Angry Pastors and Elders!?!? (Ash)

One of the qualifications for a man to serve as an elder or pastor in Christ's church is that he must not be an angry man. If a man in the church has a hot temper or is known to explode in rage he is not elder material. If a hot-headed man wishes to become… Continue reading Angry Pastors and Elders!?!? (Ash)

The Conscience As God’s Courtroom (Ash)

One of the best resources I've found on the topic of the conscience is Christopher Ash's Discovering the Joy of a Clear Conscience. I was recently paging through the book again and found this helpful section in chapter two ("The Guilty Conscience"). It's worth sharing here: Someone has said that conscience is like God's courtroom… Continue reading The Conscience As God’s Courtroom (Ash)

Christ’s Blood and the Christian Conscience (Ash)

 One absolutely wonderful part of being a Christian is having a clear conscience before God and others.  It all has to do with what Jesus did for me: he lived a perfect life for me, died on the cross for me, and was raised from the dead for me.  Because of this, by faith I… Continue reading Christ’s Blood and the Christian Conscience (Ash)

The Conscience, Love, and Submission

I've always been fascinated by the human conscience.  Maybe it started about 20 years ago when I first read Luther's self-defense where he said his conscience was held captive by God's Word.  Maybe my interest in the conscience started when I was learning about freedom of conscience in the context of the Reformation and sola… Continue reading The Conscience, Love, and Submission

On (Not) Listening to Recorded Sermons

(This is a repost from two years ago - July, 2012)  Christopher Ash’s Listen Up: A Practical Guide to Listening to Sermons is a helpful pamphlet aimed at giving Christians some lessons on listening.   This book is only thirty pages long and written at a popular level, so any Christian could benefit from it.  In… Continue reading On (Not) Listening to Recorded Sermons