Weekly Recap: 6/28/2014

Posts on Gazing at Glory

Psalm 22: Prophecies of Jesus’ Triumphant Death

John 3:16: a Few Reflections

Coach Wooden’s Wisdom: the Difference Between Winning and Success

Prayer, Meditation, and Trials: Luther’s Instructions for Studying Theology as a Biblical Hermeneutical Method by Dr. Robert L. Plummer 

Seeing the Real World: a Review of What Is Biblical Theology? by Dr. James M. Hamilton, Jr.

Resources for Family-Friendly Media Choices

Other Blogs/Articles

The Pastor in the Digital Age: a Forum

The Hateful Practice of Redefinition – sometimes the most hateful thing we can do is be polite and pretend something is what it isn’t.

Are There Gaps in the Genealogies of Genesis?

Deals (subject to change without notice – these are beyond my control, but current at the time I am writing the post):  

Through July 8:  Theologians of the Baptist Tradition by Timothy George ($2.99) (helpful for theological and historical studies)

 

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Five Thing Every Christian Needs to Grow, by R. C. Sproul, The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts is FREE in multiple electronic formats all this month, from Ligonier Ministries.

 

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Weekly Recap: 6/21/2014

Posts on Gazing at Glory

Psalm 15: God’s Standard of Perfect Character

Training Pastors in the Local Church, Part 1 of 7: Introduction
Training Pastors in the Local Church, Part 2 of 7: One-on-One Mentoring
Training Pastors in the Local Church, Part 3 of 7: Internships
Training Pastors in the Local Church, Part 4 of 7: Church-Based Seminaries
Training Pastors in the Local Church, Part 5 of 7: Partnering with Other Churches or Ministries
Training Pastors in the Local Church, Part 6 of 7: Traditional Bible Colleges and Seminaries
Training Pastors in the Local Church, Part 7 of 7: Conclusion

If you want all the articles in one place, the Kindle book version of this series is only 99 cents.  A paperback booklet is also available.  I’m glad to make this content free on the blog, but if you’d like to show a little support, please consider purchasing a paperback or Kindle version (those who purchase the paperback on Amazon can get the Kindle version for free, via the Kindle matchbook program).

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Other Blogs/Articles (to return next week, D.V.)

Deals (subject to change without notice – these are beyond my control, but current at the time I am writing the post):  

Five Thing Every Christian Needs to Grow, by R. C. Sproul, The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts is FREE in multiple electronic formats this month, from Ligonier Ministries.

Weekly Recap: 6/14/2014

A look ahead:  Next week’s Monday-Saturday posts will be a bit different, all focusing on the theme of Training Pastors in the Local Church.

Last week’s posts on Gazing at Glory

Psalm 8 – God’s Glory in Creation

Communicating the Gospel in an Athenian Culture

Bill Nye, the Logical Fallacy Guy

Memorizing Scripture – Some Reasons & Tools to Help

Five Things Satan Loves about the Extreme 1611 KJV Only Movement

Why Switching Back to Dumb Phones Was a Smart Move for Us (Part 2 of 2)

Other Blogs/Articles

Practical Tips for Preaching a Funeral

Training Pastors in the Church

Ten Tips to Becoming a More Productive Pastor

When Our Sons Ask for Stones, Let’s Give Them Bread addresses a big issue that most of us will face in one way or another.

Four Modern Versions of the Bible That Are Ruining the Bible – this article is not what you might first think.

Deals (subject to change without notice – these are beyond my control, but current at the time I am writing the post):  

Preach: Theology Meets Practice by Mark Dever & Greg Gilbert – $2.99 (not sure how long this deal is good)

Timothy Witmer’s The Shepherd Leader at Home is only 99 cents for Kindle through June 15. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for husbands/dads.

Taste and See: an Invitation to Read the Bible (FREE for Kindle, not sure how long; sounds like it might be a good intro to Bible study)

Five Thing Every Christian Needs to Grow, by R. C. Sproul, The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts is FREE in multiple electronic formats this month, from Ligonier Ministries.

Weekly Recap: 6/7/2014

Posts on Gazing at Glory

Psalm 1

Genesis 1-11: Its Foundational Nature, Context, and Special Relevance for Israel

How to Pray Scripture

Sermon Preparation as a Team

Why I Try to Avoid Most Right-Wing Talk Radio

Why Switching Back to Dumb Phones Was a Smart Move for Us (Part 1)

Other Blogs/Articles

Should a pastor use all his vacation time every year?

The new narcotic – guard yourself against this.

How much of Scripture is inspired?

A passion for preaching: interview with Pastor Steven Lawson

Deals (subject to change without notice – these are beyond my control, but current at the time I am writing the post):  

Preach: Theology Meets Practice by Mark Dever & Greg Gilbert – $2.99 (not sure how long this deal is good)

Introducing the New Testament by Joe Blair – 99 cents (through June 10)

FREE through 6/11 – Iain Duguid on Jesus in the Old Testament

Through 6/11, WTS Books has a nice deal on a nice edition of Pilgrim’s Progress.  Highly recommended book.

Taste and See: an Invitation to Read the Bible (FREE for Kindle, not sure how long; sounds like it might be a good intro to Bible study)

Five Thing Every Christian Needs to Grow, by R. C. Sproul, The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts is FREE in multiple electronic formats this month, from Ligonier Ministries.

Weekly Recap: 5/31/2014

Posts on Gazing at Glory

Book Recommendation: Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung

In Defense of Struggling and Even Stagnant Churches

Why We Shouldn’t Refer to God as “Her” or “She” and Why We Shouldn’t Be Ashamed to Refer to God as “Him” or “He”

Why I Treat Blog Comments Like Letters to the Editor

Tweeting through Genesis 1 & 2

Other Blogs/Articles

The Blessing and Challenge of Graduation

Bryan College Is Torn: Can Darwin & Eden Coexist?

Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Petition (great letter from Bryan professor; note especially comments about academic freedom and Christian colleges)

My Vision for Christian Education

Six Lies Grads Will Be Told

Tweets: Tweeting through Genesis 3

From @dougsmith1977

May 25

the serpent was more cunning than any beast … God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said…?” Gen 3:1 NKJV

In his deceitful craftiness, Satan put a question mark where God had put a period. His strategy continues, and many fall for it.

How do we know the serpent is Satan? Scripture explains Scripture. Cf. Gen 3:1, 13 with Rev 12:9.   

Satan’s strategy: question God’s Word, contradict God’s Word, attack God’s character. It worked in the garden, it still works today.

“They were deceived, disobeyed, and were driven from that holy ground.” From ‘s song, “The Beginning,” on The Ancient Faith

May 26

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Gen 3:9 NKJV

God seeking Adam & Eve after their rebellion is the first of many places we see God taking the initiative on behalf of sinners.  

God wasn’t asking where Adam was for the sake of information. He was giving Adam an opportunity to come clean & confess his sin.  

“The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win.”  

May 27

I will put enmity between you & the woman,& between your seed & her Seed; [He’ll] bruise your head,& [you’ll] bruise His heel. Gen 3:15 NKJV

Before pronouncing the consequences of their sin, God proclaims the gospel to Adam & Eve in the first prophecy of the God-man Savior, Jesus.

Sin’s consequences: difficulty in childbirth, relationships, & work; death of our bodies, which return to the dust.   

The curse on sin in Gen 3 accounts for all the suffering, disease, & death we have in this life. We have to wait for Rev 21 for its removal.

“No more let sin and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground! He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found.”  

May 28

“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” Gen 3:20 NKJV   

Although Eve had not yet had children, God promised a Seed from her. Adam’s name for her indicated faith in the promise of God.

God sought out Adam & Eve, who tried to cover themselves and play the blame game. God promised a Savior and clothed them with animal skins.

Christ in Gen 3: seeking sinful man; promised Seed of woman; prefigured in innocent animal slain to cover Adam & Eve.   

“Nothing can for sin atone; nothing but the blood of Jesus. Naught of good that I have done – nothing but the blood of Jesus.”  

May 29

[God] “drove out the man…placed cherubim…east of the garden… a flaming sword…to guard the way to the tree of life.” Gen 3:24 NKJV

Tree of life off limits when man is banished from garden, but it is on the menu for believers in the new heavens & new earth (Rev 2:7, 22:2)

After Gen 3:24, cherubim not mentioned again till Exod 25:18. Symbolically guarding access to God on ark of the covenant, on the mercy seat.

Our access to God is through Jesus only, His blood & righteousness. Eternal life & one day tree of life, among benefits of knowing Him.

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”