Today marks the date when flames ravaged Rome, and a wave of persecution began to ravage the Roman church. As we remember the persecution under Nero, there are important lessons to learn.
While one component of baptism is an individual's profession of faith, there are other vital elements at work. Rather than being an individualistic religious experience, baptism is supposed to be a communal act that includes God, the baptized person, and a local congregation.
Here are some of the more interesting articles or links I happened upon this week: "I Did Not Die. I Did Not Go to Heaven."- In 2010, the book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven was published, eventually selling over 1 million copies. It told the story of Alex Malarkey, a young boy who … Continue reading The Good Stuff (7/12/19)
Convicting words from William Still's The Work of the Pastor:
A vital part of parenting is teaching children important skills and lessons like how to cook, how to manage money, and how to drive a car. The fundamental task of Christian parenting is to raise children in the fear and instruction of the Lord (Prov. 1:7; Eph. 6:4). In other words, the call to parenting … Continue reading Parents, Confess Your Sin to Your Children
16 Leadership Lessons I Learned the Hard Way- This article was actually published at the end of last week, but I thought Charles Smith, who is the Vice President of Institutional Relations at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, had a lot of helpful insights on leadership. An $8.2 Million Judgment, Over $8.2 Million in Royalties Given … Continue reading The Good Stuff (7/5/19)
Aspiration and imitation are a natural part of life. Little boys and girls aspire to run or shoot like their favorite athletes. Writers aspire to craft sentences like their favorite authors. Young preachers aspire to exposit Scripture like the pastors streaming on their smartphone. It’s only natural that people emulate those who perform some skill … Continue reading So You Want to be the next Charles Spurgeon?