Tuesday, April 21, 2009

An interesting and convicting article on the Christian "quite time" by Tim Challies over at Challies.com

Here's one of my favorite quotes form the middle of the article.

"Quiet time becomes tyrannical when you understand it as a performance. Bridges provides a pearl of wisdom. “Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” Whether you are having a good day or a bad day, the basis of your relationship with is not your performance, for even your best efforts are but filthy rags. Instead, your relationship is based on grace."

Check out the whole thing here.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Piper Interviews Chandler

Part 1 - Chandler tells his story up to about 20 years old.

Part 2 - More on Chandler's story, through becoming a pastor.

Part 3 - Chandler's thoughts on being a pastor, a Calvinist, and a Complementarian.

Part 4 - Chandler and Piper finish up with some advice for pastors.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Lasting Joy vs. Circumstantial Happiness

As a youth pastor I get the privilege of preaching and exampling God's word to high school students almost every weekend, sometimes during our midweek services and throughout the week in personal conversations.

One thing that God has laid on my heart for the people that I get to shepherd is to constantly attack the idols in their lives (and in mine as well) with the truth of God's word. The things that they have built up to stand as their sources of happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment and comfort.

I stumbled upon this guy Albert Martin who makes some amazing videos. This one in particular communicates so clearly what I try to articulate (sometimes unsuccessfully) every week. The idea of Lasting Joy vs Circumstantial Happiness.

Check it out.

Lasting Joy vs. Circumstantial Happiness from Albert Martin on Vimeo.

That's my King...do you know Him?

That's My King! from Albert Martin on Vimeo.

True Meaning of Easter

Cruising around today with my wife we say bunny after bunny and marshmallow peep after marshmallow peep. I originally wanted to post my own thoughts on this but then I came across these two videos that I think cut to the heart of what Easter is all about.

The content is creative and right on and the guys who made them have cool British accents so it makes it even more interesting to watch.

Their message is not only for Easter. They speak to something that we should be celebrating every day. They come as a pair so be sure to watch them both.

THAT'S EASTER Life to Death from St Helen’s Church on Vimeo.

THAT'S EASTER Death to Life from St Helen’s Church on Vimeo.

Original link: Between Two Worlds.