The "fresh picked" for today are a few items that peaked my interest recently. Practical advice, antiquarian promotion, a birthday and breaking news in the SBC...
A Called Man: For those (like me) who believe they are called to Pastoral Ministry. Darrin Patrick, author of "Church Planter: The man, The Message, The Mission" and vice President of the Acts 29 Network shares the two ditches that church leaders can fall into as they help confirm a man’s calling.
Old School: An interesting thought... "In the age of digitized books, some might be hesitant to invest in an original copy of a judicious old divine or celebrated scholar from a previous age when you can download a digital copy from almost anywhere. However, it’s the book itself that takes you on the journey, not just the bare text. The book is the place where people congregate to find shared experience and fresh ideas." If you enjoy books (like me), if you really enjoy theological works (like me), if you appreciate the history and production of actual bounding and pages (like me), and if you have enough money to buy rare, antique books (not like me)... this site is for you. Thanks to Nicholas Batzig from Feeding on Christ for letting me know about this site.
Happy Birthday, Robert Murray M'Cheyne: He was born one hundred ninety-eight years ago (tomorrow), and lived to be only thirty years old, but M'Cheyne is fondly remembered partly due to his good friend and biographer Andrew Bonar (youngest brother of Horatius Bonar... check out "The Everlasting Righteousness" free e-book). Robert Murray M'Cheyne, though called home to be with the Lord at a relatively young age, lived his life pointing others to Christ and had a fruitful Spirit-empowered pulpit ministry. Let us look to him as an example; that we might "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12c) and "press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14), for life is short and our days are numbered.
"Exciting Days Ahead!": Tom Elliff (President of the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board) announced today in a tweet that Chuck Lawless has been named as the IMB's VP for Global Theological Advance. Lawless is the Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Please pray for Dr. Lawless in this time of transition as well as the SBC, SBTS, IMB and any other acronyms I have forgotten.
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