Saturday, 31 May 2008

Personal Life of Pastors - LJ articles

Articles on the Personal Life by Leadership Journal
http://www.christianitytoday.com/leaders/features/personal.html

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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Six points to young ministers

http://unashamedworkman.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/murrays-wise-thoughts-for-young-ministers/

Here are six points from Iain Murray directed especially at young(ish!) ministers:

1. It has been the practice for many ministers to be away from the routine and to look closely at our lives in the light of eternity. This is a valuable practice—taking a day per month or a few days per year.
2. Watch your own temperament. If you love being out and about you probably need to be in your study more; if you love to be in your study you may need to be out and about more.
3. Read the best books and only the best and read them with a pencil in your hand or with some other system so you can recall even years later what you’ve learned.
4. Be sure you do not let emails and web sites control your priorities.
5. We need very carefully to avoid losing time on controversies. Sometimes it is necessary but most often it is not.
6. Do not “see” in your churches what you cannot change. In most churches there are things we’d like to see changed but that we can’t change. Sometimes it is good not to see such things—to just ignore them. It is better not to see a disputable matter that can disrupt the whole church.

Read Iain Murray's whole sermon entitled "Our Present Needs" presented at Banner of Truth Conference III here.

  • Our need for less self confidence
  • Our need of increased and persevering faith in God
  • Our need for guidance on the best use of our time
  • The need to pray for a great awakening

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Albert Mohler Q&A @ New Attitude conference 2008

http://www.newattitude.org/liveblog/session_3_al_mohler

Session 3 was an unprecedented event at Na. Instead of delivering a message/sermon, Al Mohler conducted the first ever Na Q&A session. Scores of people flocked to the two floor microphones in hopes making it through the line and asking Dr. Mohler their questions about the Bible.

Below I’ve listed each question that was asked of Mohler and at the bottom of this post I’ve listed a few statements made by Mohler that I found especially noteworthy. To get Mohler’s answers to each question (and to get the full context of the quotations I’ve provided below) you’ll need to listen to the audio--Mohler’s answers were far too thorough and lengthy, and he speaks so fast, that I didn’t even attempt to record his answers.

1. What makes the Bible distinct from other religious books that claim to have divine authority (the Koran, etc.)?

2. How did the books of the Bible get selected and why were others omitted (the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Judas, etc.)?

3. What are you thoughts about the inspiration and authority of sections of Scripture like John 7:53-8:11 and the longer ending of the book of Mark?

4. How do we as Christians interpret and apply the OT law today?

5. How do you handle the idea expressed by some that the Bible is authoritative and reliable, but not “inerrant”?

6. Should we be wary of postmodern ideas and their impact on the church?

7. How do I share the doctrines of grace and handle fellowship with my friends who are semi-Pelagian in their theology?

8. For the Christian, what role should the Word of God play in our artistic and creative endeavors? And, for the Christian, what role should our artistic and creative endeavors play in the culture at large?

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Saturday, 24 May 2008

Christian eschatology - differences

Summary of Christian eschatological differences
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_eschatological_differences

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Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Maria Sue Chapman dies in accident at family home

MARIA SUE CHAPMAN, DAUGHTER OF STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, DIES IN ACCIDENT AT FAMILY HOME

NASHVILLE, TN...5/21/08... At approximately 5pm on the afternoon of Wednesday May 21st, Maria Sue Chapman, 5 years old and the youngest daughter to Steven and Mary Beth Chapman was struck in the driveway of the Chapman home in Franklin, TN. Maria was rushed to Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital in Nashville, transported by LifeFlight, but died of her injuries there. Maria is one of the close knit family’s six children and one of their three adopted daughters.

More than five years ago, Chapman and his wife MaryBeth founded The Shaohannah’s Hope Ministry after bringing their first adopted daughter, Shaohannah, home from China. The ministry’s goal is to help families reduce the financial barrier of adoption, and has provided grants to over 1700 families wishing to adopt orphans from around the world. Chapman is a five-time GRAMMY ® winner and 54-time Dove Award winning artist who has sold over 10 million albums and garnered 44 No. 1 singles.

Visit the Steve's website for more details.
http://www.stevencurtischapman.com/

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Monday, 19 May 2008

Buddhism attracting more young people

http://www.straitstimes.com/Free/Story/STIStory_238797.html
by April Chong (ST, 19 May 2008)


According to this ST article, more young people are converting to Buddhism.
Buddhism is the main religion here, and fast growing: The number of people aged 15 and up who said they were followers jumped from 27 per cent of the population in 1980 to 31 per cent in 1990. In 2000, the last census, the figure was 43 per cent, or 1.1 million people.

That census also acknowledged a four-fold jump in Buddhists who were graduates between 1990 and 2000, a statistic fed by the jump in the number of younger people following the tenets of the faith.

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Saturday, 17 May 2008

The War Within

Articles on a Christian leader's struggle with lust

The War Within: An Anatomy of Lust
The War Within Continues
Battle Strategy

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Saturday, 10 May 2008

Bible - Overview Sermons

Bible Overview - David Ingrassia
http://bibleov.blogspot.com/

Overview Sermon of the Whole Bible
http://content.christianity.com/1/663/1_663_WhatDoesGodWantofUs.ALL.mp3

OT Overview Sermons - Mark Dever
http://sites.silaspartners.com/CC/article/0,,PTID324006|CHID677216|CIID2142376,00.html

NT Overview Sermons - Mark Dever
http://sites.silaspartners.com/partner/Article_Display_Page/0,,PTID324006|CHID677216|CIID2058052,00.html

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Wednesday, 7 May 2008

An Evangelical Manifesto

http://www.anevangelicalmanifesto.com/index.php

A document titled "An Evangelical Manifesto - A Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment" was released at the National Press Club today, spearheaded by Os Guinness, and signed by over 80 evangelical leaders. You can read the whole document here, and the summary here.

See related articles
"An Evangelical Manifesto" - Continuing the Conversation (A. Mohler, 13 May 08)
An evangelical response to "An Evangelical Manifesto" (A. Mohler, 12 May 08)
Darrell Bock and the Evangelical Manifesto (Ed Stetzer, 09 May 08)
Some reactions to the Evangelical Manifesto (J. Taylor, 09 May 08)
Evangelical Manifesto (Gospel-Driven Church, 08 May 08)
An Evangelical Manifesto: A Summary (J. Taylor, 07 May 08)

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Saturday, 3 May 2008

Nanjing, China, becomes Bible printing capital of the world

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/nanjing.china.becomes.bible.printing.capital.of.the.world/18520.htm
by Helen Southam (CT, 3 May 2008)

Thirty years ago the Bible was banned there, but now China has one of the biggest Bible factories in the world.

A new, expanded printing facility is soon to make China's ancient capital, Nanjing, the Bible centre of the world.

The Amity Printing Company - a joint venture with the Bible Societies - will be producing 23 Bibles every minute to keep up with growing demand for the Bible in China.

The new press will greatly increase the number of Bibles Amity can produce each year. In 2007 it printed six million Bibles. When the new press opens on 19 May that will leap to a potential 12 million - most of which will be distributed throughout China.

It's a major step in the history of the printing centre. The People's Liberation Army printed some of the first Bibles in China after the Cultural Revolution, including three million that were printed on presses of the Red Army. Amity Press - now one of the world's largest Bible printers - began production in 1987. Last December its 50 millionth Bible was produced.

About 55,000 churches distribute the Bibles that come off Amity's production lines. The new press was needed to help keep up with demand in a country where, until 30 years ago, Christianity was banned and Bibles were confiscated.

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Church and Society in Asia Today Journal - TTC articles

http://www.ttc.edu.sg/csca/CS/CS.htm

A Periodical concerned with Christian Ministry and Mission in Asia Today
Published by the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia, Trinity Theological College, Singapore

Church and Society, formerly published by the Centre for the Development of Christian Ministry,
was renamed Church & Society in Asia Today from the August 2005 issue, and is now published by CSCA.

Editor: Dr Mark Chan (effective August 2007)

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