The reason I am so frustrated is because of my inadequate doctrine of sin. It doesn’t matter what I confess in creedal documents or teach from pulpits; when I am surprised by the irrationality of a particular sin, I am demonstrating that I’m a latent Pelagian of the heart. All sin is irrational and self-destructive. If we don’t get that, we don’t know what sin is. My reaction is a reminder to myself of how much I need the sanctifying presence of the Spirit.
After You Preach
Here’s a short, memorable resource from Dave Harvey to help preachers in what can often to their most vulnerable moments: after they preach.
Live Smart, by Dan Dumas
I am thankful for anyone who writes strong, robust books aimed at teenagers. There aren’t many, but I think Dan Dumas put together a good one. I picked up a few for some of my guys. Here’s a link: http://www.livesmartbook.com
College Kids Say the Darndest Things
Watching this is half hilarious and half heart-breaking. Ladies and gentleman: higher education!
I just got back from a trip to inner city Philadelphia with a team of Grace Student Ministries students and staff. It was a great trip, we able to serve and be challenged to walk nearer and more faithfully with our Lord Jesus. But not only that, we had a lot of fun.
We decided that over the next 12 months we’re going to be shooting a music video (how that fits into a missions trip, I’m not sure). At every big youth group event, we’ll get some footage of students and staff singing along to the song that we chose for 2012-2013. In the end, it will look something like this. It will be an awesome way to remember the year, and a memorable gift for the seniors. Our first shot was in Philly, on the “Rocky” steps (where Rocky Balboa ran to exercise). Here it is:
Summer is always a hard time for me to blog. My schedule is inconsistent– traveling, seeing friends, and doing a bunch of youth ministry stuff– and so blogging gets put on the backburner. All that to say that this week I’m planning a comeback.
For the next 30 days I’m going to focus on writing. My goal is to write 100 words each day. 100 words is not very much, but if I try writing a little bit every day I will end up accomplishing more if I had not tried.
I had this sitting in my drafts from a month-and-a-half ago so I figured I’d get it out there.
1. One of the biggest things I learned wasn’t something anyone taught. It was simply the grasp of the Scriptures that these men had. D.A. Carson is the human Logos Bible Software, and I found him inspiring– whether he was leading a panel discussion or preaching, his understanding of (and excitement for) the Bible encouraged me that the life dedicated to the understanding and applying of God’s Word is not only worth it, but it’s the pathway to my highest joy.
2. Iron sharpens iron. That’s not just a pithy proverb, it’s truth. Having long conversations with the guys who were at the conference with me was a sharpening experience. I appreciate conversations that are forthright and humble.
3. It was fun to see faces I knew walking around the place. I saw most of the bloggers I follow: Justin Taylor, Tim Challies, Kevin DeYoung, Jared Wilson, Trevin Wax, Joe Thorne, Justin Buzzard– and I even got to have a short conversation with Mark Dever. He said he had a Joe Durso at his church, so I asked if he was a professional handball player, and he said he wasn’t– he was a bus driver.