Having been away this week, I’ve got a good stash of theology and ministry links to share, so here goes:

C.J. Mahaney, Josh Harris, and Jeff Purswell talk about the priorities of a pastor’s time.

At Theology Network, Mike Reeves talks to John Piper about the doctrine of justification. You can listen to it here.

The new edition of the 9Marks ejournal takes a look at counselling in the church, featuring interviews with some of the CCEF (Christian Counseling and Education Foundation) team.

C.J. Mahaney asks Mark Dever and John Piper how they prepare their sermons, and what advice they would give to others.

9 Ways to Continue Theological Development, including:

1. Build it into the things you’re already doing. (QT, sermon prep, discipling, etc.)

3. Always have a book nearby. (capture the spare moments)

5. Have a plan. (if you aim at nothing you’re sure to hit it.)

6. Read primary sources, not commentary. (you don’t have time to waste on the commentators. Read the Bible and the people who have written important theology. You can do it. You don’t need a PhD to read Luther, Calvin, Augustine, Edwards, Grudem, Frame, etc)

7. Don’t do it alone. (cultivate a theological conversation among your leaders. They will correct your idiosyncrasies and keep you accountable. It will also create a culture of theological seriousness in your church, which will benefit everyone.)

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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