A Morning Peacock of Links (8/10)

5 Things We Do Today Instead of Preach the Word 

James MacDonald on 5 things that Pastors frequently do rather than preaching the bible:

I wish I could tell you that most pastors are preaching the Word. I can’t—some are not. Here are five things we may choose to do instead of preach the Word.

Some Advice for Youth Ministers

Dave Hinkley shares some advice on youth ministry based on his personal experiences:

Given the dearth of helpful resources, I thought it might be nice to compile a few observations from my own ministry that may be helpful to you in yours. I hope they are edifying.

Legalism or Obedience

A quick take on the legalism/obedience dichotomy:

But we must be careful not to confuse legalism with obedience. Obedience is not legalism. Obedience is obedience. God commands us to obey his Word, and when pressed with those commands we must not cry foul — “legalism!”  No, disobedience is sin, and obedience is not legalism.

On the contrary, any violation of God’s commands is sin, and there are no exceptions allowed. No custom, no family tradition, no “We’ve always done that!” will cover it. Scripture insists that violation of God’s law is sin.

Simply put, we needn’t fear that we may obey our Lord too much. Jesus said that if we love him, we will obey him.

Why Men Can’t Have It All

An interesting take in which the author argues that there has been very little debate on whether men can (or cannot) have it all because. His angle is that it’s because “no one expects men to be as involved in parenting as women”:

The reason no one ever asks the question as to whether men can be fathers and professionals is because we don’t expect very much out of fathers. If a man is somewhat engaged with his children, and makes some attempt to be present and active in their lives, he is considered a good father.  And fortunately, a somewhat active participation in a child’s life still allows a man enough time and energy to fully devote themselves to another calling, that of their professional lives.  THIS is why men are better able to balance these two roles—not because of the enhanced abilities of men, but because the role of father is culturally diminished and relatively lightweight.  A man can throw himself into his career, and dabble in fatherhood, and still win the approval of all.

The Two Civil Wars

In “Embattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War,” the historian Gerald F. Linderman wrote, “Every war begins as one war and becomes two, that watched by civilians and that fought by soldiers” — a fact that confronted Josiah Williams and countless thousands of other Civil War combatants who found themselves separated by a deep gulf of experience from their families.

Flying Babies

Child abuse.

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