I came across this nice little treatment of prayer and busyness from Don Carson while I was prepping for some Wednesday night messages on prayer.

“It matters little whether you are the mother of active children who drain away your energy, an important executive in a major multinational corporation, a graduate student cramming for impending comprehensives, a plumber working overtime to put your children through college, or a pastor of a large church putting in ninety-hour weeks: at the end of the day, if you are too busy to pray, you are too busy. Cut something out.”

From D. A. Carson’s, A Call to Spiritual Reformation, p. 114.

The Thermopylae of Christendom

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“The turning-point of the battle between those who hold ‘the faith once delivered to the saints,’ and their opponents, lies in the true and real inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. This is the Thermopylae of Christendom. If we have in the Word of God no infallible standard of truth, we are at sea without a compass, and no danger from rough weather without can be equal to this loss within. ‘If the foundations be removed, what can the righteous do?’ and this is a foundation loss of the worst kind.”

—from Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s commendation of Louis Gaussen’s book, The Divine Inspiration of the Bible

A.W. Tozer — many of you remember A. W. Tozer, who would have written numerous books back in the ‘30′s and ‘40′s, and perhaps early ‘50′s. In an extraordinary little book called Paths to Power, he writes that the early church was:

“…not an organization, merely an organization, but a walking incarnation of spiritual energy. The church began in power, moved in power, and moved just as long as the Lord gave power. When she no longer had power, she dug in for safety and sought to conserve her gains. But her blessings were like the manna. When they tried to keep it overnight, it bred worms and stank. It is the church that is willing to die to worldly standards that will know the power of Christ’s resurrection.”

This quote was a help to me as I preach through the book of Acts.

Source: Derek Thomas, “To the Ends of the Earth (9): Praying Boldly.”

Judson Anthony Dubberly

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Judson Anthony Dubberly

Judson was born yesterday, 3/19/14, at 5pm. He weighed 7 lb 9.5 oz and was 20 in long. Both he and Lauren are doing great.

Here’s a little video of Judson from early this morning.

His name is derived from three different sources.

  1. Judson — after the first Baptist foreign missionary from the United States, Adoniram Judson.
  2. Anthony — after Lauren’s Dad, Anthony McKinnon.
  3. Dubberly — Duh. That’s my last name :).

The local church was intended by Jesus to be a gathering of people full of faith—strong in their confidence in Him—not a gathering of religious folk who desperately need reassurance. Perhaps seeking personal comfort is not wrong in itself. But it is desperately wrong when it becomes the primary reason for the existence of the local church. When that happens, the local church is no living fellowship at all, but a retreat center where anxious people draw resources that enable them merely to cope with the pains of life. The church then becomes a religious cushion.”

—C. John Miller, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986), 20.

“Jim Peter,” Preaching, and God

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James P. Boyce in Confederate Garb

One Sunday at the Seminary dinner, a bunch of students came in from Church, saying, “We heard the greatest sermon of our lives today.”

“Who preached it?”

“Jim Peter.” (The nickname for Dr. Boyce).

“What was his text?”

“God.”

“What was his theme?”

“God!”

“What were the divisions of the discourse?”

“God!”

That was the man.

—From SBTS Founders Day Address (manuscript), delivered Jan. 11, 1941, by David M. Ramsay, p. 4-5.