Blog Posts by Phil Ryken

Try This at Home

Article by   December 2006
So that's what I've been suffering from all these years: Irritable Clergy Syndrome!  I wonder if that diagnosis may prove useful with all the people who have to put up with me on a daily basis.  "I'm sorry, honey -- it's... continue

Further Correction

Article by   December 2006
The story about "The Man from George Street" is not from a New Zealander at all, but from David Smethurst of Australia.  A friend from Tenth Church says the clip is available at the following address: http://www.wayofthemaster.com/audiolessons.shtml.... continue

Faith, Works, and the Church

Article by   December 2006
My colleage Aaron Messner concluded his sermon series on Titus on Sunday night, and his comments on Paul's closing appeal to do good works are well worth sharing:"If God saves us by grace alone, through faith alone, in the finished... continue

The Man from George Street, Part 4

Article by   December 2006
"Now this London pastor was now very puzzled. Twice within a fortnight he had heard the same testimony. He then flew to preach in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Perth. And when his teaching series was over, the senior... continue

Correction

Article by   December 2006
I have been kindly and I hope reliably informed that Ray Comfort (see "The Man from George Street, Part 1") is from New Zealand, actually.... continue

Incarnation Poem

Article by   December 2006
The following poem by Joe Bayly recently appeared in the bulletin of College Church in Wheaton:Praise God for ChristmasPraise Him for the Incarnationfor Word made flesh.I will not sing of shepherds watching flocks on frosty nightor angel choristers.I will not... continue

Of Monday Mornings

Article by   December 2006
I resonate with what Derek says about Mondays, and suppose that many preachers do.  I find a full day of preaching and ancillary ministry to be very draining.  This summer a homiletics professor cited research indicating that preaching a one-hour... continue

The Man from George Street, Part 3

Article by   December 2006
"That Baptist pastor flew to Adelaide in Australia the next week. And ten days later, in the middle of a three day series in a Baptist church in Adelaide, a woman came to him for counseling. He wanted to establish... continue

A Good Reminder

Article by   December 2006
First thing Monday morning is my main time of prayer for our missionaries.  In reading and praying over recent missionary correspondence this morning I came across a good reminder from Robert Speer: "In this supernatural cause (world missions), which rests... continue

The Man from George Street, Part 2

Article by   December 2006
A number of years ago in a Baptist church in Crystal Palace in southern London, the Sunday morning service was closing and a stranger stood up in the back, raised his hand; he said, “Excuse me, pastor; can I share... continue
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