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.
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 of interest for April 13, 2017:
- The Uniqueness of the Psalms — What is unique about the Psalms? Watch as W. Robert Godfrey explains that they are not only God’s Word to us but also our words to God.
- The Main Thing — Kevin DeYoung writes, “Holy Week is a check-up for the Church. To use a tag line that’s already overused, if your core message for this week is something other than “Christ died for our sins,” you’re doing Christianity wrong. If you want to preach about gender equality or social justice or progressive dispensationalism or the extra Calvinisticum, do it a different week. This week is about a substitute for our sin and an empty tomb for our justification.”
- Five Lessons From Fallen Pastors — An Interesting little article from Eric Geiger.
- Posting things online is commonplace for all of us today — Here are some questions to ask before you do post.
- Huge Sermon Illustration database — If you regularly preach the Word of God you will want good illustrations in your sermons. This will help!
- Google will change the Earth on April 18th.
- Some people are still running WindowsXP although support for it has long been discontinued. Here is why. Speaking of a lack of support, say goodbye to Vista as well.
- As a long time Samsung Note user I have decided to jump to the Samsung S8 Plus. If you are also a Note user, this article will help you decide if you should make a change.