Current Events

Joe Carter – Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Christian Florist in Same-Sex Marriage Case

“The Washington State Supreme Court ruled against a Christian florist who refused to serve a same-sex wedding because of “her relationship with Jesus Christ.” In their unanimous decision the state court claims that, “discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”

100,000 Massacred, Over 2 Million Displaced in Boko Haram’s War to Eradicate Christianity

“Islamic terror group Boko Haram has now reportedly killed close to 100,000 people, both Muslims and Christians, and displaced over two million citizens in its ongoing quest to eradicate Christianity from Nigeria.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

Jeff Vanderstelt – How to Overcome Fear in Sharing the Gospel

John MacArthur – What Is the Relationship Between Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility?

“The relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility is not instantly obvious, and at first glance it seems paradoxical. But Scripture offers us considerable insight into how these twin truths harmonize within the plan of redemption.”

Dan Phillips – Competing Wisdoms

“Our only hope lies in the wisdom of God, which centers in the cross of Jesus Christ. We must turn from the pipe-dream of our own ultimacy, bow before the ultimacy of the Lord God. It is only when we start from God’s ultimacy, and the sufficiency of His Word, that we have any hope of true wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10).”

Joseph Franks – Gospel Leadership: A Call to One and All

“Leadership becomes a huge deal. Because we have been so loved, served, led, and influenced, we must love, serve, lead and influence. The Gospel promises to make leaders of each and every one of us.”

Michael Boling – Exposition of Ruth 3:1-5

“Ruth 3:1-5 presents the reader with yet another sense of drama and suspense. Bo’az has been presented as a possible kinsman redeemer, one who would solve the lack of security and rest endured by Na’omi and Ruth. The pursuit of marriage between Bo’az and Ruth seems to be the focus of the plan presented to Ruth by Na’omi. This plan certainly involves a bit of risk on the part of Ruth; however, Ruth agrees to do everything Na’omi had suggested leaving the reader wondering what will happen next.”

Casey Lewis – How Can I Delight in God’s Word?​

“While you may go through a season where you don’t delight in God’s Word, by and large, a delight should characterize your relationship with the Bible. However, if that delight never comes, even after praying and reading for a time, you might need to check your heart to see if you really are a follower of Jesus. Jesus delighted in the Scripture and so should His followers.”

Leland Ryken – 10 Things You Should Know about the Bible as Literature

“Because most evangelicals pay scant attention to the literary nature of the Bible, the misconception gets perpetuated that the literary approach is specialized and technical. In fact all it requires is that we carry over what we know about literature generally to the Bible. We have all had high school or college literature courses in which we learned that plot, setting, and character are the elements of a story, and that poets think in images and figures of speech. All we need to do is put what we already know into practice when we read and interpret the Bible.”

Servants of Grace is continuing to work through Galatians. Check out what posted this past week:

Dave Jenkins – The Spiritual Life

Stacey Patrick – Doing Good to Those of the Household of Faith

Stacey Patrick – The Great Grace of Our Lord Jesus

As a reminder, the latest issue of Theology for Life has been released. It is the largest issue to date. The subject matter is the important and often overlooked Doctrine of God. View or download it for free here.

Origins/Science:

Joseph Mizzi and Michael Matthews – The Amazing Cave People of Malta

“From the viewpoint of biblical history, as people spread out after the confusion of languages at Babel, they would have constructed a variety of homes—some temporary and some permanent—such as tents, or made of mud, stone or wood, and many people would surely have taken up residence in caves.”

Avery Foley – Why Aren’t People Convinced by Facts?

“The real issue is that man is at enmity with God and suppresses the truth in unrighteousness. That’s why, ultimately, facts don’t convince anyone, though those who do seek the Lord and truth will be rewarded (Jeremiah 29:13) The Holy Spirit must work in the heart of unbelievers to free them from their blindness so they can see the light of Christ and the truth of His Word.”

Prof. Stuart Burgess – Humans: Purposely Designed

“The human body is designed unlike any other creature. Our ability to communicate and understand, to feel emotions, and to think rationally shows that we are created for a purpose — to have a relationship with God.”

Oldies but Goodies

Ferrell Griswold – An Earnest Call To The Unsaved

“It was grace that moved the Son to become Surety and Mediator for these chosen of the Father, and to purchase their redemption by His perfect obedience to the law and cruel death on the cross. It is by grace that the Spirit comes in power to accompany the Gospel to call these who were chosen by the Father and redeemed by the Son unto spiritual life.”

James Cameron – Encouragement for Christian Mothers

“Christian mothers! Be of good courage! You are surrounded with a great cloud of witnesses — witnesses to the faithfulness of God’s promise, witnesses to the power of believing prayer, witnesses to the efficacy of sound religious instruction. Go forward in your work with holy confidence. Great and many, indeed, are your difficulties, but greater is He that is for you than all that can be against you! ”

J.H. Merle D’Aubigne – Family Worship

“Family worship is the most ancient as well as the holiest of institutions. It is not an innovation against which people are readily prejudiced; it began with the world itself. “