Now, to those who offer words of criticism: thank you. Your words, whether they are shared "in Christian love" or with vitriol, are of vital importance to this ministry. Your disagreements challenge me to stand ready to defend the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Your provocations necessarily compel me to defend all things in light of Scripture. In short, the words of the critics drive me back to Jesus Christ and to His Word. As such, your criticism is invaluable. So, thank you.
Okay, enough sappiness. Dry your eyes and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- James Robison says that Glenn Beck "knows Jesus." Um, okay. Which Jesus?
- Of course, let's not forget that James Robison has already declared that Jesus is in the heart of Mormon Glenn Beck.
- The "underwear bomber" has been sentenced to life in prison.
- The MacArthur Study Bible is going to be published in the NIV. Yes, I was a little surprised as well, but I can appreciate the rationale behind it:
So was Pastor MacArthur himself in favor of an NIV version of the MSB?Yes, he was. In his words, "No matter what version of the Bible people are reading, I want to be able to help them understand the meaning fully and accurately. The NIV is the most widely used translation in the world, with millions of users. Some prefer it because they find it easier to read than other translations. All English versions of Scripture have translation problems and ambiguities. That's one of the major benefits of a good study Bible. The notes and other tools built into the volume can highlight and clarify the proper meaning—or at least give a more precise understanding of what the original text actually says. My prayer is that these insights and explanations, together with the acclaimed readability of the translation, will help illuminate the true meaning and unleash the divine power of Scripture for NIV readers." (Online Source)
- Matt Chandler is "baffled and appalled." So is The Cripplegate.
- I'm not exactly "into" hip-hop, and even "Christian hip-hop" makes me more than a little uneasy. Still, this bit of "discernment rap" by IV His Son and Jovan Mackenzy has a spot-on message.
- John MacArthur, James MacDonald, and the Apple-Orange Fallacy.
- The Church of Scotland is recruiting children as young as 5 to take part in a transgender workshop.
- Henry Blackaby says you need to repent if you can't hear God speaking to you.
- A spiritual call to arms: