Friday RoundUp For August 29th, 2014

Here are some of the posts that I have enjoyed from other people’s blogs this week:

 

Nate Martin  –  Scared of Seminary

Tomorrow marks my first day as a seminary student at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. I am thrilled of course, but I would be lying if I didn’t say I was scared. I am scared because I am about to get exactly what I asked for and it makes me very uncomfortable. Let me explain… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

J.D. Greear-  What David Platt’s IMB Presidency Signals About Our Future:

This morning, the International Mission Board (IMB) trustees announced David Platt as the new IMB President. I have no doubts that he is God’s man, chosen for this task in this hour. Personally, I could not be more thrilled. I think this is a wonderful gift of God to our Convention of churches….CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

Josh Patterson –  4 Leadership Lessons From Nehemiah

Leadership tends to define itself better in person than on a page. In recent decades leadership has vaulted to the forefront of organizational discussion, classroom research and publishing houses across the world. Books on the topic abound. In their work, “Classical Leadership,” Michelle Doyle and Mark Smith write, “What is leadership? It seems to be one of those qualities that you know when you see it, but is difficult to describe. There are almost as many definitions as there are commentators.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

Thabiti Anyabwile-   Is It “Goodbye Evangelicalism” or “We Evangelicals Join in Your Suffering”?

When James Cone wrote A Black Theology of Liberation in the late 1960s, he was attempting to provide a theological framework for understanding and guiding the feelings and actions of African-American protestors. He wrote in the wake of a deadly riot in Detroit. He felt a burden, a heavy weight to say something meaningful as a Christian. He felt, as many had before him, that if Christianity had no answer for Black people caught in the roiling cauldron of Jim Crow segregation and state-sponsored terrorism then Christianity had no credibility whatsoever. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

Ronnie Floyd The Prayer Life of A Pastor

Prayer is built on the Word of God. This prevents us from getting out of balance or off into theological error. Sometimes people think those who practice prayer are intellectual midgets or theologically inferior. Great prayer warriors base their praying on God’s Word, the surest truth in this world. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

God Doesn’t Want Your Resolution, He wants You!

English: New Year's Resolutions postcard

 

Today is the last day of 2013.  Tonight, we will celebrate the passing of the old year and the dawning of a new one.  Like millions of other people last year, like every year before, I made a series of New Year’s Resolutions. Among other things, I wanted to read more, lose weight, get into better shape, and spend more time with my family.  In addition to these personal resolutions, I also made some spiritual one’s — spend more time with God, increase my giving to missions.  Sadly as I look back none of these resolutions were ever kept.

 

It wasn’t because they weren’t noble commitments or that I was half-hearted in making them.  Honestly, it was the very nature of a resolution that got into the way.  This morning as I contemplated a New Year and prayed about the opportunities that lie ahead in the next twelve months , it dawned on me that God doesn’t want my resolutions, He wants me.  And He wants you as well.

 

You see the nature of a resolution is self-centered and self-empowered.  This is diametrically opposed to the gospel which teaches us to be completely dependent on God.  In John 15:5 Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”  This verse reminds us that in the strength of flesh we can accomplish nothing of value, but through Christ empowering our lives we can bear much fruit.  The key word in this verse is abides.

 

To abide in Christ means that we are utterly and completely surrendered to His will.  Rather than attempting to do things for Christ this verse teaches us that He wants to work through us.  But in order for that to happen we must be surrendered to His will, His mission, and His ways.  So this New Year’s Eve instead of making resolutions, I want to urge you to surrender your will to His.