Friday’s Recommended Readings (2/22/19)

From time to time Alex and I will link to articles from various blogs and sites we think others should take the time to read. We don’t want to recommend just anything, only the things we think will help you in your walk with God.

Today, I’m linking to two pieces in blogs I follow that I have found helpful in how Scripture forms our thinking and writing, and a fantastic piece over the sad Revelations about sexual abuse in the SBC.

The Poetry of the Puritans

Thinkingpastorally releases thought-provoking, beautifully-written pieces that constantly convict, encourage, and stir my affections to God. This article over the beauty of Puritan writing is no different.

From the article:

In handling Scripture, the doctrine of God and salvation, we are trafficking in the highest ideas on which the human mind can meditate, we are straining our necks and squinting our eyes in an attempt to see and feel something of the glory of the God whom we worship. Surely such an endeavour should be accompanied by words which set the world alive, with expressions which naturally and powerfully catch the keynotes of God’s glory and sing his praise while telling his truth. A superficial engagement with the Puritans reveals the breadth of their reading, their evident saturation in classical literature, and their literary devices demonstrate an obvious understanding of how words can be put to work as a means of magnifying God.

The second is a piece I read recently from letterandliturgy.com.

Why Men Like Me Shouldn’t Be Pastors

Samuel D. James is another blogger who constantly writes pieces on his site, Letter and Liturgy, that affect my thoughts and actions. And here, he covers an issue of high importance with deftness that it not only made me appreciate the weighty matter of which he wrote, but also reflect on how well crafted the piece was written.

From the article:

In other words, it should be obvious from the way Christians “do church” that pastors aren’t merely smarter, better-spoken, stronger-personality versions of everybody else. Rather, those who are qualified for the “noble task” of pastoring are men who have been both especially equipped and especially preserved. There are men who have not spent years trying to gain victory against lust. There are men who do not lapse periodically into emotional outbursts that wound and intimidate others. There are men whom God has kept, by his grace, “above reproach” in the qualifications of an elder. These are the men who should be leading God’s church—not me.

He gives words to the high calling of pastors, and reminds me of that high calling. And on a side note, I must say I thank God for my own pastor, David Ferguson, his preaching, his character, and his life lived above reproach in the years I have known him. And I will add the same for the other three elders of Commerce Community Church. I praise God for their biblical leadership, humility, and their character.

Well, those are the two articles I recommend friends, family, and everyone in between to take the time to read and consider over the weekend.

Thank you,

God bless.

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