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This is a list of recent blog posts which I found interesting. That I found them interesting doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with or endorse all of the ideas presented in the posts, but that I found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. They may benefit you as you prayerfully consider your area of shepherding and stewardship, which has been given to you in trust by the Lord. (They are listed in no particular order of interest.) Please post your comments to discuss any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link and your reasons for nominating that post to
I wish more pastors, rather than trying to make the main point of their Sunday sermon from the Scriptures, would take their main point from the the Scriptures. Trust me: this is not mere semantics! As a person who preaches on a weekly basis, let me assure you that there is a fundamental difference between a pastor who has some conviction or thought that he wants to share with his congregation and then strives to find a passage of Scripture that supports that thought, as opposed to the pastor who chooses to let God's Word say whatever it says without forcing his own thoughts or ideas on upon the text. The latter takes as his objective for the next week's Message whatever the next verse or chapter of the Bible has to say. Such preachers are an extremely rare breed in Kamloops. You will know them by their fruit: a commitment to take years, if necessary, to walk through books of the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter, and book by book. My prayer is that you would give yourself the gift of a preacher and a church this holiday season that is committed to the systematic, progressive, linear exposition of Scripture, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, and book by book.
"I contend that the preacher can offer to his congregation a one-size-fits-all gift this Christmas season. What is this gift? This gift, while being audience-sensitive, is not audience-driven. Rather, it is text-driven and thereby audience-sensitive in the best possible way. Those sermons which best conform to God’s Word are text-driven, audience-sensitive sermons."
Michael Horton revisits letters from Screwtape to Wormwood, and offers an interesting take on the war against Christmas.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer awoke December 25, 1943 on a hard wooden bed. It was the first of two Christmases he would spend sequestered in a Nazi prison. What he reflects on and what he writes about will lift your heart and soul as you head into the holiday season.
D.A. Carson offers insight and reflection on the union of Christ's two natures. Be reminded and encouraged of what God did for you in becoming one of you this holiday season!
As we all shop for our little ones this holiday season, as we all take extra time off from work to play with our kiddos, here are a few links to stir up the shepherding heart of a parent with you!
You can start teaching your kids now to be the leaders that God wants them to be. Think about it, and shepherd with fidelity that which God has entrusted to you.
No good leader can lead his family or his church without some consideration for the future. Sam Rainer offers some helpful and insightful observations about what to expect in 2013. Take these into consideration as you think about how you want to lead your family or church into the next year.
As many of you are planning on taking your kids to see The Hobbit over the holidays, read this review of the movie. I thought Melton Duncan offered a great point about the story that Hollywood is telling, verses the story that Tolkien is telling.
Go grab your kids and take a look at Everest in high def. Not spectacular, in my humble opinion, but beautiful nonetheless!