Immutability and Reformed Theology
Kevin DeYoung compares two different approaches to the doctrine of immutability: one from Herman Bavinck and one from John Frame.
“I am working with these two authors because Bavinck (of older theologians) is especially detailed when it comes to immutability, and because Frame (of more recent theologians) is so widely read and respected….While my sympathies lie with Bavinck, I’m going to refrain from arguing one view over another. Instead I hope to fairly represent both theologians, noting where they agree and disagree.”
The Most Important Part of Your Sermon
It’s probably not what you think:
“I had a seminary professor once say, “You have to begin in Nashville before you head to Jerusalem.” His point was that if you do not meet listeners where they are and engage them where they live, you will have a hard time getting them to the truths of the Bible, and more particularly, to the relevance of the cross of Christ for their lives.
The introduction of the message is what helps listeners know where you are going and whether or not they want to go with you. In this regard, the first five minutes of your message may be the most important of all of them. In light of that, I want to give you two areas to focus on as you prepare and deliver your sermons.”
Announcing a New Series of Booklets
Tim Challies has a new series of booklets based upon popular blog series.
How Can We Transform Scotland Once Again? Lessons From 5 Years of 20schemes
Hard-hitting truth from the battlefield.
“I was recently asked to attend a ‘Transforming Scotland’ event in order to present my opinion on the state of Scottish Christianity and what we can do to reverse its current decline. I was asked to speak to a room full of church leaders from my scheme perspective. Here is a summary of what I said.”
The worst gift to give a middle-school student
“This Christmas thousands of middle school students are going to get a gift under their tree or in their stocking, and it is going to wreck their lives. The worst gift you can give your middle-school student is… A smart phone.”
4 Types of People on Your Team (Only One Is Effective)
“There are two essential qualities in all great leaders: Intentionality (knowledge) and intensity (zeal). In your context, you have met these four types of people. And only one of them is really effective.”
What Expository Preaching Is Not
“Here are fifteen myths about expository preaching that should be exposed to help the preacher rightly understand and faithfully practice expository preaching.”
Is There a Place at the Table for Leaders with Mental Illness?
“I think my pastor friend could have sat down with the church leaders and talked about his condition. I challenged him on that point and he said that probably the next church opportunity will never come if people know that he struggles with bipolar illness. I don’t want to agree. There’s room in the church for people with chronic illness. Not only room, but a place at the table.”
Seeking the Face of God: Nine Reflections on the Psalms by Martyn Lloyd-Jones $3.99.
All That Is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism by James E. Dolezal $4.99.
Ten Who Changed the World by Daniel L. Akin $2.99.
Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church by Peter Hubbard $1.99.