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The 2017 Conference on the Church for God’s Glory

For the second time in three years, I had the privilege of attending the conference summarized in this article. I heartily affirm everything stated, and would only add that Pastor David Huffstutler and the people whom he shepherds once again proved gracious hosts for this event. Pastor Huffstutler leads by example, working hard to ensure that each guest is treated hospitably at his church. He is a good man and there are many who greatly appreciate his willingness to host us each year.

I also want to say a heartfelt thank you to Pastor Brian Knight, the deacons, and the rest of the members at my home church, Bethany Baptist Church of Dollar Bay, MI. They graciously sent me to this conference again and continue to invest in me even though my family and I are moving to the Twin Cities in July to begin the M.Div. program at Central Seminary. They have not cut me off or treated me like  a lame duck pastor, but have graciously continued to give, knowing that much of their investment at this point will be reaped by other congregations in the future. Their treatment over this past year (since I informed them of my family’s plan to leave for seminary) has provided a model of humility, grace, and love as they send us off with riches we could never repay. I will always be grateful to them and to the Lord for their honorable hearts toward us, and I pray that we will be good stewards and earn many rewards for these folks to receive from the Lord someday (Php 4:17).

May 25, 2017 Resources: The Storm is Here; Community; Worship Plan; OT Chronology

Are you prepared to lose your job for the sake of Christ? Your property? Your family? The culture war is lost and we must fully face the grim reality that is upon us: either compromise our core Christian commitments, or we will pay dearly. Christians can no longer kick the can down the road, the storm is here. The moment of suffering is upon us; the day of reckoning is at hand. If we do not begin, even at this late hour, to finally count the cost of following Christ and to purpose in our hearts to do so, the chances are slim that we will stand firm when our own painful moments of decision come.

I recently had a phone conversation with a close friend about Christian “community.” This article better states some of the things I was trying to state in that phone call, which is: genuine community is inextricably linked to rightly understood church membership (not the cheap Country Club version most Christians think of). And church membership is based upon covenant. Membership and covenant provide the basis for meaningful community. If you don’t have the first two, you won’t have the last. Ironically, this community, the local church, is the only institution to which we can join ourselves and be guaranteed to survive the storm that I mentioned above.

The Christian Life in Miniature: A Well-Planned Sunday Worship Service

An incredibly helpful chart of how the OT books fit together chronologically

May 12, 2017 Resources: Mangled Words; Broken Wolves; Relevance

David DeBruyn explains proper authority in contrast to authoritarianism. However, his essay goes further and gives an excellent summary of how those in authority must sometimes act in ways that appear to be self-serving. Because of this, godly leaders will at times be accused of selfish motives even while acting faithfully and sincerely. But the preservation of one’s reputation is secondary to obeying God, and false accusation is a wound that a godly leader must be willing to bear.

Beware of Broken Wolves

An excellent essay arguing that Christianity needs to be relevant . . . . and also not relevant.

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