Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Constant Reader

I recently posted at Ref21 a list of excellent reading options for Holy Week (or any week). Check it out HERE.

Easter Is Just Alright With Me

The latest Mortification of Spin is up and running.
After taking care of the official business of making Aimee "one of the guys," the hosts get into a discussion of Easter and its celebration in churches. Is Easter a pagan holiday? It is necessary for pastors to preach the resurrection, so its focus on Easter shouldn't be abnormal, but it should certainly be emphasized. Listen in to hear the gang's thoughts on Easter, chocolate bunnies, lent, and government-regulated nutritional guidelines.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday's Sermon

On Palm Sunday I preached a message from Matthew 21:1-17. It is entitled "The King We Need" and can be listened to HERE.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Together for the Gospel

Unfortunately I was not able to attend this year's Together for the Gospel conference. I hated to miss out. Each year has been a blessing. After hearing a few of the messages now it is clear that this year's T4G was no exception. The messages are available  HERE.

I can tell you this much: You simply must listen to the messages by Ligon Duncan and Kevin DeYoung. Also, John Piper's message from Romans 9 and God's sovereign election as the fuel for evangelistic fervor is remarkable.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sunday's Sermon

On Sunday I preached part 9 of our current series through Acts. It is entitled "Bold Discipleship" (4:1-22) and can be listened to HERE.

Platt on the "I Went to Heaven" books...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Don't forget the Gosnell case

Kermit Gosnell was not an aberration. He is the product of the culture of death that abortion and its supporters have created.

Watch part one of the powerful and important documentary 3801 Lancaster:

The following is a trailer for part two:
3801 Part II: Trailer #1 from 3801Lancaster on Vimeo.

Consider supporting this important effort to document the Gosnell case. We must not forget.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dressing up the trivial with transcendence

I truly wish THIS was an April Fools joke but I fear they are actually serious.

I know I just completely lost all hope of ever becoming an urban-gospel-hipster with this post. Alas...

Monday, March 31, 2014

Battered Pastors (3)

Over at Ref21 I have posted part three of a series entitled "Battered Pastors." In this particular post I
examine what happens when followers become toxic.
Much ink has been spilt examining what happens when pastors fail to lead, lead poorly, or behave wickedly as leaders. So much has been made of the failure of pastors that I fear an assumption of pastoral guilt has been established to explain every problem in a church. What is easily forgotten is just how influential followers are within the church...
The church seems to be wired to lay most if not all of its dysfunctions at the feet of the pastor. It makes sense. "The buck stops here" Harry Trueman famously claimed. Because of this, many pastors seem predisposed to believe that every failing in the church is somehow their fault. If the staff stages a "palace coup" then, it is usually assumed, there must be something wrong with pastor. Perhaps. But what if this is not the case? What if a church is truly experiencing a mutiny on staff?

The Balda's, describing the case of a leader named "Warren," offer insight that is frighteningly close to my own experience in the past:
The hornet's nest situation Warren faced resulted from pre-existing cliques, the removal of a fomenting former executive who then remained within the organization, ambivalent leadership further up the food chain, and continuing irresolution. The entrenched toxic clique perceived that lack of directive leadership higher in the hierarchy permitted their ongoing behaviors (p. 59).
The first time I read that paragraph a chill went up my spine. It reads like a firsthand account of the situation in which I once found myself. If you are serving as an elder in a church where the pastor is embattled then do not rush to the conclusion that the problem must be his. Perhaps it is! But it may not be. You may be witnessing a palace coup. You may have a battered pastor in your midst.

I include in the post a series of 7 questions that elder sessions may want to examine. Read the entire post HERE.