Here are three messages I heard at the Together for the Gospel (T4G) Conference this last week that I would like to share with you. These messages have spurred me on to evangelize the lost, articulate the gospel, and pray about mission work. I hope they do the same for you.
It is once again time for a few interesting posts from around the web. Here is what I have been reading and watching lately.
Medieval Help Desk
Kevin De Young highlighted this video on his blog recently. I thought it was funny, so I want to share it with you.
5 Necessary Shifts for Missional College Ministry
Stephen Lutz highlights what he believes to be five shifts that need to take place in order for college ministry to be more missional. You can read his article by clicking here.
Mohler’s Commentary on Joel Osteen’s Interview with Piers
This article includes a video of Joel Osteen’s recent interview where he discusses gay marriage, and Mohler’s commentary on that interview. It is an interesting interview to watch as well as commentary to read. You can read it by clicking here.
Ministry to the Partially Evangelized
Who are the partially evangelized and how can we reach them? Chris Castaldo answers those questions in his recent article. You can read it by clicking here.
Apple recently released the iPhone 4S. Check it out by clicking here. I would be curious if you are going to get one. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
In my last post, I provided you with a list of books that have influenced me over the years. Today I want to provide you with encouragement to read more.
Learn how to better read, what to read, when to read, and why you should read with this helpful guide from accomplished reader Tony Reinke. Offered here is a theology for reading and practical suggestions for reading widely, reading well, and for making it all worthwhile.
On his blog, Taylor provided this break down of the video:
0:14 – Tony’s desire for the book
1:22 – What kind of books should I be reading? (6 Priorities for determining what to read)
3:17 – Creating time to read
5:10 – Tips for growing as a reader
7:21 – The value of fiction
9:08 – The theological importance of reading
A Technique for Remembering What You Are Reading
(1) After you read a chapter or article, stop and allow yourself to absorb the content.
(2) Identify the main point of the chapter or article.
(3) Do not let the details bog you down. Your goal is to remember the main point.
(4) After you understand the main point, now rehearse to yourself the important parts of the chapter or article you just read. This could be anything from important facts or statistics the author uses, to the major points that support the main point. The point is that you want to be able to tell a friend the main point of the article, as well as how the author supports the main point.
Here are some articles and videos from around the web that I found interesting this week. Check them out, and let me know your thoughts.
A Meal With Jesus
Tim Chester’s book is reviewed by Shelley Bingham over at The Gospel Coalition. Here is a little of what the book is about:
Chester’s main burdens in this book are: to explain the startling significance of Christ’s desire to eat with sinners and Pharisees alike; to reveal the deeper spiritual realities that these shared meals with Christ point to; and to encourage us as Christians to make sharing meals an integral part of our fellowship with others, so as to regularly enact and reflect upon the grace that Christ so freely gave to us.
You can read the full review by clicking here.
Make God’s Word Your Thing
What Do the Religions Teach About God?
The Resurgence put out a great article about different religions and their teachings on God. Check it out here.
The Culture of Death
In a recent article, Al Mohler highlights how some cities are cracking down on and attacking the work of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. You can read it here.
Business Practices and the Church
9Marks did an excellent interview with John Hardin about his dissertation regarding the history of business practices in the church. This is a great discussion that will help you to see the necessity to think through different methodologies you may be considering introducing to your church. You can listen by clicking here.
Count the Cost
It is time for another dose of Interestingness. What follows are a few articles and videos from around the web I found interesting this week. Check them out.
Is Jesus the Only Way?
Jonathan Dodson from The Resurgence answers the question: Is Jesus the Only Way? You can read it by clicking here.
Homosexuality and Reparative Therapy. Al Mohler weighs in. Here is a snippet from the article:
Known as reparative therapy or sexual orientation conversion therapy, these approaches seek to assist individuals in changing their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. The cultural and political debate over reparative therapy emerged when a clinic run by Marcus Bachmann, husband of Republican candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, was accused of offering treatment and counseling intended to change sexual orientation.
You can read the rest of what he has to say by clicking here.
Russell Moore recently wrote: An Open Letter to an Unborn Baby, by doing so he is advocating adoption. It is a good read. You can check it out by clicking here.
Biblical Authority and Interpretation
John Piper, Don Carson, and Tim Keller had a round table discussion this last week, which the guys over at The Gospel Coalition filmed and made available on their website. The discussion centers on biblical authority and interpretation. It is a great video series. You can watch it by clicking here.
Impressionist Jim Meskimen
This is a must watch video. Very impressive!!!
As you sit down to have your bowl of cereal and coffee, check out some of the articles and videos I found interesting from around the web this last week.
The Empire State Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
Albert Mohler put out a fascinating article covering the moral revolution happening in New York right now. You can read his commentary on the event by clicking here.
What Happens When Same-Sex Marriages End?
That was the question John Schwartz over at The New York Times asked and sought to answer in his latest news analysis this Sunday. Even though I don’t agree with him, I believe his article is telling of the questions many states will soon be forced to answer. You can read his article by clicking here.
Games – What is the Underlying Message they are Teaching Us?
Virginia Heffernan provides an interesting opinion in her latest article on the problem of games that “self level” depending on the players abilities. Games “self level” in order to keep players interested. On the surface there is nothing wrong with this, but it is the underlying message that is the problem. In referring to “self leveling,” Heffernan says, ” It does nothing to teach the all-important patience and tolerance for boredom that are central to learning.” You can read the rest of the article by clicking here.
The guys over at The Gospel Coalition put out a review of Francis Chan’s latest book Erasing Hell, which serves as a response to Rob Bell’s book Love Wins. You can read the review by clicking here.
Ultimate Dog Tease
This video is great. You have to watch it.
How I Write, How I Live
Tim Challies put out a great article this week about living what you write. He informs us that writing all the right things is easy, but living what you write is hard. You can read his take by clicking here.