Weekly Wraps (November 21-27)
Michael Patton on C.S. Lewis, John Piper on “Hallelujah”, Sam Storms on Christian Hedonism, and et cetera. Loaded week!
1. Why Do We Love C.S. Lewis and Hate Rob Bell? (Michael Patton) – Patton blogs on the difference between Lewis and Bell. Interesting.
2. Helping You Sing “Hallelujah” with True Exuberance (John Piper) – Piper blogs on “Hallelujah”. I finally understood the word.
3. The Life-Changing Discovery of Christian Hedonism (Sam Storms) – Storms blogs on Christian Hedonism. He is another authority on the topic, next to John Piper.
4. There Never Seems to Be Enough Time (Jon Bloom) – Bloom blogs on the brevity of life.
5. America — Not as Mature as We Should Be (Jonathan Parnell) – Parnell excerpts from John Piper’s book, Bloodlines.
6. Four Reasons to Passionately Pursue God (Jonathan Parnell) – Parnell quotes from John Piper in 1984. I like what Piper says: “Saving faith is not merely a one-time decision for Christ, but is an ongoing preference for Christ over all other values. The pursuit of Christ is the evidence of genuine faith in Christ as our treasure. Therefore, we must go hard after Christ in order to confirm our justification.”
7. Is the Mission of the Church to Join in the Mission of Jesus? (Ed Stetzer) – Stetzer blogs on the work of Jesus and the work of the church.
8. How to Have a Church Prayer Meeting (Kevin DeYoung) – DeYoung blogs on 7 lessons he learned from having a church prayer meeting. At the end, he writes: “Prayer is hard work. It is a gift, but also a skill to learn and grow in. Don’t give up if it feels awkward at first or if people don’t show. Be faithful and pray continually.”
9. You Asked: Should Churches Perform Altar Calls? (Jonathan Leeman) – Leeman blogs on altar calls. He wisely writes: “Why wouldn’t I give an altar call? In short, I believe that this particular man-made practice, this 19th-century innovation, has produced more bad than good for Christian churches in the West. The altar call relies on the powers of emotion, rhetorical persuasion, and social pressure to induce people to make a hasty and premature decision. And producing professions is not the same thing as making disciples. Surely a number of factors are responsible for the many nominal Christians that typify Christianity in the West, but I believe that the altar call is one of them.”
10. Dating, Relating, and Fornicating (Mark Driscoll) – Driscoll blogs on dating. Helpful!
11. Steve Murrell and Wikichurches (Ed Stetzer) – Stetzer interviews Steve Murrell on his new book, Wikichurches. When I saw Murrell’s name in the title, I said to myself: “Sterve Murrell in Ed Stetzer’s blog? This is amazing!” Murrell, by the way, is the senior pastor of Victory, a growing church here in Manila.
12. Preaching Texts You Do Not Understand (Carl Trueman) – Trueman offers counsel regarding difficult texts. Helpful!
13. The Beauty in the Words (Tim Challies) – Challies blogs on different Bible translations. He compares between translations.
14. Let the Peoples Praise You, O God, Let All the Peoples Praise You! (John Piper) – Piper speaks for 2011 Desiring God National Conference. He preaches on Psalm 67.
15. I Think Before I Tweet…Way Too Much (John Dyer) – Dyer blogs his thoughts on tweeting.
16. The Work of a Christian Leader (John Piper) – Piper on leadership and vision. Indeed, our vision bucket leaks.