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This week at the Intersect Project, Ashley Gorman shared two articles discussing smartphones, screen-time and if we are using technology well.

Your Smartphone is a Tool. Do you use it well?

Recent posts on the Intersect blog have opened our eyes to the various ways technology has impacted daily human life. Notice the term human life is used here—not Christian life, or American life, or male life, or female life, or church life, or righteous life, or unrighteous life, or any other subset of life we could think of. Technology is an equal opportunity life-changer, and rains down on the just and the unjust alike, all around the globe. The smartphone is obviously the most common vehicle of this impact.

6 Ways to Steward Your Weekly Screen Time.

In a separate post, I explain that technology is best used in moderation. Here are some helpful tips and tools to help you and your family steward your weekly screen time.

 

Throughout this week the news of the horrific tragedy which occurred in Las Vegas Sunday night has spread, and has sparked questions about how we should respond as Christians, and how we should think about these types of tragedies as Christians. Here are a few posts which might be helpful in answering any lingering questions you might have.

Russell Moore: Where Is God in a Mass Shooting?

Ken Keathley: “Killing Spree” Killers: There Is No Fear of God Before Their Eyes

Bruce Ashford: Christians, Here Are Five Ways to Respond to the Las Vegas Shootings

Scott Hildreth: Mayhem and the Mission

 

Thom Rainer shared a post at his website discussing ten ways to bring joy to your pastor.

In some ways, I don’t like the official designation of October to be pastor appreciation month.

 

I really wish we showed appreciation to pastors all the time. But like many other points of recognition, it does serve as a reminder that we are blessed by our pastors and their ministries.

 

So how can you bring joy to your pastor? My list of ten is based on the interactions I have with thousands of pastors every year. Some of the affirmations are letters. Many of them have no monetary cost. All of them will be greatly appreciated.

 

At his personal website, Dr. Bruce Ashford shared the reply to a letter written to him by a young Christian college student trying to think through the issue of abortion.

Recently I received a letter from a college student who had registered for a course in “reproductive rights” at a nearby university. Having recently become a Christian, he was revisiting the pro-choice position he’d held up until this point. In the letter, he asked for my evaluation of the pro-choice position. Given the fact that other people wrestle with this question, I thought I’d reproduce a small portion of my response to him.

 

At his blog, Chuck Lawless shared six ways for pastors to raise up the next generation of pastors and missionaries. Dr. Lawless writes:

I think most of us are missing it, pastors. My perception is that we give little attention to “calling out the called” among us; we instead lead reactively here, only talking to potential pastors and missionaries if they first come to us. I’m convinced some “called” folks remain in the pew as a consequence, neither understanding their calling nor knowing their pastor would be happy to talk with them. Here are some ways to fix this problem.

 

At the website of the North American Mission Board, Dr. Danny Akin shared five lessons he learned from Adrian Rogers.

No one has influenced and impacted my life like the “prince of preachers,” the man known as Adrian Rogers. Dr. Rogers was one of the most popular and influential preachers and pastors of the latter half of the 20th century. He was known for expository preaching, evangelistic passion, love for the nations and his uncompromising commitment to the Bible as the infallible and inerrant Word of God. His ministry spanned over 50 years, and he was pivotal in the conservative resurgence within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). I have the joy of serving at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, because of Adrian Rogers.

 

Last weekend, Southeastern Seminary hosted the 9th annual 9Marks at Southeastern conference. Here is a recap.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the ninth year of the 9Marks conference on Sept. 29-30 of which 747 pastors, ministry leaders and students attended and more than 900 viewed the conference via Facebook live stream. The conference centered on the topic of church leadership and attendees heard from speakers Mark Dever, Jeramie Rinne, Danny Akin, Thabiti Anyabwile, Burk Parsons and H.B. Charles.

Why We Dedicated The Christ-Centered Exposition Series to John Piper and Adrian Rogers

With the release of Exalting Jesus in Matthew by David Platt, 2 Volumes of Christ-Centered Exposition are now available.  There are 38 more to follow addressing all 66 books of the Bible.  On the inside cover one will read, “Dedicated to Adrian Rogers and John Piper.  They have taught us to love the gospel of Jesus Christ, to preach the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, to pastor the Church for which our Savior died, and to have a passion to see all nations gladly worship the Lamb.”  We have received several kind encouragements from the Rogers family, and we received the following note from Dr. Piper:

Thank you for the amazing gift and honor of the dedication of the series to Adrian Rogers and me…I am stunned.  I still feel like that little boy back in junior high and high school so insecure and unable to speak in front of a group larger than two or three of my friends.  I still feel like a deeply imperfect preacher, and pastor and husband and father and friend.  I feel like those who honor what I do must not know me well enough.

So you can feel perhaps some of my amazement at this tribute.  I receive it (as I am sure Adrian Rogers would) with wonder and thankfulness to you all and to the Lord Jesus who, as Paul says, has stood by me and enabled me to proclaim his word.  I love his word.  I want to live in it and by it and for it till I am home with Him.

May God give you all grace and wisdom and strength and joy in the editing of this series for his great name.

Gratefully and amazed,

John Piper

Some might be surprised that we would couple these two men for our dedication.  We, on the other hand, would be surprised if persons did not see why we did!  Sure, they had differences on certain theological issues.  We are well aware of that.  But, they agreed on far more!  Both men, without stammering or stuttering believe:

1)      The inerrancy, infallibility, authority and sufficiency of the Bible.

2)      In the Triune God who is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.

3)      God as Creator and reject naturalistic evolution as nonsense.

4)      In both the dignity and depravity of man.

5)      In the full deity, perfect humanity and sinlessness of Jesus the Son of God.

6)      In the penal substitutionary nature of the atonement as foundational for understanding the cross work of our Savior.

7)      The good news of the gospel as the exclusive and only means whereby any person is reconciled to God.

8)      The biblical nature of a regenerate church witnessed in believer’s baptism by immersion.

9)      Salvation is by grace alone thru faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God along.

10)  The reception of the Holy Spirit is at the moment of regeneration/conversion and that the blessing of spiritual gifts are for the building up of the body of Christ.

11)  In the literal, visible and historical return of the resurrected Jesus Christ to this earth when He will manifest fully His kingdom.

12)  In the reality of an eternal heaven and an eternal hell with Jesus as the only difference.

13)  In a “sanctity of life” ethic from conception to natural death.

14)  In the sanctity of heterosexual marriage, the goodness of sex in marriage and the gift of children, lots of them!

15)  In the complementary nature of male/female relationships rejoicing in the divine ordering of them for the home and the church; and my list could go on.

These two “warriors for the faith” are role models worthy of consideration and emulation in the pattern of 1 Corinthians 11:1.  We see a lot of Jesus in both men.  It is a joy and privilege to honor them.  They both deserve our gratitude and thanks for all that they have done for the glory of Christ and the good of His Church and the nations.

 

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Q&A 16 (Part 1): What are your five or six favorite living preachers?

Question: Who are your five or six favorite living preachers? Why? What can we learn from them?

Reply:

Let me begin by saying I am going to answer a question that was not raised: who are my favorite preachers living or dead? I simply cannot resist. Three of my favorite preachers of all time are now with the Lord. That would be W.A. Criswell, Adrian Rogers and Stephen Olford. Each of these men were anointed by God and used greatly for the building of the body of Christ.

Dr. Criswell was unique in so many ways. He, almost single-handedly, led a revival for expository preaching. His 1985 address at the SBC, “Shall We Live or Shall We Die,” was pivotal in the C.R. His voice was powerful and he had a commanding presence in the pulpit. He also proved you could have a PhD and still believe in the inerrant Word of God.

I never heard a more powerful preacher than Adrian Rogers. I guess you could say he was the total package! He had a voice like no one I have ever known, and he had a commanding presence in the pulpit that I believe was a result of his close and personal walk with the Lord. He is the godliest man I have ever known, and his impact on my life was enormous. He was such a clear and careful expositor who was also challenging and convicting in his preaching. I never heard him that I was not blessed. Of course the problem with Dr. Rogers is there is no one else like him. So, I learned from him the importance of fellowship with the Lord, the importance of illustrating well, and the importance of crafting a message that was easy to recall and made an impact on people.

Stephen Olford was a small man in terms of his physical stature but a mighty man in terms of his relationship with the Lord and power in the pulpit. I can remember listening to him as I would drive from Dallas to Fort Worth to attend seminary. One semester I listened as he walked straight through 2nd Corinthians. I was absolutely blown away at this man’s passion, careful exposition and ability to exhort us to be obedient to the Lord. The first time I ever heard him he preached a sermon on 1 Samuel 15 entitled “The Sin of Partial Obedience.” I was both overwhelmed and terrified by that message! These men have made a massive impact upon my life and I will forever be in their debt. In the next blog I will tackle the question I was asked concerning my favorite living preachers.