August 2010 Archives

Should Preachers ever say, "I don't Know!"

Article by   August 2010
Sunday evening, at one of our infrequent sessions with the interns (supper and Q and A), Ligon and myself were asked an interesting question, one which has remained with me: what does a preacher do when confronted by differing opinions... continue

20/20 Vision

Article by   August 2010
As a brief postscript to yesterday's posts on pastors, I received an email last night from Danny Hyde, the URC minister in Oceanside, CA, drawing my attention to Acts 20:20, where Paul describes his ministry among the Ephesians.  It provides... continue

On Organ Grinders and Monkeys

Article by   August 2010
A good point, Justin, which has been made to me in a few emails I've received this morning.  I would respond as follows:1. The pastor is the full time person and therefore the buck stops with him.  Elders have duties... continue

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Article by   August 2010
Carl, thanks for the thoughtful post. As usual, there's always food for thought--and I always want just a bit more nuance here or there!What do you think about how this all relates to a plurality of elders? It seems clear... continue

Russ Moore to the Rescue

Article by   August 2010
Russell Moore has written a great piece which exposes the idolatrous nature of Glenn Beck's ghastly self-promotional pantomime on Saturday, and the evidence this provides of the woeful state of an evangelicalism that, to put it bluntly, greets blasphemy as... continue

Life Together - or Maybe Not

Article by   August 2010
A friend who works at a seminary told me the other day of an incident which he described as `personally very instructive.'  Somebody called his institution, wanting to know about the state of the soul between death and resurrection.  The... continue

Poor old Trueman....

Article by   August 2010
A bad week for Trueman, a good week for taxi drivers.  Now he's upset the Lutherans -- say it ain't so!  Clearly, his appeal to pray for the spread of the gospel in Germany should not have included prayer for... continue

The Land of Luther

Article by   August 2010
Having bored you all silly over the last three weeks with Luther material, here's a video about an exciting new venture being pioneered in Germany by Sebastian Heck, a Reformed pastor who wants to see Luther's gospel once again preached... continue

Luther and the Jews III: Lessons

Article by   August 2010
In yesterday's post, I pointed to the fact that, while we today find Luther's 1543 work, On the Jews and their Lies, extraordinarily vile and offensive, it was, sadly, in many ways a rather conventional piece for the time.  I... continue

Remembering Marx... or not

Article by   August 2010
In our Friday morning staff meeting (at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson that is), Ligon invariably asks me to lead in a devotional. This morning I reflected for a moment or two on the fact that on August 26, 1824, Karl... continue
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