Don Carson on Productivity

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Seeing how much quality stuff Don Carson produces means any tips he offers are like solid gold, he says: Three secrets of productivity are worth mentioning: (1) Learn to fill in the little empty periods that clutter each day. (2) Don’t fritter. When you work, work hard; when you are not working, quit entirely. (3) Discover how different aspects of … Read More

Worshipful Diversity

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“[In these days it is] possible to imagine a fully harmonious and spiritually edifying service of Christian worship where new Christian believers played Palestrina on the indigenous musical instruments of Burkina Faso, where an African American gospel choir led in a chorale of Heinrich Schütz, where white middle-class Presbyterians surged with Christian ecstasy to the beat of a drum, where … Read More

The Minister as Matchmaker

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Anyone who preaches would do well to remember this description of the job by the Puritan Richard Sibbes: Ministers by their calling are friends of the Bride, and to bring Christ and his Spouse together, and therefore ought, upon all good occasions, to lay open all the excellencies of Christ, and amongst others, as that he is highly born, mighty, … Read More

Gospel Definitions: John Stott

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Here is the late John Stott’s definition of the Gospel, it is typically simple and profound: What is the Good News? The good news is Jesus. And the good news about Jesus which we announce is that he died for our sins and was raised from death. In consequence he reigns as Lord and Saviour at God’s right hand and has authority … Read More

Mark Driscoll on Jesus’ Family Background

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Mark Driscoll recenctly gave a great sermon at Mars Hill on the family background of Jesus : http://marshill.com/media/gods-work-our-witness-2012/jesus-is-still-with-us In the past he has been accused of having a contextualising agenda (e.g. in his description of Noah as a drunk red-neck), but I think  this last sermon was a great example of valid contextualisation.  He went back and uncovered the theology in situ and then … Read More

Tchividjian Responds to Rick Phillips

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Many have expressed some concern over Tchvidjian’s writing in recent times. He responds to these concerns, and specifically Rick Phillips, in his latest blog post over at TGC.  However, I think that his statement in one of the comments is particularly helpful: “I’m interested in eradicating the spiritual narcissism that we Evangelicals have adopted and called “sanctification.” It’s unarguable that holiness … Read More