After a brief Connected Kingdom interlude while Tim went on his world tour, we return this week with a Paul Washer interview. We talk about his new book, his ministry, and also the Shocking Youth Message that has in many ways come to define him and his ministry. Here is a short index to our conversation (which lasts about 25 minutes):
2.30 Who is Paul Washer the person? Conversion, family, hobbies, calling to mission work, etc.
7.30 What have you learned through your wife’s protracted illness?
8.30 Present work is training and supporting 175 missionaries among unreached people groups.
10.15 What’s the greatest need of the church in India?
11.35 How has that “Shocking Youth Message” changed your life?
16.00 What is Gospel reductionism and what are its fruits?
20.00 Has the Gospel-centered movement helped the church?
22.45 What would be your 2 minute message to pastors about building positively for the future?
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The text of the confession appears on the left side of the page and the outlines are lined up on the facing page.
I have followed the original text of 1646, from the manuscript of Cornelius Burges, Assessor to the Westminster Assembly, as published in the modern critical edition of 1937 by S. W. Carruthers. In order to increase this booklet’s usefulness in America, I have footnoted the most significant revisions made by the OPC, the PCA, the ARP and the RPCNA
Due to formatting issues, this is only available in pdf format. Again, feel free to adapt. I’m not bothered about having my name attached to these, but if you do use my name, just be sure to clearly distinguish your contribution from my own work.
Twitter’s Blissful Chaos Insightful article on the role and significance of Twitter. “Social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter, are increasingly influential in the world of journalism and public debate, although my own anecdotal observation is that Facebook remains a place primarily for social friendship while Twitter is where the real wars are fought.”
At the end of this blog post you’ll find links to a booklet containing approximately 70 teaching outlines covering the whole Westminster Shorter Catechism. There are a number of good commentaries on this historic document. However, I could find little to help me move from these commentaries to simple and memorable teaching titles and outlines, or “skeletons” as they used to be called. My attempt to remedy this is found in these pages.
1. While many catechisms are dealt with individually, I have grouped some together to increase teaching efficiency.
2. Most outlines are on the same page as the catechism(s). However, where this is not possible, I have put the catechisms on one page and the outline on the facing page for ease of use.
3. I provide a “sermon” title for each catechism, the text of the catechism, and then a teaching outline with headings in bold. The catechism words are italicized and gathered under the relevant heading. Sometimes I may underline a catechism word or phrase to emphasize the connection with the heading. Occasionally I will add a couple of words in brackets for extra clarification.
4. There is plenty of white space for note-taking.
5. I’ve put links to the document in pdf and Word format. Feel free to use the Word document to adjust to your own particular teaching situation. I’m not bothered about having my name attached to these, but if you do use my name, just be sure to clearly distinguish your contribution from my own work.
May God use this teaching guide to bring these historic documents to life; instructing the head, igniting the heart, and impacting lives for His glory and our enjoyment.
Using Social Media for Church Growth “The right use of common [social] media is chiefly to bridge the gap with outsiders, between unfamiliarity and willingness to participate in a local Christian body. It is to bring people into contact with the Lord’s ordained media.”
Parents urged to intervene in Teens online life
“The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents need to be up-front about their right to monitor their children’s online activities. “In early adolescence, it’s fair to say at any given moment, ‘I can look at your computer; I can look at your phone,’”
Let the Bible elevate your mind
Joel Miller swims against the tide as he argues for sacral language to enhance our worship: “Too often we want a plug-and-play Bible, but to recapture that sense of the holy, to experience the elevation possible in word and phrase, perhaps we need to spend time with a translation that lifts us out of ordinary life, instead of doubling as an echo chamber for it.”
Interview with Thabiti
One of my favorite voices in the Reformed world. Here Thabiti answers the questions: Why Reformed theology is becoming increasingly popular among African Americans (0:00-5:13). How Reformed theology has impacted the African American church tradition (5:14-10:50). The reasons why many African American church leaders have tended toward liberal theology (10:50-13:49).