Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

Owen Strachan – Scandalized by the Substitute: A Response to Young and Gungor

“The atoning work of Christ is not an optional add-on to our doctrine of God. The cross displays the very heart of the divine. It shows us the burning center of God’s character, what David Wells calls his “holy-love.” Our Lord is revealed in the cross, uniquely, as a warrior-savior, the God who solves the terrible problem of his justice by the depths of his love.”

David Murray – Why You Should Go to Bed Early Tonight

R. C. Sproul – Knowing and Doing What Righteousness Requires

“God’s law is the absolute, objective norm that is to govern the behavior of all people. It’s not a norm hidden from us, but it has been revealed. So, we have the responsibility to know and do what righteousness requires.”

Tim Challies – How Jesus Called Out False Teachers and Deadly Doctrine

“Jesus has left us with both the mandate and the model. Jesus shows that while polemics gains few friends (after all, it was the ones he rebuked who put him to death and the ones he warned who deserted him), it honors God and saves listeners from falling into the snare of deadly doctrine.”

Michael Boling – Exposition of Ruth 4:16-22

“Encapsulated within this short and often neglected book is the story of redemption that weaves its way throughout Scripture. J. Vernon McGee described the book of Ruth as the “romance of redemption” which formed the subtitle of his commentary on Ruth. A more apt description of the book of Ruth could arguably not be found. This is more than a love story between Ruth and Bo’az. This book is a love story between God and His people, the demonstration of His care in the midst of despair.”

Kristen Wetherell – 5 Reasons You Desperately Need Your Bible

“We desperately need our Bibles. Thanks be to God, this is a need he is pleased to meet.”

Jaquelle Crowe – How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years

Servants of Grace has embarked on a journey through Ecclesiastes. Check out what posted this past week:

Stacey Patrick – Reconciliation From Hurtful Words

Origins/Science:

Jonathan Sarfati – Evolution/long ages contradicts Genesis order of Creation

“A straightforward reading of the Bible indicates that God created in six 24-hour days a little over 6,000 years ago. This is the way the church has understood it for most of the church’s history,1 and the way Hebrew scholars have always understood it.”

John Hartnett – Changing-look Quasars: How Do They Fit into a Biblical Creationist Model?

“In the case of a creation process of galaxies formed from AGNs—the parent galaxies—and the ejected galaxies in the form of quasars, it would be essential that the quasars (at least some of them) have changed to normal galaxies in a period less than the time since Creation, that is less than about 6,000 years.

However, it is also expected that many galaxies were created in their current forms, but if Arp’s evidence for quasars and active galactic nuclei transitioning to normal galaxies is correct, then this is what would be expected in the biblical Creation model.”

Troy Lacey – National Geographic’s Origins: Cheating Death

“This whole episode has been about cheating death; but no amount of human knowledge and ingenuity can help us escape God’s decree that we are dust and to dust we will return (Genesis 3:19) and that all men are appointed to die (Hebrews 9:27). We cannot cheat death; but we can escape the bitterness of it. Jason Silva mentioned that Christianity teaches we can live forever in the Kingdom of God. This statement is the truest one on this show. God can and will overcome death for those who believe in Christ—they will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).”

Dr. Andrew Fabich – The Dirt Is Alive: God’s Design for Soil Microbiome

“God made dirt — before He cursed it along with the significant amount of life present in the soil. In one acre of land, there is an equivalent biomass of an octopus in terms of the microbial life. The life in the earth is so immense that it directly affects crop yields and the food chain. While it’s often swept under the rug, we shouldn’t dismiss the amazing design found in soil particulates.”

Oldies but Goodies

Robert Murray McCheyne – What Have I to Do with Idols?

“When Christ came into the temple, He found those that sold “oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple” (John 2:14-15). So when the Holy Spirit comes into any heart, He drives out the buyers
and sellers. If you have received the Spirit, you will be crying now in your heart, Lord, take these things hence; drive them out of my heart. What have I to do any more with idols?”

Richard Baxter – 6 Ways to Know if you Love Yourself More than God

“My principal request therefore to you is, that as ever you would prove Christians indeed, and be saved from sin and the damnation which follows it — take heed of this deadly sin of selfishness, and be sure you are possessed with true self-denial; and if you have, see that you use and live upon it.”

Horatius Bonar – God’s Way of Peace

“There is but one thing with which He is entirely satisfied — the person and work of His only – begotten Son. It is with Him that He wants you to be satisfied, not with yourself. How much better would it be to take God’s way at once, and be satisfied with Christ?”