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The common good requires some laws that limit personal freedom. This conversation between Tim Keller, Al Mohler, & Collin Hansen is very helpful.

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I have been writing at this blog for nearly 6 years now. I enjoy it. I honestly can’t imagine not having an outlet like this to express ideas and work through issues.

That said, there have been multiple times where I’ve seriously considered pulling the plug and trying to ignore the Christian (particularly Reformed) blogosphere all together.

Why? The tone (perhaps better, the TONE!).

From my seat the posts that get the most attention are those that are the most controversial. This sets up something of cycle of controversy for those who are aiming to make an impact in the Christian blog world. While I believe that in some cases controversy is not only helpful but essential (see the recent Rob Bell firestorm), I don’t believe a steady diet of it is. If you are a blogger governed by the cadence of crankiness then you are probably not very happy, and neither are your readers. Regrettably, I have personally contributed to and felt the teeth of many “discerning” blog readers. With the obvious exceptions mentioned above, this type of constant scrapping and picking is exhausting and distracting; it takes our eye of the ball. Overall, it hasn’t been all that helpful.

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Recently The Gospel Coalition hosted a national conference. Their theme was simple and clear: Preaching Christ from all of Scripture. I went and was greatly impacted by the proclamation of the greatness of Christ in all of the Scriptures. This passionate priority has begun to really take hold of many (especially younger) preachers here of late. I rejoice in this because I think it reflects Jesus’ own view and model of biblical preaching (Luke 24).

With this however, there is a practice that is not best.

Let me get at it this way. Guys want to preach Christ-centered sermons. They don’t want to moralize the Bible. What’s more, it’s ‘cool’ (hate to use that word) to preach from the Old Testament. So what happens? Preachers get amped up on Biblical Theology and Redemptive Preaching and they crack open their Old Testaments for a sermon series. Then they roll up their homiletical sleeves and get to work.

But there is a problem. It’s in the approach.

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I enjoyed this exchange from James McDonald and CJ Maheney. In particular I appreciated their emphasis upon the goodness of the calling, the privilege of the gospel, local church ministry and the affirmation of giftedness through that local church. This was just good clear advice. It is so practical and helpful from where I sit.

McDonald’s reference to going into ministry full-time was also well said. I think I’m going to adopt this or something like it. Very helpful.

“God’s not calling you full-time until he needs what you are doing part-time, full-time.”

Enjoy the video (especially Maheney’s display of awesomeness in the field of interviewing. The guy is so engaging)

Here is a post I wrote a few years back about this subject and my own journey. It may also be helpful.