Posts Tagged With: Albert Mohler

What is the Antidote to Anemic Worship? The Answer May Surprise You

Albert Mohler of Southern Seminary gives the answer, and it’s a good one: expository preaching.

If most evangelicals would quickly agree that worship is central to the life of the church, there would be no consensus to an unavoidable question: What is central to Christian worship? Historically, the more liturgical churches have argued that the sacraments form the heart of Christian worship. These churches argue that the elements of the Lord’s Supper and the water of baptism most powerfully present the gospel. Among evangelicals, some call for evangelism as the heart of worship, planning every facet of the service—songs, prayers, the sermon—with the evangelistic invitation in mind.

Though most evangelicals mention the preaching of the word as a necessary or customary part of worship, the prevailing model of worship in evangelical churches is increasingly defined by music, along with innovations such as drama and video presentations. When preaching the word retreats, a host of entertaining innovations will take its place.

Music touches the emotions like few things can.  Songs are packed with chord constructions and changes that can move the heart; they contain numerous memories attached; and they have been used as ammunition in the dreaded ‘worship wars’ that take place among God’s people.

Oftentimes, we come to worship with an idea of what we want, but God in His word tells us what we need—a steady diet of His whole counsel (Acts 20:24-28). 

Pray that your pastors have time to study so that you and the church may be well-fed. 

Pray they would have clear thoughts and clear speech in which to convey His Word.

 

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Baptist Twenty-One 2013 at the SBC Annual Meeting

B21′s panel at this year’s SBC discussed discipleship, cooperation, Calvinism, cultural engagement (in particular the homosexuality debate), and more.  The panel included: Danny Akin, Matt Carter, Albert Mohler, Russell Moore, and David Platt.

I was thankful to attend this with my wife and Jim Misloski, our state missions coordinator among Colorado Baptists.  So thankful for the responses these men gave to these various issues. 

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This Blog is for Preachers—A Conference, Search Teams, Guest Preaching, and Awesome Books

Mile High Preaching Conference 2013:  This coming October 25-26, we will be having a Preaching Conference here in Denver.   Why?  After being out here for the last 15 months, I am recognizing this one fact:  Denver and Colorado and the West need preachers of the Gospel—yes, even expositors of the Word!  Trainings for pastors are prevalent east of the Mississippi and south of the Ohio River, but not so much in this part of our country.  When I say that “we” are hosting this, God planted this in the minds of Mark Hallock (pastor of Calvary Church of Englewood, CO) and myself—and it came to light in the aisles of our local LifeWay Stores in Lone Tree. 

So the theme is “Preaching that Engages, Preaching That Endures.”  Our speaker will be Dr. Hershael York, Preaching Professor at theSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY as well as Senior Pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church, Frankfort, KY. He is a gifted preacher and communicator, and has authored an incredibly helpful book, “Preaching With Bold Assurance: A Solid and Enduring Approach to Engaging Exposition.”For more information, contact either Matthew Perry (Pastor of Arapahoe Road Baptist Church) Mark Hallock (Pastor of Calvary Church in Englewood).  The cost will be $10 and will be held at Arapahoe Road Baptist Church (but if we have more than 250 sign up, we will pick another venue). 

With this, I would like to share with you a few other helpful blog posts for preachers:

The Four Levels of Scrutiny for Pastoral Search Committees by Thom Rainer.

Preaching that Cuts to the Heart by Tim Keller.

How to Be an Awesome Guest Preacher by H.B. Charles, Jr.

The 10 Books Every Preacher Should Read (2013) by Albert Mohler

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Christian Ministry in the Shadow of the Mosque: Panel Discussion at Southern Seminary

Albert Mohler, David Sills, Daniel Montgomery, Zane Pratt and Russell Moore come together in a panel discussion at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY on the topic, “Christian Ministry in the Shadow of the Mosque.”  This is very beneficial to those Christians who seek to know and minister to Muslims in an effective and Christ-honoring way. 

 

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R.C. Sproul on the Flawed Logic of the Seeker-Sensitive Movement and Its Descendants

R.C. Sproul gives his views on the seeker-sensitive movement.  Here’s some thoughts gleaned from this:

    1. According to Romans 3:10-12, unbelievers are not seeking after God.  Only believers seek after God—those who have been regenerated.  They may be searching for peace of mind, happiness, meaning in life, and relief from guilt—but that does not equate searching after Christ.  They want the benefits that God can give us, but we are fleeing fast away from Him. 
    2. Believing that the purpose of a worship service is to reach the lost is a key fundamental error.  Worship is the corporate gathering of the people of God for worship.  We should be most interested in what pleases God, not what pleases the unbeliever. 
    3. “We’re still looking on Joseph’s pants.”  Luther preached that in spite of the Reformation and the recovery of the light of the gospel, they were still addicted to relics.  Instead of reading Scripture, they would look for relics (milk from the breast of Mary, the pants of Joseph) to give them power.  The power for many today is the program!  Yet, the power of the Holy Spirit is mediated through the Word, not from a program or a technique at the expense of the Word.  We risk failing to see the power of the Word of God!

Al Mohler notes that the language for the seeker-sensitive movement as propounded in the past is rather dated, but the logic still remains: “If you scratch people where they now itch, they will be more open to hearing the gospel.”  By earning their trust in meeting their felt needs about marriage and finances, etc.  It doesn’t work, because they spend time on these things, they risk not getting to the gospel.

What think ye?

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Links to Help Your Grip (12.7.09)

My sermon (“Exchanging the Robes of Glory for the Robes of Flesh: Having the Mind of Christ This Christmas” from Philippians 2:5-11) is up (audio / text).

Trevin Wax puts together a neat article on 9 Examples of the Internet Changing Our World

Mark Driscoll asks R.C. Sproul what’s the biggest theological battle coming up (video). 

A few weeks ago, Chuck Lawless and Albert Mohler of Southern Seminary conducted some forums on the life and legacy of Lottie Moon.  They are well worth the listen. 

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has a tense exchange with April Ryan of American Urban Radio regarding a recent party crashing of a White House event.   Any thoughts on who you thought handled this wrong?  (Our house is divided on the matter.)

Peggy Noonan reflects on President Obama’s recent speech, saying that no matter who made that speech, “he’d be pounded.”  “It tells us something about the difficulty of the issue that no matter who decided what, he’d be derided.”  We must pray for our President—I do not envy anyone who holds his office.

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Are We Promised Prosperity? (Mohler)

Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, has given us a helpful article in light of Congress passing and President Bush signing into law a $700 billion “bailout.” The article is entitled, “Are We Promised Prosperity?” Mohler gives us some good refreshers in Christian theology and economics.

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