Here are a few blogs to follow for your Friday:
Johnny Helms at Amazed In His Presence
Candace Tyler at The Herstorian
The International Mission Board at their blog
I was recently asked by a church what doctrines I considered essential and would not compromise on...talk about a great question! Here was my list:
1) Jesus alone saves
2) the Bible's infallibility and inerrancy
3) the bodliy resurrection of Jesus
4) the virgin birth
5) the second coming
6) tbe substitutionary death of Christ on the cross
What would you add?
So here I am, finally seeking a new pastorate. Waiting...Praying...waiting...Praying. This time is both difficult and exciting. A few churches have expressee an initial interest. I really hope to be posting soon as Pastor Scott Welch again. I have missed preaching these last seven months. I have missed shepherding God's people.
Only time will tell where we will end up. God's got this, like He has everything else. Jesus alone saves, believe in Him!
First, it is timely. J.I. Packer has a lifetime of experience studying the Bible and theology as well as a vast knowledge of the trajectory of the church. His book hits the nail on the head and deals with the most current issues boiling over in most denominations in the 21st century. Taking God Seriously is a voice that the church needs right now. It's an important call and an urgent plea for the church to swim upstream instead of coasting downstream in the current of postmodern thought.
Second, it is theological. All you have to do is take one look at the chapter headings and it is clear what Dr. Packer has in mind when he says that we need to take God seriously. Taking God Seriously is deep but brief in it's approach and is broken down into the following eight chapters:
Taking Faith Seriously
Taking Doctrine Seriously
Taking Christian Unity Seriously
Taking Repentance Seriously
Taking the Church Seriously
Taking the Holy Spirit Seriously
Taking Baptism Seriously
Taking the Lord's Supper Seriously
Packer makes no bones about it, how seriously we take God in our lives is connected intricately to how seriously we take our own theology. We cannot please God and ignore theology. That is not an option.
Third, it is thorough. Packer leaves no stone unturned as he deals with everything from homosexual marriage to the way we view or own baptism personally. Although this book is a short book by theology standards, it covers everything it needs to cover and is very accessible to laymen as well as clergy.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels that they need to take God more seriously. I know that I need help constantly in this area and am sure I will refer back to this book for that guidance.