Listening is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do, and one of the hardest and most important. Here are six lessons to help you listen well.
— Read on www.desiringgod.org/articles/six-lessons-in-good-listening
God is inherently holy.
Humanity is inherently sinful.
How does a holy God justify a relationship with a sinful person?
“Literally, all the power available from God to live and be godly comes through knowledge! Amazing! What a premium we should put on doctrine and instruction in the Scriptures! Life and godliness are at stake.”
A devotional by John Piper
Jason Meyer writes about how pastoral ministry was becoming a burden to him, but Jonathan Edwards’s theology of joy helped him thrive.
— Read on www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/jonathan-edwards-save-ministry/
Recently (last August), Andy Stanley preached a series titled “Who Needs God.” In this series, he preached a message called “The Bible Tells Me So” (located here), which addresses issues that affect our ability to evangelize those individuals Stanley identifies as post-Christian. In all honesty, I’ve not listened to the message but I have seen the deluge of responses to it. So many were offended by Stanley’s message that he felt the need (justifiably) to explain his position in a fairly long article located here.
I’ve said for some time that our recourse to biblical authority is no longer persuasive to those who do not share our background and it is becoming increasingly apparent that many who may have shared our background no longer accept the bible as authoritative. That does not mean that the bible is any less true than it has always been, it just means that we might need to adjust our method of communicating that truth to others. This, I think, is Stanley’s argument.
Albert Mohler presents a rather scathing attack on Stanley’s message (presumably before Stanley’s explanation) in which he points out that, once we begin down the slippery slope of biblical doubt, it is difficult to slow or reverse our descent.
Of the many responses to Stanley’s message and article, I found that John Piper presents the most balanced analysis here.
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I’m quickly learning that we should not simply publish our first draft of a post. When I do this I find myself going back several times to correct obvious mistakes. At times I find that I must completely delete the post because it just doesn’t say what I wanted it to say. So I’ve determined that, from now on, I will at least allow the post to percolate for a bit before I post it in its final form.
Please click through to the article linked just below this post. Pastor John (John Piper) selects 11 scripture passages that remind us that God really does work for us. Not in the sense that He is in our employ, but recognizing the fact that we are really completely helpless without God’s assistance. We can’t get through a single moment without God’s help and the wonderful thing about that is that God loves to help us.