Indefinite or limited terms for elders? (Stephen Kneale): I don’t think this is an issue of Biblical fidelity. You can have limited or indefinite terms for elders and neither stands against scripture. But wisdom and previous experience tells me that indefinite terms, coupled to robust mechanisms that allow churches to remove their elders as necessary, is the way I would go on it. Read more at StephenKneale.com.
Is there a difference between pastors and elders? (Denny Burk): Thoughts on 1 Timothy 3. Read more at Crossway.
Anxious for nothing: addressing the worry I can’t explain (Jared Wilson): Here are three things I’m reminding myself in this new season of being anxious for nothing. Read more at LifeWay Voices.
9 things happen when we forgive others (Chuck Lawless): Forgiving others who hurt us or our loved ones isn’t easy. In fact, it’s often a battle. What we don’t think about are the positive things that happen when we do forgive, and that’s the intent of this post. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
The most important instrument on Sunday morning (Bob Kauflin): As to the Psalms, it’s worth noting God didn’t give us a backing instrumental track to accompany them. He only provided lyrics. Of course, many Psalms contain musical annotations, as well as commands to play instruments. But God is evidently more concerned about the words we use to praise him than the music we set them to. Read more at Desiring God.
Does Christianity need ‘saving’? (Michael Youssef): It’s not our job as Christians to “save” Christianity. God did not call us to revise the gospel to make it more palatable to the world. Rather, He calls us to believe it and proclaim it faithfully. Read more at Facts & Trends.
5 responsibilities of every church member (David Qaoud): Church membership is not optional. It is a must for every Christian to find, join, and submit oneself to a local church. But once you do join a church, what are your responsibilities? Read more at Gospel Relevance.
How to witness to those in cults and other religions (Ray Comfort): Let’s say there are a couple of cult members at my door. I warmly ask for their names, and then say, “I have a knife in my back. I am dying and have only three minutes to live. What do I need to do to enter heaven/paradise/the kingdom of God?” Read more at Living Waters.
Preach like hell lasts forever: Why we must warn—through tears (Sinclair Ferguson): A sense of the awful nature of hell and the ineffable wonder of the love of Jesus go hand in hand in the gospel message — in the preaching of it, and in the preacher himself. Read more at Desiring God.
The need for nuance in preaching (Mark Loughridge): Each preacher has been given a certain personality—we need to know ourselves. One of the great rules of preaching is to take the sword of the word and plunge it into your own heart before plunging it into anyone else’s. Sometimes in preaching people have said, “How did you know what I was thinking?” and the response is “I didn’t, I just know how my mind works.” Read more at Gentle Reformation.
Don’t be afraid to preach for conversions (Timothy Paul Jones): Whatever you may think about invitations in general or about those preachers’ particular methods, one thing is clear: they weren’t afraid to preach with the expectation of conversions. And neither were the preachers and prophets whose words the Holy Spirit has preserved in the pages of the New Testament. Read more at The Gospel Coalition.
What will heaven be like? (Colin Smith): Every Christian wants to serve Christ, but we find ourselves in conflict: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38). We throw ourselves into serving Christ and into living for Christ, and then we get tired or we become discouraged. We get bogged down in our unsolved problems and our unanswered questions. But it will not always be so. In heaven, you will serve God as you always wished you could. “Day and night” they serve Him. No tiredness there! Read more at Unlocking the Bible.