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What I Read Online – 06/06/2013 (p.m.)

07 Jun
    • Cell-phones are now the front-line of the battle. Internet access is available everywhere and almost all of the time, which has made the problem much, much worse. Too many men (and women) overestimate their ability to handle unfettered access to the Internet. Many men show themselves too immature to handle total access. Too many men (and women) overestimate their ability to deal honestly and quickly with their sin and underestimate the devils desire to ruin us.

       

    • Fixing the problem is not the answer to making this epidemic go away. And fighting this sin is only part of the answer. Our ultimate goal in fighting porn is always encouraging greater faith in our risen Savior. There are no easy solutions, but there is glorious Savior.
    • The church has two offices: elders and deacons. Each local church should not only have these offices, but have them work together. However, too often elders and deacons don’t complement one another but instead contradict, overlap, or ignore one another altogether.

       

    • The church has two offices: elders and deacons. Each local church should not only have these offices, but have them work together. However, too often elders and deacons don’t complement one another but instead contradict, overlap, or ignore one another altogether.

       

    • If someone phones saying they’re getting divorced, you’ve generally got time to think, pray, study, consider before you see them. But the phone call announcing there has been an car accident or some medical emergency and a little one is dead allows no such time. So, here’s my plea. Know what you believe biblically about this subject. Know how you need to respond pastorally. And even if you only have to use it once in your ministry, it will not be time wasted. 
    • Nearly everything I think I know about pastoral ministry I’ve learned from someone else.
    • “Teach and pray. Love and stay.”

       

      That’s a short summary of pastoral ministry from Mark Dever. Teach the people God’s word. Pray down heaven on the people. Love the people. And, if possible, stay with the people over the long haul.

    • “Teach and pray. Love and stay.”

       

      That’s a short summary of pastoral ministry from Mark Dever. Teach the people God’s word. Pray down heaven on the people. Love the people. And, if possible, stay with the people over the long haul.

    • Dr Wally Tow, FRCOG (Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London) graduated in medicine from what is now the National University of Singapore in 1953, and became Professor and Chairman of its Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1965.
    • This work speaks eloquently of how God uses weakness; and, indeed, of how Christians are to make themselves weak in order for God to be shown to be truly strong.   Herein lies the difference between the much-trumpeted theology of the cross and a theologian of the cross.  A theology of the cross can simply be a way of thinking, an intellectual technique; as such it can ironically be found on the lips of a theologian of glory if it is simply his sales pitch, his means of drawing attention to himself, of honing a hip patois.   Recent days have indeed seen the theology of the cross used by some as a kind of triumphalism; yet for Packer, as for Paul and for Luther, it is a means of seeing through present pain and affliction and the existentially painful contradictions of life to the glories of the resurrection – glories which are real despite their utter invisibility to human experience here and now.  A theologian of the cross combines a cross-shaped way of thinking with a cross-shaped way of living, not escaping from pain and weakness but looking through such and that only by God-given faith.   
    • It is also a reminder that perhaps the most important voices in the church are not those of the young and the beautiful, of the middle aged who cannot accept that their teenage years are behind them, least of all of the Twittocrats who can reduce any profound and subtly beautiful truth to 140 banal and clichéd characters; instead, they are the voices of the old and the weak who know whereof they speak when it comes to the cross and suffering and weakness.

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

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