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What I Read Online – 06/22/2013 (a.m.)

22 Jun
    • Our ethics professor at seminary was well known for making the case in his class that in ordinary circumstances (allowing for illness, danger, extremely unique ministry callings, etc.), Christian couples, in keeping with the creation mandate, should try to have three or more children. He wasn’t calling for maximum fertility (he had five children). He wasn’t shaming those who had already made other choices. But he was offering a strong exhortation. A well placed one in my opinion
    • So the reason for God’s anger is anger against evil. God’s not angry with innocent people; he’s angry with guilty people.
    • God never punishes people for rejecting Jesus if they’ve never heard of Jesus. When I say that, people breathe a sigh of relief and say, “Then we’d better not tell anybody about Jesus because somebody might reject him. Then they’re really in deep trouble.” But again, there are other reasons to go to hell. To reject God the Father is a very serious thing. And no one will be able to say on the last day, “I didn’t know that you existed,” because God has revealed himself plainly. Now the Bible makes it clear that people desperately need Christ. God may grant his mercy unilaterally at some point, but I don’t have any reason to have much hope in that. I think we have to pay serious attention to the passionate command of Christ to go to the whole world, to every living creature, and tell them of Jesus.
    • But, the core of the calling is to be a “minister of the word.”
    • And if the pastoral call is to be a minister of the Word, then there is a significant component of pastoral life that should be devoted to serious study of the biblical text—beyond just the preparation for that week’s sermon.   Put differently, pastors should continue to be students.   They need to be readers, thinkers, and theologians.
    • One of my biggest disappointments is when I go into a pastor’s office and see that there are no (or very few) books.
    • Even if a student forgets every single vocabulary word and every verb paradigm, the intensive study of the languages during seminary still plays an enormously significant role.  Put simply, it helps students think textually
    • Practical ministry guides can never be a-theological. Orthopraxy is critical, but it can’t ever be separated from orthodoxy. For better or for worse, theology will always fuel practice, even when you claim to have no theology, which is just bad theology
    • First, even granting that God desires growth (which some of us who aspire to be “faithful” and “discerning” do well to remember), the book provides virtually no description of what growth actually entails. For too many pastors and too many churches, church growth is virtually equivalent to cross-town sheep stealing
    • And second, even granting that poor leadership can unnecessarily inhibit growth, and even the right kind of growth, is it really true that sound, faithful leadership will always yield growth?

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