Current Events

Albert Mohler – The Shack: The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

“The popularity of this book among evangelicals can only be explained by a lack of basic theological knowledge among us — a failure even to understand the Gospel of Christ. The tragedy that evangelicals have lost the art of biblical discernment must be traced to a disastrous loss of biblical knowledge. Discernment cannot survive without doctrine.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

Owen Strachan – The High Cost of Free Porn

“The ultimate need of the Christian fighting pornography is not new or better tips, tricks, or tools — it is Christ. For the individual believer whose spiritual pulse has slowed to a crawl, Jesus is the answer; Jesus will rouse the sleeper and strengthen the weak.”

Nick Batzig – Interpretive Indecisiveness

“We can tell our hearers that we are not entirely certain; but, if we have given ourselves to show ourselves approved as workmen rightly dividing the word of truth, we should labor to come to the most contextually and doctrinally satisfying position. And, we must always confess that we may have our minds changed in time as we grow in our knowledge of God and His word.”

Erik Raymond – No Spin on Sin

“When we have reclined into ambivalence then we have essentially waved the white flag of defeat. A country would not allow foreign soldiers to occupy their land without a fight–unless they were overmatched or already defeated. As Christians we are neither! The battle has been won and the Lord Christ rules our hearts and lives (Col. 3:15). The Holy Spirit is progressively conforming Christians into the image of Christ. He has never failed yet nor will he ever. The Holy Spirit does his job very well.”

Kevin DeYoung – Yes, You Can Please Your Heavenly Father

“It’s good to want to protect justification, but don’t do it at the expense of a dynamic relationship with your heavenly Father. There is a difference between saying to your child, “God is watching over you, and when you don’t share your toys, you make baby Jesus cry,” and saying, “God is our Father, and when you listen to what Mommy and Daddy say and you try to do what they want you to do, it makes God really happy. He gets a smile on his face when he sees you trying to do the right thing.”

Jason Allen – What is Biblical Preaching?

“Expository sermons can differ in depth, length of passage preached, duration of sermon, and how protracted the verse-by-verse series is. Moreover, exposition can take on different personalities and flavors, depending upon the personality and gifting of the preacher himself, and still be faithful to the biblical text. But there must be a baseline, non-negotiable commitment to actually preach the Word; to explain and apply the text. That is the distinguishing mark of biblical exposition.”

Ryan McGraw – Thinking About Jesus: Owen on Meditating on Christ’s Glory

“Perhaps one reason why meditation is so hard for us is that we have not set our minds on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father in everything that we set our hands to (Col. 3:1-2). Meditation on Christ’s glory can be a jarring, and sometimes painful, interruption if our minds are trained to run exclusively along the well-worn grooves of our earthly routine.”

Michael Boling – Exposition of Ruth 4:1-15

“Ruth 4:1-15 depicts the final bit of drama in this book of Ruth. After a long ordeal for Na’omi and Ruth with many twists and turns along the way, restoration and redemption has finally occurred for them both. We find in this section that a price was paid by Bo’az as the kinsman redeemer for the redemption of the house of Elimelech. This is a stark reminder of the ultimate price paid by the true Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ who did far more than exchange His sandal. Jesus gave the ultimate payment for our redemption, a payment that required his very life. J. Vernon McGee reminds us “He shed his blood, and thereby sacrificed the life of this earthly body for the payment in full of man’s redemption. Twenty-one times Scripture identifies the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as the legal tender of redemption.””

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

Stacey Patrick – When Making a Vow

David Steele – A Crook in the Lot

Origins/Science:

John Hartnett – Big Bang Beliefs: Busted

“The fact is that the history of the universe cannot be determined from a model which cannot be independently tested. And many fudge factors are needed for the present model to describe the observations. The Big Bang cosmology is verified in the minds of those who already hold to that belief—that the Universe created itself about 14 billion years ago — ex nihilo. To me the biblical big picture is far more believable—we are only left to fill in the details.”

Raymond Hall – Darwin’s Impact — The Bloodstained Legacy of Evolution

“As Darwin’s evolutionary thinking became widely welcomed and absorbed by society, it not only convinced leaders like Marx and Hitler, but it became a ‘scientific’ framework justifying the public acceptance of their actions for the ‘benefit’ of all humanity.”

Troy Lacey – National Geographic’s Origins: The Journey of Humankind

“This first episode, “Spark of Civilization,” examines how the discovery and use of fire has transformed human history in multiple ways. Although most of this particular episode dealt with known historical events, there were quite a few which were pure speculation and from an obvious human evolutionary slant. In fact the opening line by the narrator/host Jason Silva left no doubt that human evolution from an ape-like ancestor was the starting assumption moving forward.”

Oldies but Goodies

Octavius Winslow – The Preciousness of Christ

“Oh, let your heart and Christ’s heart be one heart! Receive as precious everything that flows from the government of Jesus. A precious Christ can give you nothing but what is precious. Welcome the rebuke – it may be humiliating; welcome the trial – it may be painful; welcome the lesson – it may be difficult; welcome the cup – it may be bitter; welcome everything that comes from Christ in your individual history. Everything is costly, salutary, and precious that Jesus sends.”

Thomas Watson – God’s Mercy

“What argument will prevail, if mercy will not? Were God all justice, it might frighten us from him, but his mercy is a loadstone to draw us to him.”

J. C. Ryle – Startling Questions

“The man who walks with God in Christ most closely will generally be kept in the greatest peace.

The believer who follows the Lord most fully will ordinarily enjoy the most assured hope, and have the clearest persuasion of his own salvation.”