Shepherd Links – 9/8

Prophet Links

Top 10 R.C. Sproul Lectures From the compiler: “While others might disagree with what follows at certain points, this list represents what I have found to be the most important and useful messages that R.C. has ever delivered.”

Reading for Worldviews “[E]very great work of literature presents its readers with a microcosm, a little world that runs by its own rules…As readers, we cannot fully understand a novel—or even some non-fiction books—until we understand those rules and the microcosm that underlies them. Indeed, what often attracts readers to a novel is precisely the structure of its microcosm: or, to switch from a more literary to a more philosophical term, its worldview.”

Priest Links

Four Ways to Create an Evangelistic Culture in Your Church “While the creation of an evangelistic culture cannot be reduced to a simple formulaic approach, I can offer four suggestions of a more practical nature.”

Small Groups from 16th Century Europe “Here is one example of a Bible study group which met in Naples, Italy, in between 1536-41. Led by the Spaniard, Juan De Valdés, this circle of friends often picnicked together in the countryside each Sunday. It comprised influential theologians and laypeople alike, including Bernardino Ochino, General of the Capuchins and the most famous preacher in Italy, Peter Martyr Vermigli, then abbot, soon to be Reformed theologian, Pietro Carnesecchi, a canon lawyer, and the Countess of Fondi, Giulia da Gonzaga. So what did this group do in their meetings?”

What the Puritans Can Teach Us about Counseling “Nearly 25 years ago, Tim Keller argued that the works of the Puritans are a rich resource for biblical counseling for the following six reasons.”

King Links

Working Hours Vs. Producing Results Interesting video from Mark Driscoll. A lot of the talk out there (and from me) is that the results do not depend on the pastor, only faithfulness does. It seems, at least to some extent, Driscoll disagrees.

Vacation for Pastors Who Won’t Take One “[F]or all the pastors who scoff at days off, come let us and reason together about how we should approach vacations and our preaching schedule.”

Is Bigger Really Better? The Statistics actually Say “No”! “A global survey conducted by Christian Schwartz found that smaller churches consistently scored higher than large churches in seven out of eight qualitative characteristics of a healthy church. A more recent study of churches in America, conducted by Ed Stetzer and Life Way Ministries, revealed that churches of two hundred or less are four times more likely to plant a daughter church than churches of one thousand or more. The research seems to even indicate that the pattern continues—the smaller the size of the church the more fertile they are in planting churches.”