For the past few days I’ve been more or less confined to bed. That’s rare for me, since I’m twenty-seven and healthy. But I’ve got a degenerative disc in my lower back that flares up once in a long while.
Throughout December, 9Marks is offering a special discount on Mark Dever's two Bible studies on 1 Corinthians. You can buy the set for $4.
1 Corinthians can be a difficult book to interpret and teach, since it touches on so many controversial issues. But it's a crucial book, since few other biblical books speak so fully and frankly to the realities of life in an imperfect church.
Have you ever seen someone gawk at an evangelical? I don’t know if the phrase is unique to him, but I’ve often heard Al Mohler refer to this as the “National Geographic effect.” What he means is that secular Westerners—especially elites—sometimes respond to evangelical Christians about like they’d respond to rumors of cannibalistic tribes in the South Pacific: “Wait—there are still people like that out there!?”
You’ve found yourself at the end of a series in which I’m attempting to reframe how we think about “calling to ministry.”
In my first post I pointed out that “calling” language carries a double presumption. You’re saying you think you are, or soon will be, (1) qualified to be an elder and (2) sufficiently gifted in ministry that a church should pay you to do it.
In my first post in this series, I suggested that saying you’re “called” to ministry carries a double presumption. You’re saying you think you are, or soon will be, (1) qualified to be an elder and (2) sufficiently gifted in ministry that a church should pay you to do it. “Calling” language might imply more, but it cannot mean less.
What does it mean to say that you’re “called” to pastoral ministry?
It might mean that you like the idea of getting paid to study and teach the Bible. It might mean you think going into ministry is what mature Christians do, and you want to be a mature Christian, so you want to go into ministry.
The Cross Conference is a new student missions conference coming to Louisville this Decemeber 27-30. It's headed up by Thabiti Anyabwile, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper, David Platt, Zane Pratt, David Sitton, and Mack Stiles, and there are dozens of breakout speakers from around the globe.
I'd encourage students, pastors, and anyone with a heart for missions to consider coming. The early bird registration rate for students ($100) ends 10/31.