(This is a re-blog from January 2010) Among the countless other excellent passages in Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is his section under "Ministry" (Christian Service; p. 97-99). I'm especially thinking of his notes on how Christians should listen to one another. This piggybacks from what Adam McHugh noted (in Introverts in the Church) about… Continue reading The Ministry of Listening (Or: Just Listen)
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