About Derick Dickens

I have an MAR, MDiv, and MBA. I love my lovely wife and family.

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  • Derick shared from Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture by Trevin Wax
    You see, we sometimes get so busy thinking that people need more information or better application that we forget that our main task is to lead people to exultation. That’s a fancy word for “worship.”
    Note: It is not about knowledge or application but about Gospel.
  • Derick shared from Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture by Trevin Wax
    When people share their concerns about the state of their groups, I usually ask some follow-up questions. And the more I drill down with leaders, the more I realize we have a message problem, and not a method problem. Most of the time, the leaders are looking for a new method. But their concerns are really about the message.
    Note: Some great thoughts
  • Derick shared from The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History by Robert Tracy McKenzie
    First, we must beware of the temptation to go to the past for ammunition instead of illumination—more determined to prove points than to gain understanding.14
    Note: The great temptation when limited to 140 characters.
  • Derick shared from The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God and Learning from History by Robert Tracy McKenzie
    our callings as Christians testify to the importance of history. History is utterly central to Christianity, for its core doctrines rest on theological interpretations of historical events, such as creation, the fall, the incarnation, the cross and the resurrection. (Go back to the Apostles’ Creed and note just how many of its statements are historical claims.) Through eyes of faith we recognize all of human history as “a story with a divine plot”—not cyclical, as many of the ancients believed, but linear, with God at its beginning, the cross at its center and the return of Christ to mark...
    Note: History is essential to Christianity
  • Derick shared from Warfield on the Christian Life (Foreword by Michael A. G. Haykin): Living in Light of the Gospel by Fred G. Zaspel
    “Apart from the revelation of God deposited for us in the Scriptures, there is no Christianity. Obliterate this revelation—theology may remain, but it is no longer a Christian theology; religion may remain, but it is no longer the Christian religion.”
    Note: Without Scripture that is completely true, there is no Christianity.
  • Derick shared from Warfield on the Christian Life (Foreword by Michael A. G. Haykin): Living in Light of the Gospel by Fred G. Zaspel
    The entirety of the Christian life and experience is our response to revealed truth.
    Note: Therefore doctrine is primary in importance
  • Derick shared from Warfield on the Christian Life (Foreword by Michael A. G. Haykin): Living in Light of the Gospel by Fred G. Zaspel
    We live unto Christ, to the glory of God, not out of a vacuum but out of a mind and heart captivated and inflamed by an understanding of God’s greatness and goodness and his saving activity in Christ.
    Note: And thus we worship
  • Derick shared from Warfield on the Christian Life (Foreword by Michael A. G. Haykin): Living in Light of the Gospel by Fred G. Zaspel
    Warfield said of Calvin, “It was not the head but the heart which made him a theologian, and it is not the head but the heart which he primarily addresses in his theology.”9
    Note: Well said.
  • Derick shared from a Personal Document
    Afflictions are a golden key by which the Lord opens the rich treasure of his word to his people's souls;
    Note: A good word
  • Derick shared from a Personal Document
    Beware when rhetoric becomes a substitute for substance. You always know that a person has a weak position when he tries to accomplish with the clever use of words what argument alone cannot do. I want you to notice a few things about
    Note: Very true. Rhetoric has replaced dialog.