Archive for February, 2010

Dr. Albert Mohler recently posted a brief article commenting on the disappearance of the Bible in preaching today.  You can find it here http://www.albertmohler.com/2010/02/19/falling-on-deaf-ears-why-so-many-churches-hear-so-little-of-the-bible/.

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The following is a quote from a blog post by Ray Ortlund on both preaching and living grace in our churches…

“A major part of pastoral ministry is preaching the doctrines of grace and managing an environment of grace.  The latter is harder to accomplish than the former.  It is more intuitive.  It requires more humility and self-awareness.”

This is so true!  So often we succeed in preaching grace from the pulpit (or Sunday School podium, etc…), but then we live and relate within the community of the saints as if our standing before God is all of works.

I don’t know that I have any of the answers to this common problem, but I have found in my own life that apart from reminding myself of the gospel on a daily basis, I tend to fall into this performance trap, both in my own personal walk with the Lord and my relationships with other Christians.

Dr. Ortlund’s post is a helpful reminder of what really binds us together in the church… not our works… but the grace of God.  You can read the whole article here http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/rayortlund/2010/02/12/centered-on-one-or-the-other/.

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Thabiti Anyabwile has posted some helpful thoughts on the proper approach to reading Scripture and the danger of reading the Bible on a solely subjective level.  You can find the article here http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2010/02/08/what-it-means-to-me/.

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I came across this blog post by C. Michael Patton on common errors in biblical interpretation.  It is worth reading and reflecting on while studying our Bibles.  You can find it here http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2010/02/seven-common-fallacies-of-biblical-interpretation/.

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