Evangelical Guilt in Evangelism–and How John 3 Helps

Do you struggle with guilt related to evangelism?  Do you feel like you do very little as a Christian to “draw” lost people?  I sometimes struggle with this feeling–and sometimes, it’s justified.  It’s a very healthy thing to examine one’s evangelistic witness, and to push oneself out of one’s comfort zone (read: the evangelical church/parachurch [Read More...]

Hiestand on the Pastor-Scholar

I somehow missed these worthy words from my buddy Gerald Hiestand, a pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel, on the need for pastor-scholars: “The legacy of such great men teaches us the value of uniting the role of pastor with that of theologian; yet a resounding absence of such a union marks the church today. Our [Read More...]

Tim Keller on Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age

Found this over at the Christianity Today site.   Tim Keller, whose recent book The Reason for God took flack from some for what was viewed as a light treatment of the evangelical doctrine of hell, wrote “Preaching Hell in a Tolerant Age” in 1997.  Leadership Journal just reprinted it, and I’m thankful that they did. [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, June 28, 2008

1. Here’s a PDF copy of the 9Marks eJournal I mentioned yesterday. It’s on marriage and pastoral families. A terrific issue, as I said. Thanks, Z, for the note. 2. Did you miss the audio download from the 2008 Band of Bloggers session? If so, here it is. Some of the best commentary from Christians [Read More...]

Comments on God Delighting in Small (New England) Churches

From Paul Buckley in Methuen, MA (check out his excellent, Christ-exalting blog)– “I pastor a Sovereign Grace Ministries Church in New England, King of Grace Church. Thanks for your encouraging post! Pastoring in New England has been a wonderful adventure of learning to glory in Christ and the precious folks he does give us and [Read More...]

Does God, Perhaps, Delight in the Small?

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. –Matthew 7:13-14I think that God delights in [Read More...]

New Series at Said at Southern: Seasons of a Seminarian, Part One

I’m itching to write a number of things this week, but I first want to tell you about a series of articles I’m writing at Said at Southern, the SBTS metablog, about seminary. If you’ve ever wanted a kind of overview of the seminary experience from a student’s perspective, you might find this series interesting. [Read More...]

How Many Services Should a Church Have, Anyway?

This is a controverted question in the current day. Following from yesterday’s discussion, there are a considerable number of churches today that cut out some of the traditional services–Sunday night and Wednesday night–in order to streamline the church and avoid cluttering the busy calendars of the members. Is this a positive development or a negative [Read More...]


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