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May 12, 2017 Resources: Mangled Words; Broken Wolves; Relevance

David DeBruyn explains proper authority in contrast to authoritarianism. However, his essay goes further and gives an excellent summary of how those in authority must sometimes act in ways that appear to be self-serving. Because of this, godly leaders will at times be accused of selfish motives even while acting faithfully and sincerely. But the preservation of one’s reputation is secondary to obeying God, and false accusation is a wound that a godly leader must be willing to bear.

Beware of Broken Wolves

An excellent essay arguing that Christianity needs to be relevant . . . . and also not relevant.

September 30, 2016 Resources: Foundation of Faith; Voting Principles; Ancient Scroll

The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the foundation of the Christian faith. Christianity stands or falls with God’s Word. These truths deserve clear and zealous defense, not confusing and undermining statements motivated by “evangelistic zeal.”

I don’t often repeat links, but I want to re-post this video series once more before the 2016 Presidential Election. Dr. Kevin Bauder has put together a brief two-part guide on principled civic duty and voting that is excellent. In Part 3, Pastor Matt Morrell closes out the series with some further biblical admonitions. Thanks to Fourth Baptist Church of Plymouth, MN for hosting this discussion and for sharing it online.     |     Part 1     |     Part 2     |     Part 3     |

A fascinating recent archaeological discovery of an ancient scroll from the Book of Leviticus points again to the trustworthiness of our modern Bible texts.

A Closing Thought on Your Apologetic

I hadn’t originally planned a third post in this series (Part 1 and Part 2). However, last night I was reviewing a devotional journal entry from about a month ago and came across something brief that I wanted to add to the discussion. Hopefully at this point you are thinking something like, “Wow, Pastor Ham is spiritual! He keeps a devotional journal! And if that isn’t holy enough, he actually reviews it from time to time!”

That thought would show how charitable you are in your assumptions. However, it would be grossly in error. What actually happened was that I cracked the cover of my journal for the first time in a month. Which was one of two consecutive March entries….which were the first two entries since December’s two entries…..which were the first entries since August 2012. So I’m still trying to get the hang of this spiritual disciplines thing.

As I reviewed my last entry, it had the following to add to the apologetics discussion. I hope you find it a helpful final thought in the series.

3/2/14 – Sunday

On speaking with authority: Jesus spoke with the authority of God, and those who heard were amazed by it (a few were saved and many remained unchanged). In Acts 4:13, Peter and John, though “uneducated and untrained men” by worldly thought, amazed the religious rulers with the authority with which they spoke. In both cases, the amazement did not stem from an authority of human device, but of Heavenly, for that authority transcends all others and can be recognized even by the devils. The lesson? You don’t have to be a biologist to argue with one. You don’t have to sympathize with the atheist or evolutionist to win him. If he is to be won at all, it will only be by the glorious foolishness of the Gospel as we’re clearly told in 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:16.

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