Death and Hope
Discussions about death and suffering don’t usually bring encouragement for me. But the reflections of Todd Billings on his struggles with terminal cancer were the kind of grounded hope that I always need. Billings was recently interviewed on Mortification of Spin. Especially helpful was Billings reflections on prayer and how to cope with the unintended pressures applied by people who care.
Depth and Breadth
I’m pretty thankful to God for John MacArthur’s ministry. His radio messages were a direct means of my conversion. Although maligned by many over the years, John MacArthur continues to be a consistently steady voice in the midst of the fragmentation of Evangelicalism. The steady success of the Shepherd’s Conference is an example of this. As for this year’s event it features a cross section of speakers, including many Presbyterian scholars, re-affirming the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. By any estimation, MacArthur is a man who has exemplified his own motto, if you take care of the depth of your ministry, God will take care of the breadth of it.