As followers of Jesus, we believe that God still speaks. Or, like Francis Schaeffer noted well in the title of a book, He Is There And He Is Not Silent. There are scores of passages in Scripture that talk about listening to God. Jesus' sheep hear and know his voice (John 10:3). The Holy Spirit… Continue reading Hearing God in the Uneventful (Willard)
This is a slightly edited repost from November, 2010. Studying James 1.19-25 this week led me to think long and hard about the virtue of good listening - specifically listening to God's Word (1:22; cf Ecc. 5.1-2, Prov 10.19, etc). It is so hard to be a good listener in our noisy and entertainment-driven culture… Continue reading Quotes on Listening (II)
One thing that I notice from time to time is the fact that some Christians don’t listen. As a pastor, I often get questions about various topics. Sometimes I can tell that the person is not listening to my answer because he has already mind made up his mind even before he asked the question. … Continue reading Why Aren’t You Listening?
(This post is an edited repost from May, 2008) Christopher Love (d. 1651), a Welsh Presbyterian and pastor of a church in London, manuscripted his sermons sermons on mortification and published them in The Mortified Christian (Morgan: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1998). The whole book is worth reading, but the last section is what… Continue reading How to Listen to a Sermon
Studying James 1.19-25 this week led me to think long and hard about the virtue of good listening - specifically listening to God's Word (v 22; cf Ecc. 5.1-2, Prov 10.19, etc). It is so hard to be a good listener in our noisy and entertainment-driven culture of texting and images. I enjoy movies and… Continue reading Quotes On Listening