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What I Read Online – 07/31/2012 (a.m.)

31 Jul
    • To ministers let me say this as strongly as I can. Preach Christ, preach Christ, preach Christ.

       

      Get out of your offices and get into your studies.

       

      Quit playing office manager and program director, quit staffing committees, and even right now recommit yourselves to what you were ordained to do, namely the ministry of the Word and sacraments.

       

      Pick up good theology books again: hard books, classical texts, great theologians.

       

      Claim the energy and time to study for days and days at a time.

       

      Disappear for long hours because you are reading Athanasius on the person of Jesus Christ or Wesley on sanctification or Augustine on the Trinity or Calvin on the Christian life or Andrew Murray on the priesthood of Christ. Then you will have something to say that’s worth hearing.

       

      Remember that exegesis is for preaching and teaching; it has no other use.

       

      So get out those tough commentaries and struggle in depth with the texts.

       

      Let most of what you do be dominated by the demands of the sermon as if your whole life and reason for being is to preach Christ, because it is.

       

      Claim a new authority for the pulpit, the Word of God, Jesus Christ, over you and your people.

       

      Commit yourself again to ever more deeply becoming a careful preacher of Christ.

       

      Don’t preach to grow your congregation; preach to bear witness to what the Lord is doing, and let him grow your church.

       

      Dwell in him, abide in him, come to know him ever more deeply and convertedly.

       

      Tell the people what he has to say to them, what he is doing among them and within them, and what it is he wants them to share in.

       

      He is up to something in your neighborhood, if you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.

       

      Develop a christological hermeneutic for all you do and say. Why? Because there is no other name, that’s why.

    • As I read the book, I found it a fascinating illustration of the reality that what we believe will necessarily impact what we do and how we do it. In this case, it shows that what we believe to be true about children will inevitably shape the way we “train them up.” It concerned me to see that many people follow Michael Pearl’s technique even though they believe very different things from what he believes. It is for these people in particular that I write my review. I write it not to condemn you, but to provoke you to consider what Pearl really believes about children and how this has shaped his book and your children
    • First, this distinction between training and discipline seems too-fine a distinction to me and one that relies on mere semantics. To inflict pain upon a child who transgresses the will of the parent is to discipline or punish him, no matter what term the parent prefers
    • Second, I would caution any parent about consistently creating training grounds which will guarantee, or very nearly guarantee, that he will respond by physically punishing his child
    • While it may teach your children to instantly and completely obey their parents, it may also train them that their parents will place arbitrary demands upon them, that obedience is merely a matter of mollifying the irrational demands of a higher authority
    • Pearl has compared children with mice, rats, horses, mules and dogs. This shows that he advocates no moral dimension to his training; rather, he advocates a technique that will bring about instant obedience of the mind and body but without reference to the heart.

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

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