Weekend Links Enjoy your weekend, but make it count for eternity. Training Better Preachers Seven Questions to Ask of Your Message Every Week Better Thinking About Reaching Your Neighbors 10 Questions Your Neighbors are Not Asking About Your Church (Perry Noble) Romancing Your Neighborhood (Michael Frost–Exponential Conference Audio) Growing Better Christians Three Book Reviews from … More Training Better Preachers; Growing Better Christians; Thinking Better Doctrine; Loving Neighbors Better
Bonhoeffer reflected on the surprising discovery of Martin Luther in the cloister. Martin went into the cloister to appease God, to find God, to keep a promise to God for saving his life in a thunder storm. He hoped to find God in the cloister’s separation from the world. Ironically, when God opened Luther’s eyes … More The Voice of Bonhoeffer
“What is it that will cause comfort-loving, convenience-seeking, experience-driven, passionless and spiritual apathetic American Christians to embrace the incomparable value of the forgiveness offered in the gospel of the Kingdom.” See more at … The Difference Between a Sojourner and a Settler.
Over on Facebook yesterday, Neil Cole started a discussion that was quite lengthy with a retweet of @lanceford: If North American pastors worked as hard at Disciple-making as they do on Sermon-making we could change the world//Prob true! I’m not sure if the “Prob true!” comment is Neil’s or Lanceford’s. The Discussion went on for … More Neil Cole: A Bridge (destruction) Too Far (Is Preaching Part of Discipleship)
Monday Preaching Reflections I have noticed a tendency in many young preachers, church planters, youth pastors, new communicators to embrace an “I need to be funny” mentality. Listening to them, one get’s the impression that they agonize over how they need to “connect” with people at some “funny-bone” level in order to prove themselves or … More You Don’t Need to be Funny. You Need to be Passionate and Dependent.
Sunday Afternoon Musings Here’s a great word, again from A. W. Tozer, but stimulated by another great warrior for Christ and his Kingdom, a man by the name of Dr. Moody Stuart. Stuart had a list of rules for becoming a person who prays. Among the rules was this one: “Pray till you pray.” Here’s … More “Pray till you pray”
Weekend Links [Update: It is almost three years into the wonderful life of our first grandchild, who has since been joined by a baby sister but this post still has some great links. Check out the first two links in particular on wasted food and the second that could have been titled wasted lives.] The … More Wasted Food; Ten Commandments; The Obamacare Racket; Hate-filled Christians
A. W. Tozer’s Corner Tozer contends for the priority of spending time with God, knowing God, passionately pursuing God, resting in God–is the best preparation for powerful preaching of the God of the gospel. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” –Mark 16:15 Recall what … More The Best Evangelists are the Best Worshipers
Friday is for Heart Songs Found this great article from Kairos Journal and thought i would pass it along on this glorious first Friday in the life of Owen Aldrin (our first grandson). Behaving Sensibly 1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in … More What Homer Simpson Can and Can’t Teach Us
It’s been an eventful week in the Schoenleber clan. It started on Sunday with Trinity Church of Watseka and Ashkum calling me as their next Teaching Pastor. See link here to our August Update on the back story to how that happened. On Monday, as we started packing up our house in Bolingbrook and listing … More Wow, what an eventful week in the Schoenleber / Aldrin clan!