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Archive for September, 2007

Excerpts from the post Things I’ve Learned After It Was Too Late:

  • Be careful what you say in front of your children.
  • If you’re given a month to do an assignment, and you think you can wait until the last week to do it, the assignment will take at least two weeks.
  • God may not help everyone who helps themselves, but if you don’t help yourself, your kids will eat all the cookies before you get any.
  • That cake your wife baked that you snitched a piece from? That was for church.
  • If you buy a rare book on eBay for sixty dollars, two identical copies will sell next week for twenty-five.
  • When your wife is nine months pregnant, don’t suggest naming the child Jonah.
  • I’m not as funny as I think I am. See above.
  • Your sins really will find you out.

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The following was directly copied from Mark Driscoll’s blog at Resurgence.  I highly recommend that you look there to read his thoughts on ministry and many other topics, but for accessibility I’ve compiled his posts entitled Death by Ministry.  Be warned that it is very long, but there are a few wonderful points:

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Do either of these categories fit you well?

[Some] construct a modern monestary by adopting a “fortress mentality.”  They refuse to live in this world and instead construct an entirely Christian one, from which they rarely break out.  They are consumed by Christian radio stations and Christian bookstores, and when they need their faucets fixed, they make sure that it’s done b a Christian plumber.  If they can’t be in heaven, they’ll simply construct one on earth.  They wholeheartedly agree with Paul that to die is gain.  they’re just not sure how to say along with Paul that life “in the flesh” (that is, in the body, on earth) is “fruitful labor” (Phil. 1:22).

On the other hand, in contrast to monestary Christans, whether literally or figuratively, some are distracted by this world and risk being consumed by i.  For them, the Christian faith means little more than learning how to be a better parent or how to balance a checkbook or manage a business or find inner serenity.  To them, this world eclipses the next.  They are consumed by this world’s agenda and are driven by its passions.  They may very well use Christan lingo to baptize their pursuits, but their herats are not directed toward their home.  As for life on this earth, they would feel quite claustrophobic within monastery walls.  They would much prefer to break out and blend in, perhaps even to be trendsetters.  Rather than withdraw from the world, they’re right at home in it.  Paul’s belief that “to die is gain” doesn’t make much sense to them. 

Stephen J. Nichols, Heaven on Earth 18-19

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Heroes: Then and Now

This evening I had the blessing of conversing with three of my closest friends, and the topic turned to that of heroes and role models.  We lamented the absolute lack of names we could commend to the youth of our church.  Athletes have let us down; movie stars continue to let us down; and let’s not start on politicians.  Perhaps there are some in the church that are good examples, but I would hope that there would also be some Christians living out their faith in the world to inspire all those who might not go into full-time ministry.

So, I’ll revisit the topic later as I think about it… but if you have any suggestions or people that you admire, I’d love to hear them.

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It is my privilege to commend to you the blog of Jonathan Dodson called Creation Project.  Jonathan is the author of a wonderful article in the Journal of Biblical Counseling entitled Accountability Groups which I recently cited for my paper on Repentance vs. Penance, and it can be downloaded here. (pdf link)  There are some other edifying articles there that he has written for Boundless, and his blog interacts quite a bit with modern music if that is of interest to you.

Here are some quotes from the journal article:

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Books don’t change people…paragraphs do…sometimes even sentences. – John Piper, A Godward Life

In recent days I’ve been persuaded that while a deep understanding of the most technical of subjects can be to the glory of God, still the practical depends upon short, perhaps pithy, sentences.  If I cannot summarize a sermon, a lecture, a book, or a lesson in one or a few sentences, then I don’t understand it myself.  For, teaching is not about doing an information dump, but purposefully arranging and organizing information to drive at a thesis or main point.  When people ask what I’m learning in seminary, for example, I’m quick to explain the most interesting bit of trivia from that day rather than impart some bit of wisdom or broader understanding to the glory of God.

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Reformation21 has a wonderful roundtable discussion with Ligon Duncan and Justin Taylor on the topic of Forgiveness.  Here is a quote:

Derek: How much forgetting is involved in forgiving? And is that what God actually does?

Ligon: Well, obviously, because God is unchangeable and omniscient, there is sense in which he doesn’t ever forget anything. When we speak of forgetting, colloquially, I think we are talking about that circumstance in which a person has a really hard time getting over an issue.

Now, from the divine standpoint, I think it is important for a believer, for instance, to understand that though God knows everything that the believer has ever done, yet God’s forgiveness is without reservation… It’s not because the sins that the believer has committed are inconsequential. They are not inconsequential; they are very consequential. But it is the fullness of the price and the merit which Christ has paid and performed on our part and God’s acceptance of it in our stead that makes his forgiveness as without reservation. So when you come to passages in the Bible where the Scripture writers talk about God casting our sins behind his back and remembering them no more, it is not that God had a sudden slip of amnesia – it is that he has put out of heart and mind anything that could be an obstacle to right relationship between him and the forgiven sinner.

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