Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:
1. The Historical Adam: Why it Really Matters?: By Michael Kruger – In this article Dr. Kruger provides some interesting notes from Dr. Richard Belcher’s convocation lecture at RTS Charlotte. This is a quick read that informs the reader of the repercussions of not believing in a historical Adam.
2. Redeeming Repetition: By Tullian Tchividjian – Tchividjian points out that: “If the church is ever going to experience the kind of reformation that many of us long for, preachers are going to have to understand that they are not called to say many different things, but rather the same thing over and over in many different ways from every different text.”
3. America’s Good Servant, But God’s First?: By Rod Dreher – This is an important and necessary read. Dreher notes: “I do not believe that, but if it is true, then as an orthodox (and Orthodox) Christian, I’ll accept the slur without shame, and any sanctions and opprobrium that may come with it. It won’t be the first time in history a believer has had to choose between serving the state and serving God. I pray that the choice is never put to me, but if I am ever forced to make that choice, I will always and everywhere choose God, without apology. I am a Christian first, and an American second.”
4. The Preacher at His Best: By Kevin DeYoung – DeYoung accurately points out that: “The best preacher is the preacher who is at his best when he is closest to the text.”
5. What Martin Luther King Can Teach Us About Preaching: By Russell Moore – Moore rightly notes: “Most of us will never address thousands of people before a statue of Lincoln. But many of us will stand in front of our little gatherings, before an unseen multitude of angels and the great cloud of witnesses. Let’s preach to the conscience. Let’s preach to the imagination. Let’s preach the bad news with thunder, and the good news with laughter. Let’s identify where we’re trying to hide from God’s judgment, and where we’re trying to hide from his invitation.”
Matt Manry is the Director of Discipleship at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary. He blogs regularly at gospelglory.net.