School recently started up here again in Australia. This year I’m spending 45+ minutes each morning bringing our daughters to school. At first I looked at that as a bit of a drag, but then I realized it’s actually a huge opportunity. I can use this time for listening to some great podcasts. Let me recommend the following to you:
The White Horse Inn
I’ve been listening to the WHI off and on for a long time (since the early 2000s). This past week, they had a great interview with Adam Duker, a comparative religions professor. WHI is available on Spotify and other platforms.
Pastor Chris Gordon is a long-time friend and colleague of mine. He presently pastors the Escondido United Reformed Church in California. AG has been running for years (I used to participate in the Friday programs when Chris was in Lynden and I was in Langley — good times!). A program that stood out for me this week was this one on “Christian myths and other famous quips.” Does “God help those who help themselves”? Is God a “gentleman”? Check it out.
Christ the Center
CTC tends to be a bit weightier than the other programs I’m mentioning. But it’s good to be challenged and stretch yourself intellectually. CTC often has interesting topics and sometimes controversial guests. This past week, I enjoyed their interview with Dr. David Van Drunen about his forthcoming book, Politics and Christendom.
Mid-America Reformed Seminary Round-Table
This podcast (available on Spotify) features MARS professors in discussion on topics they teach at the seminary. Just this morning, I enjoyed this interview with Rev. Danny Patterson, who teaches introductory Christian counselling. There’s some good conversation there, especially about the use of medication.
I don’t often share links in this space, but I’ve got three that I shared on social media today that are definitely worth passing on here too:
January/February 2020 Reformed Perspective
If you’re not familiar with it, this is a great Reformed magazine and it’s available as a free download.
Church Should Be Your Excuse for Missing Everything Else
Regular habitual church attendance is essential for spiritual health. As the author says:
…the reality is that I have never known a casual attendee to thrive in any meaningful capacity. I have yet to meet another pastor/elder that can testify to the exemplary faith of the professing Christian who abdicates regular church attendance. I have witnessed seasons of growth from them, yet I have simultaneously witnessed a stunted growth because invariably, they are sporadically absent from the ordinary means God has given them for their maturity, encouragement, and perseverance in the Christian faith. More often than this stunted growth though is no growth at all, or worse, a “back-sliding” of sorts.
Jesus Devastates an Old-Earth
When it comes to the age of the earth and similar issues, why don’t we just listen to our Lord Jesus? After all, he was there “at the beginning.” He knows what he’s talking about.
Just over five years ago, I posted something about the blogs I regularly read. It’s about time to do an update on that. People change and blogs change. For example, last time around I recommended Jeremy DeHaan’s Sixteen Seasons. Sadly, since then he’s become a Roman Catholic and I can no longer recommend his writing. Other blogs have more or less gone dormant.
Some things remain the same. Last time around, I recommended Feedly as a great resource to manage the reading of blogs. I still use Feedly and still recommend it. It’s the best way to curate the sometimes overwhelming content that’s out there in the “blogosphere.”
Here are some of the blogs I’m reading these days and can recommend for various reasons:
Challies Dot Com — Talk about staying power! Tim Challies has been blogging for years and his stuff is still worth recommending. I especially appreciate his daily “a la carte” features — it puts you on to other valuable content every day.
The Bridgehead — This is the website and blog of Christian social commentator Jonathan Van Maren. This is a must-read if you want to keep up with rapidly changing cultural developments.
The Wee Flea — David Robertson is currently a Reformed pastor in Scotland — he’s moving down here to Australia in the near future. He also engages a lot of social issues with penetrating commentary.
The Aquila Report — This is not really a blog, but an aggregator. They collect stories (including blog posts) from around the Reformed/Presbyterian world. If you want to know what’s going on in the Reformed/Presbyterian world, you have to read The Aquila Report.
The Reformed Reader — This blog is co-written by Andrew Compton and Shane Lems. It sometimes features book reviews, but more often interesting quotes or excerpts. Some of them can be useful for sermon illustrations. Here’s a good example.
Outward OPC — “Outward OPC is a work of the OPC Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension. This new website exists to encourage zeal for reaching the lost and to be a tool for the OPC and other reformed churches to be more effective in reaching people outside the church.” Enough said.
I have updated my Liturgical Resources page on this site. It now features Microsoft Word files of the five appendices for my forthcoming book, Aiming to Please: A Guide to Reformed Worship. Especially pastors may find these helpful. They can be freely modified and adapted.
The Free Reformed Church of Launceston (where I serve) has just recently started livestreaming our Sunday worship services (9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, Eastern Australia time). You can also find an archive of recent services. It’s all here at our YouTube channel.
Additionally, the notes for most of my sermons eventually end up at TheSeed.info