Peace if possible. Truth at all costs. ~ Martin Luther

Friday Dispatches – Week Ending 10/12/2012

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A collection of assorted postings and pages I picked up while aimlessly wandering around the net this past week.


  • Erik Raymond posted “A Dying Pastor’s Letter to His Town”. The pastor is a friend of Erik’s, and wrote the letter to the editor of his local newspaper. He is dying of cancer, and wrote this brave, victorious, touching letter to everyone in the town in which he has been a pastor for almost 30 years. A great testimony.
  • Twitter can be a great tool for the church, but many leaders aren’t really sure how to use it, or what on earth to tweet. “A Pastor’s Guide to Twitter” is a good article from Eric McKiddie that should get you started. (While you’re at it, sign up to follow me on Twitter! :) )
  • Okay, here’s a piece that provoked me this week. I’ve been an avid reader of the Puritans for over 20 years (before it became cool to do so). I have found their writings uncommonly glorifying to God and wonderfully nourishing to me in my Christian walk.  But a bit of controversy has been renewed about the Puritans on the internet of late, particularly over the fact that a number of these men owned slaves. You can get up to speed on the debate by reading the article “Slavery, Historical Heroes, and “Precious Puritans”” by Thomas Kidd. At the bottom of the article is a list of links to other recent posts on the subject. What’s my take? Watch my blog for a contribution very soon. But the discussion itself is a good one to have, and if nothing else it reminds us that the best of men have “feet of clay”.
  • Finally, this past week, marked the 265th anniversary of the death of David Brainerd. He was 29 years old, and a giant of prayer and mission. Jonathan Edwards’ biography of Brainerd’s life has stirred the hearts of God’s servants for generations. This week Jesse Johnson gave us “3 Lessons From Brainerd’s Death”. An inspirational read in itself.