Missional Church Made Simple

HT: Marty Schoenleber


1847 French Multi-Congregational Ministry?

I was just reading “Living in the Hope of Glory” by Adolphe Monod.  Monod was an evangelical French pastor who has had much influence in the French speaking church through his book Les Adieux (Farwells) which has recently been translated into English and retitled.

I was struck by this comment in the brief biography in the front:
[1847]  “In Paris, the majority of his time was taken up in preparing and delivering sermons.  The entire city was organized as one large parish, with tens of thousands of members spread across three houses of worship and served by a team of pastors who shared many of the duties on a rotating basis.”

It makes me wonder how many other places have had a multi-congregational approach to ministry over the years..

Biographies Worth Reading

For whatever reason (maybe because of the DG Pastors’ Conference) I tend to read biographies in January and February.

Just Finished:

Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren by Jeffery L. Sheler Comments:  Worth a quick read– a definite hagiography (the person being written about can do no wrong) where it seems at times as if Rick Warren is determined to solve all the world’s problems.  I was encouraged to read how committed Rick Warren is to evangelism and to hear his heart long for the lost to be saved.

Just Started:

The Narnian:  The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs Comments:  Recommended by Piper.  Good read so far.

Favorite Biographies

To The Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson by Courtney Anderson This is my favorite biography of all time.  I used to sneak down to the basement library and read it when I needed a break during seminary.

Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson Great pastoral encouragement and biography about a pastor of a small church.  Very encouraging and perspective giving.

Memoirs of Mc Cheyne by Andrew Bonar (I have the 1912 edition I bought second-hand)  Excellent biography on a man who was passionate for Christ, died young and is probably best remembered for his bible reading plan.

John G. Paton:  Missionary to the New Hebrides by John G. Paton I have the Banner of Truth Edition, but I assume it is the same since it is an autobiography!

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace by Jonathan Aitken (Link to Kindle edition–Which is FREE right now!)  Great biography that is worth reading.

Excellent Article on Paul’s Suffering


Justin Taylor writes:

“What is the central theme of 2 Corinthians? I think Scott Hafemann is exactly right when he writes in the ESV Study Bible introduction to the letterthat Paul’s primary emphasis is on “the relationship between suffering and the power of the Spirit in Paul’s apostolic life, ministry, and message.” Paul sees his own physical suffering and spiritual renewal—”though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16)—as a presentation of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Check out the whole thing, print it and file it for future reference!

Setting Goals for Book Reading

Setting Goals for Book Reading

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Psalm 25:3 Wait for the Lord (part 1)

Psa. 25:3 ” Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.”

David starts this Psalm by stating that “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.  O my God, in you I trust.”  We can only entrust our soul to God.  He is able to care for our souls in the manner in which he knows best––even when there is much affliction and hardship.  When the enemy presses in, and the heart needs safe keeping, God alone can give the protection it needs.

Enemies seek to shame and exult over their conquered foes. Should they conquer, they would parade the conquered king through a city or hang him publicly.  David cried out to the Lord and he asked that he may not be put to shame or have his enemies exult over him (v.2).  Then, just a verse later,  he  reminds himself that all those who wait for God, none shall be put to shame.  (v.3)

I think this shame refers to shame that would be felt toward God, not toward others because God alone is the judge who sees those who are wantonly treacherous.  Was David above being shamed before man?  Surely not.  But those who wait upon the Lord will not be put to shame before Him.  In His presence there will be no shame because of one who would come after David who would scorn the shame and lay down his life to death, even death on a cross!  He took the shame of the sin that was due us that we might stand before him blameless and unashamed (1 John 2:28).

Wait for the Lord.  He has brought final victory and you will not be ashamed if your trust is in Him.

Romans Doxology

One of my favorite songs is the Romans Doxology from Romans 11:33-36 by John G. Elliot.

Oh the depth of the riches
The wisdom of God
How unsearchable are His ways
How profound are His judgments
So high above our thoughts
And His pathways no man can trace

For from Him and through Him
And to Him are all things
To Him be glory forevermore
To Him be glory forever
Amen, amen, amen.

Oh the depth of the riches
The wisdom of God
How magnificent are His ways
Who has been His advisor
And who has counseled Him
All He gives us who can repay (refrain)

Oh the depth of the riches
The wisdom of God
How immeasurable is His grace
How unfailing His kindness
So far removed His wrath
And His mercies are new each day (refrain)