Apologetics

Matthew Harmon – Why Do I Struggle to Read the Bible Consistently?

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Rich Wendling and Daniel Shayesteh – Islam’s View of Sin and Salvation

“One difficulty in sharing the gospel with a Muslim is the mistrust between Muslims and Westerners. The best way to overcome this mistrust is to build strong friendships with Muslims based on honesty and love. In Muslim culture, friendship is very important. By building relationships, the Christian can gain an opening to present the gospel in a way the Muslim can hear. As your Muslim friend sees genuine love and honesty in your relationship, he or she may begin asking questions that can open his or her mind and heart to the gospel.”

Jim Elliff – Don’t Just Tweet Your Proverbs

“For all of us who will face temptations, this promise provides the hope we need. Cling to it and “flee from immorality”:

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1 Cor 10:13)”

Aimee Byrd – Does Abstinence Teaching Really Promote Purity?

“Purity is too often thought of as something that we lose, and so it is thought of as something to guard through abstinence. But we don’t purify ourselves through abstinence. We purify ourselves by having our hope fixed on Jesus Christ; “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).”

Michael Boling – Inerrancy as an Issue in the Fundamentalist Movement: 1900 to the Present

“Many leading evangelicals and fundamentalists in recent years have reinvigorated the discussion over the issue and place of inerrancy as a foundational doctrine of the faith. The importance of this doctrine and the degree to which the church and in particular fundamentalism holds to it will help shape the theological direction of the church for years to come. As noted by Francis Schaeffer, “compromising the full authority of Scripture eventually affects what it means to be a Christian theologically and how we live in the full spectrum of human life.”

James Anderson – Why Did God Allow the Fall?

“To know fellowship with God as a creature made in his image is a great blessing; to know fellowship with God as a redeemed sinner restored in his Son’s image is immeasurably greater.”

Mike Leake – When Did Solomon Write Proverbs 5-7

“Our dedication to the Lord isn’t measured by the times where we agree with the Bible and obey. Our dedication to the Lord is measured by those times when the Scriptures rub up against our fallen inclinations and we balk at His Word. In those moments are we going to obey even if we don’t yet at that moment agree? Will we have God’s Word not only inform us but also crucify us?”

Steven Lawson – Why Did God Create?

“God’s dazzling display of sovereignty in creation was a primer on His right to rule in matters of salvation.”

Donny Friederichsen – The Scent of the Gospel

“We have to fight this olfactory fatigue in our spiritual lives and keep that pleasing aroma fresh. We must remind ourselves anew of the pleasures of Christ through God’s Word. We should delight in the grace he has given us. And we should rejoice that the aroma of Christ is one of life and not death.”

Dane Ortlund – What Bible Reading and Eating Have in Common

Servants of Grace has embarked on two new studies:

Navigating Relationships

Psalms: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Origins/Science:

Michael Oard – Noah’s Flood Helped Form Escarpments

“These gigantic coastal great escarpments, globally distributed and of enormous scale, provide more powerful worldwide evidence of the Genesis Flood. They are precisely what we would expect to form during the second part of that event, as the continents were rising, the oceans were sinking, and the floodwaters were receding into the sea.”

Dr. David Menton – Is Evolution a Theory, a Fact, or a Law? — or None of the Above?

“Evolution must be accepted with faith by its believers, many of whom deny the existence, or at least the power, of the Creator. Similarly, the Biblical account of creation is not observable, repeatable or refutable by man. Special creation is accepted with faith by those who believe that the Bible is the revelation of an omnipotent and omniscient Creator whose Word is more reliable than the speculations of men.”

Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson – Finding Adam in the Genome: Part 3 of a Response to Chapter 2 of Adam and the Genome

“If we treat each DNA letter as equivalent to a character on a printed page, this number takes on even more significance. Let’s say that, on average, a word contains five characters. And let’s also say that the average single-spaced printed page contains 500 words—or 2,500 characters. If the average book is 250 single-spaced pages, then about 625,000 characters constitute a book. Since 330 million letters (i.e., characters) separate humans and chimpanzees, these two species differ by the equivalent of over 500 printed books.”

Oldies but Goodies

Charles Spurgeon – A Mighty Saviour

“We must not consider him as a God diluted into deified manhood, or as a mere man officially exalted to the Godhead, but as being two distinct natures in one person; not God melted into man, nor man made into God, but man and God taken into union together.”

A. W. Pink – The Godhood of God

A free .pdf version of this excellent work by A. W. Pink.

John Calvin – Calvin on Predestination and Election

A free .pdf version.