Quick Takes – 9/29/2007

Nancy Beach says she needs to cut back on blogging so she can watch more TV. “This is truly another Golden Age for television, and anyone intrigued by the craft of writing/directing and acting can learn boatloads about character development and the creation of powerful moments. Some of the most gifted artists now invest their skills in the medium of television, and while there is still a lot of junk to wade through, there are also some gems to be deliciously devoured.”

Mark Roberts reflects on his sixteen-plus years as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in California as he prepares to move to Texas for his new position as Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge. “It seems appropriate for me to compose some thoughts as I finish my ministry at Irvine Presbyterian Church. In the days ahead, I’ll put up whatever strikes me as worth sharing with my blog readers. My hope in doing this is not only to do some personal reflection, but also to help others in their thinking about the church in general and pastors in particular.”

Kevin Howard is offering a free download of his book Growing Up in Christ: Biblical Teaching for New Believers. “While this work discusses topics you would expect in a discipleship book, it also addresses issues that some books overlook–church discipline, fasting, sexual purity, tithing, dressing modestly, dealing with the poor, profanity, Sabbath rest, cults, persecution, dating and choosing a spouse, submitting to pastoral authority, confessing sins to other believers, involvement in missions.”  I did a quick scan of the book’s contents, and it looks like excellent material.  (HT: Between Two Worlds)

John Piper shares what he said at his granddaughter’s funeral this week. Felicity Margaret Piper was stillborn at full term on September 22, 2007.  “My father died six months and sixteen days before Felicity did. I believe the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ covers the sins of all who trust him and all who are not old enough to trust him here but will trust him later. Therefore, I believe Felicity and her great grandfather met each other early Sunday morning in the presence of Christ. And my father said, perhaps, ‘Hello, Felicity. I’m your great grandfather Piper. Come, there is somebody I want you to meet. His name is Jesus. He’s the reason you’re here. You don’t need to be afraid. Your Savior has led you all the way. And Jesus does all things well.”

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