By Mark Dever with Donald Whitney here.
A sweet couple in my church passed this along to me. Their son, Zach wrote it originally for his new baby niece and I’m also praying it for my new little girl, born on Friday morning.
May The Lord give her the beauty of Eve.
May God grant her Ruth’s faith and loyalty.
May she be as cherished as Jocob’s Rachel.
May God make her as fruitful as Leah.
May The Lord give her Abigail’s wisdom.
May God grant her the courage of Esther.
May God give her Rebekah’s servant heart.
May God give her the gentle spirit of Sarah.
May Christ appear to her as to Mary Magdalene.
May The Lord grant her Deborah’s strength.
May she believe the Lord as Mary did.
May God consider her righteous as Elizabeth.
May she be zealous for Christ as Anna was.
May The Lord grant her Lydia’s wealth.
Author: Zachary Maxcey
This week I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. Denny Autrey in his office to talk together about his life and ministry. Dr. Autrey is the Professor of Pastoral Ministries and Dean of the J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston, Texas–the growing extension campus for SWBTS.
Dr. Autrey has pastored churches in Texas and Oklahoma for over 20 years. He earned his M.Div.BL and D.Min from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Ph.D from SWBTS in the field of Expositional Preaching. Dr. Autrey is married to Angela, and he has three daughters.
Enjoy this discussion that spans from Dr. Autrey’s conversion and call into pastoral ministry to the state of the church today and the relationship between the local church and the seminary. Enjoy!
Link to Audio here: Preaching and Preachers with Dr. Denny Autrey
I agree with Russell Moore (see below) about hating Sanctity of Life Sunday. However, yesterday was a good day also…mainly because I got to hear my fellow elder Billy Newhouse deliver what is probably the best message he’s ever preached!
Other related resources:
Russ Moore explains why he hates Sanctity of Life Sunday.
C.J. Mahaney, preaching at CHBC on Psalm 47–The Troubled Soul. Mark Dever said that it was “a balm to the soul. You could hear the quiet weeping of many saints at the silent moment after the benediction. The Lord was obviously faithful.” (HT: CJ and 9 Marks)
Sunday we gave away copies of Randy Alcorn’s new book called “Why Pro Life?” These were really cheap and perfect to give away to folks! If you’re interested, visit this website.
Okay, I turned thirty last weekend. So, I’m doing a little bit of introspection…reflection…and depression (just kidding on the last!). But seriously, this is a great time for me to take stock of my life as a Christian, as a husband, as a father and as a pastor.
The first book that I read in 2009 served me well in doing just this. Last night I finished D.A. Carson’s biography of his father’s life (Tom Carson) entitled Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor. This book is simply a record of Tom Carson’s ministry, as his son has put it together through experience and sifting through journal entries (both in English and French as Tom served in French Canada).
I could not be more encouraged by this little book. Tom Carson was not an acclaimed author nor was he ever invited to speak at a conference, but he exemplified godliness in the pastorate (even as the number two guy at some points in his ministry). So what’s my takeaway? Let me give you a few things:
1. I never want to gague my ministry by numbers.
2. I never want to stop praying
3. I never want to stop soaking up God’s word, for myself.
4. I never want to stop loving my wife. (One chapter is dedicated to Tom’s wife Marge and her Alzheimer years)
5. I never want to lose sight of the joy of long, slow, happy work in the field God has given me.
6. I never want to neglect my children
7. I never want to feel sorry for myself again.
8. I never want to put anything past the God who is in the heavens and does as he pleases.
9. I do want to start journaling.
10. I do want people to see God in me…as someone who knows the God of Psalm 16:11– “You make known to me the path of life, in your presence there is fullness of joy and at your right hand, pleasures forevermore!”
This is an abbreviated list. To summarize, I need God, more than I ever have. Thank you Dr. Carson for encouraging at least one ordinary pastor!
Yep, Mr. Calvin is turning 500 this year. I was excited to receive his 22 volume commentary set for Christmas, which I plan to include in my regular sermon preparation.
How will you take advantage of the treasure trove of God-centered resources left behind by this pastor/theologian? Here are a few suggestions:
Scott Clark has a brief and helpful annotated reading list about Calvin and his writing here.
The Reformation 21 folks are blogging the Institutes. Check it out here.
If you want to listen to some good talks on Calvin, Martin Downes has collected a helpful list of talks by John Piper, Robert Godfrey, David Calhoun, and Michael Haykin. You can find his list here.
(HT: Justin Taylor)