Archive for March, 2007


Anchor Man (part three)

March 5, 2007

Last Monday we began a list of specific ways fathers can instruct their children. These come from Steve Farrar’s excellent book Anchor Man. To see the first twenty five suggestions, click here.


26. Coach your son to tie a tie and polish his shoes – before he’s thirty.
27. Coach them that when you say no you mean no.
28. Coach them that it’s pretty great to kiss your wife.
29. Coach them that their very best friend ever will always be Jesus.
30. Coach them to call home if they’l be late – and to keep the battery charged on the cell phone.
31. Coach them to stand to alone.
32. Coach them that they aren’t followers – they are leaders.
33. Coach them that its better to be respected than popular.
34. Coach them that motherhood is the most important job in the world and definitely more important than a career.
35. Coach them that it’s a father’s job to provide for his family.
36. Coach them that God wants men to lead in the home and in the church.
37. Coach them to never give personal information to someone they don’t know on the phone.
38. Coach them that even if they do not make it to the NBA, they are going to have to do something else for the next forty years.
39. Coach them that good daddies hug and kiss but they also spank, and they make sure to hug and kiss after they spank.
40. Coach them to know what to look for in a husband.
41. Coach them to know what to look for in a wife.
42. Coach your daughter that both God and you think she is very, very, valuable – and she won’t act cheap.
43. Coach your son to keep his hands off his date.
44. Coach them how to handle a checking account by letting them have one when they are in high school.
45. Coach them to love people and use things – instead of the other way around.
46. Coach them to measure twice – and saw once.
47. Coach them that Daddy will never leave Mommy.
48. Coach them that the narrow way is always the best way.
49. Coach them that there is nothing they could ever do that would make you stop loving them.
50. Coach them that there is nothing they could ever do that would make God stop loving them.

That ought to keep you busy for a while.


Workman’s Toolbox

March 3, 2007

Round the blogs as always on Saturdays. Preachers, I hope these links will interest you…


* Randy McKinion does a wrap up post on Preaching the OT Today Evangelistically.
* Martyn Lloyd Jones on Expository Preaching.
* Justin Buzzard interviews Graeme Goldsworthy of Gospel and Kingdom fame. Very cool…
* Iconoblog begins a series of comments on Children and Preaching.
* A warning against prosperity preaching. (HT: Milton Stanley)

* Are you dealing with a seminary hangover?
* This series by Andreas Kostenberger on God, Marriage & Family will be well worth following.
* The latest edition of Reformation 21.
* Denny Burke rounds up the various responses to Tomb of Jesus sensation. (HT: Justin Taylor)
* My wife recommends this blog Purple Cellar – for any women friends.
*Libronix users can download the complete works of Thomas Boston here. (HT: Challies)
* Sometimes controversial, Mark Driscoll is interviewed about his life and pastoral ministry by Ed Stetzer. (HT: Reformissionary)


A Friday Question – Visual Props?

March 2, 2007

For some time, I have pondered the usefulness of visual aids in the context of preaching. Many churches already utilise the likes of Powerpoint for musical items, but increasingly it is used during the sermon. However, I’ve heard some (including no less than John Piper) express their displeasure at this approach. Some would say it creates something of a lecture feel; others, that it distracts from the ‘word’ being preached. I’m not so sure. In our church, many have found it a helpful complement when sensitively used. To see an example from a recent sermon, click here.

So what do you all think? Yay, or nay?



Philip Ryken on Jeremiah 29:7

March 1, 2007

Alright, I have a confession to make: I’ve chosen the preacher and sermon for this week’s Workman Watch for selfish reasons. At the moment, I have the privilege of sharing the preaching through Jeremiah. Ryken has produced a most fantastic Jeremiah commentary, which offers so many lines of application it’s almost deadly to read! Therefore, I was interested to see what Philip Ryken did with this passage. Listen to the audio here. View the sermon here.


How long was the sermon? 35 mins 30 seconds

What was the main point? Pray for the redemption of your city.

What was the opening sentence? Well as many of you will know, this has been a month of considering the vision of Tenth Presbyterian Church.

What was the introduction about?
An illustration of a book called “prayer for the city.” Ryken went on to point out the priority of prayer – that before, during and after everything else, we are to pray for the city.

What was the sermon structure?
Q- How should the people pray for the city?
– Some other biblical examples of such praying (Abraham – a positive example; Jonah and Nineveh – a negative example)
– Jeremiah 29:7 (cf. Psalm 22)

Specifically, we should pray for peace of the city
– the total well being of the city
– for the sake of the people of God

Generally, we should pray kingdom prayers
– not just personal prayers

Conclusion – Jesus prayed for the city; and gave himself for it.

What illustrations were used? These were mainly biblical illustrations, particularly Abraham and Jonah.

What will you remember a week from now? Ryken’s description of the prayer walk that members of his church are involved in several times a year. Meeting early in the morning, the congregation break into groups and walk around town stopping at businesses, churches, and residential areas to pray for it. Also, Ryken’s comment that “if only we will pray, the city still has a prayer.”

What one aspect of Ryken’s preaching will you attempt to take over into your own? Ryken’s ability to give concrete examples of applying the prayer to Philadelphia. By this, it became evident that Ryken understood a great deal about the needs and demographics of the city, and this grounded the prayer in reality. I need to become a greater student of Edinburgh and its people.