Archive for the ‘Well Said’ Category

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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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Call Me Henry, Superior Women, and Divorce Seeds

    Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    Just Call Me Henry: Pastor Curtis McDaniel shares an experience from years ago in Alabama, when his white congregation linked arms with a black congregation in town. The lessons he learned are invaluable and instructive.

    Superior Women: In speaking of the blessing that a godly wife is to her husband, Douglas Wilson says, “She is where his strengths are manifested and come back to bless him.”

    The Seed of Divorce: Every marriage has in it seeds of divorce, says Tim Challies. “The question is not whether those seeds are or will be present in a marriage, but what we will do with them.”

  7. Homosexuality and the Free Exercise of Religion

    Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    America’s Greatest “Right”: Sex Without Consequences: Jonathan Pokluda illuminates what’s really going on in America: “There’s a new fundamental ‘right’ in the U.S. today. You won’t find it in the Declaration or Constitution, but it trumps every right listed there…”

    The Dead End of Sexual Sin: “It was only after I met my risen Lord that I ever felt shame in my sin, with my sexual attractions, and with my sexual history.” Rosaria Butterfield shares what she has found to be effective in her personal battle with sexual sin.

    Reflecting on the Indiana RFRA and a final question for the cultured despisers of religion: In what may already seem like “old news,” Denny Burk explains the importance of the RFRA debacle in Indiana last week. “In short, religious liberty took an epic beating last week. And the focus of the attack seems to be on evangelicals.”

    Why is a Wedding Any Different?: “Why might a Christian refuse to attend, cater, or participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony?” With great clarity, Kevin DeYoung points out why gay weddings are exempt from some common objections raised against Christians refusing to participate in a same-sex ceremony.

    Marriage and the Supreme Court: A Call to Prayer: In light of the important decision on same-sex marriage that is expected to come down soon, Russell Moore calls Christians to pray.

    Understanding the Definitions of the New Sexual Tolerance: Rob Schwarzwalder dives into the meaning of the words transphobia, homophobia, cisgenders, and heteronormative to see what is behind them all and to reveal the dangers of such a mentality.

    Panel on Homosexuality and the Church: Justin Taylor hosts a panel with Kevin DeYoung, Jackie Hill Perry, and Josh Moody.

  8. Dignified Death, Rejoicing in Persecution, Non-Lazy Rest

    Posted on March 27th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    Woman Who Wrote Pleading Letter to Brittany Maynard Has Died. With Dignity.: Kara Tippetts died this past Sunday, after a three-year-long battle with cancer. In stark contrast with the death of Brittany Maynard, whom she reached out to, Tippets fought for more time with her family, believing that “all our moments are precious gifts.” Tippetts walked closely with the Lord, and she suffered and died well.

    Always Care, Never Kill: Ryan Anderson offers an academic and technical argument against physician-assisted suicide. His paper engages those who are proponents of it with excellent research and insight. If you’d like to listen to an interview with Anderson about his paper, Andrew Walker asked him about it here.

    5 Reasons to Rejoice in Persecution: Tim Challies “was recently studying 1 Peter 4 and found 5 reasons that we can and should rejoice even now when we are persecuted, or even in that day when we face much greater persecution.”

    Put Laziness to Rest: Continuing on from a previous post for Desiring God, Paul Maxwell shares five things we should rest from... all of which combat the inclination we have toward laziness. “Stop withdrawing from a world that doesn’t exist — one in which you think you have to control everything or else it crumbles.”

  9. Family: Easter Devo, Adoption, Moms, Same-Sex Parents

    Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    The Two Cups: Scott James has just published a new family Easter devotional: Mission Accomplished. This post (“Day 5″) will give you good taste for the format and focus of this valuable family worship tool. “To bless us with the cup of the new covenant, Jesus would take the painful cup of wrath.”

    When orphan care goes bad: Russell Moore on why adoption is not for everyone: Contrary to what the title may lead you to assume, Russell Moore is arguing for adoption in this Washington Post article. He’s just arguing that it needs to be done right, by families who are aware of potential risks and well equipped to confront them.

     Moms Need Theology Too: “If you had to choose between studying theology and reading a book on practical tips for your daily life, which would you choose?” Christina Fox clearly shows that theology is vital to the day to day tasks required of mothers.

    Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting: “No matter how much the revolutionaries protest to the contrary, children do still need a mom and a dad,” says Denny Burk. He cites an article by Heather Barwick, who writes from experience.

  10. Well Said: Reviews of ‘Counter Culture’

    Posted on March 13th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    Collin Hansen: “Counter Culture is the most controversial book I’ve seen in at least the last decade mostly because [David Platt] restates the teaching of Jesus and his Word without any qualifications, with little attempt to cast such demanding beliefs in a way that would appeal to modern readers.”

    Albert Mohler: “It presents a very direct biblical examination of each of the issues. In every case, Platt argues directly from Scripture and from the strongest resources for Christian moral argument. His cause is moral, but his grounding is consistently biblical and theological.”

    Tim Challies: “In every case Platt outlines the issue, shows how the gospel speaks to it, and then calls the Christian to action. . . . Inevitably some will wonder how this book compares to his bestselling book Radical, and I would say it has all the passion and intensity, but with far more nuance.”

    Andy Naselli: “When I read this book on an airplane last fall, parts of it made me cry. All of it fired me up.”