What Every Husband Should Know About Stay-At-Home-Moms?, by Gloria Furman

A leadership guru aired his podcast online on how to increase productivity in your work.

He said that one of the keys to productivity is to know when to stop working. He said that if you’re working more than 55 hours per week then you’re probably losing effectiveness. After this point of working past maximum effectiveness, your work will start to unravel. The demands of a long workweek can even devolve into chaos!

Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) is far more than a long workweek. It’s life; we can’t just clock out after 55 hours of work.

For the rest of this convicting (as a husband of a SAHM) read, go here.

Debatable: Is Complementarianism Another Word for Patriarchy?, by Joe Carter

Is complementarianism another word for patriarchy? Egalitarians and many complementarians agree: It is indeed. But a recent debate attempts to determine whether this should be acknowledged as a timeless biblical norm or rejected as an outdated cultural standard.

The most “aha” moment for me:

In truth, “functionally egalitarian” marriages should more aptly be described as “dysfunctionally complementarian.” A husband who refuses his male headship role is not creating equality in the marriage but transferring the headship role to the wife. Hierarchy is not removed, only replaced by an unbiblical reversal of the creational norm.

For the full article, go here.

Scriptures That Have Encouraged My Study of the Scriptures

The most recent list would include:

Ezra 7.10: Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

Psa 86.11: Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

Psa 100.2: Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!

Isa 66.2: This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

Rom 2.21: You then who teach others, do you not teach yourself?

Consider these, use them as you come to His Word, pray through them, and be warmed by them.  Familiarity breeds contempt and a loss of amazement and wonder.  But His Word is true kindling for His Word, teaching us that Christ is deeper still, and that God’s wonders both satisfy and, contemporaneously, create true hunger for more of Him.  May the Lord graciously use the Scriptures, then, to encourage your study of the Scriptures.

Wanted: Apostolic Pastors, by Mark Dever

And how can we lead our congregations to enlarge their vision and be excited for gospel work in our areas?

  • Pray privately for other local pastors and congregations.
  • Set an example for our churches by publicly praying for God’s blessing on other Bible-believing and Bible-preaching churches in our area.
  • Encourage ministers of other evangelical denominations to preach from time to time in our pulpits. As occasion may arise, accept invitations to preach in theirs.
  • Invite a fellow pastor to your church’s prayer meeting. Interview him about the work in his congregation, and pray for him and his church.
  • Discipline yourself to speak well of other churches. If a warning must be given, speak with great care.
  • Be willing to encourage members who live a distance from your church to join likeminded congregations closer to their home.

There is so much you can do!

For the rest of Dever’s call for the pastors to think outside the four walls of their own church, go here.

Timeless Wisdom for Seminary Graduates . . .

. . . and for me.  Delivered by Archibald Alexander, November 1815.  A taste:

In these hints of advice I subjoin an earnest exhortation that you look well to the spiritual condition of your own souls. Endeavor to obtain full satisfaction on Scriptural grounds that your piety is genuine. It will be an awful thing to preach to others and then become a castaway yourself. Give all diligence to make your calling and election sure.

Endeavor also to grow in grace. Keep up a lively sense of religion in your own hearts and strive to promote lively piety in others. While you await the best gifts, remember that there is a more excellent way. No gifts, no knowledge, no beneficence, will serve us any purpose without charity; that is, without sincere love to God and man.

For full article, go here.

What the Bible Really STILL Says About Homosexuality, by Kevin DeYoung

This article is truly profound and, I wager, as definitive a piece in this debate and defense of biblical truth, mixed with true gospel love, as I have read.  And for all that is said, it is relatively short.  Thus, it is jam-packed.  DeYoung shows the flimsiness of the revisionist argument for homosexuality and, in the process, pulls us all back into the unchangeable truth and power of the Bible, God’s Word, and the gospel of Christ.  Great read!  Go here to receive another tool for equipping.

My Take: The Bible Condemns A Lot, But Here’s Why We Focus On Homosexuality, by Albert Mohler

Christians who are seriously committed to the authority of the Bible have no choice but to affirm all that the Bible teaches, including its condemnation of homosexuality. At the same time, our confidence is that God condemns those things that will bring his human creatures harm and commands those things that will lead to true human happiness and flourishing.

Go here for full article.