The Resurgence have posted the next in their series of outtakes from “Collision”. It really is worth taking a bit of time not only to watch the video, but additionally to read Wilson’s accompanying notes which are found after the link, where he highlights the reasons for and the shape of the difference in views.
Filed under: Apologetics, christopher hitchens, doug wilson
Col Marshall and Tony Payne have produced a series of podcasts over here discussing the themes and principles covered in their book, The Trellis and the Vine.
And below is the list of key principles from chapter 2 of the book, that need to be considered in ensuring our ministry is focused on the vine rather than the trellis.
1. From running programs to building people
2. From running events to training people
3. From using people to growing people
4. From filling gaps to training new workers
5. From solving problems to helping people make progress
6. From clinging to ordained ministry to developing team leadership
7. From focusing on church polity to forging ministry partnerships
8. From relying on training institutions to establishing local training
9. From focusing on immediate pressures to aiming for long-term expansion
10. From engaging in management to engaging in ministry
11. From seeking church growth to desiring gospel growth
Filed under: Discipleship, Ministry
Following on from previous posts, here and here, Paul Tripp gives a series of principles to help examine the motivations of our hearts here. How can we determine whether we’re laying up treasures for God’s kingdom or for self?
Tripp gives the questions below as a helpful diagnostic.
- The absence of what causes us to want to give up and quit?
- The pursuit of what leads us to feeling over-burdened and overwhelmed?
- The fear of what makes us tentative and timid rather than courageous and hopeful?
- The craving for what makes us burn the candle at both ends until we have little left?
- The “need” for what robs ministry of its beauty and joy?
- The desire for what sets up tensions between ministry and family?
Filed under: Discipleship, On the links, Sermon prep, idolatry, paul tripp
A third way to discern idols works best for those
who have professed a faith in God. You may regularly go to a place of worship. You may have a full, devout
set of doctrinal beliefs. You may be trying very hard
to believe and obey God. However, what is your real,
daily functional salvation? What are you really living
for, what is your real – not your professed – god? A
good way to discern this is how you respond to un-answered prayers and frustrated hopes. If you ask for
something that you don’t get, you may become sad
and disappointed. Then you go on. Hey, life’s not over.
Those are not your functional masters. But when you
pray and work for something and you don’t get it and
you respond with explosive anger or deep despair, then
you may have found your real god. (Keller, Counterfeit Gods, p. 169)
Filed under: Discipleship, Sermon prep, Tim Keller
Filed under: General stuff
There’s been a helpful series of posts over at the Desiring God blog, all focusing on the particular temptations that new moms (that’s mum’s with an American accent I guess), are likely to be subjected to.
Lots of what is said there is applicable to both new mums and dads, and there’s things to chew over for parents however old their children are. find the first post here, and then find subsequent posts at the bottom of the article.
Filed under: Children, Discipleship, Marriage & Family, motherhood
Russell Moore has commented on the rise of men making use of Internet pornography and computer games in, Fake Love, Fake War: Why so many men are addicted to internet porn and video games.
Men were made to make love and war, and both pornography and Call of Duty feed that need without the risk involved in reality. The gospel is the story of Christ’s love for his bride and his war against Satan and is dominions – that’s the reality all men have been called to engage in.
The answer to both addictions is to fight arousal with arousal. Set forth the gospel vision of a Christ who loves his bride and who fights to save her. And then let’s train our young men to follow Christ by learning to love a real woman, sometimes by fighting his own desires and the spirit beings who would eat him up. Let’s teach our men to make love, and to make war . . . for real.
Filed under: Biblical Manhood, Discipleship
Let’s just say this is the most ambitious in Tim Challies’ excellent series of visual theology charts. The phrase “one another” is used over 40 times in the New Testament to instruct Christians how to, and how not to treat one another. Apparently they are all displayed on this easy-to-read graphic!
Filed under: General stuff, tim challies, visual theology
The final post in Tim Chester’s series on Facebook and social networking can be found here. Again I recommend you read the whole thing for yourself if only for the highly amusing (and highly accurate) paragraph on Facebook being the creation of nerds for the generation of nerds.
If you don’t get that far consider these words Tim closes with:
Think about what you have written and read on your Facebook wall this week. Think about the tweets you have followed this week. Imagine reading them in six months time. I am guessing, but I suspect that most of what is written will be drivel. Trivia. Empty. “Eating egg on toast. Yum.” “On my way to the station.” “Great party last night.” “Jack just fell over. LOL.” “Love the photos. You’re so gorgeous.” Poke. Listen to the prophet Isaiah:
A voice says, “Cry out.”And I said, “What shall I cry?”“All men are like grass,and all their glory is like the flowers of the field.The grass withers and the flowers fall,because the breath of the LORD blows on them.Surely the people are grass.The grass withers and the flowers fall,but the word of our God stands for ever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8)
The Facebook comments wither and the tweets fall, but the word of our God stands for ever.
Filed under: Discipleship, On the links, facebook, tim chester