Pastor’s wife Melissa Edgington reminds parents that It’s Okay for Kids to be Bored During Church.
“Worship isn’t about your experience of religious ecstasy. It’s about hearing God and responding appropriately, according to His Word.”
Although I have a different view of the relationship between children and the new covenant, for the most part, R. Scott Clark hits the nail on the head when it comes to The Mystery Of Children’s Church | The Heidelblog.
There are very few books I can recommend without a single caveat or reservation. Richard Barcellos’ new book, The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More than a Memory, is one of them. Writing in an incredibly clear, straightforward style (unlike so many other theological works these days), Barcellos spells out exactly what his aims are in this book: to demonstrate how the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is a means of grace to the faith of believers in Jesus Christ. He then proceeds to do exactly that, presenting arguments based on sound exegesis of several Scripture passages. He then turns to historical Reformed Confessions and Catechisms to show that he’s not presenting a novel idea, but rather perhaps reminding his readers of what has often been forgotten. Key points include the meaning of “communion,” how the Spirit applies Christ’s work to our souls, and how prayer (also a means of grace) is crucial to our understanding of the sacraments.
I heartily recommend this book for the following people: students, teachers, pastors, Baptists who want to understand historic Baptist doctrine, PCA members, Roman Catholics, students of biblical Greek, bloggers, anyone who wants to understand the distinction between an “ordinance” and a “sacrament” (it’s probably not what you think), and basically everyone else.
More than a mem’ry
Grace transcending time and space
All should read this book
You can (and should) purchase the book here!
Listen to an interview with the author (featuring me & Jonathan Tomes from The Confessing Baptist) here!
I recently had the privilege of delivering a sermon dealing with the subject of preaching as a means of grace. You can download or listen to the audio of it here. Below, I have posted the written version, which is a bit shorter than the audio, as I was able to expand a bit and use some illustrations which I hope were helpful. I pray my readers will find the content edifying.
The Grace of the Preached Word of God
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
This morning we are not going to be focusing on only one particular section of Scripture. Instead, we’re going to be diving into many passages of God’s Word, and we’re going to try to piece together what God has to say about his Word, and in particular, the preaching of his Word. We’re going to see how preaching is a means of grace. First, we’ll take a look at the word grace and how Scripture describes it, and then we’ll inquire as to how we can receive that grace. We’ll see specifically how God, in his Word to us, works to bring about our salvation and continues to strengthen and build us up in our faith. Continue Reading