Reading for Your Weekend—2/5/16

I hope you all have had a great week. Hard to believe that Friday is here again. Here are some links from around the web that are worth checking out. weeklyreading

My Posts from Around the Web

The Impossibility of Worldview No Man's Land

The Spirit Falls on the Gentiles (Acts 10:34-38)

Praying the Psalms: Psalm 19

I was honored to contribute a guest post over at For the Church. You can check out the post called God's Word Bears Fruit in God's Time.

Posts from Around the Web

Must Every Church Be Multi-Ethnic?

A Great video, discussing the challenges and implementation of multi-ethnic churches.

5 Reasons You Should (Probably) Leave Your Attractional Church

Jared Wilson, provides good council of when it is a good idea to leave your attractional church.

Your 7 Responsibilities as a Church Member

Church members have responsibilities. Jonathan Leeman identifies 7 key ones.

Ipso Pronto

Doug Wilson, always provocative, discusses the recent issues involving planned parenthood.

Nine Keys to Maximizing Your Church Facebook Page

We at Forest Hills are trying to maximize our Facebook page as a way to outreach. These nine tips were helpful.

Reading for Your Weekend—1/29/16

It's Friday, so it's time for another edition of Reading for Your Weekend, a list of links to posts and resources that are worth checking out. You will find both links to stuff I've posted this week in addition to links around the web that are worth checking out. weeklyreading

My Posts Around the Web

History of the Church — Session 3: The Beginnings of Christendom

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From Around the Web

Hermeneutics of Humility — Chris Dunn

God is worth His word being studied well. In fact, the words of God are immanently crucial for believers and unbelievers alike. Of course arriving at the meaning of those words is a daunting task; nonetheless, it is a task we must engage in. In contemplating this serious endeavor, the gravity should lead to what might be called a hermeneutic of humility. Several applicable considerations can help in cultivating such a posture.

Ways to Recognize a "Church Control Freak" — Chuck Lawless

Slightly humorous, unfortunately true, this post by Chuck Lawless will help you identify those control freaks in your church.

The Great Ebook Battle of 2016 — Trevin Wax

I've always enjoyed reading about the debate between physical and digital books. With these recent posts from Michael Hyatt and Tim Challies, I find myself more in line with Trevin Wax.

Why Are Pastors Leaving Churches So They Can Pastor? — Collin Hansen

A thought provoking piece, exploring the misconceptions and tension within pastoral ministry.

he church needs both kinds of leadership—pastoral and executive—in that order. The pastor cannot do his job according to Scripture if he’s tied up in administration. But the church can’t fulfill its mission unless servants step forward to carry this burden. Pastors don’t need to leave the church in order to pastor. They do, however, need realistic expectations.

Kill Your (Celebrity Culture) Worship — Mike Cosper

I would argue that the problem isn’t contemporary innovations, and the answer isn’t (necessarily) tradition. The problem is with the church’s understanding of the purpose and goal of worship. What are we seeking to accomplish with our gatherings? Is the church gathering for the purpose of robustly forming people with the story of the gospel, with remembering and renewing her covenant with God? And is everything that happens in the gathering serving that end?

From Augustine's Conversion to 'Confessions' — Gerald Bray

I've been working on a Sunday night lesson on Augustine this week. This post came out at the right time.

Reading for Your Weekend—1/22/16

It's Friday, so it's time for another edition of Reading for Your Weekend, a list of links to posts and resources that are worth checking out. You will find both links to stuff I've posted this week in addition to links around the web that are worth checking out. weeklyreading

My Posts around the Web

Sermon: A Father to the Fatherless (Notes, Audio, and Video at the link)

https://vimeo.com/152311894

History of the Church: Session 2—The Early Church Father's (Notes and Audio at the link)

Around the Web

Pastor, Mind Your RBM or Risk Burnout - Jared Wilson

Most faithful ministry leaders I know are tired. Many are the good kind of tired — they work hard, stay diligent and productive, and love their churches and ministries well. But many are the bad kind of tired — they overwork, they over-commit, they’re one or two more ministry crises or conflicts away from falling apart. So how can a pastor work to protect himself from crashing and burning? Incorporate the necessary ministry rhythm of RBM.

What’s RBM? Rest. Boundaries. Margin.

The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy - Albert Mohler

Christians who lack biblical knowledge are the products of churches that marginalize biblical knowledge. Bible teaching now often accounts for only a diminishing fraction of the local congregation’s time and attention. The move to small group ministry has certainly increased opportunities for fellowship, but many of these groups never get beyond superficial Bible study.

Going All-in With Ebooks - Tim Challies

Challies describes why he is converting to all digital books. His thoughts are amusing and interesting as he wrestles with the decision. Although I don't think I could ever go all e-books, his insights are intriguing.

How Pro-Life Christians Honor a Pro-Choice President - John Piper

How can we as pro-life Christians honor President Barack Obama when he supports the right to kill unborn children for any reason up through the age of viability?

Who Would Palin Comparison? - Doug Wilson

A humorous, insightful, and well-written piece of political commentary by Doug Wilson. I'll share my favorite paragraph:

The fourth consideration is that there will be others (many others) who will adapt to the prospect of a Trump administration with remarkable flexibility. Where there is money, where there is power, powerful rationalizations will necessarily follow. The throne rooms of history have more than once been occupied by miscreants and demagogues, and whenever that happens, the number of flattering courtiers does not go down.