Monday News & Links (Nov 23)

Ed Stetzer Interview on Church Planting

Dustin Neeley put up Part One of his recent interview with Ed Stetzer during the Louisville Boot Camp on his new site, “Church Planting For the Rest of Us.” In case you missed it last week on the website, this new site is already proving useful and unique not only to its target audience of pastors of churches size 50-500, but to a general audience of those interested or involved in church planting. Neeley’s interviews of Matt Chandler are here (part 1) and here (part 2).

“Ambition” Louisville Boot Camp Main Session Audio is Up

Our friends at Sojourn have posted all the Main Session audio from Boot Camp. Dave Harvey, Ed Stetzer, Darrin Patrick, Steve Timmis, Kevin Cawley, Bob Thune, Matt Chandler & Russell Moore.

Mark Driscoll Preached at the Crystal Cathedral (part 2)

From the Mars Hill Blog: “The second sermon is all about what Jesus did as our Savior on the cross and deals with sin, death, hell, and the atonement. We’re thankful that the Hour of Power has chosen to air the sermon and that they’re doing so on Palm Sunday, the day when the Church has historically celebrated Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem and towards Calvary.”

Let God Speak to You: Winfield Bevins on Meditative Prayer

Winfield Bevins writes about Meditative Prayer on the Resurgence: “In personal prayer we speak to God, but in meditative prayer we allow God to speak to us through his word and his Spirit. Never before has there been such a need to rediscover the quiet art of meditative prayer.”

Preaching vs. Worship? From Sovereign Grace

Jeff Purswell writes “Why so much preaching? Why all this talking? Because the primary way we encounter God in worship is through the preaching of the Word of God… Normally, in what we call “worship,” we spend significant time—perhaps the whole time—addressing God, singing to him, praising him, extolling him, praying to him. Wonderful! But in preaching we are no longer addressing God; he is addressing us. Nothing is more important than this moment. And this is why the most important worship leader in your church is your pastor.”

Five Hard Truths for Planters, Part 5

Dustin Neeley writes about leading your family well on the Resurgence: “I was lying on the floor pushing Thomas the Tank Engine around his wooden track and realized my two year old son had been speaking to me for the past 30 seconds, but I hadn’t listened to a word he had said. Instead, I was too preoccupied thinking about the church—precious moments gone, never to return.” In case you missed it, he also talks about this in an interview here

Unleashing the Word

From Challies: “when was the last time you read a book about the public reading of Scripture in the worship service? It’s a pretty safe bet that you never have read such a book; only a very few exist. I was excited, then, to see Max McLean’s Unleashing the Word: Rediscovering the Public Reading of Scripture.”

What Do You Want to Be Remembered For?

Here’s a Bob Kauflin video clip posted on his Worship Matters from the WorshipGod09 Conference. “In verse 8 the psalmist references a previous generation “whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God,” writes Kauflin. “They were remembered as NOT being faithful, and NOT being steadfast.”  

by Scott Thomas
Acts 29 Network
Used with permission from Scott Thomas, the director and Chairman of Acts 29 Network, a non-profit church planting organization of missional reformed churches.
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