Tools of the Trade For the Week of August 3, 2020

Each Monday or Tuesday I provide links to some articles that I think will be helpful to pastors. While older pastors don’t have all the answers, these articles are often especially helpful to you younger guys.

Thankfully the majority of preachers I’ve heard treat the text of Scripture fairly and faithfully. But I’ve heard some who, while well meaning, find “truths” that aren’t there. Here’s one reason this happens.

When I first had kids TV was the only “screen” that they had, and it was always possible to let them have too much TV time. Then came video games, followed my computer games, followed by the internet, followed by phones and tablets. While it’s easy to keep kids occupied with these devices, there’s a price to pay if it’s not monitored. Share this with your parents. Well, not your parents, but the parents in your church.

Colin Adams writes about something most of us deal with – the very long time it is taking to get back to “normal church.”

From time to time there are articles that I think pastors should just leave lying around in visible spots for people to take. If you have people who are looking for the perfect church, here’s one to make available.

This article, by H.B. Charles is about preaching the tone of the text. So many times we ignore not only context (see the first article above) but the tone.

Here’s a half-hour podcast from Carl Truman and Todd Pruitt on church leaders and social media. Todd recently jettisoned Twitter and Carl is one of the most astute commentators on “what’s going on” that I’ve read/heard.

Kevin Vanhoozer write about a topic I’ve been thinking about a lot (again) of late. I’m letting some thoughts marinate for a future post that relates to the theme of doctrine in the life of the Christian. The title of this piece is Doctrine for Discipleship.

Here’s another article for preaching. Bryan Chapell discusses the importance of balance when dealing with imperatives and indicatives in the Biblical text. This article, and the other two above, are probably the kinds of preaching helps we should read every few months.

I’ll close this week’s list with another by H.B. Charles on sermon introductions. I wrote about this months ago. It’s an important topic.

I hope you have a good week!

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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