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December 22, 2017 Resources: Ann Judson; Preservation; Christmas Gifts

On this date in 1789, Ann Hasseltine (later, Judson) was born. The story of the Judsons is a moving one. If you have not read it, I’d encourage you to find a copy of “To the Golden Shore” by Courtney Anderson, as well as a copy of “My Heart In His Hands” by Sharon James. Both will move, strengthen, and encourage the hearts of believers.

Here is a good introductory (video) conversation on the reliable transmission of the New Testament.

Should we give gifts at Christmastime or withdraw from the practice altogether?


November 24, 2017 Resources: Conservative Christianity; Glorifying God…In Our Bodies

I usually wait to publish these Resource posts until I have 3 or 4 links to send out. However, these two articles were so good, I wanted to go ahead and get them out today for your Thanksgiving Weekend reading.

First, Dr. Kevin Bauder reviews a major (if oft forgotten) tenet of genuinely conservative Christianity: the rejection of crisis. This thought has major implications for the kind of revivalistic, pressure-packed decisionism evinced by a broad swath of American Evangelicalism.

Second, Dr. Bauder writes an excellent article pointing out that bringing glory to God is not only a spiritual activity (though it is that). It is certainly a physical, i.e. material activity as well, and will remain so for all eternity. Let us not minimize the material nature of glorifying our God. This thought has significant ramifications for our theology of work, helping us to understand the meaningful nature of our labor.

November 20, 2017 Resources: Childishness vs. Foolishness; Charles Finney The Heretic; Perspective on Texas

This article helped clarify some things for my wife and I when it comes to discerning childishness vs. foolishness in a child, and what to do about each.

Here is an excellent article on Charles Finney. Unfortunately, many evangelicals either have no idea who Finney was, or look back with affection on him. Finney should be remembered, and remembered correctly, or we will fail to learn the lessons we ought to from his legacy. The sort of theologians and church historians whom I trust rightly reject Finney as a heretical and highly influential evangelist who, more than any other individual, has shaped American evangelicalism into the embarrassing mess that it is today (if you’d like to understand this better, I’d encourage you to pick up a copy of “Revival and Revivalism” by Iain Murray).

A good perspective on the tragedy in Texas.

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