Archive for the ‘Well Said’ Category

  1. Memorization, Abortion’s Lunacy, Racial Bias, Freedom

    Posted on February 27th, 2015 by Jonathan


    How Memorization Feeds Your Imagination: This is the first of 5 posts in which Joe Carter gives us tools to improve our ability to memorize Scripture. “By the time this series is complete you’ll be able to memorize short lists (such as the Ten Commandsments), learn techniques for memorizing long and detailed lists, and have memorized—and be able to recall—thirty key events from the fifty chapters of Genesis.”

    Four Unthinkable Conversations: This creative piece by John Knight shows the lunacy of aborting babies who test positive for disabilities in the womb. He goes further, saying that such abortions actually serve as strong evidence for discrimination against the disabled and must be met with protective legislation.

    Which Comes First–The Race or the Arrest?: “When asked whether it mattered that Garner was black and all the officers on the scene were white, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said, ‘I personally don’t think race was a factor.’ But it’s not that simple.” Bethany Jenkins goes on to explore implicit racial biases, how those can lead to unfair policing, and how the gospel is the solution.

    Stand with Barronelle Stutzman: Washington’s attorney general offered to settle with the Christian florist he filed a law a law suit against, but she didn’t bite. Read her stirring response in which she courageously stands for truth and freedom. Then stand up with her.

  2. Islam & Violence, Real Faces, and Religious Liberty

    Posted on February 20th, 2015 by Jonathan


    Does Islam Inevitably Lead to Violence?: Caleb Greggsen thinks that the better question to ask is “whether or not there is a legitimate place for violence within Islamic tradition. The answer is yes.” Later in the article, he says, “Islam may raise up soldiers willing to kill for their cause. We must be willing to die for ours.”

    The Real Faces Behind the Gay Issue: A story from Jasmine Holmes: “Sometimes we can get so bogged down in the issues that we forget that all issues belong to people — hurting people. Lost people. Alienated people. People just like us before Jesus stepped into our lives (1 Corinthians 6:11).”

    Wash. floral artist’s home, savings at risk of state seizure after court ruling: “A government that tells you what you can’t say is bad enough, but a government that tells you what you must say is terrifying.”

    Sin: Can’t Live With It, Won’t Live Without It: Tim Challies reflects on the tricky reality that, though he’s been changed, he still sins. “I am owned by God and subject to him. My relationship to sin has been radically transformed.”

  3. Love, Sex, Romance, 50 Shades, and Valentine’s Day

    Posted on February 13th, 2015 by Jonathan


    It’s no coincidence that 50 Shades of Grey was released the same weekend as Valentine’s Day. The cautionary articles below offer different – yet similar – takes on the immorality of 50 Shades and expose the distorted image of love it portrays.

    On 50 Shades of Grey

    Why “50 Shades” is not the same as biblical submission: “To compare the biblical concept [of submission] to the perversions of 50 Shades is either highly dishonest or severely misinformed.” – Denny Burk

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day by Fighting for Purity (and Not Watching 50 Shades of Grey): “The kind of sexual immorality that will be depicted in Fifty Shades hurts people, literally and physically.” – Heath Lambert

    The best kept secret behind “50 Shades of Grey”: this pop-culture phenomenon reveals a problem even bigger than the book’s content: Many women are dissatisfied. And they still haven’t found what they’re looking for.” – Katie McCoy

    50 Shades of Nay: Sin is a Needle, Not a Toy: “Before you buy a ticket and some popcorn — or before you talk to a friend who wants to read the books or see the movie — I want to put ten of God’s promises before you.” – Marshall Segal

    No Grey Area: “If the church cannot extend grace to sexual sinners, we’ve lost the heart of the gospel. And if we cannot tell people to stay away from 50 Shades of Grey, we’ve lost our minds.” – Kevin DeYoung

    50 Shades of Grey: Pornography and Normalizing the Bizarre: “Upbringing, socialization, advertising, the Internet, and other aspects of our society have rendered an enormous number of Americans incapable of seeing the beauty in romantic love as God created it.” – Bart Barber

    Rejecting the Industrialized Sex of ’50 Shades of Grey’: “I want to offer a few modest suggestions for how Christians can recover sex from industrialization . . . ” – Joe Carter

    On Biblical Love and Intimacy

    Remembering the Unquantifiable Love of God: “Real love isn’t something you can measure. The love God has for us is beyond numbers and can’t be tallied.” – Christina Fox

    Valentine’s Day Hopes: “This yearly celebration of romantic love sometimes produces more disappointments than diamond sales.” – Carolyn Mahaney

    10 tips for purity in singleness: “Why do we even want to fight for sexual purity when our desires seem so natural and good—and often feel too powerful to control?” – Colleen Chao

    23 Things That Love Is: “With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, here’s a gospel-centered reminder about how to love. But, you don’t have to be romantically in love to find this list practical.” – Paul Tripp

    Fearful of Being Single: What would you say to someone who fears being single? – Winston Smith answers [VIDEO]

    Your Online Relationship Could Affect Your Marriage: “Valentine’s Day is around the corner. There will be someone who looks like they are simply having a better time than you are. Are you ready to view it and rejoice with your friend?” – Trillia Newbell

  4. Elections, Church, New Greed, Same-Sex Marriage

    Posted on February 6th, 2015 by Jonathan


    What Will Matter to Evangelicals in 2016: In this Wall Street Journal piece, Dr. Russell Moore explains what, in Christians’ minds, is top priority for potential presidential candidates in 2016. And it isn’t whether or not they know the words to famous hymns.

    The “Plus One” Approach to Church: Highly practical and realistic, Kevin DeYoung gives some advice to those who are new in church and those who have drifted away. “This is far from everything a church member should do. We are talking about minimum requirements and baby steps.”

    Finding the Rights Argument in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate: Andrew Lewis highlights a potentially successful linguistic strategy for proponents of traditional marriage. “To date, the ‘right of children to have a mother and father’ may be the best antidote to ‘marriage equality.'”

    Are You Fighting the New Greed?: “What you’re doing is being greedy. Technology and social media is birthing a new greed…” Have you fallen into its snare? Christine Hoover’s question to Christians everywhere – what are you doing to fight this new type of greed?

    Dear Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent: Here is some insight on reasons that same-sex marriage, for the sake of the children, is not in our best interest as a country.

  5. Worshiptainment, Yemen, Why Porn Addicts, Miscarriage

    Posted on January 30th, 2015 by Jonathan


    The heresy of worshiptainment: Mike Livingstone offers what he believes to be the three main issues with much of our Christian worship culture today. Then he talk about Secret Church: “They stripped away the entertainment value and invited people to come simply to study God’s Word. They called it Secret Church.”

    7 Things You Should Know About the Ongoing Coup in Yemen: The tumult in Yemen is all too easy to ignore. But as Great Commission Christians who are connected to global believers by our shared membership in Christ’s body, we simply cannot ignore the increasing unrest in the Middle East. This brief, anonymous post is informative and clarifying.

    Why Pornography Use Becomes a Habit: In this article, Joe Carter helps you in giving”special scrutiny to how habits of porn consumption develop and how they can, by the power of the gospel, be overcome” by offering four research-based reasons pornography becomes a destructive habit.

    My Baby’s Heart Stopped Beating: Read this personal account of the suffering and anguish one mother felt after having a miscarriage. May this post help you mourn well, trust God more, and feel the comfort and healing of our suffering Savior. “I cried out to God — literal, guttural cries — and felt close to the suffering Savior who had experienced even more excruciating pain for me, not because he lost a child, but because he gave his all to bring lost children home.”

  6. Abortion, Social Media Motherhood, Liberty, & Evangelism

    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan


    Abortion and the Gospel: “Too often, pastors and church leaders assume that, when talking about abortion, their invisible debating partner is the “pro-choice” television commentator or politician. Not so. Many of the people endangered by the abortion culture aren’t even pro-choice.” Russell Moore encourages us to meet the culture of abortion (and all its casualties) head on with the Gospel of Jesus on Roe v. Wade‘s anniversary week.

    Social media and our narrow view of motherhood: Specifically aimed at mothers caught in newly packaged keep-up-with-the-Joneses game of comparison on Facebook, Instagram, and the like, Catherine Parks’ encouragement to broaden the range of people you follow on social media is instructive to everyone. “At the heart of it, our requirements for one another are too small, rather than too great…”

    9 Myths About Abortion Rights and Roe v. Wade: This week marks the forty-second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade. Kevin DeYoung seeks to set the record straight by highlighting nine false conceptions people commonly have about abortion rights and Roe. “Get informed. Keep praying. Be ready to act.”

    Supreme Court Defends Freedom in Landmark Religious Liberty Case: Joe Carter gives us the basics on the recent Supreme Court ruling on Holt v. Hobbs, in which the Court upheld an Arkansas inmate’s right to grow a half inch beard out of religious conviction. Quoting Eric Rassbach, “This is a victory not just for one prisoner in Arkansas, but for every American who believes and wants the freedom to act on those beliefs.”

    2 Big Reasons Evangelism Isn’t Working: “While a person’s response to Christ is ultimately a matter that rests in God’s sovereign hands—something we have no control over—a person’s hearing of the gospel is a matter we do have control over and responsibility for.” Jonathan Dodson goes on to unpack two of the reasons he thinks people find our evangelism unbelievable.

    It?: A powerful poem about abortion from John Piper.

  7. When Religious Liberty and Sexual Liberty Collide

    Posted on January 16th, 2015 by Jonathan


    In light of the upcoming release of David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture (Feb 3), this week’s Well Said will touch on a couple of the topics in it: religious liberty and so-called same-sex marriage. More specifically, the following articles dive into the link between the two… and the tension that exists when they conflict.

    Religious Liberty vs. Erotic Liberty – Religious Liberty is Losing: Albert Mohler says, “Erotic liberty is new on the scene, but it is central to the moral project of modernity — a project that asserts erotic liberty, which the framers never imagined, as an even more fundamental liberty than freedom of religion.”

    Questions and Ethics: A Conversation with Erick Erickson on Religious Liberty and the Atlanta Fire Chief: Erickson talks with Russell Moore about religious liberty concerns surrounding the firing of Kelvin Cochran and the “chilling” response by the New York Times.

    Frank Bruni vs. Religious Liberty: In Ramesh Ponnuru’s opinion, “Bruni should just say that our country and its Constitution are too protective of religious freedom and need to be changed accordingly.”

  8. Charlie Hebdo and Free Speech

    Posted on January 9th, 2015 by Jonathan


    TGC Spotlight 01.09.15: If you’re looking for a good, quick recap of the terrorist attack in Paris, Joe Carter starts his weekly summary of articles with just that.

    Theological Extremism in a Secular Age: “Western elites are relatively helpless when it comes to dealing with the world that will not operate by the same rules of rational order and rational discourse.” Albert Mohler further explicates this, the main thrust of his article, but he also discusses what makes blasphemy in Islam different from blasphemy in Christianity.

    Decency, Pluralism, and the Christian Response to Charlie Hebdo: Is doubling down with more of what can be considered blasphemous rhetoric the best way to stand up for free speech? According to Andrew Walker, free speech advocacy and intentionally offensive messaging aren’t necessarily married.

    Men Without Chests: How C. S. Lewis Predicted Charlie Hebdo Censorship: Unlike Andrew Walker’s post, Sean Davis illuminates some real concerns about news organizations like CNN censoring the Charlie Hebdo cartoons that enraged the eventual terrorists that attacked their offices.

  9. Movies, Viral Mormon Music Videos, and More Movies

    Posted on December 19th, 2014 by Jonathan


    Moses Without the Supernatural: Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”: “The entire narrative does not match the actual story. It fails as a whole even more than it fails in its parts.” Albert Mohler identifies what is missing.

    Bilbo’s Last Goodbye: “Say what you may about Jackson, he has done Tolkien and us a great service. Whatever disappointments we may have with the details, he has introduced millions of new readers, and a whole new generation, to Middle-earth.” David Matthis goes on to tell us why that’s a good thing.

    Maroni From the Realms of Glory: You may have seen (and enjoyed) the viral video of these popular Christmas hymns… but did you realize it’s part of a Mormon campaign to spread their religion? Tim Challies offers some help on how we ought to think of this as Christians.

    How to Ruin a Moses Movie: Needless to say, Joe Carter was not a fan of the latest cinematic telling of the Exodus. “In the future, this movie should be taught in film schools to show all the ways a movie based on a Bible story can go wrong.” He tells us all the ways Scott’s film fell short.

    Franklin Graham: Movie ‘Unbroken’ Omits ‘Most Important Part’ of Louis Zamperini’s Life: Louis Zamperini may have been physically unbroken during his time as a POW, but his life started spiraling out of control when he got home. “The broken man became whole in 1949, when Zamperini attended a Billy Graham crusade in downtown Los Angeles.”

  10. Santa, Preaching, Torture, Ferguson, & Homosexuality

    Posted on December 12th, 2014 by Jonathan


    The Santa Question: John Murchison contends that there is freedom in deciding how your family handles “the Santa question”… as long as you follow two guidelines…

    Expositional PreachingSam Allberry highly recommends David Helm’s new book, Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God’s Word Today. His thoughtful and clever review is worth reading in itself.

    7 Things Christians Should Know About Torture: In the wake of this week’s scathing report on the CIA from a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Joe Carter helps shed a bright light on the shady practice of torture.

    Why We Fail to Progress Past Ferguson: J.D. Greear weighs in on the racial problems made prominent in recent months. “Both ‘sides’ have points that need to be heard.”

    Seven Things I Wish My Pastor Knew About My Homosexuality: “Knowledge and truth can help us both stand against the growing tide of moral capitulation,” says Jean Lloyd. “In light of this, here are seven things I wish you knew about homosexuality.”