Monthly Archives: August 2012

Friday Funny: The Funeral of Chuckles the Clown

A scene from the episode TV Guide ranked #1 in its 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.

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Trevin’s Seven

Links for your weekend reading:

1. Do You Make These Excuses to Avoid Sermon Illustrations?

2. Seth Godin – Crash Diets and Good Habits

3. Is Obama a Self-Professed Evangelical?

4. Seven Sabbatical Insights for Pastors

5. How Much Did Famous Logos Cost to Design?

6. What Nixon would have said if the first manned moon landing had failed

7. What Non-Christian Counselors Don’t Tell You

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The Gospel from 8-5: Talking “Work” with J.D. Greear

What does the gospel have to do with our work? Earlier this year, I sat down with J.D. Greear to talk about “the gospel from 8 to 5.”

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Worth a Look 8.30.12

Kindle Deal of the Day: Making Sense of the Future by Wayne Grudem. $3.99.

With clear writing and a contemporary approach, emphasizing how each doctrine should be understood and applied by present-day Christians, Making Sense of the Future explores the fulfillment of Scripture—the bodily return of Christ.Topics include but are not limited to the primary views of the Millennium (thousand years): Amillennialism—the reign of Christ is now being fulfilled; Postamillennialism—Christ will return after the millennium; Premillennialism—Christ will come back after the millennium.Whichever view the reader subscribes to, the end result is clear: there will be a sudden, personal, visible, bodily return of Christ.

9 Ideas for Better Members’ Meetings:

Many of us have horror stories of members’ meetings gone terribly wrong. But do they always have to end in bitterness and bickering? I don’t think so. Here are nine suggestions to help set members’ meetings on the right track.

Rhythm, Repetition, and the Book of Common Prayer:

The distinctive aspect of the Cranmer liturgy is that it is in English — and a particular form of stately English whose wording may seem antique but whose rhythms retain a classic beauty. I wouldn’t, and can’t, write the same way. Yet passages like those after the jump have stuck in my mind as the pure idea of how sentences should be paced, should repeat for emphasis yet also vary, should end.

All Gospels Were Not Created Equal:

Forgive me for the obvious remark, but they never seriously contemplated adding most of the Nag …

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7 Books We Enjoy with Our Kids

Our daughter, Julia, is four years old now, and she loves when we read to her. In going through the books in her room last week, I wrote down a list of the books we return to again and again. Some of them have carried over from when Timothy was younger. Others are new additions to the family. Here are a few I’d recommend for your preschoolers:

1. Just Because You’re Mine
Sally Lloyd-Jones

You probably know of Sally Lloyd-Jones from her masterpiece - The Jesus Storybook Bible, but you shouldn’t overlook this charming tale of a little squirrel scampering through the woods with his dad. The point of the story is that the father doesn’t love his son for being handsome, brave, fast, or friendly. “No, little one… I love you just because you’re mine,” he says, painting a picture of father-love bestowed on a child apart from any merit or earnings. I have read this book to Julia more times than I can remember, and I have yet to grow tired of it.

2. My Little Girl
Tim McGraw and Tom Douglas

I was skeptical when someone gave us this book by country singer Tim McGraw. The jump from writing songs to writing books seemed like a cleverly designed marketing ploy. But I was wrong. After more than a dozen readings of this book with Julia, I consider it a favorite.

The story follows a little girl spending the day with her dad. The dad displays tenderness and toughness in the way he …

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Worth a Look 8.29.12

Kindle Deal of the Day: No Other gods: Confronting Our Modern Day Idols by Kelly Minter. FREE.

No Other gods offers a revealing look at the heart of a woman. Author Kelly Minter explores what happens when good desires become false gods, robbing us of an intimate relationship with our heavenly father. So discover the freedom in surrender. The healing in worship. And the joy found in exchanging everyday gods for the one true God.

Cal Thomas on Romney’s Opportunity:

This is a “take your medicine” election for Americans who think we can go on without reforms in Medicare and Social Security and with no substantial reductions in wasteful and unnecessary government spending.

Slow Economy Continues to Weigh on Pastors:

Pastors say the economy continues to have a negative impact on their churches despite stabilized giving, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.

Timothy Tennent – Missional Leaders for the Church:

These demographic facts are not easy to accept.  It is much easier to turn up the volume on our latest Christian CD, point to the hundreds of cars in mega-church parking lots, or pick up the latest Christian romance novel, rather than soberly face the fact that we are not passing the faith down to the next generation.   What should we do?  Here are three suggestions.

D.A. Carson on Angry Christians and the Devil’s Tactics:

When you’re busy hating everybody, and denouncing everybody, and seeking political solutions to everything, it’s very difficult to evangelize. Isn’t it? Very hard to be compassionate, to look …

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A Word to My Calvinist Friends

As one who doesn’t follow your logical arguments all the way to their conclusions, I confess my frustration with the type of condescension that often accompanies your passion for your position.

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Worth a Look 8.28.12

Kindle Deal of the Day: Matthew Henry’s Unabridged Commentary On The Whole Bible: Vol. I – VI. $2.99.

The Challenges of a Lengthy Pastorate:

As I have continued to reflect on my last 25 years of pastoral ministry at Kabwata Baptist Church, I have thought about what the challenges of a lengthy pastoral ministry are. I think that both long and short pastorates have their pros and cons. However, having only experienced a lengthy pastorate, I can only share about what I know.

Eastern Orthodox Lose Two Evangelical Bridges:

Metropolitan Jonah, by most accounts the highest-ranking, evangelical-friendly archpriest in North America’s Eastern Orthodox Church, resigned under duress in July.

4 Ways to Create an Evangelistic Culture in Your Church:

While the creation of an evangelistic culture cannot be reduced to a simple formulaic approach, I can offer four suggestions of a more practical nature.

Fake Celebrity Prank in New York City – the video is funny and disturbing at the same time:

On the night of July 27th, 2012, a huge prank was pulled in New York City and this is the video of what took place. Brett Cohen came up with a crazy idea to fool thousands of pedestrians walking the streets of Times Square into thinking he was a huge celebrity, and it worked! Not only did it work, it caused quite a stir. This social experiment, of sorts, makes a profound statement about how modern culture is so attracted to pop culture, without any real credibility …

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Power for Proclamation

The Spirit indwells us and gives us power for gospel proclamation. He is lifting up Jesus. And the more we are filled with the Spirit, the more we will lift Him up too.

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Worth a Look 8.27.12

Kindle Deal of the Day: Godspeed: Making Christ’s Mission Your Own by Britt Merrick. $2.24.

Have you ever felt like there’s a higher calling for your life? Something more than the mundane weekly routine of work, eat, sleep, play, and church? In Godspeed, Britt Merrick challenges us to step out of our little, self-centered lives and step into God’s grand mission—His plan to restore, redeem, and renew the world. Your heart has been aching for something more. This is it. Join His mission and change the world.

Scot McKnight interacts with a recent TGC Discussion on Jesus and the gospel:

I was with a friend the other day, I asked him straight up, “Are the Gospels the gospel?” With a bit of a look of dismissal and condescension, he said No with the suggestion that it’s clear for everyone but me. He’s at odds with Carson, Keller and Piper on this one. They think Luke presents the gospel. I agree.

11 Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Challenges Unique to Rural Pastors:

If you are thinking about going into rural ministry… you need to talk with the congregation about some of the things on this list if you value your marriage. If you are in the congregation of a rural church you need to take this to heart for the sake of your pastor and his family.

The Man Alive: Irenaeus did not teach self-fulfillment

Reviewing conversations with Christians over the past half-century or so, I am impressed by how often I have heard quoted a line …

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