How do we preach in the church when we know we exist as a minority culture?
There was a time when this wasn’t a question, a time not all that long ago. But the truth is that this is not the culture in which we, the American church, live. Some lip service is paid to religion. A majority of the population still self-identifies as Christian. Church attendance is still high relative to other places in the “Christian” West. But the culture-forming and worldview-forming mechanisms of culture are not merely neutral toward Christian beliefs, but are decidedly unfriendly toward them.
Continue reading Worldview Preaching in the Modern Church
Here is a great blog post done by Tim Keller (pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City) about how to use the Psalms for prayer.
The Psalms are in incredibly helpful resource in the Bible for how to deal emotionally with God in real life. This Psalm guide will help you do that.
Monergism.com is an incredibly great place to find all kinds of study resources. It’s one of the websites I frequent most.
Monergism refers to the reformed or Calvinist doctrine that salvation is the single action of God. God saves us, rather than a combination of the will of God and the will of human beings. That is referred to as “synergism.” So anyway, this is a website produced and overseen by reformed or Calvinistic Christians. However, even if you don’t like that, there are still some killer resources on here. Continue reading Tim Keller’s Sermons on the Psalms
I’ve had a number of conversations recently with people asking why they are going through something. On some level many believe it’s a test. However, tests are actions for omniscient beings. Why would God give a painful test to find out an answer he already knows?
See if this explanation helps.
Some tests are merely exercises to find out how much we know – or perhaps who we are. However, some tests – those we have often called trials – are tests that actually make us into something rather than just reveal what we already are. That is, we become something in the test – it forces a choice and therefore a definition of identity and character.
This doesn’t change the issue of omniscience. God still knows the end from the beginning. It just changes the status of whether or not we needed the test. Continue reading Is God Testing Me?
Are we responsible to people or for people?
I got an email a couple weeks ago talking about how we can’t be responsible FOR people- only TO people. The point was that we can’t make people do things. We can only serve them, help them do what’s best for themselves, and give them opportunities to do what God wants from and for them.
I agree. We shouldn’t be enablers.
Yet, I also disagree. Dare we ask, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” as Cain did? If we are going to say we are not responsible for people, we better clarify our distinction between the KINDS of being responsible for people.
Continue reading Are we responsible “to” people or “for” people?
Mark Dever on the Golden Calf passage and the enormity of Sin. I listen to this in prep for my sermon, and found it really helpful. Listen here. I’m not the only one that preaches almost an hour.
Here is Tim Keller on the Jealousy of God.