Archive for the ‘Well Said’ Category

  1. 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)

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

    Posted on June 19th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    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)

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

    Posted on June 12th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    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.”

  4. 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

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

    Posted on May 29th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    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

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    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

  7. Christianity in America, Interruptions, Martyrs, Parents

    Posted on May 15th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    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

  8. Money, Religious Mockery, Engaging Culture

    Posted on May 8th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    Praying for Money and Stuff: Jared C. Wilson pens “a prayer for financial provision inspired by these lines from John Piper’s closing message at the 2014 Desiring God Pastors Conference: ‘Jesus says it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Why would you want riches? Why make it harder?'”

    All we need to know about religious mockery, we learned in Rome: In the wake of the Garland shooting, Bart Barber – a pastor in the area – explains what the early church teaches us about religious mockery.

    The ‘Right Side of History’ is Sometimes Wrong: “History doesn’t have a conscience… I’d rather be on the ‘right side of justice’ or the ‘right side of human dignity’ which may be in fashion at some points but may also be out of fashion at others,” writes Peter Wehner.

    Courage that Counts: Collin Hansen says that being hated by the world doesn’t necessarily prove we’re being courageous. “If they can’t see the compassion in our courageous stands, we appear to them as just another power-grabbing interest group.”

    You Can’t Hide from the Culture Wars: “If we care about obeying all that Jesus commanded us, we will have to die to our desire to be liked and recommit to doing as the early church did, ‘obeying God rather than man,'” writes Daniel Darling.

  9. Same-Sex Marriage in America

    Posted on May 1st, 2015 by Jonathan

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    Why Not Gay Marriage?: “I’m concerned that many younger Christians—ironically, often those passionate about societal transformation and social justice—do not see the connection between a traditional view of marriage and human flourishing.” – Kevin DeYoung, The Gospel Coalition

    A Warning from Canada: Same-Sex Marriage Erodes Fundamental Rights: “I want to warn America to expect severe erosion of First Amendment freedoms if the US Supreme Court mandates same-sex marriage.” – Dawn Stefanowicz, The Witherspoon Institute

    “It is Going to Be an Issue” – Supreme Court Argument on Same-Sex Marriage Puts Religious Liberty in the Crosshairs: “Even as we were repeatedly told that warnings about threats to religious liberty were overblown, the truth came out before the Supreme Court yesterday. Take the Solicitor General at his word. ‘It’s going to be an issue.'” – Albert Mohler, AlbertMohler.com

    Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?: “If the evangelical worldview is deemed invalid in the public sphere, then the public sphere loses the value of being public. American discourse will be marked by paranoid conformity, rather than principled and earnest disagreement.” – Alan Noble, The Atlantic

    The Meaning of Sex: “Maybe you’ll understand why Christians believe the boundaries are where they are. Even more, you just might catch a glimpse of the beauty and glory of the Christian vision of sex, as well as something central to Christianity itself.” – Jonathan Leeman, Canon & Culture

  10. Well Said: SC15 Edition

    Posted on April 24th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    This evening, thousands around the world will gather for Secret Church 15: Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action. In light of this, our Well Said today will feature one article from the past week on each of the topics to be covered.

    Abortion:  Tennessee passes wait period, licensing mandate for abortion centers, Courtney Crandell, WORLD

    Orphans and Widows: Adoption Doesn’t ‘Fix’ Kids, Kelly Rosati, Christianity Today

    Poverty: Fields of Faith, Keri Carpenter, Samaritan’s Purse

    Slavery: Explainer: What You Should Know About the Human Trafficking Bill, Joe Carter, Acton Institute

    Sexuality: 4 reasons why we’re asking you to #PrayForMarriage, Phillip Bethancourt, ERLC

    Ethnicity and Immigration: Racial Reconciliation and the Church, Tony Evans, Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement

    Liberty and Persecution: Religious Liberty Is Not Freedom From Ridicule, Russell Moore, ERLC