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Current Events

Syria: Ceasefire Broken, New Bombing Campaign Targets Civil Defense Centers

“NBC News reports that the bombing campaign killed as many as 30 people and at least one member of the Syria Civil Defense service known as the White Helmets.”

North Korea: Christians Crucified, Burned, Steamrolled in Onslaught of Brutal Persecution

“Christians in North Korea are being enslaved, raped, tortured and killed, according to a report from Christian Solidarity Worldwide.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Apologetics

Kevin DeYoung – The Attraction of Idolatry

“What God was telling Israel was not easy for them, nor is it easy for us, but we must fight the good fight of faith and shun all idolatry. No matter common and no matter how attractive.”

Kim Shay – Theological Objections

“The division between faith and theology is a false one. Yes, we can have theology without faith, but I don’t see how one can have faith without theology. The very premise of our salvation, Christ’s sacrifice despite our sin, is a theological principle. Not everyone is a professional theologian, but we are all ordinary theologians.”

Samuel James – How Pornography Kills Ambition

“Pornography thus kills holy ambition by killing love. Love, expressed through marriage and faithful sexual intimacy, is a gift from God that’s meant to pull us out from ourselves toward one another. But pornography aims the mind and heart back at oneself. By collapsing into ourselves, we in turn become less and less like what we are created to be.”

Michael Boling – Gossip: An Insidious Cancer

“While gossiping may have a momentary rush of pleasure, in the end it brings nothing but destruction in it’s horrific wake. Love and forgive just as Christ loves and forgives us. May we all undergo the chemotherapy of God to rid ourselves of this cancer in our lives.”

George Guthrie – 4 Practical Guidelines for Reading Old Testament Stories

“In the Old Testament stories, God is the ultimate hero, not any human being. God is the one working out the salvation of his people. Seeing him as the ultimate hero gives us an important frame of reference for reading the Old Testament stories.”

Servants of Grace has embarked on a study of the book of Ephesians. I encourage you to check out what was posted this past week:

Rick Hanna – Walking Worthy

Origins/Science:

Robert Niemand – The Stone ‘Age’: A Figment of the Imagination?

“While there has been a sequence to technological innovation, all the basics were well advanced long before Noah’s Flood in the days of Tubal–cain, who ‘forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron’ (Genesis 4:22).”

Simon Turpin – Did the Fall Have Consequences on Creation? Romans 8:18–22

“Christians need to realize that the idea of evolution and millions of years is not just a side issue or just about how people understand Genesis 1–3, but it has consequences for how we read the rest of Scripture.”

Simon Turpin – Genesis 2: Defending the Supernatural Creation of Adam

“The narrative in Genesis 2, which focuses primarily on the sixth day of creation, clearly presents us with the supernatural creation of the first man from the dust of the ground (2:7) who was alone (2:18) until God made a wife for him (2:21–23). Those that have already been convinced of evolutionary origins have managed to adapt and twist the text of Genesis to their interpretation of Adam, but they have not derived this from the text of Scripture.”

Oldies but Goodies

Horatius Bonar – The Family Life: The Life of Faith

“We live upon things unseen. Our life is hid with Christ in God that when He who is our life shall appear, we may appear with Him in glory. This mode of life is not that of the world at all but the very opposite. Nevertheless, it has been that of the saints from the beginning.”

Frances Turretin – The Preservation of the Canon

Turretin explores some insightful reasons why we can be assured the Canon of Scripture has been preserved as God intended.

J. C. Ryle – Boasting in the Cross Alone

“There is nothing so sanctifying as a clear view of the cross of Christ! It crucifies the world unto us, and us unto the world. How can we love sin, when we remember that because of our sins Jesus died? Surely none ought to be so holy as the disciples of a crucified Lord.”