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What I Read Online – 06/29/2012 (a.m.)

29 Jun
    • What follows is a collection of 20 quotes that caught my attention as I read Greg Dutcher’s new book Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside (Cruciform Press, June, 2012):
    • ‘Please God, don’t let the young, restless, and reformed movement be another historically ignorant, self-absorbed, cooler-than-thou fad.’”
    • It must be to be blown out of the water by the God who has chosen us in infinite mercy and wisdom
    • “I have great remorse about the number of people that might say that they were at some point afraid to talk about predestination and election with me. If people did not feel at ease in my presence then I have done a great disservice. Let me say it more bluntly: I have sinned. May God grant me and every Calvinist who falters in this area the grace to commend Calvinism with a gentle, merciful spirit.”
    • For Wives: Why Do We Pray so Infrequently for our Husbands?
    • For Wives: A Profound Paradox
    • The New Testament data with regard to singing in the worship of the church is, to put it bluntly, sparse
    • Firstly, the instrument to which the New Testament gives a clear priority, and on which it lays the greatest emphasis, is the human voice expressing the fullness of the heart.
    • Secondly, that instrument is to be played by every member of the congregation. Sung worship is essentially congregational.
    • Thirdly, this suggests something about the musical style. The tunes to be employed must fall within the range of the congregation. I am not saying that it would be wrong to develop the capacity of the congregation in the praise of God, either in the range or style of the tunes, or our ability to sing them, but – if the whole congregation is to sing – then the range and structure of any particular tune ought to lend itself to the participation of everyone
    • Perhaps here it would be appropriate to point out that the tunes ought to be fitting to the words. There is nothing that grates more than a melody that is in overt conflict with the mood of the lyrics that are being sung
    • the intention is not to impress God nor to entertain men, but to thank and adore the Lord and to instruct and exhort his people. These aims must be ever before us as we sing, or we will lose our way.
    • In order to start righting the ship, churches must first of all re-embrace the responsibility given to parents by God to be the front line “youth pastor” for their children.
    • Secondarily, parents and churches must embrace a more sober estimation of what youth ministry actually accomplishes. Part of what has created the current crisis in youth ministry is that churches have assumed that the youth pastor and youth programs are more important than they really are
    • If a child has a negligent youth pastor, Godly parents will easily counter his influence. But if a child has negligent parents, very rarely will a youth pastor be able to overturn the “sad effects” of which Manton speaks. Jonathan Edwards put it boldly: “…Family education and order are some of the chief means of grace. If these fail, all other means are likely to prove ineffectual. If these are duly maintained, all other means of grace will be likely to prosper and be successful.” [5]
    • It is a result of your union with Christ
    • It is a necessary consequence of your regeneration
    • It is the only certain evidence that you have been indwelt by the Holy Spirit
    • It is the only sure mark that you have been elected by God
    • It is a reality that will always be visible
    • It is a reality for which every believer is responsible
    • It requires growth and is present in differing degrees
    • It depends greatly on your diligent use of the ordinary means of grace
      • It does not necessarily prevent you from having a great deal of inward spiritual conflict. “A true Christian is one who has not only peace of conscience, but war within.”
    • It cannot justify you, yet it genuinely pleases God
    • It will be found absolutely necessary as a witness to your character on the great Day of Judgment
    • It is necessary in order to train and prepare you for heaven
    • Give specific feedback to a sermon
    • Acknowledge the sacrifice of his family
    • Reveal how you have spiritually grown under his ministry
    • Tell him how you specifically pray for him

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

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