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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)

Tony Reinke is tired of apologizing for God. In an interview with Drew Dyck, he says God isn’t a kitten; He’s a tiger and we dare not be bored with Him. We can easily be bored with a “god” we can control and who is safe. You can read it here.

“The essence of theology is grace; the essence of Christian ethics is gratitude,” according to R.C. Sproul. His article in Tabletalk explains how appreciation for God’s grace inevitable leads to gratitude, love, and service. It’s a good, short read.

I absolutely love this story! In “An Open Letter to the Preacher Writing a Sermon,” Lewis Allen makes this simple point: grace is very often slow. Then he illustrates it through a man named Neil.

Jordan Standridge gives ten lessons we can learn from the life of John Chau, the young missionary who was recently killed as he attempted to make contact with a remote tribe in India. You can read it here.

The Bible doesn’t pay much attention to our feelings. Michael Kelley explains why here. We shouldn’t ignore our feelings, but we can never act upon them or judge truth by them.

 

 

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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).

Here are a few recent articles that I’ve enjoyed and have made me think.

“Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 For. 6:19) is a verse taken out of context on a regular basis. Peter Krol, at knowableword.com, provides an excellent example of interpreting a verse within its context. It may mean something different than you think. You can read it here.

Michael Kruger reviews Andy Stanley’s latest book here. Kruger makes the point very clearly that we cannot “unhitch” from the Old Testament and remain faithful to God. In my opinion, we should unhitch from Andy Stanley – he’s on a dangerous trajectory.

According to Karl Vaters, “How do we make more disciples?” is a better question to ask than “How do we make our churches bigger?” If a church focuses on making disciples, rather than getting more people in the pews (or chairs), they’ll do better in the long run. You can read it here.

Biblical elders are vital to the church. Costi Hinn explains why in this article. Good and godly men are are a gift to the church from God.

Does the Reformation still matter? Even though it officially began 501 years ago, the truths of the Reformation are as important as ever. Michael Reeves has a good explanation. It’s a good read, too.

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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).

“Defeater Beliefs” are those that follow the statement, “I’m a Christian, but…” or “I believe the Bible, but…” A post on the blog Into the Foolishness of God examines the temptation to play down the parts of Christianity that are offensive to the world. The upshot is, we shouldn’t do that.

You’ve heard of Strong’s Concordance, right? I hope so! It’s one of the best tools in your arsenal for Bible study. Did you know that it took him James A. Strong 35 years to finish it? I didn’t. You can read the story here from the Christian History Institute.

Michael Kruger, President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, has written another article on why we cannot “unhitch” from the Old Testament as Christians. “Is the Truth of the Bible Essential to the Christian Message? Engaging (Again) with Andy Stanley” is the name the blog post. You can read it here. I highly recommend it.

John MacArthur has begun to write a series of blog posts called “Social Injustice and the Gospel.” I think he hits the nail on the head in his introductory post and can’t wait to read the rest of them. This issue is becoming more and more divisive in church, which it shouldn’t be.

Undoubtedly, you’ve been in this situation before: you say, “The Bible teaches such-and-such,” or “Here’s what this verse means,” only to have someone who disagrees with you say, “That’s just your interpretation.” The solution to that seeming deadlock is the art of science of hermeneutics. Gary DeMar uses a couple of classic popular songs to explain some of the most basic rules for interpreting Scripture (or any document). It’s a good read.

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nails-in-the-fence-1-1027x480“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).

Podcasts are a great way to learn and to grow spiritually. Jason Marianna, at the Things Above Us blog, has written “Podcasts: They Why and How” to help us think about them. This is a good article for those of you who are wondering what in the world a “podcast” is and why they’re becoming popular. You can read it here.

Campbell Markham urges church leaders in Australia to prepare your people for persecution. We don’t live in Australia, but it’s a good example to follow here, too. The persecution of Christians will get worse as time goes by, in my opinion. The time to prepare for storms is before you enter them, not in the midst of it.

Pew Research has published the results of a study on why people do, or don’t, go to religious and church services. It gives us a look into the thinking of our non-believing neighbors, as well as some in our churches, too. We have a lot of teaching to do, that’s for sure.

Over a year ago, Paul Washer suffered a heart attack. In an article reprinted by Banner of Truth USA magazine, he recounts some of the lessons he’s learned. The title says it all: “Life is a Vapour”.

You may not know much about the recent Revoice Conference, but you need to read this article by Al Mohler. “The chaos and confusion which are the inevitable products of the Sexual Revolution continue to expand and the challenges constantly proliferate. The LGBTQ+ revolution has long been the leading edge of the expanding chaos, and by now the genuinely revolutionary nature of the movement is fully apparent. The normalization of the behaviors and relationships and identities included (for now) in the LGBTQ+ spectrum will require nothing less than turning the world upside down.” It’s a long read, but worth it.

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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).

If you wrote a letter, or longer email, to someone who has recently repented of their sins and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation, what would you tell them? Allen Nelson IV has written such a letter called “A Letter to a New Believer.” It’s a very interesting read that emphasizes the importance of the church.

Christians are discriminated against when it comes to adoption and foster parenting. My wife and I have first-hand experience with it. People are pushing back, however (thankfully). Jamie Dean of WORLD reports on a few of these efforts.

“There is a flow to history and culture,” said Francis Schaeffer in 1976. According to Albert Mohler (in 2018 no less), we in the church need to know which way the flow is going. He goes into more depth in a Tabletalk article.

“The Rise of Woker-Than-Thou Evangelicalism” is the title of a blog post at Pyromaniacs by Phil Johnson. A lot of evangelicals are jumping on the bandwagon of some bad ideologies – ones that are popular on Leftist university campuses (kind of an oxymoron, isn’t it?). Johnson explains what’s happening and gives a reason or two why it’s happening.

We all want to pray more effectively. H.B. Charles gives “5 Marks of Effective Prayer” based on Mark 1:40. Very helpful.

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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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