Archive for the ‘Well Said’ Category

  1. Religion 101, Neighbors, Being Black & Pro-Life, Manhood

    Posted on August 28th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    How to Survive World Religions 101: A six-minute-long video that offers five excellent pointers in how to deal with intellectual challenges to Christianity. (Michael Kruger)

    Loving the Neighbor We Didn’t Choose: “Sometimes it is these neighbors we find most difficult to love. As G.K. Chesterton said, ‘We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next-door neighbor. . . .'” (Jon Bloom)

    Christian, pro-life and black: Advocating for all of life: “While the contribution of certain individuals and organizations during the Civil Rights Movement should never be forgotten, this advocacy is no reason to ignore the contra-biblical practices of abortion providers.” (Jeramy Tisby)

    Four Americans in France Show the World What it Means to be a Man: “Instead of thinking only about their own security, they acted to help others. In a flash, out of the fog of a much-needed nap on a train, they woke up and ran down the aisle toward a killer with a gun.” (Owen Strachan)

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    The 7th video exposing Planned Parenthood drops: Newborn children killed while their hearts are still beating. The 7th video put out by The Center for Medical Progress is too awful for words, as the evil of abortion and Planned Parenthood’s practices continue to be exposed. See also the 4 FAQ’s from Justin Taylor.

    How Love Shelters Us in a Cultural Crisis: Trevin Wax looks at 1 Peter and talks about love–God’s love for us in Christ and our love for one another–as the shelter we need in a cultural storm.

    Winning the church to mission: Remind the church of the gospel, help them see from Scripture that they possess the Spirit, and celebrate what God is doing through them. J.D. Greear talks about three ways to lead the church to obey the Great Commission.

    Responding to Muslims with the gospel, not fear: Ayman Ibrahim encourages us to engage Muslims with the gospel rather than fearing or stereotyping them.

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    Beggars, Ferguson, Sex, Abortion, Back-to-School Moms

    Posted on August 14th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    What to Do When Met with a Beggar: “A hand is outstretched before you. Do you put money in it or do you decline? Most of us at that point begin to measure up the man (or woman) before us….” (Jarred Wilson)

    A year after Ferguson, have white Christians learned anything?: “Some would dismiss structural injustices by saying, ‘It’s not a skin problem; it’s a sin problem.’ Well, yes, as an evangelical Christian, I believe everything apart from Jesus is a ‘sin problem.’ But that shouldn’t lead us to avoid questions of public justice….” (Russell Moore)

    Sex is More and Less Important Than You Think: “Our Christian witness must ‘put sex in its place’ – meaning, we will need to take sexuality more seriously and less seriously than the rest of society.” (Trevin Wax)

    A Back-to-School Letter to Weary Moms: “Today, I am looking back to those intensely full days with four children in school and thinking about how much more restful I could have been…So today I am writing a letter to my younger mom self and moms who are in the throes now.” (Elizabeth Turnage) (here’s part 2)

    The sixth video and the need for visionary prolife leadership: “I do not believe that being right on any single issue qualifies a candidate for office. But I do believe that being wrong on certain issues can disqualify a candidate.” (Denny Burk)

    Free Three-Part Series on Effective Disciplemaking: “It’s a 3-part video series we created for you that lays out a blueprint for effective disciplemaking.” (Verge Network)

  4. Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Gospel

    Posted on July 31st, 2015 by Jonathan

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    Explainer: What you should know about fetal tissue donation: “The videos have caused many people to question the morality of a process they had previously been completely unaware even existed. Here is what you should know about the ethics and legality of fetal tissue donation…” (Joe Carter)

    The Gospel is for Baby-Killers: “After the Lord saved me, it took me over a decade to speak openly about my abortion. For years the only friend who knew about it was my husband.… It’s been hard to be on social media for the last three weeks.” (Patti Withers)

    10 Quick, Important Developments On The Planned Parenthood Scandal: “Whether or not the story generates major media attention, the Center for Medical Progress’ expose of Planned Parenthood’s participation in the harvesting and sale of fetal organs continues to feature major updates. Here are 10 of them.” (Mollie Hemingway)

    Meet the Filmmaker Exposing Planned Parenthood: “Planned Parenthood doesn’t do shipping or packaging—all of that is handled by the middleman biotech companies that they sell to. And those groups sent all of their own people in to handle all the processing of the specimens.” (David Daleiden)

    That Hand Was Made to Hold: “If that baby had been allowed to live for a few more months, it would have come out of the womb with a grasping reflex.” (Betsy Childs Howard)

    Abortion, Weeping, and Hope: “As I opened the Word I discovered that what I thought was a bunch of cells in a petri dish was actually the created work of God knitting and molding into a mothers’ womb (Psalm 139:13).” (Trillia Newbell)

    Looking Away from Abortion: “Dwelling on that content gets you uncomfortably close to Selzer’s tipping point — that moment when you start pondering the possibility that an institution at the heart of respectable liberal society is dedicated to a practice that deserves to be called barbarism.” (Ross Douthat)

    Don’t Hate, Pray for Pro-Choice Champions: “As Christians, we must not give in to the cultural tendency to denigrate and demonize people on the other side of the political aisle. How can we make a stand for the unborn and yet also love our political opponents? By praying for them by name.” (Trevin Wax)

    Is Our Stance on Abortion Too Flimsy?: “They — you? — have a conviction by association, a conviction that flakes the first moment the issue gets real for them, or requires that they actually do something about what they say they believe.” (Jonathan Parnell)

    Is Cecil the lion more devastating than the Planned Parenthood videos?: “Both news stories offer — regardless of one’s views on either issue — an opportunity to consider the moral responsibility that comes with knowledge — and the moral responsibility that comes with willful ignorance.” (Karen Swallow Prior)

    A Five Minute Video Overview of Abortion: Full of facts, figures, and – ultimately – clarity. (Abort73)

    Straining Gnats and Siding with Pharaoh Over the Midwives: “Here’s my question: who’s the hero of the story? Or, rather, who’s the villain? What’s your instinctive answer? In your gut, who provokes your anger? Who do you judge to be of dubious character? Who is being wronged here?” (Derek Rishmawy)

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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.

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

    Posted on July 10th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    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.

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

    Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan

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    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

  8. 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)

  9. 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)

  10. 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.”