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Archive of entries posted on April 2006

Reviews Coming

Mom and baby are doing well, though sleep and extra time, as usual, have been less. I thought I would at least write briefly to note the books which are ready for reviewing just as soon as there is time to write! We finished reading The Lost Baron just as the baby arrived, so I […]

Benjamin Keach on Preaching

Here is another quote sent to me from my brother, Scott. This comes from Tom Nettles’ book The Baptists. Keach (1640-1704) was a leading Baptist pastor even suffering fines and imprisonment for his beliefs. Nettles is commenting on what Keach said and would say today concerning preaching. The quote begins with Nettles words and then […]

Bad Advertising

Yesterday afternoon I received in the mail this glossy card from a local church advertising their upcoming services. It was professionally done and very slick- but very sad. The picture above shows the front cover of the card with its obvious allusion to the “Desperate Housewives” show. The reverse side advertised the church’s upcoming sermon […]

Brothers We Are Not Professionals

In my Pastoral Ministry class we just discussed John Piper’s, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry . This is a very useful book, and I recommend it highly. I previously wrote a brief review for The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology which can be viewed here. In this post […]

Review of Feed My Sheep

Since I am still not in full mode, I thought I’d link to a review I wrote a year ago of Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching , edited by Don Kistler. I found this to be a helpful, challenging, encouraging and convicting book. The essays in the book are as follows: Albert […]

McCheyne on Sermon Preparation

As we prepare for Sunday, here are a few more quotes on the subject of preparing well for preaching. These come from The Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray McCheyne, by Andrew Bonar. “anxious to give them on the Sabbath what had cost him somewhat, he never, without an urgent reason, went before them without […]

Story Telling, by Edgar Guest

Since I am not able to write up a review just now, I’ll post a poem from a poet I really like, Edgar Guest. I have been reading Guest for a few years but just today came across this poem. I like what he expresses here. Story Telling Edgar Guest Most every night when they’re […]

Packer on the Necessity of Christian Fellowship

Here is a good quote from J. I. Packer on the absolute necessity of real fellowship among believers. This is supposed to be central to the church- not something we have to go find apart from our local church. “We should not . . . think of fellowship with other Christians as a spiritual luxury, […]

Francis Wayland on Sermon Preparation

Here is a quote from a key Baptist preacher form the past, Francis Wayland. It speaks directly to the previous discussions on doing your own work in sermon preparation. Thanks to my brother, Scott, for passing on the quote. “A strong temptation frequently assails a man, when preparing a sermon, to look around for helps. […]

Baby Before Blogging :)

Blogging will be suspended a few days due to the arrival of our fifth child- but first girl!- this morning at 8:54. Abigail Calene was 8 pounds 11 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well, and big brothers are very proud. Coming as she did on Easter Sunday – as […]