What I Read Online – 10/10/2012 (p.m.)

11 Oct
    • While most of the non-musical guys don’t end up having to lead songs in their churches, occasionally they do. Not too long ago I found out that Ken Delage (pastor of  Sovereign Grace Church in Fredericksburg, VA) was in that position and actually enjoying it. I asked him to write up a few thoughts on his experience, which I’ve posted below. I hope it will encourage any non-musical pastors who find themselves having to lead worship in song.
    • People have generally lost the sense of what a strong, self-sacrificing father looks like, largely because they’ve never seen one.
    • So how can ministers of the gospel help people whose fathers were bad role models?
    • His name, until recently, would be unrecognized by most people even within the church. So it may be surprising that J. I. Packer would say about Herman Bavinck: “Like Augustine, Calvin, and Edwards, Bavinck was a man of giant mind, vast learning, ageless wisdom, and great expository skill.” Any name put on a short list with Augustine, Calvin, and Edwards certainly deserves attention. But theologian Richard Gaffin goes a step further than Packer, calling Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics, “Arguably the most important systematic theology ever produced in the Reformed tradition.”
    • After Abraham Kuyper was named the prime minister of the Netherlands, Bavinck filled his place as the chair of systematic theology at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1902, and he remained a professor there until his death in 1921.
    • Perhaps the greatest contribution of Bavinck’s theological work was his unflinching devotion to the authority and inspiration of Scripture, at a time when such views were unfashionable.
      • Carl Trueman suggests that the work of Bavinck is relevant for evangelicals today for five reasons:



        1. it is done in the context of faith and under the assumption that the Bible is God’s revelation;
        2. it is grounded upon biblical exegesis;
        3. it articulately and charitably interacts with differing views;
        4. it delicately balances the history of theology and the contemporary social situation; and
        5. it is filled with personal devotion.
    • What is the current take on marriage vows? – Do the carry any meaning or are they an empy tradition? Pat asked a number of people to what their thoughts were on the topic.




      Reverend Dr. Sarah Harris from Carey Baptist.

    • The goal of missions is the worldwide worship of the God-man by his redeemed people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. The outcome of missions is all peoples delighting to praise Jesus. And the motivation for missions is the enjoyment that his people have in him. Missions aims at, brings about, and is fueled by the worship of Jesus” (p. 14).

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

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