Monday, November 12, 2007

Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.

Watch some vintage R.C. Sproul, speaking to the imputation of sin & righteousness. (HT Hank)

Read The Ultimate Reading List — Classics That Endure.

Read this warning about Raising Pharisees.
"It is the sad testimony of church history that the works and expressions of sacrificial love and devotion of one generation of Christians can quickly turn into legalistic rules and regulations for the next. The convictions of the first generation become the caprice of the second. It is sad and shameful how quickly the Object of wonder and worship of a generation can become the boredom and betrayal of the next. Hypocrisy is an imminent and evident threat to the church of Jesus Christ."

If you never have, read Roger Nicole's "Polemic Theology:
How to Deal with Those Who Differ from Us.
"There are three major questions that we must ask; and I would like to emphasize very strongly that, in my judgment, we need to ask them precisely in the right order: (1) What do I owe the person who differs from me? (2) What can I learn from the person who differs from me? (3) How can I cope with the person who differs from me?"

Want to be the Lord of the Living Room this Thanksgiving? Then read How to Win at Monopoly® - a Surefire Strategy.

Ever thought about a theology of sleep?
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3)
"5. Don’t feel guilty about sleeping! If you’re a sluggard, be convicted and ashamed. But if you decide to go to sleep at a decent hour after a full day and there are not vital things that you need to do or pressing needs that you need to take care of, go to sleep peacefully. God designed you to need sleep. Don’t argue with Michelangelo about the colors he used in the Sistine Chapel, and don’t argue with God about His master architecture of the human body." (from Part 3)

Speaking of sleep ... read Why You Need More, Scratch That, Less Sleep.
"researchers outlined a stark conundrum: lack of sleep can more than double the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, too much sleep doubles the risk for non-cardiovascular-related deaths."

Read also Get more sleep- be happier at work.
"It’s a classic dilemma: We want to get more work done, so we work longer hours and sleep less. This in turn makes us less efficient at work, so we work even longer hours and sleep even less and, boom, you have a negative spiral going."

Read about Explaining the Gospel to a Child. But remember ...
"The gospel is the same message for every age group. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, 'We must be careful that we do not modify the gospel to suit various age groups. There is no such thing as a special gospel for the young, a special gospel for the middle-aged, and a special gospel for the aged. There is only one gospel, and we must always be careful not to tamper and tinker with the gospel as a result of recognizing these age distinctions. At the same time, there is a difference in applying this one and only gospel to the different age groups; but it is a difference which has reference only to method and procedure.' (Knowing the Times [Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1989], 2.)"

Read 13 Bible Stories You Must Teach Every Child.

It's sad this is necessary, but let's all take the Preacher's Pledge. If you do, they'll give you a FREE copy of The Power of Integrity in Preaching (ebook).
"I will make the Bible my primary resource in sermon preparation and preaching.

I may use other resources such as commentaries and web sites to enhance, not replace, my personal interaction with Scripture.

As I study I will strive to accurately understand and honestly apply God's Word, allowing Him to uniquely proclaim His truth in a relevant way through me."

Read about how Weather Channel founder calls "Global Warming" the "Greatest Scam Ever."
"It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the “research” to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims. Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus."

Read as Adrian Warnock addresses the question, Is Ephesians the Greatest Book in the Bible? (*Caveat: In some ways that seems a silly question, but I'll ask one you can answer. Which book(s) of the Bible have you found most helpful to you personally? For Gunny it's Romans, Ephesians, and John.)

Read the only time management tip you ever need: Cut off activities at the point of diminishing returns.
"Break down the productivity of any activity and you’ll find a similar distribution. The beginning brings in the big results until the peak is reached, followed by a sharp decline. The trick is cutting off each activity right after the peak and switching to something new, where high levels of efficiency are possible."

Just in case that didn't work, read about Time Management for Pastors.
"Many church members see their pastor for only one hour a week. They might be shocked to discover that pastors live in a 24/7 career. While legitimate and urgent needs do occur at all times, some people feel they can call on a pastor at any time for any need. To make matters even worse, some pastors feel the need to be 'indispensable,' and over-schedule their lives to minister in any and every situation."

Listen to audio files from the recent Expositors Conference with Steve Lawson and John MacArthur. (HT the Unashamed Workman)

Register for the Character of God in Everyday Life conference at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary that will occur THIS Saturday.

Read about 20 Good Books Made Into Not-So-Good Movies.

Read C.J. Mahaney's "The Idol Factory" (a pdf collection of Scripture references and pertinent quotes).

Download the FREE mp3 of A Biblical Understanding of Eating.

Read about trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board voting to censure and suspend member and blogger Wade Burleson.
The censure motion stated that Burleson had "repeatedly failed" to abide by provisions in the code of conduct adopted in March 2006 governing trustee service, including requirements that trustees "refrain from public criticism of Board approved actions" and "scrupulously avoid either the fact or the appearance" of having disclosed information or private conversations from trustees meetings.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
-Thomas A. Edison



At 12 November, 2007 16:48, Blogger M. Jay Bennett said...

That's some good R.C.! Amen!

At 12 November, 2007 16:58, Blogger GUNNY said...

I mean, that RC is good. I wanna be friends with him!

Incidentally, at Providence Church starting this next Sunday, RC's going to be teaching one of our adult Sunday school classes.

Okay ... it is his "Dust to Glory" video series, but if folks can watch their pastor at a satellite location and say he's preaching, I'm thinking we can watch RC and say he's teaching.

Can a brother get an Amen?

At 12 November, 2007 21:38, Blogger M. Jay Bennett said...

Amen! R.C. don't just sing it; he brings it.

At 13 November, 2007 09:58, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phil here...

Amen, Amen, AMEN!!

That was some good RC....loved the hair!! This was informative because lately I have been reading heavy on this subject - being made righteous, salvation, etc and scripture that has come about is 2 Cor5:21 and Romans 3:20-26...this passage has just came to life with this info...

as always good stuff Gunny!!

At 16 November, 2007 10:32, Blogger Jared Nelson said...

Good Providence at your conference tomorrow Gunny!!!

At 16 November, 2007 11:11, Blogger GUNNY said...

Thanks, brother. I'm working on the holiness of God and His people, so I'm more than a little convicted about my own lack of holiness!


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