Roads That Lead to Christian Burnout, Part 4

Wrong Road #4—The Road to Nowhere

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by Debi Pryde

The fourth path to burnout is one that is more difficult to identify. Most people believe they are on the right road until they’ve traveled quite a distance. Everything looks great until they round the bend and finds themselves in the middle of nowhere. That’s when the road gets bumpy, the weather turns nasty, the terrain abruptly turns from beautiful to ugly, pryde_roadtonowhere.jpgand they can hardly see where they’re going because of all the fog. It’s easy to stop and hope the weather improves—but it doesn’t. And stopping only leaves them in that mess longer. More difficult, there are all kinds of detours and splits in the road, and it’s sometimes quite challenging deciding which way to go.
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Mark Farnham—The SharperIron Interview | Part 2

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Current Issues Within Fundamentalism

Mark Farnham, Assistant Professor of Theology and New Testament at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary (Lansdale, PA), joins us for a series of podcasts on Fundamentalism. In his first interview, he surveyed the four historical stages of Fundamentalism. In this second interview, he discusses current issues within Fundamentalism.

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Book Review—Telling God's Story

Reviewed by Robert Talley

Wright, John W. Telling God’s Story: Narrative Preaching for Christian Formation. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2007. Paperback, 264 pages. $18.00

(Review copy courtesy of InterVarsity Press)

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Special Features: Index

ISBNs: 0830827404 / 9780830827404

LCCN: BV4235.S76W75 2007

DCN: 251

Table of Contents & Book Excerpts

Subjects: Preaching, Narrative Preaching, Hermeneutics
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Has Fundamentalism Become Secularized? Part 3

Theological Disconnect

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by Mark Farnham

In the first part of this essay, I stated that fundamental Christianity has been affected by secularization in three primary ways: faith has become more privatized, beliefs have become mixed and matched and less systematic, and pragmatism has become the guiding influence in philosophy of ministry. I dealt with privatization in Part 2. The decline of systematization in farnham_exposiu.gifbeliefs will be examined in greater detail in this essay.
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Brethren, We Need Each Other

In The Nick of Timeby Daniel R. Brown

Baptist churches prize the independence and autonomy of their local churches. They wear the doctrine of independence as the king wears his regal robe. Independence does not apply only to unaffiliated Baptist churches. Baptist churches that fellowship with associations, conferences, and conventions may lose some degree of their self-determination because of complications over property, missions, and the like; but even they insist on being independent.

Baptists have no pope, diocese, or synod. Baptist independence involves refusing ecclesiastical interference as well as political interference. Separation of church and state as a Baptist distinctive primarily reflects the need for the church to be free from state interference rather than vice versa.

This independence works both for and against Baptists. Filling pastoral vacancies and helping struggling churches are two areas in which independence creates difficulty. Independent Baptists do not always have the best track record when it comes to working with each other. The lack of perspective for the greater Body of Christ can cause us to have such a narrow focus that all we can see is our own ministry. A narrow focus upon our own ministry can lead either to a feeling of incompetence (inferiority complex) or to a feeling of arrogance (superiority complex).
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Roads That Lead to Christian Burnout, Part 3

Wrong Road #3—Malnourishment

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by Debi Pryde

The third road to burnout is one without restaurants, without warmly furnished kitchens and dining rooms, and without refreshing drinking fountains available to its travelers. The traveler finds only fast-food restaurants, leftovers, and prepackaged food available on this route. Such food can keep one alive but never impart health or cause a weary traveler pryde_trees.jpgto thrive with energy. A steady diet of it quickly eroded one’s health and lead to all kinds of weakness and limitation. Christian workers commit a grave error if they believe they can stay spiritually alive and enthusiastic by feasting on books, sermons, seminars, and radio broadcasts while neglecting personal Bible study. Reading Our Daily Bread has never been a substitute for coming to the Bread of Life for daily spiritual nourishment.
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Spurgeon on the Bible and Darwinism, Part 2

Note: This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at dkutilek@juno.com.

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Compiled by Doug Kutilek

Note: A reader from Indiana recently asked if Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) ever directly addressed the subject of Darwinian evolution. Because Darwin’s kutilek_spurgeon.jpgOn the Origin of Species was published in England in 1859 only five years after Spurgeon began his London pastorate and was the occasion of great and continuing controversy directly affecting the credibility of the Bible, it would be most surprising indeed if Spurgeon had not addressed the subject. In fact, he did so numerous times, always in strong opposition. Our search turned up a number of quotes and references that should be of interest to the reader. We reproduce a selection of these, without extended comment. —Doug
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