Spurgeon on Character

Would you buy a cookbook put together by somebody who avoids the kitchen?

How about a weight loss book written by the person who has added on pounds every year for decades?

Maybe a business manual penned by the teenager who sorts mail in the basement?

So why is a Christian publishing house going to try and sell us a book about church by an author who admittedly skipped church for over a month to finish the book on church?

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The Cleft in the Rock

July 7, 2014

cleftI love it when the Lord makes something crystal clear by communicating the same message at multiple times and through multiple mediums. Such was the case for me yesterday and today.

Yesterday my pastor, Dr. Buz McNutt was preaching about Esau and Jacob from Genesis 25 and Romans 9. In Romans 9, Paul quoted a verse from Exodus 33,

And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.

–Exodus 33:19

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Here are the ten most read articles for the 2nd quarter of 2014. Catch up on the ones you have missed. The date besides the article title is the month and year in which the article was written and posted on this blog.

  1. Praying for Adult Children (December 2009)
  2. God Remembered Hannah (July 2010)
  3. What Makes a Man a Sissy? (December 2009)
  4. “Heaven is for Real” is Fiction (April 2014)
  5. Teaching at FirstBoynton (April 2014)
  6. May Your Power Rest On Me (December 2009)
  7. 5 Criticisms of Martin Luther by John Calvin (July 2009)
  8. The Scariest Verse in the Bible to One Agnostic (August 2010)
  9. My Experiences with VA Healthcare (May 2014)
  10. The Empty Nest Family Shepherd (June 2014)

On Sunday I had the privilege of preaching the sermon for the folks at FirstBoynton. This was the first time that I have stepped behind the pulpit of a church since 1997. Before that time I preached in churches well over a thousand times. For a long time I thought I would never do so again.

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mohlerEarlier I posted my review of The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters by Albert Mohler. To provide a little more flavor about the book, below are 20 quotes from the book.

1. My goal is to change the way you think about leadership (p. 15).
2. The problem is a lack of attention to what leaders believe (p. 19).
3. The beliefs that anchor our faith are those to which we are most passionately and personally committed, and these are our convictions (p. 22).
4. We know these things to be so true that we are willing to live for them, lead for them, and, if necessary, die for them (p. 24).
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The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership that Matters. Albert Mohler. Bethany House. 2012.

mohlerAlbert Mohler is leader who deserves a hearing on the subject of leadership. He was placed at the helm of one of Christianity’s historic institutions. This institution had drifted from it’s historical moorings and was in danger of being lost by those who had established and supported it.

A young Mohler was called upon to right the ship. Withstanding intense opposition, not only has the institution turned around but it is sailing high in the seas. As a result Mohler has become a respected leader in evangelical and baptist circles. He is often sought out by mainstream media to give voice to the views of the circles.

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