What I Read Online – 05/02/2013 (a.m.)

    • What does good theology, Pelagius, fish-n-chips and suffering have in common? It’s not the sufferings of Job that is discussed at length, but the special guest who will be discussing suffering. It’s not important that Job understands why suffering came to him,  what’s important is that Job trusts God. At the end of the day, the book of Job is about trust. It’s believing that God does what is right in the end, even if we don’t understand. Listen now to Stop My Mouth with Carl and Todd with a special guest as they discuss the benefits of being fined for skipping church.
    • First, this is not really a matter where those involved in practical, day to day preaching and ministry can shrug their shoulders and not take sides.  The difference between, say, Kevin DeYoung and Tullian Tchividjian is going to make a very big difference in how one counsels, for example, a young man struggling with internet pornography (whether he is a believer or unbeliever). To use the American phrase, I have no dog in the TGC fight — except that it is an influential organisation which treads on my pastoral patch with unfortunate frequency.  A bit of clarity on a doctrine which has pretty immediate practical consequences would go a long way to serving the wider church.
    • Elder Self-Evaluation

       

       

      General

    • Knowing
    • Feeding
    • Leading
    • Protecting
    • At this point let me say most emphatically that the absence of training of local church officers, or even the careless training of men who are being considered for the eldership or diaconate, should be repudiated. Both the seriousness of the vows that precede a man’s assumption of church office (see Eccles. 5:1–7), and the seriousness the Scriptures attach to ordination (see 1 Tim. 5:22), and the work of church office itself (see 1 Tim. 3:1–14, Titus 1:5–9, and 1 Pet. 5:1–4) should be sufficient to constrain sessions to make every effort to see that this work is done thoughtfully, carefully, and thoroughly.
    • Above all else (although this is often sadly absent), there must be prayer by existing church officers and within the congregation that God would raise up and form men of his choosing for all church offices—ministers, ruling elders, and deacons.
    • Officer training for both elders and deacons should not neglect treatment of the specific graces and gifts required of church officers in 1 Timothy 3:1–13, Titus 1:5–9, and 1 Peter 5:1–5. Remember that church office is bestowed, above all else, because of recognized character in a man. It is highly beneficial for ministers to work through these texts carefully (applying them to themselves first), and then to devote at least one full session of officer training to work through these with prospective officers. (It is also a healthy exercise to periodically review these with sessions and boards of deacons.)
    • Longer answer: I tried to unpack this in a radio interview on 7/14/2009: Are Millennial Views Essential? I had recently highlighted (1) Tom Schreiner’s move from an amillennial to a premillennial position and (2) Mark Dever’s argument that it’s a sin to sever cooperation with other believers over certain types of eschatological issues.

       

    • We treat both the physical and spiritual aspects of their disease or injury, don’t we. With sympathy and compassion. Why should sin-caused mental illness be any different?
    • A helpful way to understand some of the pressures of pastoral ministry is the term “mudslinging.”  This is referring to what can be a consistent flow of harsh words, corrections, and criticisms towards the pastor and his decisions
    • In sum, Taussig has produced a new set of Scriptures to accommodate his new theology. And thus he has reversed the normal order of things. While theology usually comes from Scripture, Taussig has used his theology to create a new Scripture. It’s man-made religion at its best.
    • Create safe, positive, and open communication patterns
    • Teach and use correct names of body parts
    • Initiate conversations
    • Promote healthy behaviors
    • Model respectful boundaries
    • I wonder if others observe a phenomenon I think I see in many churches: people clustering with others in their generation
    • In this way older members of the local church become the front line of discipleship and care. They brighten the future of the church by teaching younger members how to live out the faith, how to avoid mistakes, seize opportunities, practically apply the word of God to their lived realities. As that store of wisdom, maturity, and experience gets passed on and received with humility, the spiritual, emotional, and volitional maturity of the congregation rises considerably. The more mature the young persons in the body the brighter the future of the church. We sometimes act as if older members have no role vital to the future of the church. But actually they are absolutely essential, indispensable.
    • Lauren Chandler on Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home

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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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