From Passage to Pulpit: Improved diagraming technique


A few months ago I published From Passage to Pulpit. The diagram above represents a change to my direction which I begun developing about 3 months ago after reading Lectures to my Students. In December I’m planning to update the notes.

I’ve had some feedback on the handbook from Jenny in Cape Town (I’d love to hear if anyone actually used the technique in preaching down there?) and Rocky in Middleburg but I’d love to get other feedback so I can improve the usability of the notes. If you’re amongst those that downloaded the handbook please feedback (especially Antonio, Mohau and Alfonso).

How much should you know before you’re ready to be Baptised?


Believer's Baptism, Baptism, Baptist, Pharasitic fences, Anglican, John MacArthur, Fundamentals of the Faith, Matthias Media, Just For Starters, Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology, Andre Broodryk, Benoni Baptist Church, Doug Forsyth, Weltevreden Chapel, Peter Sammons, Germiston Baptist Church

This image is from one of my faverite posts. Click image to link to the post.

I’m principally swayed that Believer Baptism must tailgate salvation; closely. If the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:27 – 40) could hear the Gospel, internalise it and respond to it in what appears to be a very short span of time then I wouldn’t want to put Pharasitic fences in the way of any man.

I’m principally swayed that Believer Baptism must tailgate salvation; as closely as possible. Let’s face it: the Ethiopian eunuch was clearly well versed in Scripture (Acts 8:28) and a devote man (Acts 8:27) which is not all that common nowadays. There’s a need for rudimentary teaching before dunking.

So I put together a training course for Crystal Park Baptist Church; the bare boned basics. Who is God? Who is Man? Who is Christ? and Where to from Here?

“There’s a need for rudimentary teaching before dunking.”

Writing course content is a learning curve. On the first pass I’ve realised that I must shorten the sections if I want to cover everything in 1 hour. I need to reduce the number of Scriptures so as to provide an adequate platform to probe the key passages. I must include additional verses at the end of each page so that Psalm 1:2 students can go away immerse [sic] themselves. Oh, lesson 1 needs to focus more on the holiness of God so the stage is set for the next three lessons which really amount to the Gospel.

Anyway here are the drafts that I’ve created so far:

Lesson 1: Who is God?

Lesson 2: Who is Man?

Lesson 3: Who is Jesus Christ?

Lesson 4: Where to from Here?

I used John MacArthur’s Fundamentals of the Faith: 13 Lessons to Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ, Matthias Media’s Just For Starters and Charles Ryrie’s Basic Theology for the input and consulted with Andre Broodryk from Benoni Baptist Church, Doug Forsyth from Weltevreden Chapel and Peter Sammons from Germiston Baptist Church.

I’d value input, especially around how to succinctly articulate these core Christian truths.

Present a “Royal Line of Salvation” throughout the Old and New Testament


Present a “Royal Line of Salvation” throughout the Old and New Testament. Start at Genesis 3:15 passing through Isaiah 9:6 and ending at John 3:16. Join together at least twenty verses outlining the salvation story.

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This is my faverite paper to date. I thought the topic was challenging, “Present a “Royal Line of Salvation” throughout the Old and New Testament. Start at Genesis 3:15 passing through Isaiah 9:6 and ending at John 3:16. Join together at least twenty verses outlining the salvation story.” The feedback was possitive (although I have to be careful I don’t lose academic credibility by making the papers I write too accessible).

I’d love to get constructive feedback or criticism as this is a skill I’m going to be using quiet a lot going forward.

You could click on the big icon on the left hand side of the page or click here (Adobe PDF) to link to the paper titled: Present a “Royal Line of Salvation” throughout the Old and New Testament. Start at Genesis 3:15 passing through Isaiah 9:6 and ending at John 3:16. Join together at least twenty verses outlining the salvation story..

Thanks,

Mark

Report on the outreach to Olievenhoutbosch


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Report on the outreach to Olievenhoutbosch

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This isn’t as academic as the catagory I’ve stuck it in. Truth is it’s more of a report back on a prac.

I’d love to get constructive feedback or criticism as this is a skill I’m going to be using quiet a lot going forward.

You could click on the big icon on the left hand side of the page or click here (Adobe PDF) to link to the paper titled: Report on the outreach to Olievenhoutbosch.

Thanks,

Mark

Didn’t do too bad on the marks.

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What the Bible has to say about God’s heart for the world and the Church’s and the Christian’s responsibility to be involved in what God is doing


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What the Bible has to say about God’s heart for the world and the Church’s and the Christian’s responsibility to be involved in what God is doing

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So it’s another paper. I picked a topic that was a bit contravercial in that I thought the question had been framed incorrectly. I was expecting, “What the Bible has to say about God’s heart for the nations and the Church’s and the Christian’s responsibility to be involved in what God is doing” but instead got the word “world”. I’m told it’s readably academic and the marker (Rev George Ngamlana) says he enjoyed reading it.

I’d love to get constructive feedback or criticism as this is a skill I’m going to be using quiet a lot going forward.

You could click on the big icon on the left hand side of the page or click here (Adobe PDF) to link to the paper titled: What the Bible has to say about God’s heart for the world and the Church’s and the Christian’s responsibility to be involved in what God is doing.

Thanks,

Mark

Um, so, between this and the last effort I’ve had favourable feedback.

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But a Flicker in Time


The story of your life is but a flicker in time my friend,
scarcely an exhaled breath in the face of a gale onslaught.
A stolen moment, a vaporous whisper.

Are you so wise as to see this, to feel it, to know it?
Surely then you know you could only fully be realized in Him?
You see, His is the only tale worth telling, writ worth reading.

For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

Excuse my humble prose but I’ve battled for weeks to appropriately frame this video. I’ve been pondering narratives and meta-narratives. To go to the source click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dBpZ_Ub4yo).

The answer’s outside the box.

Assisting Youth to discover their spiritual gifts and enrolling them to serve in the given areas of gifting


Assisting Youth to discover their spiritual gifts and enrolling them to serve in the given areas of gifting

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So it’s a paper and I’m told it’s readably academic. And before you ask, no, I didn’t choose the ridiculously long title ;).

I’d love to get constructive feedback or criticism as this is a skill I’m going to be using quiet a lot going forward.

You could click on the big icon on the left hand side of the page or click here (Adobe PDF) to link to the paper titled: Assisting Youth to discover their spiritual gifts and enrolling them to serve in the given areas of gifting.

Thanks,

Mark

Does anyone know how I can get this thing ‘trawled’ by Google scholar?