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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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 25, 2017:
- FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME — “In a time when the church had lost sight of the fundamentals of the gospel, God used a humble monk named Martin Luther to bring about the greatest revival in church history. When he posted his Ninety-Five Theses, Luther became the unwitting catalyst of the Reformation and a champion of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Post Tenebras Lux, composed by Jeff Lippencott, takes the listener on a musical journey of the highlights of Martin Luther’s life. Written in three movements, this piece moves from the coldness of the Middle Ages and the dominance of the Roman Catholic Church to the glory of Luther’s rediscovery of the gospel and the spread of the Reformation throughout Europe.This symphonic work celebrates the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, and Ligonier Ministries presents it with the hopes that God would use it to encourage listeners that even in the midst of darkness, the light has come.”
- Eight Prayers to Pray for Your Pastor — Most of these are obvious. The question is: Do you pray for your pastor?
- The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts — This site is probably only useful to people who understand these things.
- The Uniqueness of Christian Service — A useful article written by David Wells.
- Themelios 42.1 has been released — in this volume, there are articles on promises, Rom. 8:36, book reviews and more.
- This is not the iPhone8 — a possible rendering of the new iPhone. While I am on the subject, please note that the new iPhone might be delayed by two months.
- 35 most useful Alexa skills — if you own an Amazon Echo, then you may want to try these out.
- If you bought the new Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, you would want to get a case to protect it.
- Goodreads — This social media site is for book lovers. You can add your library, write reviews on books you are reading and keep track of your progress. Consider it the “Facebook” for book lovers. Academia is also an excellent site to find papers of all kinds.
- “Since the creation of the RSS format in 1999, there has been a dedicated user base for the format, and as a result a wide variety of programs to choose from, for PC, Mac, and Mobile devices alike. With the end of the Google Reader RSS program back in 2013, there has been an expansion of options for those still inclined to use RSS as a news feed. Here, we take a look at five of the best options for RSS readers for 2017.”
- If you use a streaming option, such as Roku, Apple TV, Google, etc. you will want to check out Plex. If you have an old laptop or desktop computer, you can set up your media streaming option and add the app to your streamer to watch or listen on your TV. Additionally, you can listen to your media library on the go with the Plex App for Android or iOS. Take a look at plex.tv. Set up is very easy. I am planning on writing a review and “how to” article soon about this service.
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.