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What I Read Online – 09/15/2011 (p.m.)

16 Sep
    • I have heard it said from experienced practitioners like Tim Keller and others that it takes a pastor five years or more than 200 sermons before he finds his voice/style and feels comfortable in his own skin.  In the day of podcasting and sermon downloading where church members can listen to the best preachers evangelicalism has to offer, the pressure to perform and excel in preaching is daunting.  If you can listen to Matt Chandler on Monday, David Platt on Tuesday, Mark Driscoll on Wednesday, John Piper on Thursday, and Mark Dever on Friday, then for the that church member, the young and inexperienced preacher on Sunday morning feels “karaoke”. Only a church stubbornly committed to making disciples, including disciples in the pulpit, can celebrate amateur preachers and pitting them against more polished, seasoned practitioners in the pulpit.
    • Clarity
    • Brevity
    • Precision
    • Simplicity
    • Coherence
    • Macro
    • Retrieval/Preservation
    • Discipleship
    • Personal Application/Enjoyment
    • Preparation
    • “One of the most interesting findings from the pilot project was the importance of doubt in a student’s faith maturity,” noted Powell Kubiak, a graduate of the Marriage and Family Program at Fuller, who coauthored the study. “The more college students felt that they had the opportunity to express their doubt while they were in high school, the higher levels of faith maturity and spiritual maturity (they had in college).”
    • Across denominations, clergy estimate that between 65 and 94 percent of high school students quit attending church after they graduate
    • “We make kids believe the Christian faith is all about them,” he explained. “Once you’re done with children’s church, you go to the middle-school program. Then you go to the high school program. Then you graduate, and if there’s not a gathering of people exactly your age, you say, ‘Forget it, I’m not going.’

       

      “We need to change. What we’re doing isn’t working.”

       

      When students are part of intergenerational ministry, such as congregational worship and mission trips, they are about 75 percent more likely to remain in church after they graduate, Fetters said.

    • Pat Robertson advised a viewer of yesterday’s 700 Club to avoid putting a “guilt trip” on those who want to divorce a spouse with Alzheimer’s. During the show’s advice segment, a viewer asked Robertson how she should address a friend who was dating another woman “because his wife as he knows her is gone.” Robertson said he would not fault anyone for doing this. He then went further by saying it would be understandable to divorce a spouse with the disease

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

 
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