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Well-Driven Nails

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“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.” (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

Al Mohler writers a letter to American Christians called “Letter from Berlin: The Letters of History and the Heresy of Racial Superiority.” It’s especially important to think about after what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. You can read it here

Joe Carter has written an FAQ on Charlottesville, which can be read here. It’ll help give you a basic grasp of the situation.

The Wall Street Journal has a well-reasoned, well-written editorial about our culture and its response to Charlottesville, focusing on identity politics, in specific. You can read it here.

Does our job matter? Does God have anything to say about in His Word? Yes, our job does matter (including the way we do it), and yes God does have quite a bit to say about it in His Word. Dan Doriani has written a helpful article called “12 Basic Principles for Faith and Work.” You can read it here.

Mindy Belz, of WORLD, says plants needs pruning, but so do we as God’s people. Read her excellent piece here.

Well-Driven Nails

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“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

Richard Phillips explains the slippery slope toward theological liberalism (unbelief, in other words) in this article at the reformation21 blog.

VBS and the mission of the church is a timely article, especially this week at Cross Creek Bible Church! You can read it here.

Good news: Pastor Hyeon-Soo Lim has been released from prison by the North Korean government! You can read the story here.

The Left prides itself on being tolerant, but, in reality, they aren’t. Here’s another example: Asking musicians not to play and people not to come as Dennis Prager (a conservative) guest-conducts an orchestra. Josh Charles, from The Federalist writes about it here.

Here is an interesting story on churches for the deaf in China and Taiwan. God is at work, we can be certain of that!

 

 

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“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. “  (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

We should read three books according to Mark Loughridge: the book of Scripture, the book of Creation, and the book of Providence. Trying to read God’s handwriting isn’t easy, but it’s very rewarding. You can read Mark’s article here.

Free speech in the United States is waning. That’s the opinion of David French of National Review. He gives several current events as examples: Lena Dunham and Google. You can read his piece here.

Can we trust the Gospels as reliable historical documents? Yes, we can! The authors were quite concerned about getting details correct, even small and seemingly insignificant ones. You can read Tim Barnett’s article here.

Tony Reinke asks a good question – Are you chasing happiness or holiness? Read the article here.

Social media, especially Facebook, can make us very tired. Stephen Altrogge says this is true because of our tendency to move outside of our burdens and calling, with the consequence of being crushed. It’s something to think about. You can read it here.

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On a recent radio program, Dennis Prager brought up the idea of the news of the day being either interesting or important. O.J. Simpson, for example, being paroled from prison is interesting. The decision by the hospital and courts in Britain to override the authority of Charlie Gard’s parents is important to the broader culture. Prager said that talk-show hosts such as himself have to be able to tell the difference between the two.

That got me thinking about hermeneutics – the art and science of interpreting the Bible (yes, my mind does work that way!). Distinguishing between the interesting and the important in a particular passage of Scripture is necessary for proper interpretation.

For example, it’s interesting that Psalm 34 is an “acrostic psalm,” or “alphabetical psalm.” The first verse begins with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each successive verse with the next letter (and so on, down through the entire psalm and alphabet). It’s an interesting piece of information, but it doesn’t rise to the level of importance for one reason – the acrostic structure doesn’t make any difference in how the psalm is interpreted. The structure of Psalm 34 (as well as Psalms 9, 10, 25, 37, 111, 112, 119, and 145) doesn’t have much to do with it’s meaning.

The meaning of Naomi’s name, however, is important. Naomi is introduced to us in the book of Ruth – she’s Ruth’s mother-in-law. In Hebrew, her name means “pleasant” (Ruth 1:2). She started out “pleasant,” but after her husband and both of her sons died, she was left destitute with two daughters-in-law. Upon her return from Moab to Bethlehem, the women of the city said, “Is this not Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me” (Ruth 1:20-21). Naomi went from “pleasant” to “bitter” (the meaning of the name Mara). That’s not simply an interesting tidbit or factoid, it’s important  because it helps us understand the story of Ruth and Boaz, as well as their part in the history of redemption as ancestors of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When you read and study God’s Word, learn to make the distinction between what is interesting and what is important. It makes a huge difference.

P.S. A word to pastors and teachers of the Bible: I know you want to share the wealth of your study with those to whom you preach and teach (I know i do!), but spend more time on the important than you do on the interesting. Important changes lives; interesting rarely does.

 

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There’s more to the story of Dunkirk. Chuck Colson explains in a classic Breakpoint. You can read it here.

Will the Word of God be our standard, or will the culture? Dr. Stephen Nichols gives the right answer and the reason why in this blog post.

When it comes to the $15 minimum wage, some people don’t care about facts. Jacob Roth of the Daily Signal makes that point here.

There is no true religion without the fear of God. Read this classic article by John Murray and find out why.

Have smartphones destroyed a generation? Jean Twenge gives her thoughts in a long article in The Atlantic. Something worth thinking about.

Well-Driven Nails

“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.” (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

When the Darkness Doesn’t Yield is a very helpful article written by Gavin Ortlund. If you’re honest, you’ve had some dark times, even as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Read it here and be encouraged!

Paul Tripp says there are two words that summarize the entire Bible. Read it here and see what you think.

Can a Conservative Conduct an Orchestra? This article, written by Dennis Prager (the conservative invited to conduct an orchestra for charity), is further proof that we’re in a cultural civil war – if you had any doubts about it.

Eric Liddle’s life was more than just what we saw in Chariots of Fire. Al Mohler tells us “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say. You’ll want to read this piece!

We’ve all seen the hot dogs on those things called “roller grills.” How far do they travel? You can find the answer here The writer’s method for finding the answer is fascinating, too.

 

Well-Driven Nails

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“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.” (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

Karl Vaters has good words for the church in this article. He says, “The church does not exist to serve passive consumers, but to equip and activate disciples.”

The accuracy of biblical history has been confirmed again, but you’d never know it, or think the opposite, if you only read or listen to the mainstream media. Peter Heck, at The Resurgent, calls them on it here. By and large the press doesn’t get religion.

“Jesus is neither a Republican or a Democrat.” No doubt you’ve heard that at some point, especially around election time, but is it true? More importantly, what does it mean? Michael Kruger analyzes it here.

Denny Burk provides us with the four stages of “evangelical” affirmation of gay marriage. You can read it here. To me, his stages make a lot of sense, and I think we’re going to see more and more of it.

A little humor…

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