Friday, October 31, 2008

A Match Made in Heaven

Maria Taylor, wife to missionary James Hudson Taylor, knew what was of utmost importance in marriage. When Hudson Taylor considered leaving China to gain an education and a sense of worldly honour in order that he might be a more suitable suitor for Maria, she responded,
I would wait if he went home in order to increase his usefulness. But is he to leave his work in order to gain a name for the sake of marrying me? If he loves me more than Jesus he is not worthy of me - if he were to leave the Lord's work for the world's honour, I would have nothing further to do with him.
To which Hudson replied,
She is a noble girl.
Taken from Hudson Taylor & Maria: A Match Made in Heaven

Monday, October 27, 2008

Charlotte Baptist Chapel - 200 Years Old

This past weekend we were all a bit excited as we celebrated and gave God the glory for 200 years of his faithfulness towards our church. As my husband and I have been reflecting and reading about the history of the church one thing stands out. Despite the change in times, pastors, culture and society, one thing was constant - the preaching of the Gospel, the centrality of God's Word. To that end, here are some some posts written by Colin (Unashamed Workman) on the preaching & preachers of God's Word at Charlotte Chapel.

Monday, October 20, 2008

God, Marriage & Family

Andreas Kostenberger, who authored God, Marriage & Family, has also presented a 12 week discipleship class on marriage and the family at Richland Creek Community Church. Topics include the distinctiveness of Christian marriage, biblical parenting, contraception, adoption, singleness, homosexuality, divorce & remarriage. You can watch online here.

HT: Faith by Hearing

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Back in the Cellar

I'm glad to say that Lydia Brownback has returned to posting at the Purple Cellar. This is a great Godward blog for women and today she posts about Joy in Singleness.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

How do I look...when I'm hearing from God's Book?

In preparation for the children’s talk on Sunday, I’m looking at Acts 20 where Eutychus falls asleep and then out the window through one of Paul’s lengthy sermons. At first glance, this appears to be a slightly humorous story, however on closer inspection, it has a serious message for child and adult alike. I’ve been challenged to consider the different ways we respond to God’s Word while it’s being taught. As a sneak preview, here are 5 responses:

1. Boredom
2. Anger
3. Laughter
4. Falling asleep
5. Careful listening

We’re not given much information about poor Eutychus. We don’t know the state of his heart or if he was overtired and run down. We do however, know the state of our own hearts and more seriously still, we’re told this in Hebrews:
‘For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double- edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.’ Hebrews 4v12-13
So, next time you have God’s Word open, ask yourself this question:
What kind of listener am I?

Biblical Parenting

Here is the audio for the sessions from the recent Biblical Parenting conference at Mars Hill, with speaker Tedd Tripp. Alternatively you can go here and here to watch the video.

The Call to Formative Instruction

Giving Kids a Vision for God's Glory

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

John & Rach

Today at titus2talk we are celebrating with fellow-blogger Rachel on her recent engagement to John Percival, a dear friend and former Assistant Pastor at our church. Our prayers are for them both as they prepare for their wedding day in the new year and as they start out on a new life together as husband and wife.

But for now, here's something to ponder on - the importance and magnificence of marriage.

Feminism in Four Minutes

Go here to see a 4 minute video on feminism by Carolyn McCulley, author of Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Daily Scroll

Our friend Chris has just set up this new website. Subscribe now to get up-to-date news and other stuff from the blogosphere.

Friday, October 03, 2008

There is a day

Maybe this is the end of a challenging week for you or maybe you just need a reminder of the hope we have in Christ. Anyway, watch this video of the song "There is a day" by the UK band Phatfish. It's just made my day!