Upcoming: John Piper and Don Carson on Pastors and Scholars

In just two weeks, on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Park Community Church in Chicago, IL, the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will host an evening of free lectures and discussion with Dr. John Piper of Bethlehem Baptist Church and Dr. D. A. Carson of Trinity Evangelical [Read More...]

Phil Ryken on James Boice: What Young Pastors Can Learn from Godly Mentors

In the latest issue of 9Marks, which I blogged a while back, Phil Ryken, one of my pastoral heroes, has written a brief but engrossing article called “What Would Jim Do?” about his early experience at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church under James Boice, the venerable minister.  Here are a few selections from the article, which [Read More...]

Dude, You’re Not Mark Driscoll, and Other Ways to Find a Pastoral Identity

9Marks just released its new eJournal on helping young pastors. I highly commend it to you–it looks very, very helpful. I had a thought on this topic.  It strikes me that young pastors, which I hope will one day include me, need to emulate our leaders and heroes, but only to a point.  We need [Read More...]

“So What?”: The Chronicle Review on The New Educational Epistemology

From the most recent edition of The Chronicle Review comes a compelling and must-read article by Tim Clydesdale, “Wake Up and Smell the New Epistemology,” about how today’s students approach education (not available online): “For decades, we professors and administrators drank deeply of notions like “knowledge for knowledge’s sake” and “the transformative power of the [Read More...]

David Jackman on Preaching That Connects

From the just-published Trinity Journal come from wise words of expert preacher David Jackman of the U. K.’s Proclamation Trust: “Counteract the particular distortions of our present cultural context by refuting them biblically.  That is to say that we must read the newspaper as well as the Scriptures.  We should be people who know and [Read More...]

Phil Ryken’s Excellent Talk and Interview Are Online

We at the Henry Center in Deerfield, IL are pleased to announce that the audio and video files for both the Scripture and Ministry lecture and interview with Dr. Phil Ryken of Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, PA are now posted and ready for viewing and reflection.  These events took place on October 1 and [Read More...]

Walking the Sawdust Trail: The Altar-Call and its Use in American Evangelicalism

“The pastor closes his sermon: “The Holy Spirit bids you come. The congregation, praying, hoping, expectant, bids you come. On the first note of the first stanza, come down one of these stairways, down one of these aisles. May angels attend you. May the Holy Spirit of God encourage you. May the presence of Jesus [Read More...]

Tim Keller on Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture

Manhattan pastor Tim Keller recently addressed questions related to the unique challenges of ministry in our day in an online interview.  I found the link through Florida pastor’s Tullian Tchividjian’s excellent blog. Here’s what Keller had to say about the need for revival in our day (remarks published on Darryl Dash’s blog): “We live in [Read More...]

The Suffering and the Glory: Phil Ryken and Pastoral Ministry

Today, on October 1, 2008, at 3pm in the ATO chapel in Deerfield, IL, my employer, the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, will sponsor a Scripture and Ministry lecture by Dr. Phil Ryken, Senior Pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA. The lecture is entitled “The Suffering and the Glory: Pastoral Ministry in [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, September 12, 2008

1. Timmy Brister has a nice summary of what evangelicals are saying about Sarah Palin’s Vice President bid as a mother of five children.  Also, see Dave Schrock’s helpful blog for a similar survey. 2. A thoughtful post by Dustin Benge on the role of the OT in pastoral theology. 3. DC evangelical Joe Carter [Read More...]


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