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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 .
This is a lengthy article but well worth your time and consideration!
The first reason given in this article is this: Pastoral Accountability. Please read this and give it some thought. Formal church membership is critical to your spiritual walk and to your pastor as well.
Douglas Wilson has a great piece on words, the meaning of words, and the person revealed behind the words that he or she may use. What does the title have to do with the article? I have no idea. What is he getting at when he leads off with his conclusion? Wilson should say more, but he does not. What he does say about the meaning of words is fabulous. Read it for yourself.
"Intent is to a text what God the Father is to the incarnate Son, and if you deny the Son, you can't have the Father. But it is equally true that if you have the Son, you have the Father also (1 Jn. 2:22). If you have the text, you have the meaning intended. To not have the intended meaning is to not have a text. To not have the meaning intended is to have squiggles on a page, which cry out for meaning like so many lost souls."
"Speaking in 1976 to a conference of ministers, London preacher, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, compared “the Puritans to the Alps, Luther and Calvin to the Himalayas, and Jonathan Edwards to Mount Everest.” As the greatest theologian and philosopher in American history, Edwards is certainly a summit worth climbing."
William Carey is just like you and me. But where you and I ponder and soul search over the momentous tasks that God places before us, Carey simply stepped out in faith. A few men gathered to consider a great task. From those men, a hero emerged. May heroes emerge from Bridge Baptist Church. May we be inspired by Carey.
"In October 1792, the Baptist Missionary Society was formed and Carey stepped forward to join the first deployment to India. Of that day Fuller recounted, “Our undertaking to India really appeared to me, on its commencement, to be somewhat like a few men, who were deliberating about the importance of penetrating a deep mine, which had never before been explored. We had no one to guide us; and, while we were thus deliberating, Carey, as it were, said, ‘Well, I will go down if you will hold the rope.’ But before he went down, he, as it seemed to me, took an oath from each of us at the mouth of the pit to this effect, that while we lived we should never let go the rope.” Carey made preparations to depart and when writing to his father, he resolved, “I have many sacrifices to make … But I have set my hand to the plough” (Luke 9:62)."
HT: Jared Wilson. Nicely done, Mr. Bashir. Nicely done.
“In practice, there are some sins that are socially acceptable, even in the Church. There's one sin in particular that has pervaded our society and churches so silently we hardly give it a second thought, and that is the constant hunt for more over what is enough.”
Clint Archer has some wise words about parenting. “Parent, you cannot break your child; they come broken. Likewise, exposing them to worldly vices will not make them sinful; they come that way already. I'm not saying kick your kid out of the protective bubble to fend for himself or herself. I'm saying, employ a strategy of slow, incremental education of how to deal with sin by relying on the Savior.”