Tuesday is for Preaching When you are finishing one book and beginning your preparation for the next book that you are going to exposit, where do you begin? I like to get a good, broad familiarity to the whole book. I do this by reading the book multiple times in multiple translations (my preferred translations … More How to Begin the Study of Your Next Book
Monday is for Discussion Can the word “salvation” be substituted for “conversion?” Is conversion an event or a process? Does conversion happen at a point in time or is it a process over time? Put your finger on the text of God’s word and start the discussion.
Weekend Musings Both quotes below are from the introductory matter in Chuck Colson’s truly classic book, Loving God. If you have never read the book, if you struggle with loving God, if you have forgotten your first love–this is a great book to move your heart to where it ought to be. “The most pleasurable … More Two Different Perspectives on the Search for the Good and True
Weekend Links for October 22, 2011 Here they are: Weekend links for the informed and thinking Christian. As always, I can’t vouch for anything other than this: all of these links will make you think. Engaging with Culture Harry Belafonte’s Needs a History Lesson (Humberto Fontova) –an article that exposes the brainwashing capability of the … More Suffering for Christ: Iranian Pastor; Herman Cain; Harry Belafonte and Bible Translations
Friday is for Heart Songs Reading in 1 Kings 21 this morning, and the despicable life of Ahab, king of Israel. He is a idol worshiping, petulant child in a man’s body. Ruled by his whims and his wicked wife Jezebel, he alternately pouts and demands, and then is manipulated by his wife to use … More See how marvelous is the heart of God toward humility!
Thursday is for Discipleship “A conversion is an experience of deep continuity and discontinuity. Although through conversion we are certainly not called to abandon the world or escape from it–Jesus insists on this in his prayer of John 17 (see v. 15)–we nevertheless recognize that there is a profound discontinuity between the values and mores … More Is a Person Converted if Their Life Does Not Change?
Wednesday is for Prayer At Philippi, Paul and Silas had been arrested, stripped, beaten with rods, thrown into an inner dungeon, immobilized by stocks on their feet, all for preaching the gospel (Acts 15:16-24). After an earthquake-miracle, they led their jailer and his family to faith in Christ, visited Lydia and the new church meeting … More Our Suffering is Not Wasted
Tuesday is for Preaching Why should a pastor preach expositionally? The content below is not mine. It is from 9Marks ministry. There is wisdom and challenge here for the young church planter to chew on. A pastor should preach expositionally because God works through God’s word. God speaking is God acting.* God created by his Word (Gen. 1:3; Ps. 33:6), and he recreates … More Is Expositional Preaching the Best Way to Unpack the Word of God?
Monday is for Discussion Great day yesterday as New Song Church in Bolingbrook, IL celebrated its 20th anniversary as a church planting church. It was great to go back, three years after I resigned to invest my remaining years in training and mentoring church planters. We saw old friends, heard some great testimonies, witnessed some … More Why Don’t More Churches Build Church Planting into Their DNA?
Sunday Musings John Piper from 1995: Test yourself. What is your mindset? Do you begin with God and his rights and goals? Or do you begin with yourself and your rights and wishes? And when you look at the death of Christ, what happens? Does your joy really come from translating this awesome divine work … More The Delights of Christ and Cross