Archive for the ‘Well Said’ Category

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    1. 10 Numbers You Should Know about Planned Parenthood: As videos continue to come out about Planned Parenthood, Joe Carter has put together some (troubling) numbers to keep in mind as you think about and engage others on the issue of abortion.

    2. Who Pours into You?: While some Christians feel that another person, usually older, must be “pouring” into them, Christine Hoover talks about why this good desire can be taken the wrong way. She encourages us not only to “pour” into others, but also to look to the church body for mutual encouragement.

    3. The Sunday Worship Killer: Here’s some good counsel on the dangers of a critical spirit as we gather with God’s people on Sunday. Jason Helopoulos suggests some ways to prepare our hearts for this great privilege.

  2. To Plan or Not to Plan: Why Context Matters

    Posted on July 10th, 2015 by Jonathan


    There’s a lot to be said for context. Ignoring the words that come before and after a statement can lead us to reinforce our pre-existing ideas rather than learn what’s actually being said. Whether it be varying statistical data, conflicting news reports, or warring political ads, if all you hear are snippets being wielded by someone with an agenda, you’re likely to never know what’s going on. When it comes to you Bible, context is absolutely critical. It’s how, for example, we can make sense of the Prince of Peace (Is 9:6) saying, “I have not come to bring peace” (Matt 10:34).

    With the importance of context in mind, take a look at the following articles:

    The Spiritual Importance of Scheduling: Michael Kelley
    You Don’t Have to Plan Everything: Jon Bloom

    As you decide whether or not the two articles contradict each other (as their titles would suggest), take context into account. Ask yourself who the intended audiences are, why the authors are writing, and if the main points are mutually exclusive.

    In this case, it’s probably safe to say that Michael Kelley and Jon Bloom are on the same team, both speaking needed truth to combat different shortfalls.

    So depending on your context… make a schedule, but don’t plan everything.

  3. Gay Marriage, Biblical Marriage, and the Cost of Each

    Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan


    They Played the Flute for Me – But I Couldn’t Dance: “We’ll have to relearn how to rejoice with each other, in the Spirit of Christ, so that when the culture’s party winds down, we’ll have a rager already going strong—a party worth inviting the wounded to join.” Jonathan Barlow

    You Never Marry the Right Person: “Simply put—today people are asking far too much in the marriage partner. The Bible explains why the quest for compatibility seems to be so impossible.” Tim Keller

    Was I Wrong to Support Gay Marriage?: “If same-sex marriage isn’t just a pathway to happiness, freedom, and equality for gay citizens, but a way to pummel religious Americans into submission, it will be a disaster.” David Harsanyi

    You Don’t Really Know Who Your Friends Are Until…: “You don’t really know who your friends are until their relationship with you becomes a liability instead of a benefit. We don’t really know who Jesus’ friends are until a relationship with him becomes a liability instead of a benefit.” Tim Challies

    40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags: “They are sincere, if pointed, questions that I hope will cause my brothers and sisters with the new rainbow themed avatars to slow down and think about the flag you’re flying.” Kevin DeYoung

  4. Hudson Taylor, Internationals, Charleston, Small Churches

    Posted on June 26th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    Hudson Taylor and the Founding of China Inland Missions, 150th Anniversary: “On June 25, 1865, Taylor knelt on a beach in Brighton, England and cried out to God asking him to supply skilled, willing workers to bring the gospel to the inland provinces of China.” (Don Sweeting)

    Building Relationships with Internationals: “One of our desires as a church is to be used by God to share the gospel with the international community in our own backyard. Here are 4 tips to help you build relationships with internationals…” (Joshua Hedger)

    What Charleston Should Remind Us About Forgiveness and Justice: “Too often, we assume that forgiveness means something far different from what forgiveness means in the Bible…. Forgiveness, in the Christian sense, is not at odds with justice.” (Russell Moore)

    Your Small Church is Big: “Small churches may be Christianity’s most overlooked, underutilized asset. If they’ve been reaching the world while we’ve been looking the other way, just imagine what they could do with our support.” (Karl Vaters)

    10 Reasons Racism is Offensive to God: “As Christians we must think and feel deeply not just the what of the Bible but the why. If racism is so bad, why is it so bad?” (Kevin DeYoung)

  5. Ramadan, Private Prayer, Charleston, Elliot’s Legacy

    Posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jonathan


    Ramadan: An Opportunity: This is a fantastic resource that gives you an overview of Islam and Ramadan. It includes 10 ways to reach out to your Muslim neighbors during Ramadan, which began on Wednesday this week, as well as a daily prayer guide. (IMB)

    Private Prayer: “It’s happened. I’ve caught myself praying in public, and realized that most of my recent prayers have been in public. It’s the very thing that Jesus warned about…” (Darryl Dash)

    The Church is Not a Sanctuary: On the Ground in Charleston: “One of my members, a past victim of abuse, said it well: ‘I’ve never felt fully safe, but church was always a place I felt safe. Not anymore.'” (Peter Beck)

    Do the Next Thing: “[Elisabeth Elliot] helped me see that my greatest calling is to live each day, each moment, doing the next thingto the glory of the Lord. That’s a pretty wonderful legacy.” (Adrien Segal)

  6. Preaching, Racism, Homosexuality, Not Feeling God, Sin

    Posted on June 12th, 2015 by Jonathan


    Hope for the Melancholy Preacher: “How do we learn to live with the fact that no sermon will ever measure up to the depths of our text, to the needs of our people, or to our ideal images of ourselves? What does success look like when you know your preaching will never be good enough?” Matt McCullough, 9 Marks

    Racism and #McKinney: “In many cases, the refusal to see what is in the video may reveal something else, namely a denial of our history and cultural proclivity towards racism.” Matt Emerson, Secundum Scripturas

    The Bible and same sex relationship: A review article: Responding to books by Matthew Vines and Ken Wilson, Tim Keller gives a thoughtful critique to the six basic arguments he perceives them to make in their “biblical” defense of same-sex relationships.

    “I Can’t Feel God Anymore” – The Big Secret of Every Christian: “My dear wonderful honest friend: I think this is probably the question I get the most from every young Christian out there. You are not alone in this. So please allow me the grace to set this straight…” J.S. Park

    When God Interferes With Our Plans: “Here are a few of the ways in which God interferes with our desire and attempts to sin against him.”

  7. From Bruce to Caitlyn

    Posted on June 5th, 2015 by Jonathan

    How Should We Respond to Caitlyn Jenner?: “Compassion does not mean compromising biblical truth. But sexual identity must be for us more than an abstract social issue. Real souls have endured real anguish over it.” Jon Bloom, Desiring God

    Bruce Jenner’s Transformation is a Lose-Lose for Liberal Ideology: “It wants to celebrate transgenderism, but it cannot do so without referring to—and thus, at least tacitly affirming—gender norms. To celebrate Jenner’s femininity is actually to commit a liberal heresy: to revert back to a form of gender essentialism.” Daniel Davis, The Federalist

    Bruce or Caitlyn? He or she? Should Christians accommodate transgender naming?: “I am still thinking through these things myself, so consider the following a first draft of my thinking on this. Above all, I aim to be biblical in coming at this question. So here are the principles that have guided my thinking thus far.” Denny Burk, Denny Burk

    Surgical Sex: This is an important article, although it may take you some time to read. In it, Paul R. McHugh (University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University) describes in detail why Johns Hopkins stopped doing sex change operations. Paul R. McHugh, First Things

    Vanity Fair, Bunyan’s or Otherwise: “The Bible calls us to be men who understand our times (1 Chronicles 12:32). And here is something we would do well to understand, lest we be fooled as we were with the homosexual movement in its early stages.”  Andrée Seu Peterson, WORLD Magazine

    Call Me Caitlyn:  “There are some forms of suffering that cannot and should not be escaped, but which we are called to bear both for our good and that of others, and which they are called to bear with us.” Alastair Roberts, Threads

  8. Persecution, Interpretation, North Korea, Atheism, Islam

    Posted on May 29th, 2015 by Jonathan


    As It Gets Worse, It Cannot Get Desperate: “To take up one’s cross meant one thing in Jesus’ day. They did not have the luxury of metaphorizing it as we have for so long. But cheer up. The worst thing they can do is kill us (Matthew 10:28). And we all know what Jesus does with dead stuff.” Jared Wilson

    Christian Ethics, Evangelicals, and Functional Marcionism: “Any time someone uses an Old Testament passage to argue for a specific idea about morality, you should start talking about shellfish and mixed fabrics.” Jake Meador

    Is America Post-Christian?: “The language of a post-Christian America is used in two divergent circles, both of which are built on faulty assumptions.” Russell Moore

    How I Escaped from North Korea: “At age 15, I faced a choice: I could either starve like my father, or flee the country and hope to secure a better life outside its fortified borders. Between the certainty of death and the chance of survival, I chose survival.” Joseph Kim

    As a gay atheist, I want to see the church oppose same-sex marriage: “Even as a (gay) atheist, I wince to see the philosophical mess that religious conservatives are making of their case.” Matthew Parris

    Where You Live Changes What You See When You Read the Bible: “Better Bible interpretation and better preaching happens when we keep social location and cultural background in mind: the social location of the Scriptures, of ourselves as interpreters, and of those who hear us preach.” Trevin Wax

    Muslim Evangelism: 7 Ways to Share Your Faith: “He was afraid to talk to Muslims about his faith because he didn’t want to say the wrong thing.” Trevor Castor

    In Search of an Honest Atheist: “In the Barna Group’s 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, one in four unchurched adults in the country now identifies as atheist or agnostic. But do honest atheists actually exist?” Sam Storms


    Freed from Self-Absorption: “[C.S. Lewis] helped me to see what is there in the world, things that, if we didn’t have them, we would pay a million dollars to get them, and having them, we ignore…” John Piper

    When Hope and History Rhyme: “Christianity, paradoxically, is far more pessimistic and far more optimistic than any other worldview—simultaneously.” Tim Keller

    The Weight of Two Worlds: “He lived for the moment, seeking contentment in money and sex, while displaying another life to his family and friends. For years, Shawn kept his two worlds apart.” Austin Stone Story Team

    If-Only Discipleship: “I’d serve God much more effectively, if only I owned a home. Or if only I were in better health. Or if only I had fewer responsibilities with my children / parents. Or if only I were younger/older. Or if only I were in a bigger/smaller church. Or if only I were married. Or if only I were married to a believer. And so on.” Brian Rosner

    When You Fear the Future: “Thankfully, God’s Word is packed with sweet promises that smash all our fearful thinking.” Trillia Newbell

  10. Christianity in America, Interruptions, Martyrs, Parents

    Posted on May 15th, 2015 by Jonathan


    Is Christianity Dying?: “The number of Americans who identify as Christians has reached an all-time low, and is falling. I think this is perhaps bad news for America, but it is good news for the church.” – Russell Moore, Moore to the Point

    When God Interrupts Your Plans: “We often overlook these interruptions and inconveniences and instead expect God to work in our lives through huge life-changing circumstances. But the reality is, we won’t often have major events in our life that cause us to trust God and obey him in some deeply profound way.” – Christina Fox, Desiring God

    Sorry, Progressives–Civil Religion May Be Dying Out, But Evangelicals Aren’t: “The future of Christianity belongs to those who don’t surrender the inconvenient, inexpedient truths of Christianity for the sake of secular pottage.” – Andrew Walker, Canon & Culture

    Martyring the Layman: “In the West, we would call this kind of living ‘radical.’ Scripture calls this ‘normal.’ Normal people, amazing transformation, normal faith in Christ, normal endurance, powerful God, normal truth, unashamed outcome.” – Matt Taylor, To Every Tribe

    8 Items for Christian Parents to Ponder: “[Puritan John Flavel] offers these 8 considerations, asking that you would ponder each one and allow them to motivate you to call your children to respond to the gospel.” – Tim Challies, Challiese Dot Com

    How ISIS Helped Salmaa Become a Christian: “As Salmaa watched the news and saw the murder of 21 Ethiopian Christians by the hands of ISIS, she was strangely drawn to the peace she found on the faces of the men who knelt in honor of Jesus.” – Garrett Kell, For The Church

    Kristen Powers: The Rise of the Intolerant Left: “Powers, best known among CT readers for her dramatic Christian testimony, recently spoke with print managing editor Katelyn Beaty about the rise of the ‘illiberal Left.'” – Christianity Today