When Life Beats the Snot Out of You

CONTRIBUTED BY HENRY AND MARIAN HAMELINK Our second post is from Stephen Altrogge. From time to time, we have one of those days, or one of those weeks, or months or even one of those years! Times when issues and problems just seem to mount up. On his blog earlier this year, Stephen discussed renewal from…

Stay in School

CONTRIBUTED BY HENRY AND MARIAN HAMELINK This month on the Melville blog we hope to share some specific blog posts with you, mostly from blogs that we regularly visit. Our first post is from Paul Tripp, pastor, author, and international conference speaker. Paul has a driving passion to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus…

The art of listening … to a sermon – Part 2

CONTRIBUTED BY OWEN MULDER Last week we saw the importance of expositional listening. So, how do we become good expositional listeners? The following tips were prepared by David Murray, and are taken from here. (I’ve shortened some of them) Before the Sermon Read and mediate on God’s Word every day: Daily Bible reading whets our appetite…

The art of listening … to a sermon

CONTRIBUTED BY OWEN MULDER In most home-visits the subject of the preaching will be discussed. In fact, if it isn’t, you should be holding your elder to account! Typically a good part of this discussion will revolve around the preacher – his style, strengths and weaknesses. But what about the listener? How good are we…

Leading children to God

CONTRIBUTED BY ANDREW HART Every few weeks our Men’s group meets to discuss topics raised in a brilliant book called “The Masculine Mandate”, by Richard Phillips. A recent chapter had us discussing the topic of disciplining children, and the differences between discipline and punishment. The chapter identifies the differences between what parents intend to achieve, compared to…