Saturday, January 22, 2011

Brief Theology of Work

This morning we have a mens breakfast at Twynholm where I'm speaking on a biblical view of work, so I've been going over some old notes.
This is a little theology of work I wrote a few years ago.
Sometime soon I'd like to revise it, expanding the section on "Frustration and Redemption" by looking in more depth at the "Work of Christ" in Redemption. But I hope it is useful in its present form.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Matthew 5:21-32. Further Reading on Anger, Lust and Divorce

Three very helpful articles available by David Powlison.Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Great book on Resolving Personal conflict: The Peacemaker, by Ken Sande.

Good book on Lust for men and women: Sex is not the problem, Lust is by Josh Harris
Helpful online book on pornography for men: Sexual detox: a guide for guys who are sick of porn by Tim Challies

Divorce, by John Murray
Good book for those who grew up with divorce understanding ways in which it might have affected them, and taking them to the gospel. Child of divorce, Child of God by Kristine Steakly. She also has a blog.

Marriage (obviously closely related to lust and to divorce, as the former is a distortion of what was intended for marriage and the latter is trying to escape God's good plans for marriage). In recent years there have been several excellent books written on marriage.
Chrisopher Ash, Married for God
Gary and Betsy Ricucci, Love that Lasts
Dave Harvey, When Sinners Say, "I do"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Don Carson on anger: ours and Jesus'

“Our problem is that we burn with indignation and anger, not at sin and injustice, but at offence to ourselves. In none of the cases when Jesus becomes angry is his personal ego wrapped up in the issue. More telling yet, when he was unjustly arrested, unfairly tried, illegally beaten, contemptuously spat upon, crucified, mocked; when in fact he had every reason for his ego to be involved, then, as Peter says, ‘he did not retaliate; when he suffered he made no threats.’ (I Peter 2:23) From his parched lips came forth rather those gracious words, ‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’ (Luke 23:34) ”

The Sermon on the Mount, 46-47.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Great Reading for the Sermon on the Mount

Just started preaching on the Sermon on the Mount yesterday.
Sermon available here

Three great books to recommend to accompany the series

Small: Don Carson
Medium: John Stott
Large: Martyn Lloyd-Jones

If you come to our Sunday evening Services over the next couple of weeks there will be some copies of some of these books being given away for free for those who are quick a sticking their hand in the air at the appropriate moment!