Today's Word for Pastors...
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8
Today's Preaching Insight...
In a Preaching magazine article on "The Preacher as Servant of the Word," R. Albert Mohler reminds us of the centrality of preaching in the minister's calling:
"I believe when the minister of the gospel faces the Lord God as judge, there will be many questions addressed to us. There will be many standards of accountability. There will be many criteria of judgment, but in the end, the most essential criterion of judgment for the minister of God is, ‘Did you preach the Word? Did you fully carry out the ministry of the Word? In season and out of season, was the priority of ministry the preaching of the Word?'
"This is not to say that there are not other issues, that there are not other responsibilities, or that there are not even other priorities, but there is one central, non-negotiable, immovable, essential priority and that is the preaching of the Word of God. And Paul speaks to this so clearly when he states his purpose, ‘That I might fully carry out the preaching of the Word of God.'"]
In the book Planet in Rebellion, George Vandeman writes, "It was May 21, 1946. The place - Los Alamos. A young and daring scientist was carrying out a necessary experiment in preparation for the atomic test to be conducted in the waters of the South Pacific atoll at Bikini. "He had successfully performed such an experiment many times before. In his effort to determine the amount of U-235 necessary for a chain reaction — scientists call it the critical mass — he would push two hemispheres of uranium together. Then, just as the mass became critical, he would push them apart with his screwdriver, thus instantly stopping the chain reaction.
"But that day, just as the material became critical, the screwdriver slipped! The hemispheres of uranium came too close together. Instantly the room was filled with a dazzling bluish haze. Young Louis Slotin, instead of ducking and thereby possibly saving himself, tore the two hemispheres apart with his hands and thus interrupted the chain reaction. By this instant of self-forgetful daring, he saved the lives of the seven other persons in the room. . . As he waited for the car that was to take him to the hospital, he said quietly to his companion, ‘You'll come through all right. But I haven't the faintest chance myself' It was only too true. Nine days later he died in agony.
"Nineteen centuries ago the Son of the living God walked directly into sin's most concentrated radiation, allowed Himself to be touched by its curse, and let it take His life ... But by that act He broke the chain reaction. He broke the power of sin.
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