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The story of the Bible in one sentence
It’s a long one, admittedly!

A “simple” color eschatology chart
Well, about as simple as these things get.

You have to choose
“To say yes to life, sometimes you have to say no to work. To spend time with your friends and your family, those people who make life meaningful, you have to stop. You have to put down your computer, turn off your social networks, silence your cell phone, and enter in to a reality that is not virtual but present. Real. Tangible in a way that you can taste and touch and see.”

Simple steps for Family Worship
First of a four part series.

Why Lewis Loved the Law
Kevin DeYoung had me back down a muddy memory lane with this “cross-country” post.

The Gospel in Gambia
You can read more about the Gambia Partnership here.


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Preaching
Does your writing preaching lack the conviction it deserves? 
Is your preaching peppered with, “I was thinking about…” “Here are my thoughts on…” “In my opinion…” “The way I see it…” “I think…” If so, you are fatally undermining your message and you need to apply Ben Reed’s counsel for writers to your preaching.

Old Pastors
“Some of the most beautiful people I know are old pastors. They’re not pretty, certainly, but they are beautiful….”

Counseling
A Ten Commandments Prayer
Paul Tautges provides a searching prayer that should aid self-counseling. There’s so much in this, it might be a good idea to print it out and pray one “commandment” a day.

How to evaluate a new counseling technique
Some really helpful, balanced advice from Phil Monroe on how to assess different counseling methodologies (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Tips for confronting a fellow church member
Ten guidelines from Jonathan Leeman.

Video
11 Countries in 1 minute
3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage…

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.


You’ve read the book, now be in the film!

A young mother. A middle-aged pastor. A high school student. An elderly retiree. What do all these people have in common? They’re all Christians. They all struggle with depression. They all have stories to tell.

At HeadHeartHand Media, we’re convinced that depression in the church is an issue that demands our attention, and in light of the warm reception Christians Get Depressed Too has received, we’re excited to be developing a video curriculum on that very topic!

While the book provides the reader with a short, systematic and easily digestible introduction to subject, we believe that film has incredible potential to give this problem a human face, and thus to motivate and enable us to take steps toward better understanding and response to depression.

A person’s understanding of depression cannot remain theoretical for long. All of us encounter the reality of depression on an almost daily basis. For many believers, that reality is their life. It’s our hope that this curriculum will equip churches to understand and minister to depressed Christians with greater compassion, greater understanding, and greater effect.

Do you have a story of your own?

We’ve already witnessed God’s grace in the lives of several Christians who’ve suffered with depression and can’t wait to share their stories and the lessons they’ve learned. But we need more! And that’s why we’re writing this. We’re hoping we’ll be able to connect with many different believers scattered far and wide who’ve also witnessed God’s gracious care for his sheep. If you or someone you know has suffered with depression in the past, or is still battling with it today, we’d love to hear from you. This is clearly a sensitive subject, and not one most of us would be eager to share in front of a camera; but if you believe that your story could be used for the good of Christ’s church and others suffering with depression, we ask that you’d prayerfully consider contacting us.

At the heart of this curriculum are stories from the trenches. Not stories of super-Christians who could do it all, but stories of ordinary Christians who were brought face to face with their own physical, mental and spiritual weakness. Stories of Christians, who, though they had to walk though this dark valley of depression, have found and continue to find hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His provision for their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.

It’s our prayer that the church will be eager to walk with these believers, hear their stories from their own lips, and absorb the lessons they, their families, and their churches have learned as they journeyed together toward the light. We are confident that God will use this to transform congregations of Christians all throughout the world into gatherings of believers who will tenderly shepherd the hurting sheep among them.

To aid in drawing general lessons, practical helps and a way forward, the curriculum will also include interviews and analysis from several experts in the field: Christian pastors and various counselors who have years of experience to draw on and share with viewers. We believe that this combination of narrative and teaching will be a great introduction for any congregation or small group.

So, if you have a story to tell please contact us at info@headhearthand.org

The HeadHeartHand team,
David Murray
David Faasse
Dirk Naves


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Politics
Statehouse Prayer
Encouraging report on how one Christian is influencing politics in Indiana. And here’s another post explaining how.

Books
The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams
I’ve been reading this book myself and will review it eventually, but here’s Bob Kellemen’s take, which is an excellent summary

Mouse Tales
I was recently looking for blogs that reviewed books for kids, from a Christian perspective, and I was put on to Redeemed Reader.

Your January book may change your life
I’m not an agent for Gentle Reformation, but the brothers there are producing consistently good blog posts! (I’m also hoping to send enough traffic their way that they’ll eventually pay enough to get rid of the video commercials!)

5 “Sugar Creek Gang Books” for $0.99
Now we’re talking!

Travel
4 Online Secrets for Getting Amazing Flight Deals
One of them is to buy your tickets at 3pm on Tuesdays!

Around the world timelapse
17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey.

 


Pastoral Ministry Course

Here are links to the audio and handouts of the pastoral ministry course I taught at PRTS last semester. I took a biographical approach to the subject, by giving a maxim for ministry followed by a quote or paragraph from a pastoral biography (and sometimes a pastoral theology book) to illustrate or demonstrate the point. I’m grateful to previous students for some of the research work presented in these lectures. And thanks also to our young summer interns, Constance and Lucy, who did much of the typing.

Quite a few other pastoral subjects were covered in handouts or by links to other articles and audio.

The student handouts below include the quote from the biography, but the maxims have to be filled out as the lecture is followed (well I’ve got to keep them awake somehow!)

As I had not intended making these notes public, the handouts do not contain standard footnotes for each quote. However, if you want to track down each quote, you should be able to do so by using the code at the end of each quote together with this key. In other words if the code is (2/34) then you look up book 2 on the list and you’ll find the quote on page 24. Some of these references need to be double checked (especially the ones marked in red), and nothing has been proof-read (caveat emptor).

I’ve tried to cut out classroom discussion from the audio as much as possible so that listeners are not straining to hear distant voices.

The Pastor’s Preparation
Quotes
Audio

The Pastor’s Qualification
Quotes
Audio

The Pastor’s Call: To the Ministry
Quotes
Audio

The Pastor’s Call: To first congregation
Quotes
Audio

The Pastor’s Call: To another congregation
Quotes
Audio

The Pastor’s Training
Quotes
Audio

The Pastor’s Heart
Quotes
Audio 1     Audio 2     Audio 3

The Pastor’s Family
Covered by another lecturer, but here’s a handout with some gleanings from the biographies.

The Pastor’s Study
Quotes
Audio 1     Audio 2

The Pastor’s Preaching
Quotes
Audio 1     Audio 2     Audio 3     Audio 4

The Pastor’s Visiting
Quotes
Audio 1     Audio 2

The Pastor’s Relationships
Quotes
Audio 1     Audio 2     Audio 3

The Pastor’s Suffering
Quotes
Audio

The Pastor’s Satisfaction
Ran out of time!

Key to the books