Paul Washer Interview – If you don’t know who Paul Washer is, I suggest you get acquainted with him. This is an interview he gave recently, and if you do a google search of him, you most likely will see “Shocking Youth Video” at the top of the list. That is a sermon that pretty much defines who Paul Washer is and what he preaches. He is a breathe of fresh air in today’s market driven, purpose driven, glitzy church.
“Having some time today I set myself to pray more, confessing sin, asking, thanking and praising. I am ashamed of my shallowness in knowledge, feeling and desire. Most humbling. On the other hand, how astonishing has been the Lord’s kindness to me, mercies like waves of the sea, bright mercies like the stars of heaven, mercies to my soul, mercies to me a sinner in every possible way, crowned with the unspeakable kindness of putting me into the ministry and using me to win souls. I long more and more to be ‘filled’ with the Spirit, and to see my congregation moved and melted under the Word, as in great revival times, ‘The place shaken where they are assembled together,’ because the Lord has come in power.”
Andrew A. Bonar, Diary and Letters (London, 1894), page 333.
On Christianity and Politics – If we believe in the sure triumph of Christ, why do we allow ourselves to be drawn in to the very unsure world of political conflict? There is a good reason to be drawn into the world of politics as a Christian.
If we go to church just to be with one another, one another is all we will get. And it isn’t enough. Eventually, our deepest unmet needs will explode in anger at one another. Putting community first destroys community. We must put Christ himself first and keep him first and treat him as first and come to him first and again and again. He can heal as no other can. Can, and will. If we come to him. – Ray Ortlund
The Hole In Our Holiness – I have not read this book as it just came out and I wasn’t one of those chosen to get an advanced copy, but I have listened to a few of the semons that this book is based on. I think it is well worth your time to order and read it. Holiness, both the understanding of what it is, how it works in our lives, is something we know little about.
Reading Scripture Publicly – One of the specific admonitions Paul gave the younger pastor Timothy about his ministry was this one. ”Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” he told him (I Timothy 4:13).
While the church as the community of believers is the context within which the Spirit’s testimony is confirmed, Scripture’s authority is not granted by the church’s decision. The opposite is true: Scripture founded the church. Through the gracious work of the Holy Spirit, Scripture is self-authenticating. ~Herman Bavinck
Coexist? – Every seen that bumper sticker? Here is another that I like better. Might have to get me one!
Christ, as it were, spent himself for us. Though we were enemies, yet he so loved us that from love to us he had a heart not only to look at our things, but to spend his own things for us, to forego his own ease and comfort, and outward honor, and to become poor for us. “For even Christ pleased not himself; but as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me” (Rom. 15:3). And not only so, but to spend himself for us, to spend his blood, to offer up himself a sacrifice to the justice of God for our sakes. – Jonathan Edwards
What Would You Do Wednesday – Yeah, yeah, I know it’s Friday, and I’m late, but these are some really good Church Polity questions that Mark Lamprecht asks. Head on over and weigh in with your opinion, or just read and learn.
Experience by itself is not sufficient. Scripture is the norm also for our emotional life and tells us what we ought to experience. ~Herman Bavinck~
David Murray was in Austin, Texas for the Spring Microconference that was put on by the Plantr Network and delivered an address on “Soul Care.” In this address, he talked about issues that pastors have due to tiredness. This is a good read and I highly recommend it. Here are some excerpts:
– Most pastoral problems, such as burnout, backsliding, depression, etc., begin with neglect of the body.
– There are lots of people who call God “Lord” but don’t live as His servants. And there are lots of people – yes, even pastors – who call God Creator and preach God as Creator, but who live like evolutionists. Some pastors give the impression that the ministry is about the survival of the fittest! (OR THE FATTEST!) If you can’t say amen you ought to say OUCH! Continue reading →