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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 19, 2017:
Here are the items and resources of interest for July 7, 2017:
The 2017 Summer Pastors’ Institute will focus on the preaching of God’s Word. Designed as an interactive workshop, Let Your Progress be Evident to All will include examination of the sermons of ten effective preachers throughout church history. Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. will lead the class, and the template for discussion will be selections out of R.L. Dabney’s Evangelical Eloquence.
- I love the game of chess and have watched Garry Kasparov play many matches. I only wished I lived closer to St. Louis to watch in person. By the way, I play many correspondence games on chess.com. My username is mdivman if you want to look me up, friend me, and play live or correspondence games. Chess.com is free, but there are premium options as well. They hold many live and correspondence tournaments as well. Great place to play!
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Here are the items and resources of interest for July 6, 2017:
- Man cannot live on podcasts alone — To be honest, I am not a huge fan of podcasts. Sure, I listen to a few from time to time, but I have not been particularly drawn to any one podcast. I know that may sound odd for a person who used to host one, but that is the way it is. This is an interesting article from the Gospel Coalition written by
- John MacArthur and the issue of [Homosexual] Weddings — Yes, I changed the title somewhat. I do not like the use of the term “gay” when referring to homosexuals. They are, after all, homosexuals and that is what they should be called, in my opinion.
- Three Reasons Why a Preacher Should Not Publicly Contradict a Bible Translation — Mark Ward, writing on Logos.com says it shouldn’t happen. I think there are times when you should. What do you think?
- Worship Issues in the Presbyterian Church in America — This article, written by William H. Smith is a response to Terry Johnson, who wrote an earlier piece on the subject. You should also read Sam DeSocio’s response as well. By the way, the “William Hill” mentioned in Mr. Smith’s article is not related to me.
- A thoughtful article on the issue of commissioned church workers — Rich Leino, a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America examines the term “commission” as it relates to recommendation 7 of the ad interim study committee on women in the ministry of the church. Speaking of the PCA General Assembly, The Atlantic has something to say.
- The 2017 Banner of Truth Ministers’ Conference audio is now available — you can get them in mp3 CD, audio CD’s, or mp3 download. Highly recommended! It was an outstanding conference, as usual.
- I use IFTTT all the time. I have recipes created for inbound and outbound SMS messages that log the entire text of every message to a Google spreadsheet. If I accidentally delete an important message, I can easily retrieve it from my spreadsheet. I also have a Twitter log of tweets sent and others that I favorite. It is an outstanding service that will automate many tasks you are probably doing manually. This CNET article highlights a few, but you will want to check out the website for much more.
- Android “O” versus iOS 11 — CNET weighs in on why they are more excited about the Android update than they are the Apple update.
Here are the items and resources of interest for June 26, 2017:
- Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has a new website.
- The extension campus of GPTS has a podcast. This episode features the subject of corporate prayer meetings with guest Dr. Ryan McGraw.
- How to Read Your Bible — produced by the Reformed Forum
- Why I Voted Against the Women’s Study Committee Report — agree or not, this is an interesting article written by one of the voting members of the ad interim study committee. Additionally, this article gives a brief wrap-up on the 45th PCA GA.
- Perhaps the highest and loftiest acts a Christian can have toward God are worship and prayer. These two acts are uniquely vertical – they are the only things a believer does that are directly toward God and that directly bring him or her into relationship and communion with God. The one exception is the reading of Scripture, but that is a means to bring us to worship and prayer. All other aspects of the Christian life are horizontal – they are outward toward others. Worship and prayer are uniquely God-centred. They deal with God alone and bring us to him relationally. — Read the full article by Mark Tomlinson here.
- Taking Notes on Books — There are many articles available on the subject of “taking notes” while reading books. I am curious about the methods my readers use to accomplish it. Please write your system in the comments section. Lord willing, I will be providing some articles on this subject in the days ahead, as well as one of my own.
Here are the items and resources for May 4, 2017: