Weekly Wraps (Apr.18-24)

John Piper on D.A. Carson, Brian Croft on future pastors/elders, Darryl Dash on pastors and social media, and et cetera.

1. Appreciation for Don Carson (John Piper) – Piper gives tribute to New Testament scholar D.A. Carson. I was amazed by the scholarship of Carson shown in his book The Sermon on the Mount. I hope to read more of his works.

2. How do I identify future pastors/elders in the congregation? (Brian Croft) – Croft blogs on how to find future leaders within a church. He gives three factors to look for.

3. Pastors and Social Media (Darryl Dash) – Dash blogs that pastors should set boundaries on the use of social media. The blog is helpful for non-pastors as well.

4. A Jealous Love (Tim Challies) – Challies blogs on God’s love and wrath. He writes on how evangelicals have misunderstood God’s love. The blog is undeniably wonderfully written.

5. In Honor of Don Carson for Proclaiming the Gospel Unashamed (John Woodbridge) – This time, Woodbridge writes to pay tribute to D.A. Carson. He is a long-time colleague of Carson in Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

6. A Not-Famous Pastor’s Take on the Evangelical Hollywood (Eric McKiddie) – McKiddie blogs on the famous pastors and our response to it. And I need this exhortation. Thanks, Eric!

7. “A Massive Shift Coming in What it Means to Be a Christian?” — TIME Magazine Considers Rob Bell (Albert Mohler) – Mohler blogs on Jon Meacham’s analysis of Rob Bell’s theology.

8. Rob Bell’s Unbelief in His own Words (John MacArthur) – MacArthur blogs on Rob Bell ultimately denying the Scripture. I just couldn’t understand Bell. In fact, I do not understand what he’s trying to say.

9. What hath Jerusalem to do with Hollywood? (Carl Trueman) – Trueman reflects on the American passion for conferences.

10. Really Trueman? Only in America? (Thabiti Anyabwile) – Anyabwile responds to Trueman’s post.

11. Bell’s Inferno (John MacArthur) – Another MacArthur on Rob Bell.

12. Don’t Waste Your Life (John Piper) – Piper speaks for 2011 Ligonier National Conference. Piper shares three discoveries of the unwasted life and pleads that people do not waste their lives. As usual, Piper bombards me with mind-blowing statements. Here are some:

“In order to have a durable difference in the world that lasts ‘til eternity, you don’t have to know a lot of things; you have to master a few things—a few great things.” (10:58)

“There is a great holy God who means to be known and treasured as God.” (13:52)

“Getting God’s purpose right for God became foundational for getting my purpose right for me.” (18:34)

“The value of God’s glory is reflected in how I treasure it.” (27:13)

“The value, the beauty, the worth of God’s glory is appropriately reflected back to Him in the degree to which I treasure it, enjoy it, embrace [it], esteem [it], delight in [it], and am satisfied with it over everything in the planet. And if there is anything that has more of my heart, more of my passion, more of my affections, it is glorified above Him.” (27:24)

“God makes known the riches of His glory for our treasuring, for our valuing, for our enjoying, and of course to that end, our knowing.” (28:13)

“When He reveals His glory, He doesn’t get any honor if we find it boring.” (28:40)

“Between God’s purpose to be known and treasured and my treasuring Him is a massive obstacle of depravity and wrath. God sends Jesus Christ into the world. And in His covering and conquering my depravity and absorbing God’s wrath in doing that, He becomes the apex of the glory I am now enable to see.” (50:42)

“The unwasted life is a life lived to show that Jesus is more precious than life.” (52:04)

“The life that most clearly displays the all satisfying worth and glory of God in Christ is a life of joyful suffering in the service of love.” (53:15)


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About Enzo Cortes

Enzo Cortes is the Youth Coordinator of Jzone Makati, the youth ministry of Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) Makati. He also speaks for various youth and young adult groups, including CCF Makati's young singles ministry, Friday Night Light. He loves to write, read books and blogs, drink coffee, and watch MMA fights.

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