Tuesday is for Preaching How do our people learn how to proclaim the gospel? It is a pretty simple question but one that is not asked very often. Let’s face facts. When we offer EE classes, or evangelism training or sermonic exhortations to proclaim the gospel or recommendations for books to be read or whatever … More Equipping the Saints for this Task is Your Job Preacher
Monday Discussion “For these faithful believers, the name “Christian” was much more than just a general religious designation. It defined everything about them, including how they viewed both themselves and the world around them. The label underscored their love for a crucified Messiah along with their willingness to follow Him no matter the cost. It … More Which is the Better Word for a Christian: Slave or Servant?
Absolutely fantastic, gracious, wise, humble and compelling response to John MacArthur’s concern about his (Darrin Patrick’s) book Church Planter. Available on a Kindle for only $2.99. If you are a church planter, go out, buy, and read Darrin’s book. UPDATE: For some reason, Darrin took down his original response from his website. The link that … More MacArthur vs Darrin Patrick: No Smoke Here, Just Love and Clarity
What I’m Reading This Weekend one thousand gifts, Ann Voskamp : The best devotional writer of our time. This book is about the transformative nature of life cultivating thanksgiving. Can’t recommend Ann’s words more highly or often enough. Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ, John MacArthur: Generally, walk away from every book … More thanksgiving, slavery, atheism, house churches and Vatican II
Friday is for Heart Songs Another gem passed on to me from my astounding wife from her readings in Tozer. “Some things may be neglected with but little loss to the spiritual life, but to neglect communion with God is to hurt ourselves where we cannot afford it.” The Root of the Righteous, page 9 … More Impoverishing the Soul is Relatively Easy
Dr. David Nicholas went home to be with the Lord he loved on January 25th after a massive heart attack at 9PM. The press outside of Boca Raton, Florida and a few others places will probably not mark the day, but this remarkable man will be long remembered by countless men and women that have … More Death of a Hero: We are Poorer Today, But He Has Gained
Wednesday is for Prayer I hate it that I wrote this post more than three years ago and that it continues to be relevant for too many people today. I love it that the gospel is still a powerful balm to the soul of the distressed, betrayed, and hurting. In light of the hurt and … More When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face: Hope for Oklahoma
Tuesday is for Preaching I remember reading in a book on the early preachers of the church that the great preacher John Chrysostom (a posthumous name given to him, meaning John the Golden Tongued) would regularly finish his sermons to great applause for his eloquence, power, and wisdom. At some point, John began to be … More Seeking Applause or Application
Monday Discussion “Suppose a newly planted first century congregation in Alexandria, Egypt wrote a letter to the apostles in Jerusalem.” So begins the first chapter of editor Steve Atkerson’s 2005 book, ekklesia: To the Root of Biblical House Church Life. He continues … Imagine that this church consisted of Jewish believers who had heard the … More Is Apostolic Tradition Obsolete?
Monday Discussion This is another gem passed on to me from my gem of a wife from the pen of A.W. Tozer. How we need this perspective so that our prayers for those we seek to reach would be consistent, passionate, and unwearied. Evangelism: Only the Spirit Can Give Sight But even if our gospel … More Evangelism: Only the Spirit of God Works the Miracle We Need