What I Read Online – 04/13/2013 (a.m.)

    • Stewards are entrusted with great responsibility. Those who lead are entrusted with a stewardship that comes ultimately from God and will be judged by him alone in the end. We are given a job to do and significant authority as a trust. We will shipwreck our leadership for certain if we do not remember that we are stewards, not lords, of all that we hold by trust.
    • In the first sense, we are assigned a stewardship defined by our calling and responsibility.
    • We are the stewards of human lives and their welfare
    • We are the stewards of time and opportunity
    • Leaders have to be concerned not only with what their organization is doing, but what it ought to be doing
    • We are the stewards of assets and resources
    • We are the stewards of reputation and legacy
    • We are the stewards of truth and teaching
    • The sermon is preceded by the invocation of God’s name
    • Second, the service includes only those elements that have a warrant in the Word of God; later generations called this directive the “regulative principle of worship.”
    • Third, the content of each part of the liturgy is drawn from Scripture
    • [I]f we’re placing a burden on the doctor that says you have to keep alive a previable child as long as possible and give them as much medical attention as—as is necessary to try to keep that child alive, then we’re probably crossing the line in terms of unconstitutionality.
    • If we minimize God’s justice, and ignore the evil here, we eclipse the gospel.
    • Now that the 2013 Gospel Coalition Conference has come and gone, a lot of publishers have released some amazing deals on Kindle books related to the event. I’ve rounded them up, added a bunch of other great deals, and made it all into one really big list. I’ve even tried to categorize the books for you. Enjoy
    • Graeme Goldsworthy, “Will the Real Moses Please Stand Up!” Themelios 7.2/3 (1970): 6-12.
    • The answer is “growth without depth.” None of us wants to dispute the extraordinary growth of the church. But it has been largely numerical and statistical growth. And there has not been sufficient growth in discipleship that is comparable to the growth in numbers.
    • gospel contains no demand for discipleship
    • If we fail to teach the “conditionality” of God’s love, we’ll serve up cheap grace. Grace that requires no radical obedience, only a sleepy nod. Grace that cannot stir, only sedate.
    • The gospel is not conditional (“If you obey me, I will love you”). But neither is it unconditional (“I love you regardless of whether you obey me.”). The gospel is contra-conditional (“I love you even though you haven’t obeyed me, because my Son did.”). And the obedience of the Son on our behalf moves us to love and obey. As Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commands” (John 14:15).
    • First, when we preach the gospel, it is tempting to preach only the identity and mission of Christ (“Jesus is the Son of God and he died for sinners like you.”). But we must also preach his call: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34).

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About Joe Fleener

Lover of Christ & His Gospel, Husband to Mandy, Father to three wonderful children, Servant to the Local Church, Bible College Lecturer
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