Today's Word for Pastors...
As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
Today's Preaching Insight...
Rebuilding for the Future
Sometimes churches spend too much time talking about what we need to do and not enough time doing what needs to be done. Sometimes we seem to value planning and discussing more than we value doing.
Have you seen those excellent television commercials advertising the Royal Bank of Scotland? In one of them, a group of people is eating in a restaurant when one of them starts to choke. One man says, “Isn’t Jacobsen choking?” Someone else says, “I’d definitely say Jacobsen’s choking.” The first fellow then says, “I know exactly what to do. I saw it in the movies once. It’s called the Heimlich maneuver.” That launches the diners into a discussion first of how to pronounce “Heimlich” and then how to perform the maneuver. Of course, all the while Jacobsen is choking. Finally, a man from a neighboring table comes over and successfully performs the maneuver on Jacobsen. Then the announcer says, “Less talk — make it happen!”
Now, I’m not downplaying the importance of deliberate, constructive, and thoughtful talk. Good planning is necessary. But if someone is choking to death talk won’t save his life; action must be taken. I am convicted that the future of this church is directly connected with our willingness to take action to help those around us who are choking to death.
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The Word in Small Boats: Sermons from Oxford
Now a professor at the University of Edinburgh, Oliver O'Donovan spent some two decades as pastor of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. His new book The Word in Small Boats: Sermons from Oxford (Eerdmans) shares 32 of the sermons he preached in the heart of that university city. The "small boats" of the title represent the sermons that carry the Word into the life of the church.]
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