remember getting into a theological discussion with a pastor one time, and at the end of our kerfuffle, he looked at me and asked, “If you had the choice, would you rather pastor a church or teach in a seminary?” I’ll never forget his puzzled look when I responded, “Pastor a church.” Because of my intrigue with theological discourse, he simply assumed that standing in front of a group of budding seminarians would best suit me, and couldn’t fathom why I would want to do the messy, non-glamorous work of pastoral ministry. For many today, the general assumption is that brainy, theologically-minded scholars belong in the academy, while rugged, servant-oriented pastors belong in the churches. However, this distinction is a … Read More
ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Do Right and Wrong Exist? – “Moral absolutes are only possible if God exists. According to naturalism, what we know as “morality” is just an evolutionary adaptation which is entirely subjective and self-serving.” Jonathan Edwards Was Fired — What Lessons Can the Church Learn? – “In 1750, Jonathan Edwards was fired from his church. A source of controversy regarding the Lord’s Supper created a division between he and his people and this culminated in his termination after more than 20 years of faithful service to his church. Although Jonathan Edwards desired to make his points clearly known through a sermon series to the people, the leadership … Read More
he Puritan pilgrims that had come over from England had ventured to American shores in attempt to establish “pure” churches. They failed to create “New Jerusalem” but succeeded in creating a society that embraced Christianity. Within two generations of their arrival, zeal for purity in religion and for the law of God eventually produced hypocritical legalism and rigid formalism. By the end of the seventeenth century, many of the institutional churches in New England had a form of godliness, yet were empty of spiritual power. Their love for God and others had grown cold, while their fear of “worldliness” soon became manic. The hysteria came to a head during the 1692-1693 Salem Witch Trials, where twenty people were executed for … Read More
The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven J. Lawson (Reformation Trust, 2012). ne of the great encouragements in the Christian life is the reading of biography. There’s something about seeing God’s fingerprint on the life of a faithful believer that gives us the sense of the sovereignty and providence of the Lord. Many Christians, however, are discouraged away from biography due to the sheer magnitude of most written works. So many of the greatest lives result in the thickest volumes, and rightly so, since no one life could be summed up in 1,000 pages, let alone 100.
Show Notes Summary On today’s show Landon reaches into the mailbag again and discusses tithing and leaving a mega church. Then, he discusses a video from the Pride festival at Duke University before playing a portion of the iconic sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. (Click “Read More” for detailed show notes.)
Romans 9:22-23 “What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—” hat an incredibly sobering passage written by Paul to the Roman church. These verses are not intended to identify the origin of evil or explain fully why God has allowed it, but they do provide 3 reasons He has permitted its presence and contamination: 1) to demonstrate His wrath; 2) to make His power known; and 3) to put the riches of His glorious mercy on display. No one is treated unfairly: … Read More