A gentle answer turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath. Proverbs 15:1 HCSB
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The last few months I have found myself immersed in my Doctor of Ministry dissertation. At the present I am currently awaiting feedback on my first draft before I begin a series of revisions ahead of my February 1, 2015, deadline. Typing the final period on my first draft, has given me a much needed time to breathe. Over the course of the last few days, I have begun the painstaking process of catching up on much of what has gone neglected, including some long desired recreational reading and the dusting off of an abandoned blog. I am currently rereading one of the most underrated, and arguably my favorite series of books from my juvenile reading days, The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. I plan to blog a bit about the series in the future. I am also reading H.B. Charles’ new book On Preaching. I hope to publish a review in the coming days, and there will most certainly be some quotes that will be published here in the coming days as well. Thanks for stopping by. Here is a quote to whet your appetite for what is to come.
There are three kinds of preachers: the ones you can listen to, the ones you cannot listen to, and the ones you must listen to. I desire to be the kind of preacher you must listen to. But that requires more than desire. It requires hard work. And that hard work never ends, if you take your preaching seriously. H.B. Charles, On Preaching, 10.
I was listening to Dr. Paige Patterson preach in the book of Ruth not long ago. He was talking about the sinfulness of leaving the promises of God (Bethlehem) for the greener grass in the world (Moab). In doing so, he hit on a particular area where so many believers fall short. We believe that we can somehow enjoy the sinful pleasures of the world and our relationship with the Lord. He urged his hearers not to be enticed into the persistence in unrepented unconfessed sin. In his closing admonition, Dr. Patterson quoted Dr. Richard Ross a series of things you must be willing to have happen if you will continue in sin. I thought they were worthy of publishing here.
- Are you willing to face days of distance from Christ?
- Are you willing to lose being taken into Christ’s confidence?
- Are you willing to see power removed from your preaching, teaching, and speaking?
- Are you willing to see doors of opportunity closing?
- Are you willing to see innocent people in your circle of influence experience pain and hurt?
- Are you willing to experience humiliation when what is done in secret is brought to the light?
- Are you willing to lose closeness and intimacy with those closest to you?
- Are you willing to allow the celebration of the forces of darkness when you sin?
Christians must realize that just as a fire cannot blaze without fuel, so burning hearts are not kindled by brainless heads. We must not be content to have zeal without knowledge. Donald S. Whitney