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What I Read Online – 03/21/2013 (a.m.)

21 Mar
    • Todd Pruitt and Carl Trueman discuss the recent publication of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield’s Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert.  Dr. Butterfield, a former Lesbian professor, came to faith in Jesus Christ through the ministry of an unassuming Reformed pastor and his family.  Not only so, but she has come all the way from radical professor to home-schooling pastor’s wife in an exclusive psalm singing denomination.
    •  Not only does faith please God — nothing but faith pleases God, at least as far as human beings are concerned! ‘Without faith’, asserts the Writer, ‘it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him’ (11:6). Paul likewise testifies that ‘those that are in the flesh cannot please God’ (Rom. 8:8). Faith is indispensable.

       

    • The office and work being spiritual, it is necessary that elders should be spiritual men
    • We should have a good knowledge of the Word of God, and be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us
    • Elders should be men of common sense, knowing when to speak and when to hold their tongues
    • Even grace does not give common sense, a little of which would settle many controversies and heresies in the church of Christ. Men of points and pugnacity are very annoying in a session or congregation, and they may rise to be the terror of presbyteries and other church courts. They may love the truth at heart – and we believe they often do – but they love fighting too. For such men the grave and quiet duties of the eldership have little or no charm. A carping, censorious spirit is to be watched and prayed against in all of us: it is often the precursor or companion of backsliding in doctrine or life. An uneasy conscience likes to find faults in others. Having many different characters and tempers to deal with, we need as elders to be men of a meek and quiet spirit, not going from one extreme to another – men of practical wisdom and sanctified common sense, and thus able to judge matters calmly and not as partisans
    • We must be consistent in our life and conversation
    • Last, not least, we should be men of deep sympathy – having not only human kindness in our hearts, but that sanctified and consecrated
    • Carl Trueman and Todd Pruitt recently sat down with Rosaria Butterfield, whose book The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert details her conversion to Christ from lesbianism. This is a must-listen!

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

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