Monthly News Roundup (08.26.21)

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Plain Bible Teaching Podcast

This is the last episode for the month of August – time for our monthly news roundup. In this episode, we’ll be talking about a web designer being forced to make a website for a same-sex wedding, the percentage of Americans who consume alcohol, and a woman who made a complete handwritten copy of the Bible.Continue Reading

Preaching and Writing (Season 1, Episode 7)

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Preaching and Writing (Season 1, Episode 7)

Writing is a valuable endeavor for gospel preachers as it is another way in which the message of the gospel can be spread. But many preachers seem to neglect this practice. So in this episode, we consider the advantages, as well as the disadvantages, of writing as a means of teaching the word of God. My hope is that more preachers would seriously consider writing as part of their work of preaching.

Advantages of writing discussed in this episode:

  1. Words can sometimes be better expressed through writing.
  2. Writings can be spread around more easily.
  3. Writings are a lasting resource.

Disadvantages of writing discussed in this episode:

  1. Writing takes time and effort.
  2. Writing opens you up to greater scrutiny.
  3. Writing gives you a more permanent record.

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"You Must Not Prophesy to Us What is Right" (7/22)

Thought from today’s Bible reading from Isaiah 28-30.

God told Isaiah that he must prophesy to the people, even though they would not listen. He also explained why it was important to tell them anyway.

Now go, write it on a tablet before them and inscribe it on a scroll, that it may serve in the time to come as a witness forever. For this is a rebellious people, false sons, sons who refuse to listen to the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, ‘You must not see visions’; and to the prophets, ‘You must not prophesy to us what is right, speak to us pleasant words, prophesy illusions. Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel’” (Isaiah 30:8-11).

The people of God were a “rebellious people.” This was why they refused to listen to God’s instructions. They desired “pleasant words,” even if such words were not true. What they thought and felt was more important to them than what God desired to teach them.
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The Want of Records

Near the end of his book, Early History of the Disciples in the Western Reserve, Amos S. Hayden lamented the fact that there were not more records from the previous generations from which his generation could learn. He wondered if future generations would have an even harder time finding the writings and history of their predecessors.

In these pages, personal knowledge and gathered data have, in part, supplied this lack. But this source of information is, with the passing generation, rapidly going down to the dumb grave; the silent receptacle of all things human.

The scribe was a man of high authority among the Jews, a little vain, and a sweep of his robe somewhat too ample. The horn of oil made the nation jubilant when it was emptied in the consecration of a priest or a king. But the horn of ink has made many nations joyful by its recitals of their deeds, and its transmissions of their jubilees.
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Preaching and Writing

Bible and Notebook

While I was in high school, I made the decision that when I grew up I wanted to be a gospel preacher. So at that point, I began writing religious articles. I did not care for writing in school and was never a gifted writer, so I needed to start practicing and improving my skills. I saw writing as an inherent part of the work of a preacher, as this would provide another avenue through which to spread the gospel message. So since I decided I was going to preach, I decided I also needed to write.

Nearly fifteen years later, it appears to me that preachers in general do not do as much writing as I thought they would. Dedicating time regularly to writing seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Maybe this has always been the case and my youthful naiveté led me to wrongly assume that writing was common for preachers. Perhaps more preachers are writing than the relative few of which I am aware. Or it could be that writing by gospel preachers has decreased in the last decade or so. Regardless of which one is closest to reality, I want to deal with some reasons why writing is a valuable endeavor for preachers and should not be quickly dismissed.
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