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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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“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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