Moving on …

Posted: 09/02/2012 in Uncategorized

To all those who read this blog, I’ve made the decision to move my blog to a self-hosted site. The new address is pataldridge.com. I’ll explain over there why.  I will be shutting this down in a few weeks. I hope to see you at my new address.  If not, I hope that I have encouraged you in some way in your life and/or ministry.

Thanks for stopping by.

Grace and Peace.

In his book the Explicit Gospel Matt Chandler explains the dangers of the Gospel this way:

The heart of the hearer of the gospel must move, either towards Christ or away from Him.  Pastor Chan Kilgore puts it this way: “True gospel preaching changes the heart.  It either awakens it or hardens it.” (pg. 63)

This is what the gospel does.  This is the why the gospel is Jesus is dangerous.  When we hear the gospel word, we are opened up the the Word of God.  We’re subjected to God’s Word reading us.  We sit underneath it, and for the moment of our hearing, it rules us.  It does not save all, but all who hear it are put in their place.  This is dangerous, because the proclamation of God’s Word goes only one way or another in the soul of a man, and one of those ways is the hardening of the man toward the grace of God. (pg. 70)

The proclamation of God’s Word can’t do nothing. It always has an effect.  It never returns empty. Therefore, preach and teach it plainly, boldly and faithfully. Leave the results up to God.

Here are the some things that recently caught my attention from around the web.

The Gospel Centered Discipleship blog had a great post (actually a re-post) on the foundations for spiritual growth.

Tim Elmore over on the Growing Leaders blog had a fantastic post on what’s missing in parenting these days.

Randy Alcorn over on the Eternal Perspectives Ministries blog had a post on how we do and should view ourselves. 

Trevor Lee pointed me in the direction of a great blog post on the “bigness” of family ministry.

Craig Jutila had a great post on his blog about the family and time.

And finally …

Sam Luce continues to ask great questions (and provide insightful answers) over on his blog. This time it was “Questions leaders need to ask after a big event.” This is one I am still working through because of the VBS idea I ran with this summer (future blog post).

If you are reading this and believe I’m missing some great content out on the web, leave a comment and I will check it out.  Thanks!

Here are the newest batch of tweets that made me stop and think:

The greatest news in all the world is that the slaughtered Lamb of God reigns as the sovereign Lord of all.

“Pride is the first sin that ever entered into the universe, and the last sin that is rooted out.” Jonathan Edwards

The gospel is more about getting “heaven” into us than getting us into heaven. It’s a change of being, not mere location

Sinners like me need a savior like Jesus.

The gospel makes us conscious of sin but unconscious of condemnation.

Gospel centered thinking leads to Christ-exalting practice.

Christian: If it has “been a while” since you felt burdened for lost people to meet Jesus- repentance is in order.

Christian mission is theology in action.

Some people come in your life as blessings, others come as lessons.

Leaders: You either learn from mentors or you learn from mistakes. Your choice.

Love is patient, lust is always in a hurry.

If I am not worshiping God in private, then most likely my public displays are more about self-celebration than actual worship.

If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.

Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin. Tim Keller

Faith isn’t the absence of fear, but the presence of God comforting you in your times or fear.

Family ministry should not be driven by bad statistics or a passionate leader, but by a thorough, Bible-driven theology of family.

When leaders put their families first, the community benefits.

The point of the whole Bible: “Kill the dragon. Get the girl.” – Douglas Wilson

True leaders train up other leaders. Who are you developing among your volunteers and your students?

Praying in line with the scriptures aligns our hearts with Gods word and causes us to trust his ways & will.

Pursuing God will always manifest a passion for God’s Word.

Here are some things that caught my attention from around the world wide web.

Trevin Wax over at the Gospel Coalition had a great post about the value of stay at home moms. Great encouragement for those who are able.

Gospel Centered Discipleship had a great series of posts on “Kids in the Family of God” by Ben Connelly. Here parts 1, 2, and 3.

Matthew Molesky reminds us all how to fight fear. A needed read and reminder for me.

CJ Mahaney had a great post on the Grace of the Lord Jesus. While I’m still digesting this, it’s good (… and obviously too deep for me).

 

Tweets of the Week 7.30.12

Posted: 07/30/2012 in Tweets

Here are the latest tweets that I paid attention to:

“True Biblical Christianity has only one concern: God himself; to know him, to mirror him, and to see him glorified.” ~ Mark Kielar

“A crucified Savior will never be content to have a self-pleasing, self-indulging, worldly-minded people.” ~ J.C. Ryle

we prize tolerance too highly. people don’t want to be tolerated, they want to be loved. our standards are far too low.

Whatever you’re facing today, just walk with God. It’s not easy. But not walking with him won’t make anything better.

Theology (doctrine) without doxology (delight) is a destructive pathology

Student pastors, disciple parents and help them become spiritual heroes for their kids

“Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth, but from falling in love.” – Richard Foster

Confidence in our own strength is our greatest weakness.

Accepted in Christ, we now run the race “for the joy that is set before us” rather than “for fear that comes behind us.”

Teach your kids’ that God’s Word doesn’t promise a perfect life, but a perfect God to walk with us through an imperfect life.

The day is coming for each Christian when we will start to smile and never, never stop.

Be careful of making secondary issues primary passions. In so doing we erode our effectiveness and misdirect God-given energy.

Dads, set a culture of grace, fun, and adventure in your home.

Grace does not lower the standards in our homes; it raises them.

Through union with Christ I’ve been swept up into the very love that ever flows between the Father and the Son. Life itself.

Fear of hell can change our behavior, but only the love of God can transform our hearts.

If God bores you, it’s because your theology of God stinks.

We exist to glorify God in all things and to make disciples that make disciples.

As I look online for helps in life and ministry, I find things that need to be shared. I call it web slinging for at least 2 reasons:

1. “Web” for world wide web.

2. Web slinging to pay homage to the comic geek that lives within me.

Here are the most recent posts that need to be shared:

Gospel Centered Discipleship had a great post on family worship.

The Resurgence had a post on parenting pitfalls.

Michael Chanley had a post on his blog about leadership essentials for children’s ministry parts 1, 2, and 3.