Sunday, May 12, 2013

John Newton on Expositional, Christ-Centered Preaching

I came across this quote in a letter that John Newton wrote in 1775, and was struck with how relevant it is to the church today (emphasis mine):

"I agree with you, that some accounted evangelical teachers have too much confined themselves to a few leading and favourite topics.  I think this a fault; and believe, when it is constantly so, the auditories are deprived of much edification and pleasure, which they might receive from a more judicious and comprehensive plan.  The whole Scripture, as it consists of histories, prophecies, doctrines, precepts, promises, exhortations, admonitions, encouragements, and reproofs, is the proper subject of the gospel ministry; and every part should in its place and course be attended to; yet so that in every compartment we exhibit, Jesus should be the capital figure, in whom the prophecies are fulfilled, the promises established; to whom, in a way of type and emblem, the most important parts of Scripture history have an express reference; and from whom alone we can receive that life, strength, and encouragement, which are necessary to make obedience either pleasing or practicable."

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Have You Ever Been Stalked by a Bug?

Papa was doing some research on different Great Stuff products last night and came across this video. We all just about died laughing-- this is the funniest thing I've seen in quite some time!