Daily Roundup

Chopping Down Error Can Be Costly – Listen to what Charles Spurgeon says about faith, error, and the cost.

12 Reasons Why Public Worship is Better Than Private Worship – If you had the choice between private Bible reading and prayer, or going to church, which would you choose?  The Puritans would choose church contends David Murray.

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod on 2011 NIV – The findings of the LCMS on the inclusive language found in the 2011 NIV translation.  Bully for them!

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).

Ligonier $5 Friday Sale – Check out the deals of the week at Ligonier Ministries.

Quote:

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

Daily Roundup

No Compromise Radio on Why the Elephant Room is Compromised – Mike Abendroth, Phil Johnson, Carl Truman and James White talk about the Elephant in the Room.

Suffering is Better Than Sin – David Murray comments on Thomas Manton’s sermon Moses’ choice of Christ’s reproach instead of the pleasures of Egypt.

Don’t Settle for Mediocre Preaching – An article geared towards Pastors, yet laity should also step up and hold Pastors accountable (I know that won’t be popular with the Pastors).

Atheism 101 – We live in an atheistic or secular society, one that worships at the altar of scientific positivism/secular humanism and this society is becoming more militant.

Pastor, Don’t Abandon the Flock – An exhortation for Pastors to shepherd their flock.

Coexist? – Every seen that bumper sticker?  Here is another that I like better.  Might have to get me one!

Quote:

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

Daily Roundup

Whatever Happened To Sin? – I have had this topic on my mind a lot lately.  Why is it we don’t want to talk or preach about sin today?

Not Your Mothers Kind of Tolerance! – Jonathan Parnell starts this post off like this:  Views that advocate same-sex marriage are free to exist, but they are wrong. How is that for “in your face?”

How to Cultivate Holiness – Joel Beeke’s Sermon over 1 Peter 1:15-16 that was preached on 22 July 2012 at Reformed Presbyterian Church N.A. Pittsburgh, PA.

Can a Creature Create? – David Murray continues his “Created to Create” Series.

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.

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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~

 

 

Tired Pastors Produce Tired Sermons

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