Thursday, March 26, 2009

Good CS Lewis Quote

I have no idea where this quote comes from. It was the CS Lewis quote of the day, and I liked it. If you know where it is from I would love a detailed reference.

It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
-- CS Lewis

Monday, March 16, 2009

Good Advice For Governments and All of Us During These Econimic Times

Maybe they should have paid more attention to school house rock.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Banner of Truth Ministers Conference

I am already registered. I recommend this conference to all men who serve as elders or pastors. It is a time to be taught from God's word, not those programs that come and go, but the enduring Word itself so you can better minister the gospel.

I have found it a blessed time where I can fellowship with other pastors. It is a time where I am fed spiritually. It is a time where I find my soul refreshed.

This year the speakers very much intrigue me as those I know I respect a great deal. They are
  • Sinclair Ferguson
  • Alistair Begg
  • Walter Chantry
  • Mark Van Dixhoorn
  • Mark Johnston
  • Jonathan Watson
If you desire to know more check out The Banner of Truth US Conference.

If you are going, tell me so I can keep an eye out.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

This Bugs Me

I was reading over at Pyromaniacs today about the discussion surrounding Phil Johnson's talk at the Shepherd's Conference. While I don't have any huge issues with what Phil had to say in that post, I have not heard his presentation from the conference yet so I won't comment.

However, in the meta following that post there was a comment that really bugged me.

Everyday Mommy posted this:

"If you are a pastor, you'd better make the time to counsel dozens and dozens. It's your job."

I realize this is a common though today. But, is the pastor's job ultimately to counsel dozens and dozens? I can think of the pastor being exhorted to preach the word, but I cannot think of the pastor being exhorted to counsel dozens and dozens. The pastor's primary task is to preach. With that comes prayer. While aiding people with his good counsel is a part of his task, it is not something that should be done when the issues could be much more effectively dealt with in a sermon.

The issue under discussion there was sexuality, and I do believe that since the Bible deals with it, pastors not only should, but must deal with that Christian sexuality looks like, its bounds and directly deal with the issues that arrise when we realize that Jesus is Lord of sex as he is Lord of all, especially when we live in a culture that denies anyone can make demands on their sexual activities. How that is done in the preaching of the word is important, but it should be done there because if one depends on dealing with it only one on one it means first of all many people who are secretly struggling with sexual sin will not have that dealt with because they are keeping it secret. Second it means that instead of having the pastor completely bogged down in doing nothing but one on one counselling as sexual sin is pervasive in all age groups today, he can deal with those who are most in need of counselling while also addressing the others who may not be. Last of all, it is a testimony to a world that thinks it knows all about sex, that sex as God designed it is part of the good creation he made in the beginning and that is it not something dirty.