The art of listening

So this last Sunday we considered what it means, in part, to observe the Sabbath, acknowledging at the outset that believing men and women differ as to whether the fullness of what Sabbath observance was from Old Testament times remains in effect with the coming of Jesus.

I think we agreed that even if you differ on the precise contours of Sabbath observance there is warrant for the three dimensions of preparation, abstention, and attention.

Philip Ryken penned a post this week about how to listen to sermons. You will find that listening includes all three of those aforementioned dimensions.  So click here for Ryken’s post and perhaps make application of our lesson on Chapter 21 in the Confession by employing his suggestions for better listening.  It requires more of you but it provides you more in return.  Like much of life, no?

Quick Hits from Sunday’s lesson

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Here are links to some of the issues we raised yesterday:

As for D.A. Carson’s article on assurance/perseverance, click here

Eric Metaxas’ spirited, hilarious, and beautiful address at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast is published here.  Metaxas’ address begins at around the 34:00 mark. And, yes, I think he forgot to shave that morning. Update: Here’s one person’s read on to what extent Metaxas was addressing his comments to the man five feet to his right.

And Carson’s and Keller’s essay on the T.D. Jakes’ brouhaha can be found here

oh, and let’s not forget that lecture on the call of fatherhood I mentioned. Doug Wilson does fathers all a service to provide foundations for fatherhood. Have a listen here.

 

Bon appetit!