Never Take Revenge

In 2 Samuel 4, two Israelite men kill Saul's son, king Ish-Bosheth. These two men (Rechab and Baanah) then brought Ish-Bosheth's head to David. They said that this was God's vengeance against Saul for trying to kill David. David disagreed. When he answered them, David opened with these words: "As surely as the Lord lives,… Continue reading Never Take Revenge

A Proverb for Social Media

 Here's an excellent inspired proverb for using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and the like: Proverbs 27:2.  This verse doesn't use the term "brag" nor does it specifically refer to what we call a "humblebrag," but the concepts are for sure there: Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and… Continue reading A Proverb for Social Media

Preaching the Law with Love (Bridges)

A friend and I were recently discussing several parts of Charles Bridges' The Christian Ministry. One section I have marked and underlined quite a bit has to do on how a preacher should rebuke with love.  This also has to do with preaching the law: it should be done with love. "The spirit of love… Continue reading Preaching the Law with Love (Bridges)

The Pastorate: More Than The Pulpit (Bridges)

The pulpit is only part of a pastor's ministry.  Of course, it is a major and central part of the ministry, but the pulpit is not the only part.  A pastor also has pastoral work to do; this too is an essential part of his ministry.  I appreciate how Charles Bridges explained this.  It's also… Continue reading The Pastorate: More Than The Pulpit (Bridges)

Popularity: A Pastor’s Fiery Trial

  Near the beginning of his 1830 publication on the pastoral ministry (The Christian Ministry), Charles Bridges discussed the trials and difficulties of the ministry.  In this section he wrote that for pastors, “the greatest difficulties derive their origin and power from ourselves.”  This whole section is outstanding, and very much worth reading.  One part… Continue reading Popularity: A Pastor’s Fiery Trial