Thankfully, the season of Eastertide invites all to inquire—even those present on Easter Sunday—into how the continuing presence of the risen Lord manifests himself in our day-to-day reality. And this is good news. If Easter Sunday is only about an historical event of long ago, and only comes but once a year, then there is not much hope for me, or for Thomas, or for anyone who is seeking the Risen Jesus.
Why Aren’t Baptists … Baptizing?
As a member of an SBC church this is convicting because it is true. “First things first: Our primary problems are spiritual. Quite simply, many of us no longer feel the urgency of the gospel message. We have grown complacent in our success, and don’t burn with the same evangelistic zeal that we once did. Our goal should be that we make it as hard as possible to go to hell from our cities! Has everyone in your community heard a compelling presentation of the gospel, and been given a chance to respond? I think often of the words of Charles Spurgeon, who said,
“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”
10 Things You Should Know about J. I. Packer
J. I. Packer has been an informal mentor through books and articles. Here is 10 things you should know about him.
I have heard of this new piece of fiction from N. S. Wilson, it is getting well written reviews. Here is some insight from the author. “I don’t write horror. But I do write stories about terrified sheltered kids and fatherless kids and kids with the ghosts of abuse in their pasts. Those kids encounter horrors—witches and swamp monsters, black magical doors and undying villains, mad scientists and giant cheese-loving snapping turtles. Those kids feel real pain, described in real ways. They feel real loss. They learn that the truest victory comes from standing in the right place and doing the right thing against all odds, even if doing the right thing means losing everything. Even if doing the right thing means death. My characters live in worlds that are fundamentally beautiful and magical, just like ours, in worlds that are broken and brutal, just like ours. And, when characters live courageously and sacrificially, good will ultimately triumph over evil.”
Each time we gather, we have a fresh opportunity to be a son to the man whose own won’t see him. Every Sunday is a new chance to be a mother to the teenager whose own mother is unbelieving. Each assembly is an avenue to love the family of God with the same passion and devotion reserved for our own blood.
As a society we lend our ear to those who are dying, especially if they are close to us. We want to know and experience their final moments, final words of advice, wisdom, or assignment. In the Bible we have some words from a man, who doesn’t have long to live, to a young pastor. The man is the apostle Paul, and he writes two letters to a young pastor named Timothy. Those two letters cover various topics from personal life, church life, and how to deal with adversaries to the gospel. But what I found interesting and impacting is that Paul encourages Timothy to develop a leadership pipeline.