On sermon preparation:
“But if you pursue that train of thought, you will end up preaching just the gospel. Don’t you think it’s too much of a repetition? What about those who already accepted Christ? I believe they need a little more than the basics.”
I stood there dumbfounded. That was exactly what I was saying. Unfortunately, that was also exactly what he was trying to avoid.
The second installment of The Hobbit movie will hit the theaters tomorrow and many people expect that just like the four previous Peter Jackson adaptations of the Tolkien books, the new movie will be a box office hit. Over at Desiring God, Tony Reinke wrote a compelling post about the allure of Middle Earth, about why people from different cultures, including those who have no history of monarchy in their governments, are fascinated with stories that involve a royalty:
There remains in kingship an enduring significance that is inescapable, something deeply burned into our souls, something telling us the world will only prosper when it’s ruled by the true king. Where no kings reign, evil reigns. Continue reading The Hobbit and Our Fascination with the Middle Earth
[Those] who are called to the most active life must yet have their contemplative hours, and must first find time to be alone with God. Those are not fit to speak of the things of God in public to others, who have not first conversed with those things in secret by themselves. When Christ would appear as a Teacher come from God, it shall not be said of him, “He is newly come from travelling, he has been abroad, and has seen the world;” but, “He is newly come out of the desert, he has been alone conversing with God and his own heart.”
The less Holy Spirit we have, the more cake and coffee we need to keep the church going. Nothing against cake or coffee, but there is NO substitute for the HOLY SPIRIT.
Never neglect your spiritual meals, or you will lack stamina and your spirits will sink. Live on the substantial doctrines of grace, and you will outlive and out-work those who delight in the pastry and syllabubs of ‘modern thought’.
Charles Spurgeon, Lectures to my Students
Mature worshipers eagerly receive the truth as it is proclaimed, even if the preacher sounds like he is reading the phone book.