“O Gracious and Loving God, the ancients believed that writing is a sacred gift from you. Send me the gift of words so that I can say what must be said in a way that will cause as little pain as possible. Inspire me with your wisdom and guide my hand as I write.” ― EDWARD HAYS
This week I am teaching on the nature of the Bible -- authority, inspiration, infallibility, etc. -- in my Christian Theology class at Solid Rock Discipleship School. I dug up this post from 2011 I wanted to share again as we begin a New Year. In the October 2011 issue of Christianity Today, J. Todd … Continue reading On Reading Scripture
The average church-goer hears 12 hours of sermons ALL YEAR. Now, who's discipling who?
Yesterday I began my next doctoral essay. Here's a sneak peek at the introduction -JB. “If you had sent a letter…there would have been nothing to prevent my seeming to be actually in your company, and enjoying it as though we had been together… But why do you not write?” -St. Basil to Leontis, 364 AD Pastors know … Continue reading The Unbearable Silence of Monday
For some say, "Paul's letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!” (2 Cor 10:10) Have you heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule? Associated with popular writer Malcolm Gladwell and his book Outliers, the principle holds that 10,000 hours of "deliberate practice" are needed to become world-class in any … Continue reading Only 5,275 Hours to Go!
"What is this babbler trying to say?"(Acts 17:18) "In public he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them" (Mark 4:34). “Let your house be a gathering place for sages; And wallow in the dust of their feet; and drink in their words with … Continue reading Preaching or Teaching?