Blogging can ruin your life

[display_podcast]Blogging can ruin your lifeI know I promised my next post was going to be about whether charismatics are really New Testament believers, but today’s post from Martin Downes was too helpful not to share. He’s been running a series of interviews with Christian leaders, and today he posted the second part of his interview with Carl Trueman. Carl had been struck by 1 Timothy 1:5-7, where Paul writes:

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.

Those who desire to be teachers, rather than simply desire to teach are in danger, Trueman says. I then goes on to add a timely warning to those of us in this present generation:
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Audio blogging (Podcasting)

[display_podcast]Audio BloggingI’ve decided to experiment with Podcasting, and will be uploading an audio version of each of my posts, for a little while at least. If no-one listens, then I’ll quietly pull it, but it’s little extra effort, and maybe some will appreciate it. This post is not very exciting as a demonstration, but I’ve added audio to my previous post, so that will give you a little flavour of things to come.

I’ve grown to love podcasting, and have my MP3 player set up to download about 10 sermons a week from different sources: John Piper, Alistair Begg, Liam Goligher, Sinclair Ferguson and many others. It’s a joy to be able to listen to these men preach on my way to and from work.

Given the choice of listening to this blog or to these men, I know which I would choose! But I am grateful for those who trust me with their time in reading my thoughts here, and even more so to those who take the trouble to interact with my posts. I enjoy the art of blogging, and have greatly benefited from it. If Podcasting brings in a few more readers who will help me to hone my writing and sharpen my mind, then the extra effort will be more than worthwhile.

My next few posts, by the way, will return to the question of whether Charismatics are really New Testament believers. We’ll look first at the gift of healing, and then I trust at territorialism. I look forward to hearing your comments on those subjects.