I wonder how many sermons would be better prepared if we had better control of our internet use. Here are Lifehacker’s tips on dealing with online distractions.
And in case you didn’t have enough potential for online distractions, this is a really neat website for quick Bible references and searches. Take back your free time
Pastors who work at home can find it very hard to distinguish between work time and free time. Here are some ways to establish clearer and stronger boundaries. Short bio of R C Sproul
Thanks to Burk Parsons for this fascinating insight into R C Sproul’s life and ministry (via Justin Taylor).
Sep 20, 2010 • By David Murray • 1 Comment
I’ve been subscribing to the Postpartum Progress Blog for quite a while now. It is the most widely-read blog on postpartum depression & other mental illnesses related to childbirth. I’m not sure if I’m the only man on the list (!), but I’d definitely encourage other Christian men to join. Pastors would find it especially helpful in building a sympathetic understanding of oh-so-common postpartum depression and other associated childbirth complications flowing from Genesis 3:16a.
As far as I can tell, the writing is not usually from a Christian perspective. And sometimes the writing is unnecessarily “raw.” However, many of the articles offer lots of realistic, down-to-earth advice, which is particularly useful for us men who struggle to understand the emotional and mental sufferings some women have to endure.For example, in this post Alexis Lesa give Four tips for supporting someone with postpartum depression. And here she writes on the benefits of postpartum depression. Obviously a Christian pastor would want to adjust and add to some of the material in these articles. However, they are a great starting point for understanding PPD and helping those suffering with it.
Sep 20, 2010 • By David Murray • 0 Comments
Lecture 3 from Poets and Prophets, my Old Testament exegesis course at PRTS. Download here.
Sep 18, 2010 • By David Murray • 1 Comment
The Puritan Pod is back! Here’s the link to Dabbleboard.
Sep 16, 2010 • By David Murray • 0 Comments
Temptations of a Shepherd: Hiding from God
Darrin Patrick: “You can be a really good shepherd and a really bad Christian.”
Trevin Wax highlights some helpful questions for pastors to use fon challenging nominalism. I think they would also be helpful for encouraging assurance in doubting believers. They are taken from True Christianity, one of Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney’s introductory books on Jonathan Edwards. Evaluating our ministries
Another helpful post on this from Brian Croft Advice for Theological Students and Young Pastors
And here’s some more from Kevin DeYoung.