Given what is taking place in the world today, do we have any indications that to follow Christ will become more and more comfortable? The Bible Belt, long the cultural bastion of “biblical values,” has long been heading toward the spiritual ruins of post-Christendom. Cultural Christianity is wasting away. And the outside world is becoming more and more hostile to the things of faith. Even some professing Christians are becoming hostile to those who will not move according to the shifting winds of the culture. And if God is doing anything in ordaining these cultural shifts to come to pass, it may be this: We are finding out who the real Christians are. (Even today, some are announcing in anger and embarrassment that they will never again call themselves evangelical, to which we must respond with all sincerity and soberness, “Thank you.”)
We live in a day where there is greater access to Christian resources than ever before. Long gone are the days where monks would hand copy a single book that was reserved for the wealthiest landowner in the county. Websites will deliver books at low cost right to your door. You can immediately download sermons from preachers across the globe, and seminaries have made excellent content freely available online.
If you have been struggling with finding a mentor, let me give you three suggestions.
Ligonier Ministries’ free book of the month is the audio edition ofR.C. Sproul’s The Truth of the Cross. Go get it!
Pretty much the only funny April Fool’s joke this year
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Kevin DeYoung shares 10 lessons he’s learned in a lecture at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary:
- Beware of preaching all your battles from seminary.
- Be careful with offhanded comments.
- Be yourself.
- Remember there are different kinds of people listening.
- Don’t let personal conflict creep into your message.
- Make sure your best stuff is from the text.
- Be a pastor for the whole church, not just part of it.
- Don’t give them the whole elephant.
- Root for others and don’t compare.
- Tell your congregation you love them and are glad to be their pastor.
HT: Justin Taylor