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Recently at TGC, Trevin Wax published an article giving tips for reading better while retaining more. In his article Trevin writes:

Last week, I posted a video to my Facebook page in which I gave some tips for reading faster, better, and wider. Also last week, Hubworthy released book recommendations from people associated with The Gospel Coalition. (My list of “essential reading” is here.)

With so many good books to read, it’s natural to want to read better and wider. Here is my response to a few questions that were sent to me on Facebook, prompted by the video.

In a guest post on Art Rainer’s blog, Sam Morris gives five helpful tips for becoming a better public speaker:

Whether it is a sermon full of ‘umms’ or a prayer spoken at the speed of sound, if the audience has lost track you are not communicating effectively. As a pastor, this could quite literally be the difference between redemption and condemnation.

There are a myriad of reasons why a pastor should always continue to develop as a public speaker. Here are  five communication tips for pastors to consider.

Elizabeth Wann published an article earlier this week at Desiring God explaining the hidden ministry of motherhood. Elizabeth writes:

[T]he main role God calls us to as wives and mothers is our home and family. God made women to bear and nurture life and men to provide for and protect the lives of women and children. The heart disposition in these matters manifests itself in where our priorities lie.

At the Baptist Press, Don Whitney explains how he started praying the Bible:

It was the first of March 1985. I remember where I was sitting when it happened.

I was pastor of a church in the western suburbs of Chicago. A guest preacher was speaking at a series of meetings at our church. He was teaching on the prayers of the apostle Paul in his New Testament letters, and encouraging us to pray these inspired prayers as our own.

Then, at one point he held up his Bible said, “Folks, when you pray, use the prayer book.”

In that moment I suddenly realized, “The entire Bible is a prayer book. We can pray not only the prayers of Paul in Ephesians, we can pray everything in the Book of Ephesians.”

Chris Martin recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Russell Moore about his latest book ‘Onward’.

I do not count it coincidence that a leader as articulate and gracious as he has been made the leader of one of the most influential Christian organizations in Washington, D.C. amidst our present culture context. The Lord knew what he was doing when he led Dr. Moore to lead the ERLC, and I’m thankful for that. People who get on TV to represent Christianity sometimes make Christians look silly. Dr. Moore has done quite the opposite, and I’m thankful someone like him represents evangelicals on CNN and other places.

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Dr. Don Whitney recently published an article discussing how when one is struggling to find a way to serve the church, sometimes the best way is to simply invent a ministry. Dr. Whitney writes:

They don’t want to be mere religious consumers at church. Instead they want to minister, and do so in a way that glorifies God, strengthens the church, provides an example to their children, and edifies themselves. With everything else going on in their lives at this time, and with the limited options for ministry at their church, what should they do? For many people, a simple, creative solution is to invent a ministry.

Recently D. A. Horton published an article on his blog about the 60th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till. He writes:

As I reflect on the life, death, and legacy of both Emmett and Mamie Till-Mobley, I’m naturally drawn to the truth of the gospel. Everyone involved in Emmett’s story needs Christ. Everyone impacted by Emmett’s story needs Christ. Everyone who is just now hearing of Emmett’s story needs Christ. Therefore, the story of Christ must be made known.

There are so many gospel parallel’s with Emmett’s story I’d be foolish to not expound on a few of them. If anyone can sympathize with the grief of losing a son in the most violent and horrific way, its God.

For the past two years, SEBTS has been blessed by Ali through her employment with the seminary, and Ali also recently finished classes for her Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership. After graduation she felt the call to serve in a remote region of South Asia. Earlier this week, she posted this blog post on the website of the CGCS:

From class lectures to chapel to publications, getting the gospel to the ends of the earth infused every part of my work and studies at Southeastern. My experiences at Southeastern are leading me to spend three months on the international mission field. This might not seem like much, as many people have gone to harder, more difficult places for longer periods of time. However, to me as a woman in her late 20s, it’s no small thing to leave my job and the comforts of home to go.

Shaunti Feldhahn recently posted this article on Christianity Today discussing how the Ashley Madison leak exposes more than just names:

There’s something more important here than the Ashley Madison issue itself: a vast disconnect between men and women on modern sex-related issues that affect nearly all men and boys every single day – but which many women aren’t even aware of. While actual infidelity affects only a small percentage of marriages, the factors creating online temptation impact everyone. And we women don’t always understand why. Our men are vulnerable in ways most of us never realized. Our sons have a target on their backs. They need our support, prayer and awareness as they stand against the temptations of this culture – or as they work to heal their lives and marriages from poor choices.

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina recently posted this video of SEBTS’ own Dr. Tracy McKenzie walking through 2 Timothy 2:2.


2 Timothy 2:2 is the biblical basis for our 2015 Annual Meeting at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and also the introduction to our “Pray for 30 Days” campaign. Won’t you join us in prayer for spiritual awakening. Visit for more!

Clothing Tips for Ministers

We’ve all heard the horror stories. A seminarian is heading off to his first ever interview with a pastor search committee wearing a stained dress shirt, wrinkled khaki pants, and a sport coat that is too tight. A young pastor goes to visit a senior saint in the hospital sporting an untucked polo shirt, blue jeans, and Doc Martens. A green minister shows up to preach his first funeral wearing a lightly colored suit and a tacky Florida Gators tie (all Florida Gators apparel is tacky). The list goes on.

Bible college students, seminarians, and even many younger pastors are often confused about what constitutes an appropriate “dressy” wardrobe for ministers. As church services have become more casual, many ministers find themselves unsure of what to wear for things like job interviews, weddings and funerals, and non-church speaking engagements (community organizations, denominational meetings, etc.). What’s a 21st century Driscoll-loving, Tomlin-digging, (Andy) Stanley-reading Baptist minister to do?

Fortunately, Don Whitney of Southern Seminary and the Center for Biblical Spirituality has sage advice for hip young pastors who do not know their wingtips from their loafers or their sport jacket from their suit coat. Check out his helpful article “Clothing Tips for Ministers,” which is full of practical advice about your Sunday best. Every minister has to dress up from time to time, and Whitney will help you make sure you don’t look dumb–or worse, inappropriate–when you have to don the coat and tie.

HT: Ray Van Neste