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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).

Is God’s sovereignty a secondary issue in terms of doctrine? Steve Lawson gives the answer here in an article at Ligonier’s blog. Not only is it one of the most important doctrines, but also one of the most comforting.

Dr. Scott Redd answers the following question: Should excellent preaching drive people away? You should read his answer.

No, Jesus would not “just bake the cake” to be used for a same-sex wedding. Steven Ingino clearly explains why this is true. If we’re going to ask what Jesus would do in a given situation, we’re going to have to think deeply, clearly, and biblically before we come to an answer.

Michael Kruger continues his series on the progressive (meaning Leftist) “Ten Commandments.” The fifth is “Are Questions More Important Than Answers?” I’ve heard that one quite a few times. The entire series is worth reading and thinking about.

Denny Burk thinks the phrase “same-sex attraction” is confusing and suggests a phrase that is more biblical and accurate. He makes a very good case, which you can read here.

 

 

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

Here are a collection of recent articles I think are especially good.

Mark Bäuerlein of First Things explains the importance of reading out loud with your children. I’ve always been a proponent of reading out loud, so it’s good to have some backup. By the way, it should continue after the kids learn to read and after they’ve left home, too.

What is discernment? Sinclair Ferguson answers that question at the Ligonier blog. The practice of discernment seems to be rare in many parts of the church today.

What, if anything, does God owe us? According to Tim ChalliesHe does not owe us a happy ending. This is a hard truth, but we need to learn it. God doesn’t owe us answers, either. Sometimes He gives us happy endings and answers, but not always. We should trust Him no matter what.

Randy Alcorn has some concerns about Jesus Calling (a popular book by Sarah Young) and some thoughts on the sufficiency of Scripture. It’s well worth a read.

Five skeptics who want to shame your kids for being Christian – yes, they really exist, and Natasha Crain has written an excellent article on how to combat them. Good ammunition.

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

It’s been awhile, but here are some articles and ideas that were of interest of me and hope they will be to you, too.

If you’re of a certain age, you remember the iconic photo of the “Napalm Girl.” A young naked Vietnamese girl running down a road after being sprayed with napalm. Her name is Kim Phuc Phan Thi and she writes an article for Christianity Today about how those bombs led her to Christ. It’s a great story!

Jordan Standridge has written a response to a question a boy named Emanuele asked Pope Francis. He wanted to know if his father–an atheist–will be in heaven. From The Cripplegate, Standridge wrote “What Pope Francis Should Have Said to Emanuele.” It’s very good and has a clear presentation of the gospel.

What is joy and can we regularly experience it as Christians? Ligonier Ministries has posted an article by R.C. Sproul that answers that question.

Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia, thinks Christians should “unhinge” themselves from the Old Testament. Is he right? Gary Demar  doesn’t think so (I don’t either). Here’s Demar’s response. Stanley has been on the trajectory toward apostasy for some time now, and it’s sad to see.

Please remember to pray for Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who has been imprisoned by the Turkish government for nearly two years. Read about it here.

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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).

I’ve run across several good articles and blog posts that are thought-provoking. I commend them to you. Enjoy!

According to Michael Harris of The Globe and Maildigital technology has changed, and is changing, the way we read, and it’s not for the better.

“Sing Your Heart Out at Church (Even If You Hate the Music)” writes Brett  McCracken. Even if you don’t completely agree with him, you should read his article. I’m of the mind that no one should agree with 100% of the music choices of their church and think that the only acceptable music is music I like. There are times we need to be stretched.

Michael Kruger of Reformed Theological Seminary writes that the worship of the early Christian church offended just about everybody. It irritated the Romans and the Jews, but the Christians didn’t try to change it in order to make it less offensive (which is something we need to hear in this day and age).

Sinclair Ferguson discusses the early symptoms of spiritual danger. What does it look like when someone who claims to be a Christian begins to apostatize?

Here are two writers’ thoughts on the life and ministry of Billy Graham: Steve Lawson and Darryl Dash. Read both of them – it’ll be worth it.

 

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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)

Another installment of some of the best articles and ideas I’ve come across in the past little while.

The idea of “finding Christ in every passage” has swept through the ranks of evangelical preachers in the last decade like wildfire. I understand the attraction based on the sheer number of sermons I’ve heard (and preached) that are more moralistic than anything else (“Do this.” “Don’t do that.”), with very little gospel in them. However, is this method of interpretation actually biblical? Does it accurately handle the Word of truth? Eric Davis has written a two-part article that gives the positives and negatives of the approach. Here’s part one.  Here’s part two. Read them both.

Brett McCracken sheds some light on “Calvinist”, a movie made by Les Lanphere. It explains the recent popularity of Calvinism (a good thing in my opinion).

A teacher in the UK is facing disciplinary action for “misgendering” a student, according to the BBC. If you think it can’t, or won’t, happen here, you’re mistaken. We live in an upside down world.

A new movie called On Wings of Eagles picks up the Eric Liddell story where Chariots of Fire left off. Laura Finch wites this short review in WORLD magazine.

“10 Things to Pray Before Church” is really, really good. We all ought to read it and do it.

 

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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)

Delegating Tasks in the Small Church, by Karl Vaters, is full of good advice for the small church. The Pivot, Vaters’ blog, which is at http://www.christianitytoday.com, is consistently good.

Millennials are giving up religion for witchcraft and astrology (two different religions). Market watch has the story here. Why should we be surprised? To paraphrase G.K. Chesterton, when people stop believing in God, hey don’t believe in nothing, they believe in anything.

No, you don’t have a chemical imbalance. That’s what an article in Psychology Today claims. This is a bombshell when it comes to counseling.

A popular word in the church today is “broken.” (“We’re all broken people,” for instance.) Shane Lems answers the question of whether or not we should use it. He says we should use biblical terms to refer to sin, to which I agree.

Alan Shlemon writes, “Abortion of a child with Down Syndrome is unjust discrimination.” You really should read his short piece explaining why this is true.

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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)

God used Ecclesiastes 11:3 to bring Him to salvation. Unusual, but true. Here’s a video of R.C. himself explaining it.

What’s going on with natural disasters? Eric Davis from Cripplegate provides a biblical answer. You can read it here. He calls the article “Nothing Out of the Ordinary” and he’s absolutely right.

Worshiping a golden calf on Sunday morning is a surprisingly easy thing to do. Read about it here. Something to think and pray about.

How should the church win souls? Burk Parsons, co-pastor of St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida, says we don’t have to look very far for the answer. God has given us the ordinary means for winning souls in His Word. You can read the article here.

Here’s a good question: “They serve gay clients, so why won’t they cater a same-sex wedding?” The answers are just as good in Josh Shepherd’s article by the same title in The Federalist. you can read it here.

 

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