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- This is kind of neat. Last week I clipped from Charisma magazine. Then Nathan Machel (trogdor) followed that clip out and plumbed more of the depths of that glittering trophy-case of the best of Charismatic thinking and preaching. You really — and I'm not even trying to be funny or ironic — can't parody this stuff.
- This is the sort of thing that led me to observe:
If Charismatic response to @Phil_Johnson_ over the years has proven anything, it's this: 99% of Charismatics constitute the "fringe"
— Dan Phillips (@BibChr) September 29, 2014
- David Murray provides a challenging elders' checklist, with extensive resources.
- Professor Mark Snoeberger has a good word on the Canon-aspect of John's Paraclete passages, over at the always-worth-it DBTS blog.
- The absolute black hole of — not merely ignorance, but — unawareness of history among emergents is caught nicely here:
Group of Emergents in Black Turtlenecks Set Off on Search for the Lost Scrolls of McLaren
— The Gospel™ Corp (@TheGospelCorp) October 2, 2014
- From Pastoralized comes top ten mistakes preachers make in our sermon intros. It's a good and convicting list, apart from the use of "impact" as a verb; I'm afraid I've done more or all of them. (h-t Aquila Report)
- Now this, my friends, is a book-title!
- Even the first paragraph is gold:
PAUL was now in bonds, yet not so close kept as to be denied pen and paper; God, it seems, gave him some favour in the sight of his enemies: Paul was Nero’s prisoner, but Nero was much more God’s. And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison
- My famous cohort Frank Turk also blogs over at Ref21, where he just did some of the very best writing I've ever seen him do—and that's saying something. It was provoked by a post by Mark Jones, and is a four-part series responding to the question: why might a Biblical Christian (i.e. credobaptist) suggest that the Lord's Table shouldn't be the first stop for a convert who has not yet been baptized, by any Biblical description of the word? Turk wrote one, yea two, even three, lo four parts. They are absolutely excellent, I could never have said it fractionally as well.
- I can't really say "in response," so I'll say afterward, Mark Jones first said he wouldn't respond because he's too busy, then wrote something which seems framed as some kind of response, but actually sounds as if he hadn't read anything Frank wrote yet. But, as he said, he's really busy. Nobody can read everything.
- Alternate title of this very helpful and true post by Todd Pruitt: "Dude...It's Just Music."
- An oldie but goodie: Jesse Johnson's 40 reasons to be part of a local church. Or as I've said, Bible teaching/preaching is like the lecture portion of a class, church involvement is like the lab portion.
- Kerry Allen pointed me to this. Anyone know it, or Stephen McCaskell?
Celebrity Pastor Streams Sermon Admonishing People Not to Be Content with Just Listening to Sermons Online to Millions of Listeners Online
— The Gospel™ Corp (@TheGospelCorp) September 28, 2014
- We Christians often wonder how many liberals (A) oppose, for instance, clubbing seals, but (B) favor "abortion rights." It seems like a cognitive disconnect. But I wonder how many reformed evangelicals (A) oppose elitism and the celebrity culture, and yet (B) run interference for them, deflect all criticism, and attempt to shame all critics into silence? Obviously, celebrities would be nowhere without willing shoulders to ride on.
- David Murray notes that DeYoung's recent book on the authority and sufficiency of Scripture is 99 cents for Kindle at Amazon, as is Thabiti's book on finding faithful elders and deacons.
- In the spirit of credit where credit is due, a sharp sendup of a series of stock Christianoid photos is offered up by none other than Christianity Today.
- This is the last month to get your tickets to the Sufficient Fire conference at the pre-registration price. Churches, take advantage of the four-for-the-price-of-three deal.