As many of you know, I’ve been giving away my best stuff to other platforms like Christianity Today, Desiring God, and TGC for the past few years. Sometimes I do a bad job keeping you all in the loop about those posts. Sorry! Here are two recent ones posted at my alma mater SBTS’s blog Southern Equip and at the pop culture digest Think Christian.
I think there is a bit of mystique that shrouds a pastor’s study: What exactly is taking place in there? How does he emerge with a sermon to preach every Sunday? And does he have a mini-fridge in there?
Recently, someone asked about my sermon preparation, and I thought I would swing wide the door to my study for any who might be interested to peer in…
Dietrich Bonhoeffer astutely notes, “He who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either… We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the word of God.” Through Bonhoeffer’s words I am reminded that listening is a spiritual act. Listening should be practiced and relished, not suffered and shunned.
My hope is that these five albums will help you rediscover the pleasure and duty of listening. Feel the stories. Follow the melodies. Seek to understand the artists’ perspectives. See if you don’t hear evidence of the imago dei and the human condition all over these five LPs.