This and That

Five Mistakes Pastors Make On Social Media – A pastor who is not on social media could be compared to a pastor not using the telephone, computers, or microphones when they preach. Social media gives each pastor the equivalent of their own TV station, radio station, and printing press. This is one area of our culture pastors cannot afford to sit-out. The potential reach of social media is far more than the average pastor will personally minister to personally in their lifetimes. – Marty Duren

This and That 11-21-15

Evaluating Seventh-day Adventism – Historically, evangelicals and fundamentalists regarded the Seventh-day Adventist movement as a cult. And in spite of the ecumenical spirit that has pervaded evangelicalism over the last few decades, there are still major deficiencies within official SDA theology that ought to give evangelical Christians serious pause. – Nate Busenitz

The Real Mythbusters – I challenge Adam Savage to make the short drive from Cincinnati and meet some true myth busters at the Creation Museum and see how his beliefs in evolution stand up against real observational science. In meeting with these academics and scientists, and touring our world-class museum with its stunning science exhibits, he will discover that evolution is a myth and gets busted for what it is—and he will learn the truth about the God who created him, that he has a sin nature, and is in need of salvation. – Ken Ham

This and That – 11-14-15


A Prayer of Lament in Response to the Terror Attacks in Paris –  Dear heavenly Father, another day of terror-making darkness, evil-doing madness, and life-taking sadness. How long, O Lord, how Lord before you send Jesus back to eradicate all evil? How long before the wicked will be no more? How much longer is “just a little while”? –  Scotty Ward Smith

Arise, Lord! Break the arm of the wicked man! – The news from Paris tonight is a horror. If you are struggling for the words to pray in the face of such evil, consider lifting up the words of Psalm 10 – Denny Burk

France: A Fabric Torn – The cry of “Allahu Akbar” (Arabic for “Allah is great”) punctuates the screaming gap between the gunfire and the detonation. Farewell, dismembered terrorist. This is my wish — farewell — but not what I believe. Your Allah is not great. Nor is he God. For God himself has said, No one who spurns the Son knows God (1 John 2:23). Not only that, but this: No one who loves to murder will have a martyr’s hope (1 John 3:15). Oh, how deceived you are, to think that you can pave your way to paradise with blood from “infidels.” – John Piper


This and That 11-7-15

Three Ways The Church Can Better Serve Special Needs Families – However, while disability affects one family member it impacts the whole family. There is mother and father who may not have been out on a date for some time because they do not know who to entrust with the care of their child. There may be a sibling whose adolescent apprehensions also include concerns for a brother or sister with a disability. Perhaps they even find themselves as the designated caregiver at times when they simply what to hang out with their own friends. An accessible church will consider how they can address the needs of the family as well as the needs of the disabled individual. – Chris Hulshof

You Only Live Forever – But Jesus’ message was decidedly for the world. The prophetic oracle isn’t just about surviving biological death, but also about peace with God and with one another about a just society. Implicit in Jesus’ preaching in the synagogue was the message he would preach everywhere else later, to seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness. Kingdom first does not mean kingdom only. Since the kingdom is a kingdom of justice and righteousness, seeking the kingdom means that we come to know what to care about in he first place. – Russell Moore

Thank God for the Protestant Reformation – As you observe and participate in our worship today, you will hear the Word of God read in the language of the people. You will receive the preached Word of God in light of a clear doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. The Roman Catholic church teaches grace, faith, and Christ, yet does not teach grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone, under the authority of the Word of God alone. You will hear the congregation corporately confess sins directly to God, not to me or some human priest. You will lift your voice with the voice of the people around you, as with one accord we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. That, my friends is the heritage of the Protestant Reformation. As we read, sing, pray, and preach this morning let’s do it with a heart of gratitude to God for the Reformers who courageously risked their lives so that we can worship to the glory of God alone. – Joshua Pegram

Why Jesus’s Warning “Judge Not That You Be Not Judged” Is So Popular – But the person who objects to God’s judgment does want judgment. All people do. Every sane person believes in judgment. You need only to go to a high school football game and see a bad call and see people express their indignation at injustice to know people believe in justice. Or, watch a political leader make a decision that affects the standard of living. People cry out for justice. We all want judgment if a loved one is harmed. We should! – Chris Bruans

Pastor Appreciation Month Day 25: Pastor Bim Rowley

I don’t have much time to write tonight, but after reviewing last night’s post, I can’t help but spent1929556_12031063081_4263_n a few minutes writing about Bim Rowley.  Pastor Bim Rowley is the pastor of the Truth Baptist Church in Wast Hartford, CT.

I met Pastor Rowley at Galilean Baptist Church Camp as he served as a counselor there.  I fondly recall many in-depth and quite long theological conversations by the fireside each night.  During one of those chats I recall one kid going on about how bad the public school system was.  he then asked Pastor Rowley for his thoughts.  He turned and looked at me and replied, “I don’t know.  But I don’t know that this guy goes to a public school and has kept up with us all night long.”  That meant a great deal to an insecure kid like me.

It seemed like I was a frequent visitor in the Rowley home, and each time I usually walked away with a book or two under my arm.  It became a tradition to spend New Year’s Eve at Truth Baptist.  A few times I even got the chance to preach during that all-night service.  My favorite memory during one of those nights was a family devotion time the next morning.  I don’r remember the exact passage, but we were studying Proverbs.  We went around the room to share our thoughts about it.  I don’t know what I said, but Pastor Rowley had the audacity to say I was wrong.  His wife tried to say me by suggesting I meant something else, but he wasn’t buying it.  he called me out in front of everyone!  But I wasn’t embarrassed, I knew this guy cared about me and wanted the very best from me.  He corrected my thinking and I’m a better Christian because of it.

He often challenged me to think deeper and to actually study the Word of God.  He loved to show me what his latest version of Logos Bible software could do.  He introduced me to new ideas and a more in-depth theology that went far beyond just fighting about which Bible version to use.  He was a mentor and a friend.  He became a close confidant and a member of the circle of counselors I consulted when major decisions came my way.

Thank you, Pastor Rowley for not allowing me to settle in mediocrity.  Thank you for challenging my thinking and investing in my life.  Thank you for caring so much about this public school kid…