Link Love 1/10/15

Some links to love!

The Celebrity Pastor Problems from Mars Hill to Me by Dave Harvey

This issue may be a little “dated” to some of you, but among our staff, we discussed some of the realities that come of even the ordinary pastors who still seek the celebrity status of a pastor. It is easy and poke holes in what transpired to Mark Driscoll, but in reality, this article pointed to the sin some pastors commit at their ordinary pastorates.

Most of us will never have to negotiate the perils of prominence. We’re not the kind of guys who can mesmerize a crowd with sparkling oratory or brilliant insights. We’re just ordinary pastors. Yet the seed of celebrity lies within us all and waits to be watered by our own stupidity. Whatever may be happening with Mark Driscoll is not my problem. I’m my problem (1 Timothy 1:15).

May God help us resist the CP temptation and reaffirm our devotion to the celebrity-slaying life of simple faithfulness. And may He inspire us by the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an ardent-popular-ordinary pastor who said, “The church does not need brilliant personalities, but faithful servants of Jesus and the brethren.”

A Man’s Greatest Challenge by Tim Challies

What is the greater struggle for young men? Self control. Totally agree. Tim Challis reviews a book about the very issue that young men have.

What is a man’s greatest challenge? Of all the virtues described in the Bible, which is the one that causes men the most pronounced struggle as they seek to exemplify it? Many will be tempted to look straight to sexual purity and the allure of sexual sin, but in his book A Man’s Greatest Challenge Dai Hankey looks at another virtue: Self-control. I am inclined to agree with him. I have often described self-control as “the lost virtue” and can think of no other book that deals with that virtue and nothing else.

Perry Noble Community and the Bible by Scot McKnight

Perry Noble has been in the news for a number of other reasons, ones you can google to find. But I thought Scot McKnight’s critique of Noble’s view that community was more important than the Bible. He points out the false dichotomy a statement like that actually is! A community is what she is because of what they’ve learned from the Scriptures!

Here’s the problem I see here: the community is a community (church) formed by Scripture and Scripture forming that community to be the kind of community that shapes the individual. A toxic community led by toxic leaders forms too, but it forms in un-Christlike ways. A gospel-shaped leader and community forms in a gospel way.

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