About Joseph M. Fleener

Associate Pastor, Howick Baptist Church<br />Lover of Christ &amp; His Gospel, Husband to Mandy, Father to three wonderful children, Servant to the Local Church, Bible College Lecturer

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Recent Activity

  • Joseph shared from The World Beyond Your Head: How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction by Matthew Crawford
    We are living through a crisis of attention that is now widely remarked upon, usually in the context of some complaint or other about technology. As our mental lives become more fragmented, what is at stake often seems to be nothing less than the question of whether one can maintain a coherent self. I mean a self that is able to act according to settled purposes and ongoing projects, rather than flitting about. Because attention is so fundamental to our mental lives, this widely felt problem presents a rare occasion when an entire society is compelled to ask anew a very old question: What does...
    Note: Looking forward to some holiday reading next week.
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    Entrance into heaven was usually discussed in the context of Christ’s work of mediation. Further, enjoyment of heaven typically focused on the glories of Christ’s person. Saints who live by faith in the Son of God on earth hope for the blessed sight (beatific vision) of the God-man, who is the visible image of the invisible God.15 The sight of Christ will be transforming for the elect (1 John 3:2), and they will behold Him by sight in heaven just as a man beholds his neighbor by sight on earth. Heaven’s glory was never considered apart from Christ’s presence.
    Note: A helpful thought when today, even among Christians, any thought of heaven rarely focuses on Christ.
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    The practice of singing the Psalms in public and family worship would help turn the church’s inward focus outward to a world that desperately needs to worship the true God.38
    Note: Reading about the Puritan's passion for missions and another blessing from singing Psalms together.
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    In general, the English Independents celebrated the Supper every Lord’s Day, the Baptists once a month, and the Presbyterians four times a year. The Baptists at times preferred to celebrate the Supper in the evening, following scriptural examples (Mark 14:17; 1 Cor. 11:23).63 But Willison, a Presbyterian, argued, “The circumstances of time, place and company, in the first administration, not being essential to the ordinance, were not intended for our imitation. We are no more required to receive it at night, than to do it in an upper room, with but twelve in company. Moreover, the time was...
    Note: Finding it helpful to read about the Puritan practice(s) of the Lord's Supper.
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    “If a man teach uprightly and walk crookedly, more will fall down in the night of his life than he built in the day of his doctrine” (John Owen).
    Note: A high calling indeed.
(Golflands, Auckland, New Zealand)
Joseph M. Fleener