You see: what if all those lousy elders out there had an army of people like you praying for them daily, crying out to heaven, “God: you have him/them to this church full of your people, and now you have to either give him the gifts to lead them and the love to lead them and the power in your Spirit to lead them, or you need to convict him to move on. Please God: teach this man to be a shepherd and a brother to those whom you have given under his position. They are your people, and for their sake, and the sake of Christ who bought them, make him worthy.”
When tall, stonified Susan Bone in a toga says to do something, you do it.
—In a chat with @hobbsandbean, 2009-12-29 04:17 PM
The Bible-oriented preacher wants the congregation to know that his words, if they have any abiding worth, are in accord with God’s words. He wants this to be obvious to them. That is part of his humility and his authority. Therefore, he constantly tries to show the people that his ideas are coming from the Bible. He is hesitant to go too far toward points that are not demonstrable from the Bible.
He had studied our Authorized Version … till his whole being was saturated with Scripture; and though his writings … continually make us feel and say, ‘Why, this man is a living Bible!’ Prick him anywhere; and you will find that his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak with out quoting a text, for his soul is full of the Word of God.
—In reference to John Bunyan. Charles Spurgeon, Autobiography, vol. 2 (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1973), 159.
Put on your man pants.
Article by David Powlison on how responses to criticism reveal who we are: Does the Shoe Fit?
Sitting in church last Sunday night with Calvin on my lap:
SKH: You’re doing a great job (sitting still).
SKH: I really like cuddling with you, too.
Calvin: Yeah. Some guys don’t have a lot of hair. Why some guys don’t have a lot of hair?
Granted, this comic is funny now, as a Christian parent. It would not be funny if I was 16 (per the comments here).
Brian Regan on inevitable nightmares.