‘Here’s Calvin, and his heart…here’s Calvin showing that his theology is not just a theology for living but also a theology for dying.’ —Chad Van Dixhoorn
Derek Thomas briefly describes how Calvin’s sermons are different from his commentaries, who they are intended for, and why you should read them.
“Our common nature with Christ is the pledge of our fellowship with the Son of God; and clothed with our flesh he vanquished death and sin together that the victory and triumph might be ours.” – John Calvin #tbt #theology#theologythursday #throwbacktheology #christ #man #god #jesus #salvation#fellowship
NOTE: Today’s list is the biggest I have done to date. I would appreciate feedback from my readers. Have you found these resources helpful? Do you have any suggestions or criticisms? You can leave a comment in the appropriate section below (either in the Facebook section or the blog comment section). Thank you for reading The Parchment.
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.”
- Listen to podcasts on your Amazon Echo — Read this CNET article for more information. This is a cool feature. I have tested it, and it works. For example, Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul is available as are many other podcasts. For example, tell your Echo, “Alexa, play Renewing Your Mind.” and she will grab it for you. The Echo pulls from Tune-In, and you can see the podcast directory here.
- Three reasons why the Samsung S8 is the best phone in the game.
- Now we have “fontgate.” — Okay, it is a little ridiculous to constantly add the word “gate” to every controversy or cover up. Enough already! It is an overbaked use of the original “gate.” However, it is an amusing story.
- Android users beware!
- Maybe you are a comic book nut. If so, this article will interest you.
- I use Outlook on my Android device and am glad to see Microsft dealing with some of the complaints among users. You can get the mobile Outlook at the Google Play Store or the Apple Store.
- Do you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts? CNET offers a list of all the one’s you will ever need. Very helpful.
- 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.