How to preach 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 well

On this week’s edition of The Pastor’s Heart podcast/vodcast, Dominic Steele speaks with Dani Treweek and Lionel Windsor about a key New Testament ‘gender’ passage.

It’s well worth spending 38 minutes to think about the passage, and how to preach it in today’s culture.

Books for Reformed Evangelical Anglicans

The team at Reformers Bookshop in Stanmore have put together a list they think would be of interest to Reformed Evangelical Anglicans. Check it out here.

They also have a blog which is worth watching.

(And don’t forget Matthias Media as another source of quality publications.)

A small-step antidote to dull, dry faith

“Perseverance. I have been struck recently by how much the notion of perseverance appears in the Scriptures.

Perhaps this shouldn’t surprise me, but it just isn’t one of the first things I think of when I contemplate what the Scriptures are about. Faith, hope and love, the promises and faithfulness of God—these are the things I first think of. Yet the theme of perseverance comes up again and again…”

– At The Australian Church Record, Meagan Bartlett shares something very helpful.

Buried Coins: Jesus and the Parable of the Talents

“Back in 2014, news broke that archaeologists digging near the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv Highway had uncovered a cache of ancient Jewish coins. The inscription and images on the 114 bronze coins allow us to date them precisely to AD 70—the exact year that the Romans conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the temple. In the midst of this turbulent time, a Jewish person saw fit to place the money in a small ceramic box and bury it for safekeeping.

– At his blog With Meagre Powers, Moore College’s Dr. George Athas shares some insights into the Parable of the Talents.

Bibles for South Sudanese refugees

Australian Presbyterian World Mission is seeking to raise funds to buy 33,000 Bibles for South Sudanese refugees who have fled into Ethiopia –

“In 2013 civil war broke out in South Sudan between the two major tribes — the Dinka and the Nuer. Many South Sudanese fled to neighbouring countries with little more than the clothes they were wearing. In the neighbouring country of Ethiopia, the refugee camps house 385,000 people. About 100,000 of them belong to our sister church the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan.

What do our brothers and sisters ask for? Bibles in their mother tongue — the Nuer language.”

Read about the need, and see the video from the refugee camps.

(The Archbishop of Sydney’s Anglican Aid is also working to help refugees from the violence in South Sudan.)

God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9)

“In 2 Corinthians 9 Paul exhorts his readers to prepare to take their share in a collection that he is making for the poor Christians at Jerusalem. Let us see what we can learn from this chapter about Christian giving. …”

The Australian Church Record republishes this piece by former Oak Hill Principal Alan Stibbs.

J. C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone, by Iain Murray — Review

“One of the greatest Christian leaders to come out of England in the nineteenth century was John Charles Ryle. Famously known as ‘the man of granite with the heart of a child,’ Ryle stands out as a towering example of Christian fortitude and pastoral excellence.

Although he died more than a century ago, he still has much to say to our generation. And perhaps no one is better suited to teach us about Ryle than renowned biographer Iain Murray. …”

– At the 9Marks website, Nate Pickowicz briefly reviews Iain Murray’s J.C. Ryle, Prepared to Stand Alone.

Reformers Bookshop: Reformation Worship Deal – Expression of Interest

“Reformers Bookshop is considering putting together an offer for Reformation Worship by Jonathan Gibson and Mark Earngey – a new book on reformed liturgies throughout church history.

If there is sufficient interest, Reformers Bookshop will offer 30% off the retail price with free shipping.

Normally retailing at $99.99, this offer will make Reformation Worship available for $69.99 with free shipping to Australia or New Zealand. …”

– If you haven’t already ordered a copy of this highly commended and much anticipated book, check out this proposed deal from Reformers Bookshop in Stanmore.

Read more about the book in our post last week.

“In the modern church where so little attention is given to ‘entering his courts with praise,’ this collection of liturgies should inspire and correct much of the blandness of the assemblies of God’s people on earth so that they might truly reflect that festal gathering of angels at Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, to which we have already come.” — Archbishop Glenn Davies.

The greatest enemy of freedom is freedom

“Christians find themselves at odds with our world on many fronts. But surely we can all agree that ‘freedom’ is a good thing—something we should all protect and promote as widely as possible.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as that, because there are starkly different visions of “freedom” at play in our society. In fact, as Os Guinness will explore in this lecture, what Western culture regards as ‘freedom’ may, in fact, be the enemy of true freedom.

As Christians, we need to understand the ‘illusions of contemporary freedom’ (as Os Guinness describes them) so that we can embrace true Christian freedom and bring its blessings to a needy world.”

Coming up at Moore College’s Centre for Christian Living on Wednesday 30 May 2018, 7:30pm-9:30pm. See the link for details and booking.

In Defence of Duty

“We treat the idea of duty with some suspicion these days. We fear that doing things ‘out of duty’ means acting in a way that isn’t genuine and therefore is less meaningful. But is that the whole story?…”

– Adrian Russell takes a look at duty – at The Australian Church Record.

30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World 2018

“The 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World is a prayer focus which coincides yearly with Ramadan, an important month of fasting and religious observance for Muslims.

Christians worldwide are called upon to make an intentional but respectful effort during that period to learn about, pray for and reach out to Muslim neighbours.”

– Ramadan begins Tuesday evening of this week.

Here are some resources to help you to love your Muslim neighbours by praying for them.

If you use the wonderful PrayerMate app, you can subscribe to prayer points to use each day.

Who’s actually in charge of the Church?

GAFCON General Secretary, Peter Jensen, explains why the doctrine of the authority of Scripture is absolutely fundamental to the GAFCON movement.

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