The Bible calls Christians to set their minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-2). And, yet, the Bible is also clear about the church's role in extending the love of Christ into this sin-darkened world in an effort to alleviate suffering. Conventional wisdom in evangelicalism seems to suggest that being heavenly minded makes you no earthly good. Is this true? Join Dr. Pohlman as he takes a road trip to the heartland of America and considers the importance of heaven for living faithfully in the world today.
Welcome to the new season of the SPT podcast. Join our host Dr. Michael Pohlman each week as he helps us think about life theologically. This week, Dr. Pohlman is thinking about justification. People today are scrambling to be declared righteous. This effort at justifying oneself points to a great theological reality that is both terrifying and hopeful. We hope you'll listen in for the renewing of your mind around truth for the greater love of God and neighbor.
Mike & Jeremy discuss some of the essential books that should make up a pastor's library. Why should a pastor read? What type of books should be shaping pastors and why?
Books mentioned in this episode:
Knowing God (J.I. Packer)
The Institutes of the Christian Religion (John Calvin)
The Autobiography of Charles H. Spurgeon (2 volumes)
The Bondage of the Will (Martin Luther)
Expository Exultation: Chrsitian Preaching as Worship (John Piper)
Mike & Jeremy take up the important issue of the pastor and depression. How do you persevere in ministry when the heart is weary? How can we continue to care for God's people with earnestness when emotionally we are spent? What does the cross of Christ have to say to pastoral depression?
Depression: Looking Up From the Stubborn Darkness (Edward Welch)
Spiritual Depression: It's Causes and Cure (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)
Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry (Paul David Tripp)
Lectures to My Students (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
When the Darkness Will Not Lift (John Piper)
Mike & Jeremy consider the pastor's embrace of digital media to build his "platform." What are the dangers of this? How can a pastor move away from a worldly vision of platform building toward a biblical vision for ministry?
Mike & Jeremy take up progressive sanctification in the life of the pastor and the role mortification plays in personal holiness. With a little help from John Owen, this episode considers how to put to death indwelling sin in the pursuit of Christlikeness. [Disclaimer: We experienced some technical difficulties such that the audio is not at the level of excellence we desire. However, we're posting the episode given the importance of the topic. Our apologies.]
Mike & Zach ask what constitutes ministry success. Rather than pastors measuring their ministries by worldly standards, the pastor must ask first and foremost, "Is my ministry being faithful to the Word of God?" Faithfulness is the measure of ministry success.
Mike & Zach take up the craving of pastors and churches to be accepted by the world and consider how this pursuit can actually take us away from the gospel--the "offensive" good news that the world desperately needs.
Mike & Zach take up the unique contribution the pastor must make to the important conversation taking place today on the issue of racial reconciliation. How should pastors and their congregations think about humanity? What is the theological perspective missing in so much of this conversation today?
Join Mike & Zach as they discuss the marks of a true church. What is required of a "true" church? Does this imply that there is such a thing as a "false" church? How can a person know if they are attending the "right" church?
For the article that became the topic of this program, see "Am I Attending the Right Church?" by Zachariah Carter.
Mike & Zach take up part 2 of their discussion of the grace of church discipline by considering when church discipline should be done and the steps involved in the process.
Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus (Jonathan Leeman)
40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline (Jeremy Kimble)
Handbook of Church Discipline (Jay Adams)
"A Church Discipline Primer" (Jonathan Leeman/Article)
Mike & Zach take up the recent report in the Houston Chronicle detailing the sexual abuse scandal in the Southern Baptist Convention. The implications of this report are not just for Southern Baptists, but should be a wake up call for all ministers of the gospel.
Mike & Zach continue to build their theology of preaching as they consider the sufficiency of Scripture as it relates to the pulpit. What does it mean that the Bible is sufficient? And if it is sufficient, what are the implications of this for preachers?
Mike & Zach discuss what biblical leadership looks like in the life of a pastor. What are the hallmarks of Christian leadership? Join the conversation and see just how otherworldly leadership is to be in the church.
Mike and Zach discuss the essential role a pastor plays in feeding their churches the Word of God. What are the dangers of a poor "diet" in our churches? What's ultimately at stake? And what will our churches look like when they are well fed?
Mike and Zach discuss how pastors are to know their church members in both a corporate sense (macro knowledge) and in an individual sense (micro knowledge). After all, we can't shepherd well sheep we don't know.
Mike and Zach continue their discussion of a pastor's calling by presenting a series of diagnostic questions the potential pastor must ask and answer. Also, they consider the indispensable role of the local church in the call to ministry.