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What I Read Online – 03/05/2013 (a.m.)

05 Mar
    • He concluded by stating: “In the end, contrary to what we might wish to think, young adult men’s support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and a noble commitment to fairness. It may be, at least in part, a byproduct of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts.” Interestingly, Regnerus also suggested that the avoidance of procreation in heterosexual pornography may also influence acceptance of the negation of procreation in homosexual acts.
    • A word to the wise: learn all you can while you can, because the longer you go on in ministry, the less ‘discretionary time’ you are likely to have.
    • But, you will soon find that – if you discern and take and use the opportunities the Lord provides – the balance of your life will shift, and more and more demands will be made on your time and energy. While you may from time to time need to sit down, prioritise, and reclaim some of that discretionary time you once enjoyed, it will only get harder
    • So while you have the opportunities, use every moment you have to maximise your intake. When you do not find the opportunities, carve them out. Your first priority must be the Word of God: love it and learn it and pray over it as a Christian man before you study it and labour over it as a Christian minister.
    • The time will probably come when you may wonder how you ever found time to read in this way, when you look with sorrow at books unread on your shelves that you wonder if you will now ever have time to read, when you mourn over wasted hours or days in which you might have been taking in so that you could give out. I think it is important and useful for a pastor to read scholarly works and to keep up with new material, but there is no substitute, in the cut and thrust of ongoing pastoral ministry, for a heart well stocked with the best and proven things, truth faithfully handled and powerfully applied, that you be not just intellectually equipped but theologically grounded and spiritually trained for the blessing of others. In this way, having been instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven, you may be “like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old” (Mt 13.52).
    • The most obvious example of this phenomenon is 2 Pet 3:15-16 where Peter refers to Paul’s letters “Scripture” on par with the books of the Old Testament.  It is noteworthy that Peter mentions multiple letters of Paul, indicating that he was aware of some sort of collection. And, even more importantly, he assumes his audience is aware of this collection as well.  There is no indication that the scriptural status of Paul’s letters is a new or novel idea—Peter mentions it quite casually and naturally
    • The best reason to read books is to know God
    • Reading is a means through which we initiate and maintain personal growth
    • Every man is called to lead in some area of life, whether that is leadership in the home, in the workplace, in the church or elsewhere. Good leaders are good readers
    • While we tend to consider reading as a personal pursuit, it can also be a means of loving others.
    • If there’s one thing I want to to teach my children and students, it’s teachability.

       

    • When I speak to young people or students, I can usually tell quite quickly the ones who will do well in their lives and callings. And those who won’t. Teachability makes the difference.

       

    • As Calvin says, “It is fully evident that unless voice and song, if interposed in prayer, spring from deep feeling of heart, neither has any value or profit in the least with God” (Inst. 3.20.31).

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