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Current Events

Top 5 international stories of the week

International news stories of interest.

Isis sends new waves of jihadis to attack Europe

“Europol’s director Rob Wainwright said IS had taken a “strategic decision” to send its fanatics to attack the continent in an attempt to distract attention from battlefield defeats in its heartland.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Apologetics

Tim Keller, Russell Moore, Kevin DeYoung – How to Speak to Our Culture About Sex

“How should Christians engage our neighbors who think differently? How can pastors equip Christians to talk about these things in a way that’s loving, winsome, and compelling?”

Trevin Wax – The 3 Minor Prophets Who Wrecked Me

“In my time as editor, however, I’ve grown to love the Minor Prophets, all sandwiched together at the end of the Old Testament. There are three in particular who, I would say, have “wrecked me” — in a good way, in a powerful way in which I felt the refreshing shower of God’s grace.”

Michael Kruger – Understanding Sola Scriptura

“We must preach only the Word (sola Scriptura), and we must preach all the Word (tota Scriptura). The two go hand in hand. When they are joined together in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can have hope for a new reformation.”

Kathleen Nielson – Why Study the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah?

“We live out our part of the story today having seen the fulfillment of all God’s promises, in Christ; these books highlight our privileged part in salvation history. But until the story’s final consummation, we are called to live as God’s people under his good hand, listening to his Word, believing the revelation of God’s promises. Ezra and Nehemiah help us hear that call and follow it, as we follow the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Christina Fox – Learning Repentance from the Psalmist

“Psalm 51 is a psalm of repentance and one we can learn from and even use to model our own confessions. When we feel the pain of conviction, a crushing weight that feels like broken bones, we can run to our Father and cry out to him in repentance. And we can do so in complete confidence, knowing that our loving, merciful God forgives us through the cleansing and atoning blood of our Savior.”

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:

Eric Michalls – In Him: Redeemed

Origins/Science:

Keaton Halley – God’s Rest: A Problem for Theistic Evolution

“Theistic evolutionists are faced with a dilemma. If they admit that the world was completed in the past, then they must abandon their view that God used naturalistic, evolutionary processes to accomplish that work. But if they continue to insist that creation is an unfinished work in progress, they cannot be faithful to Scripture. So, which will it be?”

Don Batten – Did Noah Need Oxygen Above the Mountains?

“It is certain, therefore, that those on the Ark would have had no trouble breathing—without oxygen tanks.”

Ken Ham – The Rise and Fall of Higher Education

“The blatant disregard for the Bible and God is obvious on the secular campus, but even more disconcerting is the significant level of compromise we sense taking place among “Christian” institutions—most of which started with intentions as strong as the Ivy League but now show clear signs of the same decline.”

Oldies but Goodies

Wilhemus à Brakel – The Christian’s Reasonable Service (Volume 3)

A .pdf version of Volume 3 of this classic work.

Wilhemus à Brakel – The Christian’s Reasonable Service (Volume 4)

A .pdf version of Volume 4 of this classic work.