24 May 2013

This 'n' That

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Last night, after finishing a rather boring book on the history of the Ancient Near East, I decided to give my brain a break and pick up a book of a very different vein (I'm withholding the title until a later time). I have promised a friend that I will read this book because we knew it would be, well, awful. When I opened it last evening, I had high hopes of completing a chapter or two, but alas, I only made it through three paragraphs. I knew then that I would have to close it for the night, lest I stay up into the wee hours, unable to sleep because of growing anger toward the author's ignorance, misunderstanding and misapplication of God's Word.

Stay tuned, though. No doubt a review will be forthcoming in the future. Every now and then (but not too often) it is helpful to read really bad books because they increase our appreciation for the good ones. Even more, they enlarge our appreciation and love for the Word of God, that book which contains all we need to know pertaining to life and godliness. How blessed we are to be able to hold a copy of that precious book in our hands each day! No matter how badly men may twist and distort it, the child of God and the student of Scripture can turn to the Word itself to see what it is that God is saying. May we never take that Word and that privilege for granted.

I hope you've already spent time in God's Word today. If you haven't, go do that now, then come back to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • What happened in London this week is absolutely horrific. According to this article, the suspect is an Islamic convert who was raised by "devout Christian parents."
  • The electronic version of R.C. Sproul's Crucial Questions series of books is now (and forever) free.
  • Brian McLaren wants you to send money, not for himself, but for a new "movement." He's just not going to tell you what that movement is.
  • No. Just, no. This one probably is worthy of its own blog post.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Todd Bentley is nuts.
  • So is 'Bishop' Katharine Jefferts Schori. Actually, they're both just terribly blind to the truth and in grave disobedience to the Lord.
  • Chelsea Clinton is promoting interfaith work. No comment. At least, no nice comment, so I'll just stay quiet on this one.
  • Yeah, but would Jesus really decorate his kitchen with roosters? I think not.
  • Here's the latest edition of The Master's Seminary Journal. Looks like a good one (no surprise there).
  • The Boy Scouts have voted that it's okay to accept gay members. I'm not really understanding why so many people are shocked that a large organization like the Boy Scouts has cowered before the whims of the world. Are we really that naive?
  • Compelling reasons for biblical preaching:

1 comment:

  1. With regard to the piece on the Moody Pastor's Conference I am not entirely surprised. Moody has been on the slow slippery slope of being Catholic-friendly for years. Also, please note that Pastor Luetzer was Jesuit-trained at Loyola University which may account for his attitude toward Rome and its apostate system. He is hardline on some issues which I entirely respect, but is very soft on Catholicism. Keep that in mind when understanding the nature of these kinds of things. I do agree mostly with Pastor Luetzer and do not want to attach any kind of conspiracy to his motives, but if you begin to study the plan of the Jesuits to infect all areas of life including the Protestant church in order to complete their counter-Reformation then these kinds of situations will not come as a surprise.

    We must keep a vigilant spirit when discerning all matters of faith and life. Staying in the Word, prayer, and wise counsel will keep us from the wrong path. I think of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and how easily any of us can step off the path and end up in the slew of despondency or vanity fair or the prison of the giant of despair, so can this happen to well-respected preachers of the Word? I suspect so. Therefore, we need to keep them in our prayers and speak lovingly when they seem a bit off course.

    Connie

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