At best classes convey concepts, but those same concepts are available in books around the world. Small group leaders don’t come from small group leader classes, campus pastors don’t come from campus pastor classes and worship leaders don’t come from worship leader classes. Classes don’t harm leaders, they just don’t produce leaders.
Book covers are important. Take a minute to help Matt Chandler, Eric Geiger, and Josh Patterson choose the cover to their forthcoming book, Creature of the Word.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is not merely one thing among a plethora of things in the life of a church. Rather, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the basis of the church’s existence. It is a means by which God creates and sustains the church’s life. Thus, the church is solely a “creature of the word”, or it is no church at all.
American evangelicals find intellectual and cultural validation in Oxbridge Christians like Tolkien, Lewis and Stott. If these Oxford and Cambridge-trained gentlemen with plummy accents believed that God spoke from a burning bush and Jesus truly rose from the grave, that is proof that one can be an intellectual, a sophisticate, and a Bible-believer too, no matter what the snide mainstream media says. Britain represents high culture and class—but which Britain? Many evangelicals seem to idealize a long lost arcadia where professor-clergymen praise theology as queen of the sciences and manly Livingstonian missionaries conquer Africa in the name of Christendom—rather than Britannia as she truly is, secularist, multi-cultural warts and all.
This spring, Phil Ryken and Duane Litfin each gave a seminar on preaching for our pastors and pastoral residents at my church. Both men are seasoned and gifted preachers, in addition to being the current and former presidents of Wheaton College, respectively. Each presentation was filled to brim with pastoral wisdom and preaching insight. Here are the highlights.
The Tablet Really is Killing the e-Reader: (Full disclosure – I love the Kindle DX for how easy it is on the eyes and have no intention of switching!)
E Ink Holdings, the firm behind the allegedly easy-on-the-eye daylight readable electronic paper that once made your Kindle or Nook so great, has just reported its first loss in 10 successive quarters.