working as advertised. 

 

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Daily Roundup for October 10, 2017

Daily Roundup for October 10, 2017

Here are the items and resources of interest for October 10, 2017:



Theology/Christianity:

  • 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 PrayingMark Johnston is helpful on this subject as it pertains to Gospel progress. 

Technology:

  • 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.