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Yesterday was the fiftieth anniversary of Joni Eareckson Tada’s diving accident. I remember seeing a movie about her (in which she played herself) produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association when God was in the process of drawing me to Himself.  You can read her reflections here – you’ll be glad you did.

Rob Bell says quoting Romans 8:28 is not something Christians should do when comforting someone who’s suffering. Owen Strachan responds here. I’ve heard this piece of “advice” from Christians other than Rob Bell, before and it’s terrible. How can we withhold God’s Word from His people? To do so is to not love them.

The gospel might divide a church, according to Jared Wilson. We’re under obligation to preach the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ – inside and outside the church. But we need to be ready for the response, which won’t always be good. You can read the three ways this might happen here.

Golfer Matt Kuchar is a class act. This open letter to him by a British journalist explains why.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on Philippians 1:7-8. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: True Christian fellowship is a combination of devotion to, delight in, and desire for each other.

 

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on Acts 16:6-40 as I begin a new series in the book of Philippians. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: In the beginning of the church in Philippi, the sovereignty of God is pervasive and undeniable.

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As a pastor, I want to have some knowledge of what’s going on with the media and technology used during our worship services, but I don’t necessarily want to be an expert (I might be asked to run the sound booth!).

Lights, Camera, Worshipby Greg Zschomler is a crash-course in media and technical arts (as they’re called). Brief, easy-to-read chapters on subjects such as video projection, video production, graphics design, developing a web presence, social media, strategic stage lighting, theatrical production, costume and makeup design, audio reinforcement essentials, worship planning, and the building of volunteer tech teams.

I knew there was a lot involved in all of these areas, but I had no idea how much. There are a number of good suggestions in the book which could be easily implemented. Before reading it, I was concerned that the material would only be applicable to large churches, but not small churches (like the one I pastor). Those concerns were addressed with the realization that the basic principles apply everywhere.

Lights, Camera, Worship! is a good and necessary book. Tolls lege!

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This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on John 12:20-26. The following is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Because of His imminent death, Jesus taught clearly that we need Him desperately, salvation comes as a result of His sacrificial death, and discipleship involves self-sacrifice and service.

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Some say the Reformation of is over – there’s no need for it anymore. R.C. Sproul begs to differ. I heartily agree with him. Here’s his article on the subject.

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Healthy Church Member

Thabiti Anyabwile (I know it looks like a difficult name, but if you work it, it isn’t that hard – really) has written a book that is brief (121 pages), informative, and necessary. Church membership is a misunderstood, and sometimes ignored, concept in the contemporary American church.

What Is A Healthy Church Member? is part of the 9Marks ministry headed up by Mark Dever (based on his book Nine Marks of a Healthy Church). Each of the small books in the series deals with one of the marks, such as church membership. Others deal with expository preaching, biblical theology, the gospel, a biblical view of conversion, evangelism, church discipline,  discipleship, and leadership.

If you’re at all interested in the subject of church membership (what it is and why it’s important), then this book is one you’ll want to read. Tolle lege!

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