Tools of the Trade For April 13, 2020

I hope you had a blessed Easter. It certainly was weird not being together, both with church and family. Here are some articles for you and your people. I hope there’s something helpful on the list.

This article, posted yesterday, is one to share with your people. It’s written in a Screwtape Letter style, reflecting an angelic response to the Resurrection.

The Babylon Bee, a Christian satire site, has kept me amused for the past few weeks. A lot of their “news articles” are political in nature, but this one, written tongue in cheek, is also worth putting on the literature table: “10 Super Helpful Bible Reading Tips.”

On the Credo website, Jared Kennedy answers the question, “What’s the Best Way to Teach Preschoolers About the Resurrection?” Recommended for parents and for those who work with preschoolers in your church.

Dane Ortlund writes about “The Hidden Value of Pastoral Gentleness.”

Jonathan Leeman writes “Fighting the Temptations of Successful Leadership.”

Some years ago I read OT scholar and theologian Bruce Waltke’s book, “Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion?” Tim Challies linked to the Kindle edition a few days ago, and it’s still available for $1.99. Grab it while you can. It’s worth the read.

One of the things we watched yesterday was a lecture by R.C. Sproul on the Resurrection. It was good to hear his voice again. Here is an article that explains the doctrines of Expiation and Propitiation.

Here is one to add to your files, with the hopes that you never have to use it. Silverio Gonzalez talks about Christians who may be struggling with suicide.

Craig Bartholomew and Matthew Barrett have a video podcast on “Saving Hermeneutics from Its Interpreters.” I’m not familiar with Mr. Bartholomew, but Matthew Barrett has written some great stuff.

Two weeks ago I wrote about churches cooperating with government and staying closed during this pandemic. Andrew Walker says it better.

On a recent Crossway Podcast, Gavin Ortlund talks about “Gracefully Dealing With Doctrinal Disagreement.”

Jared Wilson, who pens so many good articles, writes about using the Lord’s Prayer. Good, good, good.

Finally, my friends Ron and Amy Smith minister as church planters in Milan, Italy. Ron and I worked together while he was in seminary, and it’s been interesting to follow their journey through these last years. Ron thought this would be helpful to us, so he sent me a link to a YouTube video that features Tim Keller (he joins the video about 4 minutes in). He thought it would be helpful. Thanks, Ron!

Author: Peter Bogert

Married to Laura, with three adult children, 7 grandchildren. I’m an avid baseball fan, and I enjoy listening to audiobooks about military history, and reading Theology. I was ordained a Baptist pastor and served two churches over a 41 year period. After a three year hiatus I'm glad to be serving at Calvary Bible Fellowship Church in Coopersburg, PA. And I’m glad you stopped by!

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