Jerry Rankin – president of the largest international missions agency in the world – recently announced his retirement after 17 years of service. He says, “I would not presume to equate my devotion to the Lord and passion for His mission with the Apostle Paul nor with that of Lottie Moon, who adopted Paul’s testimony in Acts 20:24 as her life verse, but it expresses what we want to communicate on the occasion of this announcement. “I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, in order that I may finish my course, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the Gospel of the grace of God.” I do not consider the course of my life and God’s purpose complete, but at this stage of the journey it is time to press forward in the calling of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
For those of you into Reformed hip-hop, Lamp Mode Records has announced the release of Jas Knight’s album, The Psalter.They offer a free download of Psalm 37, which features Shai Linne. The album sounds like its a musical and theological treat, as the promotional material states: It’s like Jas took all of his influences (Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz and Neo-Soul) and threw them into a cosmic blender, which gave birth to The Psalter. Not only is the album a musical masterpiece, but Jas also makes sure to thread Jesus throughout the album as He is the one to which all Scripture points. Do you want to see Jesus in the Psalms? If so, be sure to check The Psalter out!
For a very different sound, Ligonier has released a cd called Scenes from the Life of Christ. The cd is made up of various passages of Scripture that give us a kind of overview of the life of Christ. Each selection of Scripture is read by a famous pastor or church leader – Alistair Begg, D. A. Carson, John MacArthur, Sinclair Ferguson, R. C. Sproul, John Piper, Albert Mohler, Ligon Duncan, and Derek Thomas. Each track is backed with Tom Howard’s “original chamber orchestra pieces is a survey of musical landscapes through selected biblical accounts.” Looks awesome!
Finally, for my fellow Whovians out there, Kasterborous has posted the results of DWM’s largest fan poll on the top episodes. I was surprised (pleasently!) at how many of the classic shows made the list.