Monday Roundup

I ran across several intriguing articles today and thought I’d share them.  The first one is rather timely in that my thoughts have centered much on a more simplistic life.  It is a long read, but well worth the effort.

Cereal Choice?  Hermeneutics and a High View of the Bible – The grocery store cereal aisle has become a common metaphor for distinguishing the West from the rest of the world.

Jesus is Not Your Sin Manager – Jesus did not die to manage our sin. He died to kill it.

Southern Baptist Churches are Shrinking – While this article deals with the SBC, I think it could easily apply to many denominations.

Formation of the Canon of Scripture – Links, links and more links to resources dealing with the formation of our Bible.

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Phillips’ Axioms – Dan Phillips gives some axioms to live by.

The Psalms of Jesus – R W Glenn starts a new preaching series.  In Luke 44:45 says that Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.  If He opened their minds, what does that imply about their understanding to this point?  Great resource site!

Safe Sex? – I think this says it all!  One Man, One Woman.

4 Disturbing Trends in the Contemporary Church – According to several studies, American evangelicals generally do not know what they believe and why they believe it.  Michael Horton lays out 4 reasons, out of many more, of why this is so.

Legalism or Obedience? – You are playing a game of Monopoly, and your opponent throws a ten with the dice. Then he picks up his player marker and begins counting his steps. Immediately you realize he will land on the corner — “Go to Jail!” Well, he doesn’t want to land there, so he stops just one step short, on New York Avenue. Immediately you cry foul. But he responds indignantly, “I only stopped one step short. What’s the difference? Don’t be such a legalist!”

Combating an Ancient Heresy – Are we gods?  How Scripture is twisted by groups to say we are.

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Whatever Happened To Sin? – I have had this topic on my mind a lot lately.  Why is it we don’t want to talk or preach about sin today?

Not Your Mothers Kind of Tolerance! – Jonathan Parnell starts this post off like this:  Views that advocate same-sex marriage are free to exist, but they are wrong. How is that for “in your face?”

How to Cultivate Holiness – Joel Beeke’s Sermon over 1 Peter 1:15-16 that was preached on 22 July 2012 at Reformed Presbyterian Church N.A. Pittsburgh, PA.

Can a Creature Create? – David Murray continues his “Created to Create” Series.

What Would You Do Wednesday – Yeah, yeah, I know it’s Friday, and I’m late, but these are some really good Church Polity questions that Mark Lamprecht asks.  Head on over and weigh in with your opinion, or just read and learn.

Quote:

Experience by itself is not sufficient. Scripture is the norm also for our emotional life and tells us what we ought to experience.  ~Herman Bavinck~

 

 

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Rob Bell Comes Out Gay Affirming? – A Video of Rob Bell answering a question asked by an audience member in which he recalls a story of a gay childhood friend and tells how that friend helped him realize that “…they’re passionate disciples of Jesus, just like I’m trying to be.”  Not a fence I would want to straddle. 

Don’t Get Organized, Get Enthralled – Learning how to say “no” to good things so you can be passionate for God.  Download the free eBook.

That Place in Wales – Interesting little story about the town in Wales with the longest name in the world.  I wouldn’t even attempt to try and pronounce it!

The Extraordinary Logic of Romans 5:9-10 – The a fortiori argument found in this passage.  Don’t know what “a fortiori” is, have a read and learn.

Mark’s “What Would You Do” Ethics Question – I really wonder where Mark Lamprecht gets all these questions.  Does he just dream them up?  I think he must because he doesn’t look old enough to have experienced all of them!

5$ Friday Sale – Head on over to Ligonier and check out their Friday sale.  Lots of good deals.