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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.

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March 14, 2017 Resources: Evangelism; Pragmatism; The Spiral of Interpretation

Since it is impossible to come to the Bible without any preconceived notions or ideas (i.e. as a truly blank slate), how ought we to read the Bible in light of those ideas? How do we avoid misreading the Bible due to our already-formed ideas about what it is saying? Pastor Michael Riley offers a helpful start in answering these questions.

When thinking through (ahead of time) what our Gospel presentation to an unbeliever ought to look like, taking ideas like this into consideration is wise.

“It [pragmatism] always and inevitably diminishes the wonderful, beautiful, and ordinary means God has established to call, reach, and feed his people.” A good lesson from Tim Challies.

November 25, 2015 Resources: Give Thanks; Pragmatism; Doctrinal Triage; Rome; Advent Readings

Why is pragmatism off limits for biblical decision making? This article helps us to understand its massive dangers.

It is important to have the ability to recognize which Bible doctrines are centrally attached to the Gospel, and which are not. Which is to say, it is important to know the difference between true heresy, and “mere” bad doctrine.

Roman Catholicism is not just another denominational branch on the Christian tree. It is no church at all, for it denies the true Gospel and anathematizes true believers who Christ died for and loves.

Free book of Advent devotional readings

Finally, a couple of posts related to an important Christian priority: giving of thanks. Pause today to give thanks, while considering how central thankfulness is to the life of faith.

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