David Qaoud: “In this post, I will give advice for those of you who want to start reading the Bible but are not sure where to start or what to do. I write with beginners and new believers in mind, but I hope seasoned Bible readers will find benefit as well.”
When I was at Synod, one of my colleagues introduced me to this clever evangelistic resource. I left a bunch of them around the Melbourne airport the other day — and when I came home, I ordered 200 more. There are similar tracts for the US and Canada.
I officiated at a parishioner’s funeral on Friday. One of the songs we sang was Psalm 139. Then I noticed this beautiful little meditation on the same Psalm. Death is the one thing we all have to face — as Christians we need not fear it or be anxious about it. Its sting has been removed by Christ. It’s a beginning, not an end!
Chris Gordon reflects on what’s ailing the Presbyterian Church in America.
A Prisoner Set Free
“Jesus did not come for the healthy but the sick, and that includes the prisoners regardless of their crime. In this evangelism story, hear how a man, Colin, was freed from two types of imprisonment — a temporal and eternal. The latter was brought about by his friend, Julian, who was faithful to share the gospel with him relentlessly — even though Colin mocked and scorned him.”
Chris Gordon: “Praise is not: “1,2,3 let’s go” as the band jams for twenty minutes. Praise is not created by a hip worship band and leader up front manipulating emotions to bring people into an ecstatic state as the congregation watches, mostly in silence, the great performance. People who live by this kind of intoxicating approach to praise will never find true satisfaction in God’s worship. The experience will never be high enough, the churchgoer will be tossed back and forth by every wind of “feeling.””
A new resource from Joel Beeke and Nick Thompson to help parents lead their kids through the first book of the Bible. At the link you can check out some sample pages. I did — it looks awesome.
So, You’re Pregnant…
Choice 42 is one of my favourite pro-life organizations. They do a lot of good work providing concrete assistance to women in crisis pregnancies. If you follow them on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll often be extended opportunities to personally help. They’ve also put out a number of great pro-life videos, including this one, their latest:
Thomas Purifoy Jr.: “…it is my strongest conviction as a Reformed Christian that 6-day creation is the only longterm viable option for Reformed theology. As D. Martin Lloyd-Jones said, “I have no gospel unless Genesis is history.””
Chris Gordon: “It has become rather en vogue in our time for churches to change their name from what once identified their denominational affiliation to that which has a more generic and independent church feel. We’ve moved from First Presbyterian Church to names like the Rock, the Movement, Energy Church, Fusion Church, etc. Changing a name is no little matter for a church.”
All “scientific” arguments for deep time begs the question!
Dr. Jason Lisle explains what is the scientific way to refute a competing view of history. We do it performing an internal critique. For example we can, for the sake of argument, show how the secular assumptions of naturalism and uniformitarianism would lead to logical inconsistencies.
The following is a reminder to pastors to preach as dying men to dying people, to preach every sermon as if it were your last. The following is a reminder for all of us to live each day as if it were our last — to live in the light of eternity. Check it out. Read the whole thing and then take some time to listen.