Tuesday, July 8, 2014

All Around the Web - July 8, 2014

TIME Magazine - Somebody Flew a Drone Into a Fireworks Display And This Is What Happened


Thom Rainer - Four Growing Types of Church Revitalizations 
  1. Organic revitalization. This terminology refers to a church turnaround with existing resources and persons. The current pastor and key laypersons and/or staff are part of the revitalization. The church remains in its current location. This category of revitalization is likely the greatest need. It is certainly my greatest passion.
  2. Relocational revitalization. The church moves from one part of the community to another, or it moves to an entirely different community. Typically the new demographics are more conducive to growth, and the new facilities are better suited for a turnaround.
  3. Leadershift revitalization. A new leader, usually a new pastor, arrives at the church to provide leadership skills that play a significant part in the congregation’s turnaround. The new pastor’s skills and gifts are thus a better match for the church.
  4. Acquisitional revitalization. An existing congregation yields its property and leadership to another congregation. About ten percent of churches are on a clear path to death. Often the honorable path to take for those dying congregations is to allow another church to acquire it and give it new life.

RC Sproul Jr. - How Much Detail Do We Need to Go into When Evangelizing?
Because God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4) and God is truth, it follows that truth is one. While we can talk about distinct propositions, the truth is that truth is monolithic, one piece, simple rather than parts. Such means, of course, that His revelation is not part cake and part icing, part substance and part sizzle. It’s not as though justification by faith alone is the painting and election is the frame. We are called to believe all that God has revealed, and every error in our thinking is at least implicitly dangerous.

That said, we do err and our failures cannot rule out His success. Our goal with those to whom we preach Christ, just like with ourselves, can’t be to get them perfectly sound on everything. Those of us who have a deep interest in theology, who are given to seeing the connections between our affirmations, are tempted to pray like the Pharisee, “I thank you Lord that I am not like other men. I affirm all five points of Calvinism. I can recite the Westminster Shorter Catechism and I not only know the ordo salutis, but know what ordo salutis means.”

Our calling for ourselves, and for those we are witnessing to, is that we would reflect the wisdom of the publican who beat his breast and cried out, “Lord be merciful to me a sinner.” What we all need to grasp first is that God is God. He is Lord over all reality, and has authority over us. Because we fail to submit to His law, we are rightly under His curse and judgment. Our only hope is to throw ourselves upon His mercy, to confess before Him not just our sins, but our standing as sinners.

Kevin DeYoung - Bio, Books, and Such: Andy Naselli
6. What kind of nonfiction do you enjoy reading when you aren’t reading about theology, the Bible, or church history? Biographies

7. Other than Calvin’s Institutes, what systematic theology have you found most helpful? Grudem, Systematic Theology

8. What are one or two of your favorite fiction authors or fiction books? (a) The Chronicles of Narnia; (b) Harry Potter

9. What is one of your favorite non-Christian biographies? Unbroken (though it’s not entirely non-Christian)

10. What is one of your favorite books on preaching? Richard L. Mayhue, ed., Rediscovering Expository Preaching: Balancing the Science and Art of Biblical Exposition

11. What is one of your favorite books on evangelism? Gregory Koukl, Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

12. What is one of your favorite books on apologetics?  John M. Frame, Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction

13. What is one of your favorite books on prayer? D. A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers

14. What is one of your favorite books on marriage? Timothyand Kathy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God

15. What is one of your favorite books on parenting? Bunmi Laditan, The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting

Michael Bird - SBL’s Bible Odyssey is Launched
SBL’s Bible Odyssey website has been launched. Its a great on-line encyclopedia for all things biblical.

See my article on Bethlehem.

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