Over the next few months I’ll be working through these books. I’m really looking forward to learning from these godly thinkers and hopefully growing in my pastoral knowledge. What books would you suggest for those preparing to enter into full-time vocational ministry?
I love putting Scripture to music. Over the years I have put different passages of the Bible to music (you can hear some of my songs here and here). I find that putting Scripture to music is very edifying and encouraging to my own soul. A couple years back I spent a summer studying Titus and decided to put a few of my favorite passages from the book to music. At the time, I was learning how to do some of the finger style patterns used by Elliott Smith, who is one of my favorite songwriters.
Why learn a catechism? What is the point of memorizing a bunch of questions and answers? Aren’t there better ways to spend our time, effort, and energy? Here’s 9 reasons why you should learn the New City Catechism (NCC). 1. It will teach you the basics of Christianity. What do you believe and why do you believe it? NCC will help you understand the fundamentals of the Christian faith (God, the Trinity, sin, salvation, prayer); you will also learn the 10 commandments, the LordR
As mentioned in an earlier post, my community group has been going through and learning the New City Catechism (NCC) together. The catechism is an excellent resource for small group study. To help others utilize NCC, my friend Brian Malcom and I have recently begun creating discussion questions for each of the questions. Here’s what we have for NCC 1-4: Q1 Discussion Questions – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
The church I attend (Redeemer Fellowship) does a great job of emphasizing the importance of small group gatherings. We call these gatherings community groups (CG), and the function of each CG is to provide a place to gather for community, fellowship, prayer, and service. The focus is on the gospel and the groups are biblically driven. Since the fall of 2010, I have had the privilege of leading a community group (CG). This year I put forward three hopes and three challenges for our group as str
Chronicles: Retelling the Story of Israel More than Just a List of Names: 1 Chronicles 1-9 (this post is the second in an series on 1-2 Chronicles, the first found here: http://www.ttschmidt.com/blog/chronicles-an-introduction) Chronicles begins with nine chapters of genealogies, a fact which causes many modern readers to consider the book to be boring, irrelevant, and worthy of skipping over. Such a view is mistaken. These chapters served a key function in the Chronicler’s work, as he retold
New City Catechism I want to commend an excellent resource to you today: New City Catechism. A catechism is a summary of the Christian faith put into question and answer format. Basically, it is a tool used to teach people about the basics of Christianity. Typically, individuals memorize the questions and answers as they learn the catechism; these questions covers topics like ‘What is God?’ ‘What is sin?’ ‘Why did God create us?’ ‘How are meant to live.’ The questions are given quick, concis
Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. Ps 116:7 Martyn Lloyd Jones and my pastor Joe Thorn are surely right: we need to preach to ourselves. Such a mandate finds its support in Scripture in passages like Ps 116:7: “Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.” If you are like me, you find your heart often cold toward God, jealous of others, and anxious about circumstances. Your heart feels full of turmoil and lacks rest. Ho