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Communicating with people you don’t like
Something pastors have to do a lot of! And a couple of other articles on communication: The Psychological Tricks Behind Apple’s Service Secrets and Who’s trustworthy? A robot can help us.

Guys, it matters whom you marry too
A follow-up on the previous post addressed to the ladies.

Avoiding logical fallacies in theology
One for Seminary students (and professors) everywhere.

When should my children be baptized?
Fascinating to watch my baptist friends struggle with this question. But some of the principles and advice also apply to Presbyterians regarding when and how their children should profess faith.

Biblical Geography Strikes Back
“I know that biblical geography is not considered as hip as knowing Greek and Hebrew, but the longer I study, the more I appreciate the value of understanding the literal “facts on the ground” as it were.”

George Whitefield Resources
Steve McCoy: “This page exists to bring together various Whitefield Resources: journals, sermons, letters, biographies, websites, etc. My hope is to create a resource page of every known good Whitefield resource for my readers.”

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Meditation: 10 Motives and 10 Step Method

Last night I had the privilege of addressing the Ministry Wives Institute at Puritan Reformed Seminary on the Motives and Method of meditation. Here’s the outline:

Ten Motives to Meditation

1. It stops sin: If we hide God’s Word in our heart it will stop sin at its roots (Ps. 119:11).

2. It starts good: Meditation on the Bible’s practical exhortations and commands reminds us of our Christian duties. What we think about is what we eventually do (Prov. 23:7).

3. It guides and refreshes prayer: Meditation on verses of Scripture opens up new topics and areas for prayer.

4. It turns sleeplessness into a blessing: The Psalmist turned the “wasted” hours of insomnia into a soul-enriching feast (Ps. 63:5-6).

5. It uses time well: It is a far more profitable than, say, watching the TV. It will also make you happier (Ps. 1:1-3)

6. It makes you ready to witness: By filling our hearts with God and His Word we will be much more ready to give an answer to every man that asks a reason for the hope that we have (1 Pet. 3:15).

7. It helps you in fellowship: You can edify others in fellowship because you can propose a verse for discussion and give some thoughts upon it.

8. It increases communion with God: God meets with His people through the Scriptures. A person who never thinks on Scripture will never meet and walk with God.

9. It revives spiritual life: To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Rom.8:6).

10. It has many scriptural precedents and examples (Ps. 19:14; 39:3; 77:12): My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD (Ps. 104:34).

Ten Step Method of Meditation

1. Limit: Set apart no more than 5-10 minutes to begin with, and start with one short verse or part of a verse.

2. Vary: Some days chose a theological verse, others a practical or devotional text.

3. Write: Write the text on a small index card, and put it in a place you will come across regularly (purse or pocket?).

4. Memorize: Memorize the text in 2-3 word blocks by saying it out loud. Set specific times in the day to recall verse (coffee/meal times).

5. Focus: Pick out the key words and look them up in a dictionary (English or Bible). Substitute some words with parallel meanings or even opposite meanings.

6. Question: Interrogate the verse (who, what, where, when, why, how?).

7. Explain: Think about how would you explain the verse to a child or someone with no Christian background.

8. Pray: Use the verse in prayer (worship, confession, thanks, petition).

9. Review: File the cards and every Sunday read them and test your memory of them.

10. Do: Not just an intellectual exercise but let it lead to practice (believe, repent, hope, love, etc.).

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Does Homeschooling Deny the Missional Life?
The comments are better than the article. However, homeschoolers (like my own family) still have to hear and face the challenge.

Parents, do you know where your children are
One Youth Minister says that “one of his greatest challenges is dealing with parents who want him to talk to their teens regarding unChristian behavior. The challenge is not so much talking to the teen but to the parent who insists that their child is a Christian and therefore should be exhibiting Christian behavior. In other words, there is denial that the child may not actually be a Christian.” Needs to be said because I’m afraid that this is frighteningly widespread.

British Teachers could be Sacked for Opposing Gay Marriage
And British parents will have no right to withdraw their child from lessons they disapprove of, for reasons of conscience. Americans, welcome to your future!

A Possible Marriage Saver in Nine Steps
Your marriage may not need saved, but this could still improve it.

The Race-transcending Gospel
This is such a great story. Trillia also writes about the tragic side of life in Abortion and black women.

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Connected Kingdom: Delighting in the Trinity

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On this week’s episode of the Connected Kingdom podcast, Tim and I talk to Michael Reeves. Mike works on UK campuses with UCCF and is the author of  Delighting in the Trinity (you may want to check out Tim’s review). We talk to Mike about his work with students, but focus mainly on the Trinity—where Christians tend to go wrong, why illustrations don’t help, why Modalism (or is it Moodalism?) is such an egregious error, and how we can truly delight in the triune God. The Kindle version of Delighting in the Trinity will soon be available in the USA. Mike also runs Theology Network

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