HE’S BACK, BABY!

Just when the NBA Finals threaten to pull the dark, oppressive, basketball-less cloud over the summer months, a bright spot. Not just a bright spot; a brilliantly, burning sun of hope and happiness! Malcolm Gladwell is back with his captivating and enlightening podcast, “Revisionist History!” Honestly, Season 3 took a dip, yet remained lovable, listenable Gladwell. I fully expect Season 4 to shine yet again! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the gist. Author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell has flexible time and money to travel and investigate events, people, stories, and places which have been forgotten or misunderstood. He interviews, studies, thinks, and commentates with brilliance and […]

MORE ON CRITICISM

I recently posted a resource about giving and taking critique. Today, another helpful article caught my attention. The following link at Ligonier contains a letter written by John Newton, to a correspondent who was about to blast a fellow minister in writing. Newton gives clear, concise, and beautiful advice. On Controversy Go to Full Article Author: Rush

HE HEARS US, WE LOVE HIM

So I’ve been using a chronological Bible reading plan. (This is the first time I’ve read it chronologically.) I aim for two kinds of reading when it comes to books and the Bible: power reading and precision reading. Power reading is when I push forward to read quickly, while still maintaining a good level of comprehension. When precision reading, I slow down and focus in. My continual challenge is to maintain a healthy balance between these two kinds of reading. I love to “get through” things, so I often find myself quickly marching forward while missing some important things. Anyway…Today, my reading plan took me across Psalm 116. In the […]

EARNING THE RIGHT

Question: Does a Christian need to earn the right to share the gospel with another person? Today, I’ve been thinking about a question I have asked and been asked. Does a Christian need to earn the right to share the gospel with another person. This is a one of those important questions which ought not be simply and quickly answered, because there’s more than meets the eye. I hope my answer to this question has improved and deepened over the years. Answer: No…and yes. First, the obvious answer to the question is “no.” By faith in Christ, every Christian is called, authorized, and empowered to be an ambassador of Christ. […]

MEET DAVID POWLISON

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15 David Powlison has died. Today at 11:00 am, under the care of Hospice, family, and friends, he passed into the ultimate rest of Jesus Christ and His soul-satisfying good news. I met David Powlison four times. The first time was in seminary when I met him by-proxy through his influence upon a number of my professors and pastors. Biblical counseling was new to me (as was just about everything else). It was clear from the start that this person named Powlison had profoundly influenced those who were influencing me. Wise and winsome were his ways […]

HELP FOR THE CRITICAL AND THE CRITICIZED

Criticism. Some love it, others hate it. Some people develop a critical spirit from which they routinely dish it out. Others struggle to take it, even when it’s lovingly ministered. There is a kind of criticism which is loving, sensible, and constructive. This kind is a gift of God’s wisdom in grace. There is another kind of criticism which belongs to the fallen world system. It’s unloving, unreasonable, and altogether destructive. (Oh, how many times have I displayed just this kind of critical spirit!) No matter who you are, criticism is a challenging part of life which we must learn to handle well; both giving and receiving. Whether you are […]

WEAKNESS IS THE WAY

Accepting the Creator/creature distinction is one of the great challenges of the Christian life. Simply put: we are weak and needy. Many of us are good at putting on brave faces, feigning strength, and acting like we have it all together. The problem with all this posturing is that it’s illegitimate. It’s not reality. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; […]

Happy Voices

He has no design upon us, but to make us happy…Who should be cheerful, if not the people of God? Thomas Watson There is nothing dreary and doubtful about life. It is meant to be continually joyful…We are called to a settled happiness in the Lord whose not is our strength. Amy Carmichael God made human beings as He made His other creatures, to be happy…They are in their right element when they are happy. Charles Spurgeon Go to Full Article Author: Rush

Three Phases of Gospel Ministry

What Is Your Thing? 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. 33 And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household. Acts 16:31-34 Everybody has a thing he’s/she’s known for. What is yours? The Apostle Paul’s “thing” was the Gospel. He did […]