Article Roundup: June 2016

The year is now half over!  Only one life, 'twill soon be past; only what's done for Christ shall last.  What have you done with the time the Lord has given you?

Here are five good articles from the past month.  I am purposely holding off from the current discussion surrounding submission within the Godhead, in hope that time will help the churn settle a bit.   For now, enjoy these articles!

Hearing the Voice of the Lord in Your Pastor's Sermon by Danny Hyde at Meet the Puritan
Amen.  Here's to hearing the Word of God from the preacher: "Here's the doctrine formulated as simply as possible: when a lawfully called and ordained minister (Rom. 10) preaches the Word of God and not his own words (2 Tim. 2:15) and does so in sincerity to honor God and not himself (1 Thes. 2:3–6), God speaks."

The Humble Leader by Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition
Most of us will be leaders.  Leaders in the church, leaders of our families, leaders of our children.    And all of us will have leaders and authority figures: elders, bosses, husbands, parents.  But what ought we be to lead, and what ought we look for in a leader?  Humility. 

I Forbid You To Say These Things At My Funeral by Tim Challies
Squishy, amorphous sentimentality and baseless euphemisms seem to thrive at funerals.  Challies cuts through the filth, and delivers well.

God-Centered Prayer by Steven Lawson at Ligonier
Short, sweet, glorious exaltation of the glory of God in prayer.

Character in Leadership — Does it Still Matter? By Albert Mohler
If you're a Christian in the United States who is eligible to vote this November, you must read this article.  It does not give black and white answers, as there are few in this crazy presidential race.  But it does say what needs to be said.

Psalm 149
Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.
Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.
Let them praise His name with dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.
For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.

Let the godly ones exult in glory;
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
To execute vengeance on the nations
And punishment on the peoples,
To bind their kings with chains
And their nobles with fetters of iron,
To execute on them the judgment written;
This is an honor for all His godly ones.
Praise the LORD!