Monthly Archives: December 2011

Jay Strother on training parents to disciple their children and “the false and fleeting values” of materialism

Strother describes what he discovered when he began to try to train parents in his church to disciple their children: In the early days of planning, we assumed that pretty much every parent would agree with us when it came … Continue reading

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John Hammett on not allowing women to be pastors and the organizing principle of traditional v. technological society

In arguing for complentarianism (only men qualify as pastors/elders/bishops) versus egalitarianism (women can qualify as pastors/elders/bishops), Hammett notes the following reason as to why the two sides of the debate differ: Another factor, helpfully noted by Stephen Clark in his … Continue reading

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Wesley on the need to read (particularly preachers)

What has exceedingly hurt you in time past, nay, and I fear, to this day, is want of reading. I scarce ever knew a preacher read so little. And perhaps, by neglecting it, you have lost the taste for it. … Continue reading

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Clowney, “Gospel holiness” and being virtuous are not the same thing

The quest for gospel holiness cannot mean acquiring confident expertise in the practice of the virtues… The life of holiness is the life of faith in which the believer, with a deepening knowledge of his own sin and helplessness apart … Continue reading

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Spurgeon, Knowledge without the indwelling Holy Spirit makes for no Christian

Spurgeon preaching on John 14:16-17, We are told in the text, that Jesus would send the Comforter, who would abide in the saints for ever; who would dwell with them and be in them… Know ye not that ye are … Continue reading

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Population Reference Bureau answering, Which is worse for children: witnessing “disturbed family relations” or the divorce itself?

People who experience parental divorce while growing up face an elevated risk, in adulthood, of seeing their own marriages end in divorce… Our research suggests that it is the actual termination of the marriage, rather than the disturbed family relations that precede marital dissolution, that affects … Continue reading

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