Happy Thursday everyone! If you’re in need of a good read today, you might want to check out Samuel Rutherford’s The Loveliness of Christ (99¢) and Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger ($4.99).
But if you’ve seen this option discussed online, you’ve probably encountered supporters of either of the two main candidates assert that voting for a third party candidate is a waste. I don’t think that is the case.
I’m not arguing whether or not you should vote for a third party. That is a decision each voter has to make on their own. I simply want to address common objections.
I made several mistakes in my first decade of ministry. I want to leverage the pain of the top six of those mistakes to help younger pastors succeed instead of suffer.
Charles Spurgeon could have been one of the richest millionaires in London.
Instead, he died poor.
Unlike his contemporary pastors in London, Spurgeon did not leave millions of pounds to his family after his death. Susannah told a Baptist newspaper her husband only left £2,000 (Nottingham Evening Post, March 31, 1892).
This number is staggering compared to how much money Spurgeon actually earned. In fact, one of the most overlooked aspects of Spurgeon’s ministry is his personal finances.
Let’s see where Spurgeon’s wallet takes us.
Let’s cut right to it. Sometimes we don’t feel like reading our Bible, praying, going to church or other things that God tells us are good for us to do. It may not be any one thing, for any number of reasons we just don’t want to do it. So what do we do?
Well, we have a choice. It’s a fairly simple choice, but it’s not an easy one.
I love my church family in Texas, never have I left a place looking behind me as I did there; pioneering is in my blood, forging ahead, new, change, adventure. By the time we came to the end of our time in Denver, our first year of marriage was forged in the fire of unemployment, miscarriages, violence, financial loss, and a church leadership crisis. There was no one reason that pressed us out, but the compilation all the reasons made it easier to leave. We looked eastward and hoped for home.
Joe Garner III:
The writings of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) provided much of the theological bedrock of the first wave of the modern missions movement launched by the Baptist Missionary Society’s commissioning of William Cary (1761-1834) to India. Fuller was a theologian, missions society administrator, and most particularly, a pastor. Throughout his preaching ministry, he implored the local church pastor of his era to consider the seriousness of the call to preach.
I’m prone to feel helpless in the wake of each of these events. Were it my family, neighbors, or friends then I would know what to do. I’d know how to love, care, and support.
But when it’s people I don’t know suffering in places a long way from home, I’m a bit lost. How can I help? Even more, how can the normal church member help?
A favorite from the archives:
I realize this is highly contentious—perhaps bordering on arrogant—statement to make, so it’s important to clarify: In saying this, and in citing statistics like these, I’m not suggesting we have license to self-righteously determine who is and is not a Christian. Only the Lord ultimately knows if someone’s profession of faith is genuine. Similarly, we must also be careful not to confuse someone who is immature in his or her faith with someone who is actually unregenerate.
So how do you know the difference? Here are a few indicators.