13 March 2015

This 'n' That

Coordinating this photo probably took lots
of communication.
As far as I am concerned, communication is essential in all relationships, whether business or personal. We've all seen projects at our place of business become more conflated and confusing simply because team members failed to properly communicate. And of course, it is probably sadly safe to say that we all have experienced, or witnessed firsthand, a broken personal relationship due to a failure to communicate. Well, our relationship with our Creator, Lord and Savior is no different.

Don't worry, I haven't gone charismatic.

God speaks to us in His Word. Want to hear directly from God? Open the Bible and read it. It is the Word of God and, oh, how we love that precious Word! But you also need to be speaking to God through prayer. Brothers and sisters, do not neglect this privilege that is yours in Christ (Phil 4:6; Col 4:2; 1 Thess 5:17). A communication breakdown due to lack of Scripture reading/study or lack of prayer will most certainly lead to lackadaisical spiritual lives and stunted spiritual growth. Do not let that happen.

Also, do not let anyone try to tell you that God is speaking to them specifically and directly outside of the Bible. I don't care if they whip out their holy, anointed walkie-talkie, or if they claim God speaks to them while they're exercising on the elliptical. Rest assured—they are not hearing from God. However, even though God didn't tell me to tell you this, I hope you'll happily heed these next words: grab a comfy place right now as you sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • "Our souls have taste buds, just like our tongues, and we can train the soul-buds by exercising the tongue-buds." I don't understand The Gospel Coalition's weird obsession with food analogies lately. First, gospel cupcakes and now 'soul-buds' and honey? Their bizarre dessert theology is giving me cavities.
  • That being said, I actually really appreciated this article (though not everything in it made me jump for joy) over at TGC explaining 3 reasons why women need good theology.
  • While I don't agree with everything the author says in this article, I do think all of these "Christian" phrases need to go. They're pointless and they make Christians sound, well, for lack of a better word, silly.
  • I haven't yet had a chance to listen to Sproul's message from the Shepherd's Conference, but I heard a bit of scuttling about it. Anyway, Fred Butler suggested this as a helpful refutation.
  • Are we sure those are teenagers? And you thought everything in the 40s was squeaky clean. Just look at that cheek-to-cheek dancing.
  • Hope I can read this book…you know, someday.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I don't even know what to do with this.
  • I already wrote my check.
  • This is a good link for the ladies reading, and somewhat goes along with a thought I shared on Facebook earlier this week.
  • Not that anyone is surprised, but Christianity Today posted something that is kind of appalling.
  • I agree with much of this call to retire the so-called 'worship leader'.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, the CT article was disgusting. I couldn't even finish it. For shame.

    A Christian phrase that really needs to go: referring to the saved as "churched" and the lost as "unchurched".

    -Carolyn

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  2. The Gospel Coalition is slipping down that slippery slope faster than you can say "social gospel," among many other things. Mark and avoid; it's the safest.

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