Another set of posts and links from around the web on the world of ministry and theology:
Caring for your congregation: Donn Johnson writes about how do we know what our congregation wants; Amazon knows what we buys and makes recommendations, loads of other companies do the same. So how in Church do we know what to suggest to our congregation, how do we ‘know’ them beyond the statistics of how many were there in the service. (Thanks Scot).
Reaching Uncontacted Tribes: Ken has written a great article on how we share the gospel with uncontacted tribes.
45 suggestions on how to waste your theological education: hilarious, but serious article from Derek Brown. (Thanks Justin Taylor).
Six points from Iain Murray directed especially at young ministers: Tim Challies links to the points:
- It has been the practice for many ministers to be away from the routine and to look closely at our lives in the light of eternity. This is a valuable practice—taking a day per month or a few days per year.
- Watch your own temperament. If you love being out and about you probably need to be in your study more; if you love to be in your study you may need to be out and about more.
- Read the best books and only the best and read them with a pencil in your hand or with some other system so you can recall even years later what you’ve learned.
- Be sure you do not let emails and web sites control your priorities.
- We need very carefully to avoid losing time on controversies. Sometimes it is necessary but most often it is not.
- Do not “see” in your churches what you cannot change. In most churches there are things we’d like to see changed but that we can’t change. Sometimes it is good not to see such things—to just ignore them. It is better not to see a disputable matter that can disrupt the whole church.
The Prayers that Sandwich Preaching: Colin Adams gives some helpful thoughts on praying with the congregation before and after you preach.
How to Have God-glorifying, Grace-filled, Relationship-building, Memory-making Vacations: C.J. Mahaney on family vacations, writing about seven lessons he’s learned over the years, in hopes that our family vacations will be a God-glorifying, grace-filled, relationship-building, memory-making time together. See part 1, part 2, and part 3. Here’s the outline of his thoughts:
1. A Servant Heart
2. A Tone-Setting Attitude
3. An Awareness of Indwelling Sin
4. Studying Your Family
5. Skillful Surprises
6. Intentionally Together
7. Gratefulness to God
Justin Taylor points to the audio from the 2008 Dwell Conference in New York:
- Dwelling with Non-Christians (Darrin Patrick)
- Dwelling in the Gospel (Tim Keller)
- Dwelling thru the Text (Mark Driscoll)
- Persuasion (Tim Keller)
- Dwelling in the Text (Mark Driscoll)
- Dwelling in the Cross (C.J. Mahaney)
- Dwelling in the Kingdom (Ed Stetzer)
- Dwelling Incarnationally (Eric Mason)