Archive for the ‘Well Said’ Category
Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Cory Varden
1 .The Word of the Year by Tim Challies: Every year Oxford Dictionaries announces a Word of the Year. This is a word, or expression, that has attracted a great deal of interest that year. Throughout the year the Dictionary staff track words using all kinds of interesting means and in November they narrow in on a few for special consideration. A final selection team is made up of lexicographers and consultants to the dictionary team, and editorial, marketing, and publicity staff. This year, all of that effort led to this word: Selfie.
2. 3 Common Ways to Read Scripture by Matt Smethurst: I’m always a little skeptical when I hear people talk about reading Scripture “devotionally” rather than, say, “academically” (or vice versa). Who says we have to choose? I wonder.
3. Ted Turner says he does not want to go to hell by Denny Burk: CNN has a fascinating and wide-ranging feature on Ted Turner today. Among other things, it says that Turner has grown more reflective about his mortality in his later years. Turner even confesses that he doesn’t want to go to hell. It’s a provocative piece in many ways.
Posted on November 2nd, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. Eldering, Economics, and Calling to Ministry by Bobby Jamieson: How does this eldering-and-economics view of “calling” inform our thinking and speaking on the subject? Here I’ll suggest some gentle course corrections.
2. Max McLean Recites and Interprets the Entire Gospel of Mark via Justin Taylor: I found this interpretation—absorbed in one sitting rather than piecemeal—to be an enriching, edifying experience.
3. Parents, Require Obedience of Your Children by John Piper: I am writing this to plead with Christian parents to require obedience of their children. I am moved to write this by watching young children pay no attention to their parents’ requests, with no consequences.
Posted on October 25th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. Ohio State’s must-see Michael Jackson tribute via Denny Burk: Ohio State University’s marching band did the coolest thing I’ve ever seen a marching band do during the halftime of Saturday’s game. In the midst of a musical tribute to Michael Jackson, they actually formed into a figure of Michael Jackson which moonwalked across the field. This is not to be missed.
2. Where Did All These Calvinists Come From? by Matt Smethurst: The contemporary resurgence of Calvinism is a phenomenon many celebrate, many lament, but none can deny. May Christ grant us grace to press forward in a hostile world with truth, humility, unity, and love.
3. A Clear and Present Danger: Religious Liberty, Marriage, and the Family in the Late Modern Age – An Address at Brigham Young University by Albert Mohler: I come as a Christian theologian to speak explicitly and respectfully as a Christian—a Christian who defines Christianity only within the historic creeds and confessions of the Christian church and who comes as one committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to the ancient and eternal Trinitarian faith of the Christian church. I have not come as less, and you know whom you have invited.
Posted on September 27th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. John MacArthur and Strange Fire by Tim Challies: It’s the elephant in the room, isn’t it? We can’t all be right and we can’t both be right. Sooner or later we have to have a discussion about charismatic (continuationist) theology and whether or not the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit remain in operation in the church today (or, if you prefer, about cessationist theology and whether or not the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased in the church today).
2. The heavens [and octopuses] are telling of God’s glory by Denny Burk: When I see things like this, it provokes me to wonder: Can something like this really be explained by time and chance and a random collocation of molecules? Not in a million years…or even a few billion.
3. Mother’s Are Never Alone When Alone by Courtney Reissig: Becoming a mother changes everything. There is so much they don’t tell you when you sign your discharge papers at the hospital. Of course they prepare you for things like feeding, changing a diaper, and general hygiene. But they don’t tell you how exhausted you will feel in those early days, or how uncertain you will feel about your skill as a mother, or how lonely you feel when your every day suddenly feels like Groundhog Day.
Posted on September 6th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. How to Criticize a Preacher by David Murray: So you’ve heard a sermon and you’re not happy. You feel the preacher got it badly wrong in either his interpretation, his words, his manner, his length, his whatever. What now?
2. 60 Seconds with a Worship Leader by Matt Mason: Every year that I have the privilege of serving as a worship pastor I feel like I’m learning new lessons. If I could share for only 60 seconds with worship leaders just starting out, these are some of the things I’d try to cram in.
3. How Logic Can Help Save a College Student’s Faith by Dave Sterrett: Logic and reason are tools that can certainly help prevent our sons and daughters from leaving the faith. But the most important means of preventing your child from leaving the faith is pointing them to spiritual conviction of Christ’s grace.
Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. The Best Map Ever Made of America’s Racial Segregation by Kyle VanHemert: This map, created by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is the most comprehensive representation of racial distribution in America ever made.
2. Must Every Christian Evangelize? by Timothy Beougher: Does the Bible require every Christian to evangelize? How we answer this question will radically impact the shape of pastoral ministry and daily discipleship, so it’s imperative to answer it correctly.
3. 4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty from Sinclair Ferguson: Already, in Christ, we are free, but we do not yet live in a world that can cope with our freedom. One day we will enjoy “the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21).
Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. What Will be the Cost to the Church by Tim Challies: “What will be the cost to the church if young men continue to give themselves to pornography?” What do we, as Christians, stand to lose if so many of our young men continue to spend their teens and twenties in the pursuit of pornographic pleasure?
2. Pick-up basketball stereotypes by Dude Perfect
3. Overcoming Objections to Evangelism by Kevin McKay: Our churches love to see conversions and hear the testimonies. But why don’t they want to share the gospel?
Posted on August 2nd, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. Confessions of a Misguided Worship Leader by Matt Mason: Some 20 years ago, in the earliest season of serving in the ministry of musical worship, I chose songs that said good things and made my voice sound “awesome.” Really mature, I know.
2. Whatever happened to the wrath of God? by Russell Moore: Talk about the “wrath of God” kindles all sorts of images in the minds of contemporary Americans. Some immediately think of a powdered-wig Puritan, preaching about sinners dangling over hell as a spider over a flame. Some conceive of a hellfire-and-brimstone revivalist warning sinners to repent or perish. And some picture an angry cult group, protesting with signs announcing whomever God is said to hate that day.
3. 8 Email Mistakes You Make by Tim Challies: I am convinced that some day we will all have a really good laugh at ourselves for ever using a form of communication as ridiculous as email. We will laugh that we ever tried to make it do the things we make it do. It is my hope that we will soon move to more efficient forms of communication.
Posted on July 26th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. A Few Thoughts About Being Ordinary Christians by Tim Brister: In case you did not know, there’s an ongoing debate regarding “radical” Christianity and “ordinary” (mundane/normal) Christianity. Really. [Pardon the intensifier]
2. What’s at Stake with Internet Pornography by Russell Moore: In one sense, the issue of pornography is not new at all. Human lust for covenant-breaking sexuality is rooted, Jesus tells us, not in anything external to us but in our fallen passions (Matt. 5:27–28). Every generation of Christians has faced the pornography question, whether with Dionysian pagan art, or with Jazz Age fan-dancers, or with airbrushed centerfolds.
3. When Is a Royal Baby a Fetus? by Owen Strachan: Technically, right up until the moment he’s born. And yet we’ve called him a baby the whole time. What media coverage of the recent pregnancy and birth has to do with abortion politics.
4. Is Your Child a Christian? by Brian Croft: As parents, we all wrestle with how to answer this question, and I’ve found there are usually two extremes that need to be avoided. The first is made worse by a lack of discernment shown in many churches when they routinely extend altar calls to 4- or 5-year-olds, ask them to raise their hands if they love Jesus, and then baptize them as converted followers of Christ.
Posted on July 19th, 2013 by Cory Varden
1. Packer: Too Many Churches in North America Are Playing the Number Game by Justin Taylor: I have found that churches, pastors, seminaries, and parachurch agencies throughout North America are mostly playing the numbers game—that is, defining success in terms of numbers of heads counted or added to those that were there before.
2. Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm by David Mathis: When you memorize a “gospel verse,” and keep it warm, you have hidden in your heart a divinely inspired and inerrant expression, in human language, of the very point of the whole Bible and all of history. You carry with you the sword of the Spirit in its strongest alloy.
3. The Central Tragedy of this Case Remains—Trayvon Martin Belongs to Us All by Albert Mohler: America is divided once again in the aftermath of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Americans are divided along some very tragic and recognizable lines in the wake of the verdict. But the line that I find most important is this—the line between those parents who have to have that talk with their boys and those who do not.
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