Making Use of Providence

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In his excellent book, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts, Jerry Bridges wrestles with the doctrine of God’s Providence as it relates to the difficult circumstances of life.  Bridges summarizes the doctrine of God’s Providence this way: God’s “constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people.”

For the sake of understanding, he goes on, “…note the absolute terms: constant care, absolute rule, all creation.  Nothing, not even the smallest virus, escapes his care and control.”

To the ears of some, the idea that not even the smallest virus escapes God’s care and control may sound like a fairly radical (and perhaps ridiculous) idea.  … Continue reading

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How much seminary training does a missionary need?

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An old pastors’ adage says, “Those who can’t, go; those who can’t go, teach”—the shortened aphorism for “Those who can’t preach, go to the mission field; those who can’t go to the mission field, teach.” Whoever created this useless and unbiblical proverb deserves appointment as minister of sanitation over church restrooms. This adage contradicts the following truths:

  1. Every man going to the mission field must be able to preach the Word.
  2. No one should go to the mission field as their second or third option for ministry.
  3. Every man who / must be able to preach the Word.
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Essentials in Youth Ministry: pt. 2 – The Bible

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A little while back, I wrote a blogpost on PS23 concerning a defense of youth ministry. Two weeks ago, I continued speaking on youth ministry by starting in on its first essential: prayer. If any ministry (particularly youth ministry) is going to be God-honoring, there are basics which it must (yes, must) include.

The first essential is prayer. As I stated in that blogpost, all members of the local church’s congregation need to be praying for the youth ministry (youth workers, parents, pastors, elders, lay-folks, and students). They need to be praying for the salvation of students, growth of the professing Christian students, student’s openness to the youth workers, direction from the youth pastor, etc.… Continue reading

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