Advice for Young Pastors

This post from Kevin DeYoung lists 45 nuggets of wisdom for young pastors and theology students. If you’re a young pastor, a theology student, or someone who cares about the character of pastors, you’ll enjoy this post. Part One. Part Two.

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The Gospel and Social Justice

Here is a very interesting video series where Mark Dever and Jim Wallis discuss the relationship between the gospel and social justice. The staff at my church has been wrestling through ways to practically live out the reconciling message of the gospel in our neighborhood. Part One deals with racial reconciliation in the local church. HT: Timmy Brister.

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CNN Identifies “Fake” Christianity

A recent article on CNN identifies what they call “fake” Christianity and describes it as a “watered-down faith that portrays God as a ‘divine therapist’ whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem.” This brand of Christianity is very common in today’s churches, especially those geared towards attracting young people. But instead of attracting them, these churches end up repelling young people. Read the whole thing here.

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8 Questions to Ask Yourself Regarding Freedom in Christ

Read the whole thing here. 1. Am I fully persuaded that a course of action is right? 2. Can I do it as though I were doing it for God? 3. Would following a course of action be a stumbling block to other Christians? 4. Does this course of action promote peace? 5. Does this course of action edify others? 6. Is this course of action profitable? 7. Does this course of action enslave me? 8. Does this course of action bring glory to God?

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Glenn Beck and the Political Gospel

Great Post today from Dr. Russell Moore about Glenn Beck’s rally in Washington, DC. Read the whole thing here. A few gems… Too often, and for too long, American “Christianity” has been a political agenda in search of a gospel useful enough to accommodate it. There is a liberation theology of the Left, and there is also a liberation theology of the Right, and both are at heart mammon worship. The liberation theology of the Left often wants a Barabbas, to fight off the oppressors as though our ultimate problem were the reign of Rome and not the reign of death. The liberation theology of the Right wants a golden calf, to represent religion and to remind us of all the economic security we had in Egypt. Both want a Caesar or a Pharaoh, not a Messiah… Where there is no gospel, something else will fill the void: therapy, consumerism,…

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Starting a New Church Through Criticism and Complaining

In the heart of every leader is this inevitable dissatisfaction with the status quo which drives him to lead. That’s normal. Some have even called it a “divine discontent.” It is part of God’s call on a leader. There is an ugly and sinful side to this, however, and it affects those of us who plant churches. This attitude is the desire to plant a church to correct all wrongs, excesses, and theological inconsistencies of our prior church experiences. Instead of setting out with a positive vision of a desired future, we end up starting an anti-movement and attracting a bunch of malcontented complainers who are great at diagnosing the problem but are much less motivated to trust God with anything positive and truly transforming. I’ve been reading A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards and he addresses this problem. He likens complaining church planters to Absalom. Absalom was…

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Baptism Song: “Water Free”

I wrote and recorded this song with my band, Sign of Jonah, back in 1997. Since we are doing baptism at Christ the King Church tomorrow, I remembered this song and decided to post it here. Water Free Water Free All of my friends gather closely As we celebrate life and death and resurrection We join hands to thank, the executioner A close circle all around Yes, I love them dearly And all this time I keep thinking about What will it be like when its done I keep thinking about The resurrection Chorus May we never forget His sacrifice, But God forbid we ignore That Jesus is still alive I open my eyes for a moment While bright sparkles of sun Tickle my face And I smile momentarily I could stay here forever Never let me emerge The warm light refracts Through the waves of life rushing over my…

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