September 24, 2012

Seven Blogs for the Week

Here is my 7 blogs for the week:

1. Are we preaching Christ or talking about Christ?

My wife always says the most important thing about the man as a preacher was, you didn’t notice him.  He came quietly into the pulpit, started quietly, and then something seemed to happen, and then you became absorbed in what he was saying. . . .

2. Most of the Work of Ministry is Done by Christians Who Work Secular Jobs

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him… in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God. (1 Corinthians 7:17, 24)

3. Dear Pastors, Please Quit Picking On Video Games

Hey Fellow Pastors,

It’s pretty trendy these days to bust on video games from the pulpit. Everybody does it. You make a few comments about the lack of true men these days, talk about guys living in their mom’s basement, then tell them to put down the video games and man up. And you usually throw in a few comments about pornography, and how the two are somehow tied together.

I get what you’re trying to do, I really do. I too want to see the young men of my generation rise up and be true men of God. I want to see my generation kick butt and take names for the kingdom of God. I’m tired of young guys putting off adulthood indefinitely. But can I ask a favor? Could you stop busting on video games from the pulpit?

4. The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife

The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really?

5. My take on the movie “The Mistress”

The movie is a story about how a man committed adultery and how his son fell in love also with the mistress. Acting for the movie was superb but the lessons it communicates to the viewers are quite disturbing. Filipino movies are a good reflection of the cultural mindset we have as a nation. It depicts how we see manhood, family, marriage and even sex. Here are some disturbing things about the movie:…..

6. True Love Waits

We’ve heard it all:

“Be the person God wants you to be first, then you will find the person God has meant for you.”

 “Stop trying to look for ‘the one’, and start being the one.”

“Learn to be fully satisfied in Him—stop thinking about who to marry— then, when God sees how satisfied you are in Him, He will just surprise you with His ‘perfect choice’ for you.”

We’ve heard many different versions of quotable quotes like these. I’m sure there’s more that I’ve left out. And I’m pretty sure most of them were phrased in a better way— much more poetic than how I quoted them— but you know exactly what I’m talking about.

7. Sticking to your Calling

Reading through the book of Nehemiah for our recent series “Ako, Ikaw, Tayo,” I noticed a shift in chapter 8. Nehemiah takes a step back and Ezra steps in to read the Book of the Law to the people of Israel.

It’s interesting that Nehemiah didn’t step beyond what God called him to do – to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.