Weekly Roundup January 25, 2020 (Green Pastures; Communion and Preaching; Information Overload)
At Broad Oak Piety
Truth and Art Chases Off Darkness
Green Pastures: A Primer on the Ordinary Means of Grace by J. Ryan Davidson
"Subtitled A Primer on the Ordinary Means of Grace, this book is aimed at the person in the pew. It is a helpful guide to understanding the ordinary means of grace. The book seeks to make the confessional position clear and to demonstrate it through the pages of the Scriptures. Written as a scriptural survey of the various ordinary means of grace, the book details the idea of what is meant by “ordinary means of grace” and it walks through the ministry of the Word, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and prayer, with a chapter dedicated to each. Finally, there is a concluding chapter which includes a discussion on the weekly rhythm the Scriptures reveal for the nourishment of the people of Christ."
Forgotten Lessons About Communion and Preaching
"This Reformed understanding of communion is much more than a memorial ceremony in which the faithful muster pious thoughts about an absent Christ. Even though we don’t recognize Christ’s physical body and blood to be present in or with the elements, yet in the sacred meal as brothers and sisters we truly partake of his body and blood, receiving the Spirit by faith, producing a deeper intimacy with Christ’s body."
David Murray's Sermon Notes on Proverbs 1:1-7 and the Overload of Information
"TMI “Too Much Information” sums up our
culture. We are drowning in a tsunami of
information. The data stream that became a
river that became an ocean is drowning us.
The equivalent of 174 Newspapers a day
80% get headaches and insomnia from too much information
We consume 15.5 hrs of media a day
Although there is a tsunami of information,
there is a drought of wisdom. Why is that