Just In Case

Just In Case You Missed It – August 5-12, 2017

  1. 3 Ways to Help Your Worship Leader” by Matthew Westerholm (Desiring God).
  2. A Theology of Vacationing” by Mark Johnston (The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals). I am always encouraged to see instruction from the Word on the importance of rest.
  3. Giving May Be the Most Neglected and Least Modeled Spiritual Gift in the Western Church” by Randy Alcorn (Eternal Perspective Ministries). Yes, we should provide means and information to the congregation how they can serve the body by giving more!
  4. The Book Glutton” by Tim Challies. I need to take some of his advice and replacing bad books with good books.

 

Just In Case You Missed It – July 29-August 5, 2017

  1. 10 Things You Should Know About the Sovereignty of God“10 Things You Should Know About the Sovereignty of God” by Sam Storms.
  2. Are You a Spectator on Sunday Morning?” by Michael Wittmer (Desiring God).
  3. In Awe of Her God” by Vaneetha Rendall Risner (Desiring God). If you have never read or hear Joni Eareckson Tada, read this article. It has been 50 years since her diving accident that left her a quadriplegic.
  4. When the Preaching Is Bad” by Nicholas T. Batzig (Feeding on Christ). It might be a good resource to make available on an ongoing basis at my church for post-sermon wrap-up after I preach.

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Just In Case You Missed It – July 24-29, 2017

  1. 9 Marks of a Prosperity Gospel Church” by D.A. Horton (9Marks). If you are in one of these churches, get out!
  2. How to Pray for Your Pastor” by Melton Duncan (Ligonier).
  3. Prince Among Preachers: My Tribute to Haddon Robinson (1931-2017)” by Steve Mathewson. One of my preaching mentors died this past week and here is one tribute.
  4. Stop Sending Out Good Vibes: Trading Vague Wishes for a Solid Hope” by Melissa Dennis (Desiring God). We just referenced the fallacy of “sending thoughts” or “good vibes” in our small group meeting this week. I am thankful to see others do the same.

Just In Case You Missed It – July 9-22, 2017

I have been on a trip to CA the last 2 weeks and didn’t read the normal amount of blogs, but here are a few blog posts that I enjoyed. Hope you enjoy them too.

  1. 5 Reasons Sermons Fail” by Jason K. Allen (For the Church). I am completely aware of each of these 5 reasons in my experience. Thankful that God uses our failures!
  2. 11 Reasons Spurgeon Was Depressed” by Christian George (The Spurgeon Center). Spurgeon is everyone’s favorite reference in church history for depression. Now, you can not only refer to him but explain what led to his bouts with depression. The best part of the article is the writer’s conclusion about how Spurgeon’s depression helped his ministry.
  3. 12 Principles on How to Disagree with Other Christians” by Andrew Naselli (9 Marks). Not that I want to encourage disagreements between Christians, but this article would be worth giving every new member of your church as a resource for protection from disunity.
  4. Marriage Is Not About You; Divorce Is All About You” by J.D. Greear. The only thing I would add to this article is how couples that divorce not only fall out of repentance, but also forgiveness.
  5. Why Read a Book On Sin?” By David Murray (Head Heart and Hand). After you read this article, I would encourage you to start with J.C. Ryle’s Holiness or Kris Lundgaard’s The Enemy Within.

Just In Case You Missed It – July 1-4, 2017

  1. Pastor John MacArthur Answers: Is It Sinful to Provide Services for a Gay Wedding?” by Samuel Smith (The Christian Post). I am very perplexed by MacArthur’s answer. Not sure I could or would answer this question the way he did.
  2. You Cannot Handle Your Pain” by J.A. Medders (Desiring God). An article on the use of lament in the Christian life.
  3. Thank God for the Idea of America” by Kevin DeYoung (The Gospel Coalition). A good and helpful blog post on God’s gift of our country.
  4. Don’t Skip Sunday School” by Josh Buice (Delivered by Grace). Sunday School is not as “popular” as it should be with many Christians, but here are some good reasons to join your church’s Sunday School ministry.

 

Just In Case You Missed It – June 26-29, 2017

  1. June 26 – “Three Reasons I Quote the Church Fathers When I Preach” by Trevin Wax (The Gospel Coalition). I am often asked why I quote so many saints in my sermons. Trevin and I are on the same page here.
  2. June 26 – “How to Make an Effective Pastor” by Clint Archer (The Cripplegate). This is a great help to pastors in need of encouragement to stay the task of preaching.
  3. June 26 – “Five Terrible Reasons to Enter Vocational Ministry” by Thom Rainer
  4. June 29 – “Lloyd-Jones: Make Room for the Cross” by Tommy Clayton (The Cripplegate). The more I read Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the more I long to meet him in heaven.
  5. June 29 – “The History of Vacation Bible School” by Gene Veith (Cranach: The Blog of Veith).

 

Just In Case You Missed It – June 19-22, 2017

  1. Maximum Security Seminary” by Sarak Eekhoff Zyistra (The Gospel Coalition). Here is an encouraging story of a prison that is handing out seminary degrees.
  2. The newest edition of the 9Marks journal is out. And the subject is church planting.
  3. Analyzing Annihilationism: Will Those in Hell Cease to Exist” by Eric Davis (The Cripplegate).
  4. The History of Pews” by Gene Veith (Cranach: The Blog of Veith)
  5. Preacher’s Toolkit: Should I Always Call for Repentance and Faith?” by Steven Lawson (The Gospel Coalition).