The blogging medium is perfect for making a polemic point without the constraints of the format of a journal article and without the length of a book. But the downside is that a step-by-step argument spread over several days can lose its momentum and seem sort of piecemeal. Plus there is simply the practical issue: where do you find the links to the entire series?The Cripplegate has run a few such series, so I thought it would be helpful to give all the links in one spot.
Eric Davis, who pastors a church that he planted in Jackson Hole, WY, did a series on common mistakes church planters make:
- An introduction and an overview of the series: Cautions for church planters.
- A warning about the idolatry of “mission”: Church planters and missionolatry.
- A warning about church planters willing to do whatever it takes to grow: Church-planting and pragmatism.
- A warning about losing sight of the importance of the Sunday morning sermon: Church-planting and pulpit priority.
- A warning about seeing church planting as the end for which God created the world: Church-planting and idolatry.
Josh Thiessen did a series on training the next generation of church leaders:
- An introduction to the series: The Next Generation.
- The art of informal discipleship: Part 1.
- Formal discipleship: Part 2.
- Elder training: Part 3.
Jesse Johnson did a series on a biblical approach to mercy ministry:
- Why the critique is needed: Dispensationalism, Keller, and the Poor.
- An overview of the series: Biblical Pillars for Mercy Ministry.
- Difference between personal and church-wide commands: Are All Biblical Commands Corporate?
- How mercy ministry is an individual’s command: My Church Loves the Poor, so I Don’t Have To.
- The story of the good Samaritan: Only God is Good, and that Includes Samaritans.
- How dispensationalism affects mercy ministry: Discontinuity: the Poor, Israel, and the Church.
- Are we building the kingdom? Mercy Ministry is Not Kingdom Work.
- Mercy ministry done well: Examples of Mercy Ministry.
Nate Busenitz has continued to post very instructively on the topic of cessationism:
- Why he is not a charismatic.
- An overview of cessationism: What cessationism is not.
- Why the end of the gift of Apostleship matters: Are there Apostles today?
- What the real gift of tongues was: Two types of tongues?
- The charismatic distortion of the gifts: Facebook gibberish and the real gift of tongues.
- Examining the doctrine of being ‘slain in the Spirit': Suing the Spirit?
- Potentially harmful pastoral implications of the conservative continuationist’s understanding of prophecy: Five Dangers of Fallible Prophecy
- Was Agabus a false prophet?: Throwing Prophecy under the Agabus
Mike Riccardi did a series from 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 on principles for faithfulness in Gospel ministry:
- We must know the purpose of our ministry. Is it Amusing the Goats or Calling the Sheep?
- We must know the problem we’re trying to solve: Blindness to the glory of Christ.
- We must know the proclamation; namely, not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord.
- As an extension of not preaching ourselves, we are to know ourselves as heralds, not orators.
- And we must know the prescription for spiritual blindness: God’s shining the light of His glory in the face of Christ.
- But we can’t stop there. We have to proclaim what makes the Good News good news.
Mike also wrote a series from John 1:14 on Christmas according to John:
- The Word has become flesh and has made His dwelling — He has tabernacled — among men.
- There is an inseparable connection between the dwelling of God and His glory that fills that dwelling place.
- Jesus is the ultimate divine self-expression and the paramount dwelling place of God.
Jerry Wragg addressed the call for sexually-explicit dialogue in counseling married couples:
- Of Straw Men and Shameful Speech, Part 1: Is today’s generation more sexualized than the past?
- Of Straw Men and Shameful Speech, Part 2: Can explicit dialogue do more harm than help?
- Of Straw Men and Shameful Speech, Part 3: Are older pastors just prudes who leave their congregants to get sex advice from the culture?
- Jesse’s respect for Ray Comfort.
- The Strengths of the Way of the Master.
- Some concerns about an overemphasis of the law.
- Thomas Schreiner on the idea of dividing the Law into thirds.
- Mike on the difference between the Law of God and the Ten Commandments.
- Jesse on the use of the 10 Commandments in evangelism.
- Ray Comfort’s response.
- John MacArthur’s statement.