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C.J. Mahaney Interview

Why Read?

I have friends who can accurately reference specific footnotes from books they read 20 or more years ago! Those friends not only read a lot, they remember just about everything. I find this very discouraging. I recently finished A. Lincoln, a 676-page biography by Ronald C. White, Jr. And yet when I closed the book and communicated to others how much I enjoyed the book, there was really only one sentence I clearly remembered—which is one reason why I dog-ear and mark paragraphs and sentences in my books. I try to read a lot but unfortunately I forget a lot, too. (Did I mention how discouraging this is?) But over the years I have read many unforgettable sentences and paragraphs that have made a lasting impact on my thinking and on my ministry. Is reading worth the time investment when so much is forgotten? John Piper says yes. 

In a message long ago (July 12, 1981) he said this: What I have learned from about twenty-years of serious reading is this: It is sentences that change my life, not books. What changes my life is some new glimpse of truth, some powerful challenge, some resolution to a long-standing dilemma, and these usually come concentrated in a sentence or two. I do not remember 99% of what I read, but if the 1% of each book or article I do remember is a life-changing insight, then I don’t begrudge the 99%. Read, but not to remember everything. Read because that 1% that you remember has to potential to change your life. Although I remember only one sentence from A. Lincoln, that sentence has informed my leadership in a number of ways. So keep reading. -C.J. Mahaney

Book Review: Living the Cross-Centered Life By C.J. Mahaney

By Derek

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is something that a true Christian should never get over,” and this is the purpose of this book. It will help us remember who we are in Christ, who we were prior to Christ work, and more importantly why we need to remember these two truths daily. Many today are not wanting to here about Christ crucifixion and bearing the wrath of God as the penalty for sinners that come to faith in Him. Unfortunately, this is the story and the apex of creation. God intended and wanted everything to focus around this time in history because what a person believes about Christ and Him crucified effects all eternity!

Pick this book up and read it again, and again, and again. Never grow tired or old of Jesus Christ purchasing sinners for Himself through His blood shed on the cross. Worship and praise Him for it, DAILY! Because Him being crucified gives you a purpose for the day.

Click here to get your copy today.

Carl Truman on the Best Pieces of Counsel he has Recieved

C.J. Mahaney has a great interview with Carl Truman. here a few of my favorite questions:

Carl, what single piece of counsel (or constructive criticism) has most improved your preaching?

From my wife, my most faithful supporter and most astute critic: be aware that when you preach, there are children in the congregation and I must neither make them stumble nor preach over their heads. I think particularly of a time when I preached on 1 Corinthians 1 and referred to the church in Corinth as probably containing the first century equivalent of “pole dancers.” My wife rebuked me afterwards for using a term which could have provoked embarrassing conversations for parents over a Lord’s Day family lunch. Point taken. Never done it again. Other times I have used pretentiously technical vocabulary which kids (and some congregants) would not understand. At such times, I did not preach Christ, I preached Trueman and how clever he is. I now try never to do this, and confess it when I think I may have slipped. As a professor, this is always a temptation, so now I assist my wife in teaching the 4 year olds in Sunday School. That has helped me—and humbled me—more than anything with regard to how I communicate in the pulpit.

What single bit of counsel has made the most significant difference in your leadership?

Again, I have to plead to be allowed to break the rule and list four things.

(a) Pick your battles. Not every hill is worth dying on; and not every battle is something you are competent to fight. As a younger man, I wanted to fight all comers and win every battle. Neither necessary nor possible.

(b) Be part of a team who care for you and whom you trust to tell you when you are going the wrong way or crossing a line that should not be crossed—and listen to them. Yes-men are fatal to good leadership. A trustworthy colleague who is prepared to oppose you to your face is worth his weight in gold.

(c) Understand that leadership is lonely; being liked by everyone is a luxury you probably cannot afford. Deal with it and get on with the job. If you want to be liked, be a circus clown; if you want to lead and lead well, be prepared for the loneliness that comes with it. This is why, for me, a happy home has been crucial for it has been a place where work is, as far as possible, kept far away. Home is the one place I can go each night and know that I am loved, and I guard it fiercely. I have even banned my kids from Googling my name—if there is nasty stuff out there about me, I deal with it at work; I do not allow it into my house.

(d) Don’t waste time defending your own name for the sake of it. If Christ’s honour is at stake, or the innocent are made vulnerable by some attack on your character, you need to respond; otherwise, let it be. If I responded to every wannabe crank who thinks I’m arrogant, hypocritical, lying etc. etc., I’d never have the time to do anything else. The secret is not caring about your own name except as it impacts upon others.

Where in ministry are you most regularly tempted to discouragement?

Have I failed as a husband and a dad? Have I preached the whole counsel of God? Why do I still struggle with the same sins with which I fought on the day I first believed? Do I really care enough for the people in my church? Is my teaching leading people to Christ or away from him? Am I driven solely by a desire to raise my own profile? These kind of questions periodically strike me down.

Read the whole thing here.

Lecture of the Week; C.J. Mahaney on God as Father

This week’s lecture comes from the resolved conference. The lecturer is C.J. Mahaney and his topic is God as father. Click here to download.

Faith By Hearing on the Best Preaching of 2009

Over at Faith By Hearing, they have compiled the best audio messages of the last year. This post is gold if you are looking for great preaching to listen to. Here a few they picked:

Keller & MacArthur on the ‘prodigal son.’

Entrusted with the Gospel Conference.

Resolved 2009 Conference.

The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism with G. K. Beale and Carl Truman.

Click here to see what else made the list and to download the above mentioned.

-Russ

Matt’s Favorite Reads of 2009

Several weeks ago Russ, as the faithful administrator of this blog, sent us an email asking for our favorite extra-Biblical reads of 2009.  I thought about it but never sent him a response.  Then I noticed the rest of the guys posting stuff and figured that I should at the very least send him something even if it’s not at all what he requested.  I spent 2009 avoiding extra-Biblical reading, so this question doesn’t apply.  I typically read a book a week, but this year I aimed for reading through the Bible a couple times (1.5 to be honest) and listening to a lot of sermons.  Here is what ministered to me the most.
Reading through the Bible quickly.  My aim was to read through the Bible in 90 days…I ended up doing it in about 115.  I HIGHLY recommend this.  See my post about it here. I also have a link to a 90 day plan.  Here is a different plan that I didn’t use, but my wife just started it.
D.A. Carson’s Sermons on Evangelism in the 21st century.  These sermons changed the way I interact with non-believers.  They change the way I look at culture and the Gospel.  They changed everything for me.  I recommended these to my brother-in-law who is a youth pastor and he changed his teaching schedule for the next year as a response.  I cannot recommend these three sermons enough.
CJ Mahaney on Gospel Centered Parenting.  Once again, these sermons opened my eyes to a completely new interactive experience with others.  I was just looking for some parent helping from Mr. Mahaney, instead I learned how to bring the Gospel into my everyday life.  If you have no children, go listen to these sermons and think of them as evangelism sermons with anyone that you interact with regularly.  If you have children, stop reading this post and go listen…
Matt Chandler Preached a Series on the Church this year that I really enjoyed.  He didn’t tell me anything new, but he explained many things more clearly and there are a few illustrations in this series that I will plagiarize for the rest of my life.
Finally, the sermon of the year, goes to Smedly Yates (one of the teaching elders at my church Grace Bible Church, Tempe).  He preached a series on missions and when he talked about how missions should be ecclesiological…well listen.
Praise God for faithful men who dedicate their lives to preaching and teaching.  Our job is to use their hard work to grow in our love for and dedication to the Father.  Let’s go be great servants and show those we interact with, the Father.
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