Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ajith Fernando Audio and Video

I had the privilege of hearing and meeting Ajith Fernando today at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. There was much Scriptural wisdom as he talked about witnessing to people of various religions in a post-Christian cultural context. Because I enjoyed him so much, I thought that I would post some of his previous talks here for your edification.

How Must a Pastor Die, Part 1
2006 Desiring God Conference for Pastors
January 30, 2006
Ajith Fernando
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How Must a Pastor Die, Part 2
2006 Desiring God Conference for Pastors
January 31, 2006
Ajith Fernando
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How Must a Pastor Die, Part 3
2006 Desiring God Conference for Pastors
January 31, 2006
Ajith Fernando
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Gospel-Faithful Mission in the New Christendom
Ajith Fernando Apr 22 2009
Category: Conference Message
Series: 2009 Gospel Coalition National Conference Audio Video

Ajith Fernando (1-31-2007),
Dallas Seminary Chapel

If you have any more links, please let me know.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Reading for Fathers

Happy reading!


Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Biblical Strategy to Fighting Lust

Here is good message from Rick Holland on fighting sexual lust.

Using Proverbs 5, he identifies six biblical strategies that will ensure sexual purity:
  1. Undertake the pursuit of biblical instruction (Prov. 5:1-2).
  2. Undress the deception of sexual sin (Prov. 5:3-6).
  3. Understand the value of safe distance (Prov. 5:7-8).
  4. Unmask the regret of sin’s aftermath (Prov. 5:9-14).
  5. Unlock the satisfaction of marital fidelity or intimacy (Prov. 5:15-19).
  6. Unleash the power of God’s omniscience (Prov. 5:20-23).
HT: Justin Taylor

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Solo Sex: What's So Bad About Masturbation & Sexual Fantasy

A description: "Masturbation, pornography, sexual fantasies...what's so bad about these? No one gets hurt, right? Aren't they better than indulging in actual sexual indecencies with other people? CCEF faculty member Winston Smith addresses the issue of what's sinful (if anything) about these supposedly "victimless" indulgences." Check it out here.

HT: Challies

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Prayers We Need to Pray Again in Church

"ALMIGHTY and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare thou them, O God, who confess their faults. Restore thou them that are penitent; According to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesu our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen."

"ALMIGHTY God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, judge of all men; We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, Which we, from time to time, most grievously have committed, By thought, word, and deed, Against thy Divine Majesty, Provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, And are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; The remembrance of them is grievous unto us; The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen" (Both prayers from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer by Thomas Cranmer).

See Gordon Cheng's post on why we need to pray again like this here.
The Gospel and the Poor

I read this piece by Tim Keller a while back and it really impacted me. This should be required reading for everyone involved in ministry to the poor. It is also required reading for every Christian because we are all called to care for the poor. Elders at churches would profit greatly from it. Executive Directors of ministries should require their people to read this so that they have a sound biblical theology of the relationship between the gospel and the poor to undergird their practical day to day ministries.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Ajith Fernando Speaking in Toronto

One of my favourite Bible teachers in the world and author of such books as Jesus Driven Ministry and The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry is speaking in my home city.

Lecture: Authentic Christian Witness in Multi-Religious Settings
Thursday June 25; 12 noon to 1:30pm

"Today's missional leaders in North America and around the globe must be equipped to communicate the Good News of God's reign in contexts that are religiously pluralistic. In this lecture Dr. Ajith Fernando will discuss how to be an authentic Christian witness in a multi-religious setting. The lecture will take place at Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, in Room 1008. To register, please contact Cathy Nguyen at or 416-226-6620 ext. 2109."

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 6:45 PM at Thistletown Baptist Church
Free admission - all are welcome!

Enter a place of dreams - dreams of a young woman named Keisha. You will be transported to a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind, a dimension where people act the way they're dressed and the students sing. You will move into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas, where nobody gives bizarre behaviour a second thought. You will cross over into a Community College Musical. Keisha will learn the important lesson Jesus taught His disciples at the last supper: "Apart from me, you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Keisha's Community College Musical is indeed a dream world, where truth is learned in strange ways.

Join Jehovah Shalom Youth Choir and Band for this special night of song and drama - and invite a friend. Light refreshments will be served.