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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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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)

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

The police need to step up. So says David French in National Review. I completely agree with him. For some reason (and I have a theory about that), police have stood down while protests become violent with regard to person and property. The violent riots and protests that happened after President Trump was elected haven’t stopped – they’re getting worse – and local police are simply watching it happen. This is very bad for our society. You can read French’s article here.

“Your Child’s Best Education is Outside the Classroom” is a series of suggestions made by Gary DeMar on learning and being a life-long learner. Even though this applies mostly to kids, adults would do well to adopt some of these practices, too. We need to love God with all of our minds! You can read the article here.

Are you preaching a Bible study or a sermon? Tim Challies gives those who preach something to think about. You can read it here.

Although there has been a lot of talk in the past ten-to-fifteen years about focusing our missionary activities on “the city,” we can’t forget the need for rural ministry – it’s just as important. You can read Kyle Borg’s article here.

Someone stole a truck carrying 20 tons of chocolate, including a lot of Nutella, in Germany. Here’s the story. I hope they didn’t eat it all at once.

 

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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.

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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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