Sunday, March 8, 2015

Some Musings About Technolgy and the Local Church

This morning on my way to church I listened to a wonderful sermon by a nationally known preacher. Modern technology has given us inexpensive, easy access to gifted expositors of God's Word. My personal iPod is filled, not with music, but with sermons by men like Dr. Leithart, Steve Wilkins, Alister Begg, John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul. On that same iPod I have Max McLean reading the Scriptures as only he can. What a blessing from the Lord!

While it is true that technology has provided us with the means to hear God's Word preached or read any time of day, I often wonder if it has also caused many Christians to not care about the quality of the local pulpit. So what if the pastor can't preach? We can turn on the radio, log onto our computer, or turn on our iPod and hear a sound message from a pastor on the other side of the country. I spoke with a man last year who confided in me that he did not think any of the pastors at his church could preach and yet, the idea of looking for a place where he would be fed spiritually has never crossed his mind. This man values the relationships he has at his church and that is good. Relationships are important.

Perhaps technology has made "church shopping" less of an issue. If that is true, then praise God!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Calvin on Prayer

In the Institutes Calvin calls prayer “the chief exercise of faith…by which we daily receive God’s benefits.”  Institutes III, title of chapter 20 ~ John Calvin

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Collect for the 3rd Sunday After the Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of His salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of His marvelous works; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

What Now Since I have been called to Teach God's Word?

The task of preaching and teaching God's Word is a weighty one. No man should enter upon it lightly. John Calvin, in his introduction to the reader of the Institutes tells us his understanding of his call as a teacher in the church of Christ~ "Since I undertook the office of teacher in the church, I have no other purpose than to benefit the church by maintaining the pure doctrine of godliness." 

Every teacher and preacher of God's Word would do well to have this as his sole objective when he rises to break the bread of life.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Prayer Appointed for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that Your people, illumined by Your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that He may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with You and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Call to Worship from Anselm

The quote which follows is a wonderful one to have in mind when we enter our place of worship this Lord's Day!

"Come now, insignificant mortal. Leave behind your concerns for a little while, and retreat for a short time from your restless thoughts. Cast off your burdens and cares; set aside your labor and toil. Just for a little while make room for God and rest a while in Him."  ~ Anselm (1033-1109).

That really puts things in perspective!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Prayer appointed for the First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into His Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess Him as Lord and Savior; who with You and the Holy
Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. ~BCP