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October 31, 2016 Resources: Worship in Exile; Andy Stanley; The Reality of Him and Her; Conversion

I recently attended a seminar at Calvary Baptist Church in Wakefield, MI that covered the topic of worship, and specifically, how to worship the Lord in a foreign land. Just like the Jews in Babylon, we are worshipers in exile. The seminar was based on the lament of Psalm 137 and the main speaker, Scott Aniol, has a recent book that encapsulates very well the issues he covered at the seminar. Ironically, just a few days before the seminar, Ligonier Ministries posted an article on the exact same topic. This is a good thing for us to be thinking about as we realize more and more the truth that has always been present: we are strangers and exiles in a foreign land. How ought we then to worship?

To a mature Christian, the authority, inerrancy, and infallibility of Scripture matter deeply. Which is why, if you are a believer who is still giving ear to what comes from Andy Stanley’s pulpit, you would be wise to cut his influence from your life.

Here is an excellent piece on reality – the ways in which our culture is attacking it, and why preserving it is important.

The problem of “asking Jesus into my heart

July 25, 2016 Resources: Handling Cultural Pressure; Parenting Wisely; End Times; Churchianity

As our culture implodes, we will certainly be asked hard questions in which biblical answers will prove highly unsatisfying, if not offensive, to our inquisitor. How do we handle these questions?

Really helpful thoughts on parenting biblically

We Christians love our end-times speculations. Here’s a refreshing wake-up.

Here is a really strong article on “Casual Churchianity” and what it means to persevere to the end.

December 10, 2015 Resources: The Gospel; Cromwell; Homosexual Attraction; The Magnificent Seven

Might need some goggles for this one. Strong words, but true and needed ones. If you do not like strong opinions¬†you will not like Douglas Wilson (he has written several follow-up articles to this second piece at dougwils.com). A gifted author (with whom I do not always agree….but often enough I do), Wilson has a witty and often stinging style. I gave you fair warning.

You may notice me branching out a bit in subject matter, as my own reading and interests grow. If church history is important (and it is), then certainly the broader category of plain ol’ history must be important as well. Here is a fascinating article on one figure whose name may be relatively well-known, though his life is not.

And a little culture to close things out, “The Magnificent Seven.”

You will notice over time that many of the articles on culture, conservatism, and tradition that are shared here have authors with Catholic sympathies. I trust you will discern and discard the bones.

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