In this WWW: Ten reasons youth leave church; “How can I tell if I’m called to pastoral ministry?”; advice on parenting young kids; poets and theologians; Stuart Townend asks, “Do we really need more worship songs?”; and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor played on the glass harp.
Two posts on the blog All Things Expounded, on the subject Poets and Theologians (part 1 | part 2), tipped me off that Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), the great nineteenth-century British “Prince of Preachers”, wrote a few poems and hymns, including a beautiful communion hymn. i love reading Spurgeon’s books and sermons, which are full of joy in Christ despite the immense hardships he faced. Spurgeon wrote the following poem, titled Immanuel (meaning, “God with us”; see Matthew 1:23), when he was 18. It appears in volume one of his Autobiography. Read the rest of this entry »
What is this now I see,
this grave monstrosity?
The sinful heart’s fecundity
gave birth to dead depravity,
set me always at enmity
against the holy Majesty.
And how would I be free
from my profanity?
Self-righteousness is vanity
and leaves me yet His enemy,
for I cannot live perfectly
and He alone will judge justly.
But finally I see
my sin nailed to the tree:
The death that was reserved for me
instead has fallen upon Thee;
I can but trust and bow the knee:
Thy blood alone bought liberty,
and I am Thine eternally.
In this WWW: Desiring God (Machen style); McGrath on his new biography on CS Lewis; John Donne’s “A hymn to God the Father”; Proclamation Trust audio archives free to download; John Lennox in Cape Town; How much do I need to know to be saved?; three dangers of social media; why churches should disciple college-age students; why the Psalms start as they do; and William Lane Craig and Alex Rosenberg debate whether faith in God is reasonable.
Each year faculty of Denver Seminary compile helpful bibliographic guides for Old and New Testament studies. This year’s bibliographies have just been published in the Denver Journal, and they are excellent resources for Bible students and pastors, covering introduction and background, theology, language, criticism and exegesis, hermeneutics, etcetera., and offering recommendations of commentaries for each book. The bibliographies also highlight those books which faculty consider most important and helpful. This is well worth bookmarking or printing.
In this WWW: Science and Christianity; how C.S. Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, and how we should read them; theology and doxology belong together; the danger of mission statements; and Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah gets a lease on new life. Read the rest of this entry »
In this WWW: Seven reasons to like Matt Redman’s 10 000 Reasons; free audiobook of Roger Resler’s Compelling Interest: The real story behind Roe v. Wade, and other resources on abortion; the critics aren’t happy about Mumford & Sons; lectures on CS Lewis; and how to start a pastoral training programme in your church.