Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore. Psalm 133.1-3
Resources for Shepherds
Some helpful benchmarks for checking our course
Two excellent articles in the August/September issue of First Things outline important aspects of a Christian worldview from two complementary perspectives. R. Albert Mohler writes about his Baptist convictions, while George Weigel remembers the legacy of Pope John Paul II. Both articles are worth reading and discussing. See larger summaries here and here. We need a bigger view of salvation, according to Jonathan R. Wilson – one as big as the entire cosmos. This is an important book, although not a great one. Every disciple is a learner – or should be, since learner is the basic meaning of disciple. More explanation here.
The Ailbe Seminary
Five fall courses.
This fall we will be offering five courses that can help to equip you and your leaders for more fruitful ministry. The Ailbe Seminary offers two certificate programs and a wide variety of courses designed to explore a Christian worldview and our calling to the Kingdom and glory of God. All courses are available at no cost to students. Check out The Ailbe Seminary’s Laddership Curriculum by watching this brief video. Then register at the Seminary in the upper right hand corner of the home page. That way you’ll be ready to take a course or take your leaders through a course together beginning in September.
We need revival!
At The Fellowship of Ailbe website
Mike Slay is investigating things too wonderful for us, but which we should be pursuing anyway. Bruce Van Patter continues his meditations in Isaiah in his 8:18 column. Stan Gale’s reflections on Christ in the Gospel of John continue here. And our ReVision series on “Restoring the Reconciled World” begins its final 7-part installment here. Update your subscriptions by using the pop-up at the website, www.ailbe.org.
Worship and Public Policy
James K. A. Smith writes that all worship should lead to action (Imagining the Kingdom), and some of that action is going to be in the form of addressing issues of public policy. What’s the connection between the two? Our brief ReVision study, “Worship and Public Policy”, looks at Psalm 149 to help us see the connection between worship and action. You can download a free PDF of this study by clicking here.
New in our bookstore
Has your church become captive to the getting-and-spending, narcissistic and entertainment culture of our day? In every generation, churches fall into snares of captivity without even recognizing it. Our book, The Church Captive, can help you avoid the snares of cultural captivity. Order your copy by clicking here.
Your Opportunity to Share
Don’t forget: Our “Resources for Shepherds” page is where you can contribute to your fellow shepherds. Send us a review of an article or book, or an insight from your time with the Lord, and we’ll post it for you.
Psalm of the Week
(Tryggare Kan Ingen Vara: Children of the Heavenly Father)
Be-hold, how sweet, how pleasant, when the brethren dwell together.
All in unity abiding find God’s blessing there presiding.
Like the precious oil of blessing flowing down on Aaron’s vestment,
God’s anointing rests forever where His people dwell together.
Like the dew of Hermon’s fountain falling down on Zion’s mountain,
so the blessing of the Savior dwells where unity finds favor.
How Did Celtic Christians See Jesus?
T. M. Moore
We hope you find Pastor to Pastor to be a helpful resource in your walk with and work for the Lord. If so, please prayerfully consider supporting The Fellowship of Ailbe with your prayers and gifts. You can contribute online via PayPal, or by sending a gift to The Fellowship of Ailbe, 360 Zephyr Road, Williston, VT 05495. Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All Psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter.