Monday, May 12, 2014

All Around the Web - May 12, 2014

David Platt - Homosexuality and the Gospel

The Gospel Coalition - 8 Things I Want My Toddler to Thank His Mom For (in 20 Years)
1. Thank you for putting Christ before me.
2. Thank you for showing me grace, not works.
3. Thank you for showing me repentance, not false perfection.
4. Thank you for caring more about my character than my abilities.
5. Thank you for knowing that gospelling me was your and Dad's job.
6. Thank you for loving Daddy.
7. Thank you for giving me chances to serve.
8. Thank you for showing me what sacrificial love is.</

Thom Rainer - Nine Rapid Changes in Church Worship Services
  1. Choirs are disappearing. From 1998 to 2007, the percentage of churches with choirs decreased from 54% to 44%. If that pace holds to this year, the percentage of churches with choirs is only 37%.
  2. Dress is more casual. In many churches, a man wearing a tie in a worship service is now among the few rather than the majority. While the degree of casual dress is contextual, the trend is crossing all geographic and demographic lines.
  3. Screens are pervasive. Some of you remember the days when putting a projection screen in a worship center was considered a sacrilege. Now most churches have screens. And if they have hymnals, the hymnals are largely ignored and the congregants follow along on the screens.
  4. Preaching is longer. I will soon be in the process of gathering this data to make certain the objective research confirms the anecdotal information.
  5. “Multi” is normative. Most congregants twenty years ago attended a Sunday morning worship service where no other Sunday morning alternatives were available. Today, most congregants attend a service that is part of numerous alternatives: multi-services; multi-campuses; multi-sites; and multi-venues.
  6. Attendees are more diverse. The Duke study noted the trend of the decrease in the number of all-white congregations.
  7. Conflict is not increasing. In a recent post, I noted the decreasing frequency of worship wars. The Duke study noted that overall church conflict has not increased over a 20-year period.
  8. More worship attendees are attending larger churches. Churches with an attendance of 400 and up now account for 90% of all worship attendees. Inversely, those churches with an attendance of under 400 only account for 10% of worship attendees.
  9. Sunday evening services are disappearing. This issue has stirred quite a bit of discussion the past few years. I plan to expand upon it in my post this coming Saturday. Stay tuned.

Dick Morris - Republican Presidential Candidates Usually Lose Before They Win – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! | I think there is something to this, but I don't see one of the candidates from 2012 winning the nomination this time.

Real Clear Politics - Rubio: I Am Ready To Be President; Hillary Gets An "F" As Secretary Of State



Kevin DeYoung - Why Elder Subscription Is a Good Idea
Let me establish some givens:
  • You care about the spiritual health and theological fidelity of your church.
  • You have some kind of membership process in your church, including a basic statement of faith to which your members must adhere.
  • Your church is governed by a plurality of elders, and these elders are to care for the flock of God by teaching what is true and training up the body of Christ in the whole counsel of God.
With these three assumptions in place, let me pose an important question: should your elders subscribe to a confessional document more comprehensive than the statement of faith you use for church membership? If the bar for membership in the church should be roughly the same bar for membership into heaven, should there be a higher doctrinal standard for the leaders of your church?

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