Wednesday, June 18, 2014

All Around the Web - June 18, 2014

HT: 22 Words

Thom Rainer - Seven Ways to Hurt Your Pastor
  1. Criticize the pastor’s family. Few things are as painful to pastors as criticizing their families, especially if the criticisms are related to issues in the church.
  2. Tell the pastor he is overpaid. Very few pastors really make much money. But there are a number of church members who would like to make the pastor feel badly about his pay.
  3. Don’t defend the pastor. Critics can be hurtful. But even more hurtful are those who remain silent while their pastor is verbally attacked. Silence is not golden in this case.
  4. Tell your pastor what an easy job he has. It can really sting when someone suggests that the pastor really only works about ten hours a week. Some actually believe that pastors have several days a week off.
  5. Be a constant naysayer. Pastors can usually handle the occasional critic. But the truly painful relationships are with church members who are constantly negative. How do you know you’ve succeeded in this regard? The pastor runs the other way when he sees you.
  6. Make comments about the pastor’s expenditures. I heard it from a pastor this past week. A church member asked, “How can you afford to go to Disney World?” Wow.
  7. Compare your pastor’s preaching and ministry unfavorably to that of another pastor. Many times the member wants you to know how much he or she likes that pastor on the podcast compared to you. If you really want to hurt your pastor, you can make certain he knows how inferior he is.

Doxology and Theology - 9 Things Christian Worship Should Be
1. Christian worship should be biblical.
2. Christian worship should be dialogic.
3. Christian worship should be covenantal.
4. Christian worship should be trinitarian.
5. Christian worship should be communal.
6. Christian worship should be hospitable, caring, and welcoming.
7. Christian worship should be “in but not of” the world.
8. Christian worship should be a generous and excellent outpouring of ourselves before God.
9. Christian worship should be expectant of an encounter with God.

CARM - What are the signs of a successful church?
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University of Edinburgh - Part 1: Education Following the Reformation in Scotland
In August 1560 the Scottish Parliament approved a number of acts leading to Scotland becoming a Protestant country. The Reformed Scottish Church recognised that education had to be a national priority, both for its intrinsic worth but also to ensure everyone could read the Bible.

John Knox in 1560 outlined a plan for ‘the vertue and godlie upbringing of the youth of this Realm’. Education for rich and poor alike was seen as a joint enterprise between the family, the school and the Kirk. His Book of Discipline provided an outline for the establishment of a national education scheme, which encompassed parish primary schools, burgh grammar schools, high schools and the ancient universities:

Faith by Hearing - Taking God At His Word with Kevin DeYoung
In his book launch event Kevin DeYoung said that the most pressing need for evangelical Christians is to regain a conviction about the sufficiency of Scripture.  And I couldn’t agree more.  Kevin has recently released a book that many evangelicals are giving enthusiastic support to.  It’s called “Taking God at His Word.”   Westminster Theological Seminary was involved with a book launch event where G.K. Beale, David Powlison and Carl Trueman spoke and conversed with Kevin about his book.  The audio and video is available.

This is one of the most important books to be published for our generation which has an unhealthy fixation on “hearing the voice of God” from people who have trips to heaven or imagine God is writing them personal letters — all at the expense of where God is clearly and powerfully speaking: through the living and active Word of God.  If you listen to only one address, listen to Kevin’s opening address. I encourage you to buy this book that is relatively short, easy to read, and powerful.

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