Posted tagged ‘Joe Thorn’

Joe Thorn on Note to Self

June 4, 2011

My good friend Joe Thorn was recently interviewed by Justin Taylor about his new book, Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself.  I have been recently working through it in my morning devotions (on Kindle) and have found it to be a very edifying read.  In this interview, Joe answers the question of what it means to preach the gospel and follows up with an excellent summary of the importance of law and gospel in the Christian life.  Check it out!

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Tom Nettles on Experiential Theology

July 5, 2010

Joe Thorn has started an excellent new series on pastor-theologians, and this week, he has interviewed Dr. Tom Nettles.  The journey Joe describes in his love of God and truth is one that I can imagine many have traveled down, and to see him doing a series on combining head, heart, and hands is going to be really helpful.

Nettles says experiential theology, or experimental Calvinism “pursues the purposeful application of every doctrine to some area of life that needs further conformity to Christ’s perfect humanity.”  Nettles commentary is exemplary of light and heat, and here are some excerpts I pulled from the interview:

Without a justification-driven, christocentric foundation all examination results either in self-righteousness or despair, legalism or antinomianism.

A clear and forceful integration of the biblical doctrines of the Trinitarian existence of God, the intrinsic glory of the Godhead, Christ’s infinite condescension, humanity’s fall and consequent just condemnation and punitive corruption, divine sovereignty in election, reconciliation and redemption, calling, resurrection, and eternal occupation—all of these and others constitute the pastoral task from the very beginning of establishing a worshipping congregation.

The biblical responsibility of the pastor consistently to place the believers in the context of this picture is at once both experimental and theological, practical and doctrinal. What we do and how we feel and how we respond to life’s details flows out of who we believe we are in God’s relentless push toward subduing all things to Christ, that in all things he might have the preeminence.

I will be chewing on these words by Nettles this week, and I encourage you to do the same.  Great stuff!

Joe Thorn on Gospel-Centered Assimilation

August 13, 2008

When I first saw the sketches on Joe’s Twitter, I knew that this would be good.  Joe has developed a gospel-centered assimilation that is excellent.  Back in March, Joe unveiled the ministry paradigm for Redeemer (where he pastors) focusing on three arenas–the table (home), the pulpit (church), and the square (city).  Building on this paradigm, Joe develops a gospel-centered assimilation with progression from (1) gospel encounter to (2) gospel experience to (3) gospel service and finally to (4) gospel calling.

I encourage you to check out the entire post.  Solid. Practical. Gospel. Church.

Check Out Joe Thorn’s Ministry Paradigm

March 15, 2008

Earlier this week my friend Joe Thorn shared a new ministry paradigm which he has called “The Table, the Pulpit, and the Square.” Here is his basic description:

The Table – a domestic ministry: The table represents the Christian home, and more specifically the home as the center for hospitality. This is the most accessible, customizable, and perhaps most critical ministry our people can engage in.

The Pulpit – a liturgic ministry: The pulpit represents the gathered church where teaching/preaching is central.

The Square – a civic ministry: The square represents the town square; specifically the church’s cultural engagement outside of the first two ministry realms. This square ministry takes the form of participation, dialog, and service.

I really like this work that Joe as done for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it encompasses the three areas of life: family, church, and world.  I have also been reading Rainer and Geiger’s book, Simple Church, and find several similarities in the simplicity and big picture mentality Joe’s paradigm encompasses.  I encourage you to check with Joe’s blog on a regular basis as he is sharing some of the work he is doing at Redeemer Fellowship.  In the archives, you can also see stuff he has done on developing elders as well.

Something I have been thinking about is working with a discipleship process that is centered on worship: personal worship, family worship, and corporate worship, all areas which involve devotion and discipline.  I hope to hash that out in the coming weeks.