Around the Web (June 10-15)

Westminster Book Store | “Dispatches From the Front”

Through the end of today WTS Books has the entire “Dispatches From the Front” DVD set for only $30. That is 60% off. These videos are incredibly well done and will move your heart to worship Christ.

Nathan Finn | My Hope for Unity in the SBC

The SBC is meeting in New Orleans for the annual meeting. Here is one Southern Baptist’s hope for his denomination in the midst of disunity. I think his points should resonate with us all and give us all something to pray towards.

Justin Buzzard | 20 Ideas for Dating Your Wife

Justin has a new book coming out called Date Your Wife. In this post he gives 20 practical ways us men can continue to date your wife well into marriage.

Dave Crabb | The Idolatry of Serving Jesus

Here are some good words and reflections from Dave Crabb, a pastor in Lapeer, MI.

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Ministry or Business?

Is this a ministry or a business?

I’m sure you’ve been asked this question before—or at least thought about it. When we think about “ministry” we think about God’s work that is eternal in its end and supernatural in its means. When we think about “business” we think about managing our possessions and work effectively and successfully. For the Christian minister it must be both. It is a ministry and it is a business—God’s business. We do everything in life for Him, through Him, and to Him (Rom 11:36). More

Around the Web (May 27 – June 1)

Desiring God | A Cure for Lame Table Prayers

This post was from last week but we just found it this week. An interesting post on prayer at the dinner table. Take a look at how Tony Reinke at Desiring God discuss this.

Theologically Driven | Churches Should Adopt a Modern Version of the Bible

A little bit of a heated discussion over on the DBTS blog about Bible versions. This is one of those debates that is likely not going to die in our lifetime.

Crossway Blog | 10 Helpful Books for Pastors

“While this list is by no means exhaustive, we think the following 10 books would be valuable for every pastor to read and have in their library. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know which books you would add to the list—we’d love to hear your recommendations.”

Also check out Crossway’s post on “What Does Paul Mean by be ‘Able to Teach?'”

Paul Tautges | No Hot Dogs Allowed

Paul looks at the Scriptural basis and mandate for team ministry. This is a good and practical post for those considering church planting and other ministries.

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Around the Web (May 13-18)

G. A. Dietrich | Book Review of Gospel Centered Discipleship

Greg Dietrich reviewed what looks to be a helpful book that focuses on the gospel in discipleship. I’ve got this book on my list of “to read” for this summer.

 Trevin Wax | A Critical Mind vs. A Critical Spirit

“From the books and magazines gobbled up by the evangelical populace to the sheer gullibility on display in our forwarding of emails, it seems that biblical illiteracy and theological aberrations are widespread even in Bible-believing churches.”

AiG | The Rise and Fall of Inerrancy in the American Fundamentalist Movement

“The Christian fundamentalist movement in America played a key role in defending and promoting the importance of biblical inerrancy. While often ridiculed and mocked, early American fundamentalists withstood the tide of theological liberalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.”

Crossway | Training Parrots or Making Disciples?

Jim Hamilton addresses this question on the Crossway blog. “Solid exegesis, biblical theology, and systematic theology are necessary for preaching and teaching. We don’t exercise these skills merely for our own excellence in sermon delivery, but because the people in the pews have the ability to think, analyze arguments, read the Bible for themselves, and formulate answers to questions that we may never even address from the pulpit.”

Around the Web (May 6-11)

David Crabb | Worldliness, Scripturally Defined

One of our Facebook readers pointed us to this post. It was posted a couple of weeks ago and before we started the website. It is helpful though so we wanted to make sure to put in front of you.

 IX Marks | What is a Local Church?

Great question! Jonathan Leeman answers with an excerpt from his latest book, Church Membership.

The Gospel Coalition | The Pastor’s Wife and Her Primary Ministry

Gloria Furman at TGC started a three part series looking at the primary ministry of the pastor’s wife. This should be an encouraging article to those pastor’s wives out there.

Denny Burk | President Obama’s Scriptural Defense of Gay Marriage

Here is a good word and some commentary from Denny Burk on Obama’s recent comments considering being a Christian and supporting gay marriage.

Recommended Reading on Worship

We believe that worship should be a 24/7 way of life (Romans 12:1-2). A lot of people want to argue about music style. We need to go deeper than style—deeper into the Word. We have found the following books to be most helpful in the study of worship.

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Al Mohler’s Top Books for Preachers in 2012

Back in the March/April issue of Preaching magazine, Al Mohler provided a list of his top books for preachers for 2012. The list, as usual, is very good. I would commend you take a look at some of these books yourself this year. I have not personally read each of them, however, I have looked at some of them.

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction Alan Jacobs (Oxford University Press: Oxford)

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way Michael Horton (Zondervan: Grand Rapids)

Reading Scripture with the Reformers Timothy George (IVP Academic: Downers Grove)

The Next Decade: Where We’ve Been…and Where We’re Going George Friedman (Doubleday: New York)

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other Sherry Turkle (Basic Books: New York)

The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion Rodney Stark (Harper One: New York)

Christian Apologetics: Past and Present, Vol. 2 William Edgar & K. Scott Oliphant (Crossway: Wheaton)

A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New G.K. Beale (Baker Academic: Grand Rapids)

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine Gregg R. Allison (Zondervan: Grand Rapids)

Lost in Translation: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood Christian Smith, Kari Christofferson, Hilary Davidson, Patricia Snell Herzog (Oxford University Press: Oxford)

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