Daily Roundup for September 1, 2023

Daily Roundup for September 1, 2023

Here are the items and resources of interest for September 1, 2023:

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Theology/Christianity:

The confessional Presbyterian and Reformed churches are facing a challenge that I have not seen since I first joined St John Reformed Church over 40 years ago: a shortage of pastors. For decades, there have been more candidates for ministry than there have been open pulpits. In business terms, it has been a buyer’s market. Now, for a variety of reasons to be explored below, the situation is reversed, and it is a seller’s market. The visible, institutional church needs gifted young men (and older men) to prayerfully consider their calling in this world.

 

 

Technology / Misc:

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Daily Roundup for May 10, 2018

Daily Roundup for May 10, 2018

Here are the items and resources of interest for May 10, 2018:


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Technology:

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Daily Roundup for January 29, 2018

Daily Roundup for January 29, 2018

Here are the items and resources of interest for January 29, 2018:


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Daily Roundup for September 1, 2023

Daily Roundup for July 13, 2017

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:

Theology/Christianity:

  • 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 HaywoodThe 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 reminderWes Bredenof reminds us that the footnotes in The Institutes need to be read with discernment at times. 
  • Sermon Preparation TimeThom 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.”

Technology:

Miscellaneous:

  • 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.

 

Daily Roundup for September 1, 2023

Daily Roundup for June 28, 2017

Here are the items and resources of interest for June 28, 2017:

Theology/Christianity:

Technology:

  • More annoying ransomware — Read this CNET article or this PCMag article
  • More interesting features and skills for the Amazon Echo.  
  • Hidden Tricks in Windows 10 — PCMag article.  Some of these are interesting. 
  • Maybe you have seen the command prompt window open and close while using Microsoft Office. I know I have.  It appears for a second and disappears just as fast. I could not figure out why until now. This is the fix for you OCD types who do not want to wait for a fix to be pushed to your Office installation. If you are an Office Insider you already have the fix installed. 

Miscellaneous: