Free Stuff Fridays

This was one of the busiest weeks on record, I think. I am coming up fast on the deadline for my next book, am about to spend a couple of days recording the audio book of Sexual Detox and have to preach twice this Sunday. So all-in-all a bit of a crazy week. I’m glad that it’s coming to a close and am looking forward to a weekend! But before we get to the weekend, we have a Friday and …

A La Carte (2/11)

Mystery Worshipers An article at the Seattle Times deals with mystery worshipers and online church ratings. Jim Henderson, a Seattle evangelical Christian, came up with the idea to launch ChurchRater, a site that allows people to rate the churches they have visited. In some instances they pay people to rate churches and in other instances they allow anyone to rate a church as they see fit, much like you or I might post a review of a book on Amazon. …

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T4G – C.J. Mahaney

As with the first Together for the Gospel Conference, the final session of T4G ‘08 went to C.J. Mahaney. He opted to speak from Philippians 1:3 and preached a message that was pastoral in tone—a pastoral message seeking to tend to the souls of pastors. There is no true pastoral ministry apart from proclaiming the gospel and doctrinal precision and in this conference pastors have been challenged by these things. But the ministry also demands personal holiness, godly affections, and …

Chuck Colson Blog Tour

Chuck Colson has begun a blog tour to support his new book, The Faith (and interestingly, this blog tour is actually modeled on the one I put together with the publicity team at Crossway after the release of my book). I was asked to participate in this tour and agreed to do so because I wanted to ask a question that would really get to the heart of this book. And while I had Colson’s ear, I wanted to ask …

A La Carte (11/14)

Wednesday November 14, 2007 Sellings Books in the Church Guest blogging at Gazing at Glory, J. A. Ingold, a deacon at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, recently provided a series about selling books in the church. There is good information here for any church! When Nougat is More Meaningful Than God Prodigal Jon writes about advertising and meaning. “So then, if the church is failing to provide meaning, what does that mean? What does that look like, why does it matter …

A La Carte (10/30)

Tuesday October 30, 2007 Joel Osteen & Mac & Cheese Prodigal Jon has a good article about Joel Osteen. After reading that, I read through more of Jon’s site and really enjoyed it. So take a look and be sure to read “This is what $3 gets you.” Reformation Day Symposium Here’s a final reminder about tomorrow’s Reformation Day Symposium. Reformation Art Poster Reformation Art has put together a small brochure about their latest print. They’ve invested a lot in …

A La Carte (9/27)

Thursday September 27, 2007 Reformation21 The new edition of Reformation21 is now available. Live from Mongolia A local pastor is in Mongolia (of all places) teaching pastors there. At his blog you’ll find a fascinating journal of his travels. (HT:PM) What Piper Said John Piper shares what he said at his granddaughter’s funeral yesterday. Continue to pray for Abraham, Molly and the family! World Gone Mad Further proof that the world has gone mad.

An Educated Laity

I once heard a Senior Pastor say, “This is a church that is primarily for the unchurched and for new believers. If you want to listen to deep sermons and really grow as a Christian you’ll probably have to go elsewhere.” At least he was honest. Not surprisingly, members who had been Christians for a few years tended to drift away from the church and head to nearby alternatives that placed greater emphasis on discipleship and growth. This same pastor …

C.J. Mahaney: “The Pastor’s Priorities”

Those who had the privilege of attending the Together for the Gospel Conference, or who listened to the audio recordings (available here in MP3 or CD format), no doubt remember C.J. Mahaney’s plenary session which was entitled “Watch Your Life and Doctrine.” He took as his text 1 Timothy 4:16 which reads: “Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” He taught that, …

Training For The Ministry

The first job I ever had was delivering the Markham Economist & Sun, a small newspaper headquartered in a suburb of Toronto. I received no training, nor did I need any. On the day I began the job I was given a canvas bag, a large stack of newspapers and a list of houses that subscribed to the paper. I put the papers in the sack, consulted the list and left one newspaper in the mailbox of each house. It …