I begin today with a quote, hopeful that a pastor out there will take up the challenge: “It is a grand thing to preach the gospel! I know there has been a great deal said about the trials and the hardships of the Christian ministry. I wish somebody would write a good, rousing book about the joys of the Christian ministry. Since I entered the profession, I have seen more of the goodness of God than I will be able to celebrate in all eternity.” (De Witt Talmage)
Westminster Books has a deal on a new book that looks excellent.
Today’s Kindle deals include a number of options.
(Yesterday on the blog Seven Biblical Principles for Being the Man God Wants You To Be)
Denny Burk offers a rundown on some of the key moments and decisions from the recent annual meeting of the SBC.
Brett McCracken says that “Disney’s new live-action remake of The Little Mermaid—even more than the 1989 original—advocates a message that should give us pause. On one hand, it’s just more of the same for Disney: be true to yourself; follow your heart; don’t let anyone stand in your way; ‘my body, my choice.’ But especially against the backdrop of our current cultural moment, the 2023 Mermaid takes it one step further.”
You may enjoy this new song by Keith & Kristyn Getty, Matt Boswell, and Matt Papa.
John Piper offers a word of warning to those who seek to expose cultural sins. “A pastor can feel that things are so bad that if he does not linger over the latest grossness of evil, it will look like he’s going soft on sin.”
“Do you ever look at your life and think, ‘This isn’t who I thought I’d be by now?’ Maybe you thought you’d be more faithful, more studied, more patient, more self-controlled, wiser, holier, kinder. Maybe you hoped that after all these years some of those things you really hate about your old self had stayed dead instead of resurrecting a thousand times over.”
I always enjoy videos from Bill Mounce in which he looks at some of the good and not-so-good translations choices in English Bibles.
We will experience sweet providence and bitter providence, yet it is all providence, it all flows in some way from the God whose mind is vast, whose heart is kind, whose arm is strong, whose love is true, and whose purpose is good.
I never feel sorry for a Christian old man. Why feel sorry for those upon whom the glories of the eternal world are about to burst?—De Witt Talmage