Here are the items and resources of interest for February 16, 2018:
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.”
- 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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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 24, 2017:
- For you Samsung users: one of the nice apps that I have discovered is Samsung Sidesync. This app, combined with the PC or MAC version will allow you to access your phone right from your laptop or desktop. It is a simple setup, but if you need help there is a video you can watch. You can drag and drop files from PC to your device (and vice-versa). You can also send text messages directy from your laptop or desktop as well. In short, whatever you can do with your phone you can also do on the PC or MAC as it is connected to your phone. The app: Android
- A REMINDER about MileIQ, an app I use every day to track my miles used for ministerial purposes. It works automatically. No need to write down miles (or remember to do so). You can use it for all business travel and classify each drive accordingly. Get it for Android or iOS.
- When I was in seminary it seemed that the idea of a standing desk was a big deal. This article by CNET tells you about five things to consider before making that move.
- Now you can use a wallet to charge your phone. I doubt that this will catch on.
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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 13, 2017:
- Learning to Love the Psalms — a new teaching series from Robert Godfrey and produced by Ligonier Ministries.
- The Family Altar — This is the first in a series on the subject of Family Worship as discussed in the book The Family Altar by Oliver Haywood. The issue of family worship and the need to do it cannot be overstated. The family has been under attack for many years. Are we better for having neglected such an important duty?
- On the tragic side of things, read this interview held with Eugene Peterson. In light of this, Lifeway makes an announcement regarding The Message.
- The Pope has spoken regarding gluten free bread in the Supper — I admit, this is pretty stupid. I leave it here for information (amusement?) only.
- Young pastors need old mentors — I agree! The ministry is hard sometimes and having older, godly men in your life will help a great deal.
- A helpful reminder — Wes Bredenof reminds us that the footnotes in The Institutes need to be read with discernment at times.
- Sermon Preparation Time — Thom Rainer gives the results of a “poll” he conducted on the topic. What is missing, I think, are other aspects required to make the survey more valuable. For instance, age and time in the ministry. Granted, it was a Twitter poll. For me, my preparation time varies from week to week depending on the text. Sometimes the outline appears very easily, and at other times, I need to work hard to find it. Many factors affect the time necessary to prepare a sermon, and one of those is prayer. I wonder if the results include the prayer time required to prepare and preach?
- Why Millennials Need the Church — Written by Ross Hodges. From the article:
Millennial blogger Sam Eaton—citing alarming statistics from a recent Barna survey—declares that millennials are “over church.” Eaton himself admits, “From the depths of my heart, I want to love church. I want to be head-over-heels for church….I desperately want to feel this way about church, but I don’t. Not even a little bit. In fact, like much of my generation, I feel the complete opposite.”
- I place this video under miscellaneous because it cannot be put under theology/Christianity and I don’t have a category called “terrible theology.” Many have already seen it. What you are about to watch is a blasphemous act performed in a worship service of Redeemer Presbyterian Church on November 6, 2016 (why are we only seeing this now, I wonder). I implore the presbytery in which this church resides to file charges against the leadership. This behavior should not be tolerated.
Life Together from Redeemer Video on Vimeo.
Here are the items and resources of interest for May 17, 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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