Tools of the Trade For the Week of August 17, 2020

Mondays are for links to articles that I have marked out as useful for your own growth or for helping others. Here is what I found this past week:

Suffering is hard, but it’s common to all of us. Suffering can be debilitating in many ways, including robbing us of our joy. Here’s an article that encourages us when that happens.

Even during this pandemic, people seem harried. So many people feel at the end of their rope, mentally and physically exhausted. Pastors are not exempt from this, and the current pandemic may have taxed you to the limit. Greg De Jong and David Murray have some counsel.

There have been a couple of articles like this one on church people needing to treat their pastor graciously. Perhaps it’s just coincidental, or maybe this is another way the pandemic has affected pastoral life. Here’s one of those “leave it laying around the church” articles. The author quotes Ray Otlund: “If your pastor loves the Lord, is faithful to his wife, preaches Jesus from the Bible, don’t hassle him. If he’s imperfect in some ways, don’t fix him. Who can flourish under that scrutiny? Instead, get down on your knees and thank God. He gave you your pastor (Eph 4:11-12).”

My friend Cynthia posts the fourth and final installment on the Cancel Culture and how Christians can do better.

And then here’s another one to leave laying around the church. Thanks to Tim Challies.

Jeremy Rinne shares “Why Mature Christians Need Gospel-Centered Preaching.”

New Commentaries appear in record numbers. Having given away most of my books, I just picked up the 7 available volumes in the ESV Expository Commentary series. How do you know what to buy and what to leave? Andreas Kostenberger has some counsel.

Here’s an article from H.B. Charles on sermon prep. Always read sermon-prep articles written by guys who know what they are talking about. Always!

The late R.C. Sproul talks about understanding the promises in the Psalms about God not allowing harm to come to his people.

Crossway+ is a free membership allowing you to purchase Crossway books at a discount. In addition, they offer free ebooks from time to time. They are offering David Mathis’ “Habits of Grace” during the next week or so. Check it out!

Have a great week! This will be my last week driving and I return to church ministry next week. It may be a bit before I do anything other than my Monday and Friday sets of links, but I hope you will find the articles – new and old – to be helpful to you!

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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