Current Events

BBC Slammed for Pro-Child Transgender TV Show Aimed at 6 Year Old Kids

“The more we promote the idea that a boy can be born into a girl’s body and a girl can be born into a boy’s body, and that drugs and surgery can put things right, the more children will become utterly confused.”

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is Nov. 6

“This Sunday, November 6, marks the 20th International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Christians around the world face persecution for sharing their faith, handing out Bibles, and meeting together to worship. The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is an opportunity to pray in solidarity with Christian brothers and sisters around the world.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Apologetics

Erik Raymond – Don’t Bring a Plastic Spoon to a Knife Fight

“Because of the nature of the battle there is no time to doze off or slouch into the leather chairs of apathy. We must be just as vigilant as a soldier in battle. We put on the armor daily. Prayerlessness is not an option. Fasting from the Bible is a fool’s errand. Self-reliance is a ticket for self-destruction.”

Brian Hedges – Does God Ordain Suffering or Oppose It?

“So does God ordain suffering or oppose suffering? Is suffering our enemy or God’s gift? The answer is complex. In and of itself, suffering is not good. But God exploits suffering for good, and this is part of his sovereign plan.”

Jason Allen – 10 Tips for Leading Kids to Christ

“This is definitely not an article about “success, and how we have achieved it.” Rather, as the old adage goes, we are beggars telling other beggars where we have found some bread. If you are seeking to influence little ones toward Christ, you might find these ten tips helpful.”

Brad Hambrick – 19 Possible Motive-Triggers for Pornography

“These insights are essential for repentance to make sense as a central part of change. Unless we see how our sin seeks to replace God in our life, then our need to be made right with God comes across as if God is unduly hung up about our sexuality.”

Sam Crabtree – Parents, Let Your ‘No’ Be ‘No’

“Consequences ensue when a parent says, “No, you may not…” but the child delays, or fusses, or whines, or simply disobeys, and the parents bow to it. Understanding yes and no are profound prerequisites for experiencing and appreciating mercy and grace, and there’s nothing we want more for our children.”

Servants of Grace has kicked off a new study, this one on the book of Philippians. Please check out what was posted this past week:

Zack Barnhart – Relieving Tension, Engaging Others/a>

Dave Jenkins – Antidotes to Anxiety

Dave Jenkins – Cracking the Contentment Code

Stacey Patrick – Living the Gospel

Origins/Science:

Brian Thomas and Jeffrey Tomkins – How Reliable are Genomes from Ancient DNA?

“Here we summarize the results from a variety of such reports, comparing the data with that expected of maximum longevity. In the process, we reveal an almost nefarious tactic that some researchers may have used to circumvent the age implications from DNAs decay rate. We also show that contamination from modern human DNA in archaic human sequences exists at levels impractical to ascertain.”

Callie Joubert – A Critique of Scientific Explanations of Belief and Unbelief and the Conflict between Evolution and Creationism

“What scientists should realize is that their naturalism, materialism, and/or atheism have entrapped them in a misguided conceptual framework for the articulation of their research results, hence, as the source of a host of unnecessary conceptual confusions that are impediments to any credible science.”

Kevin Anderson – Could Life Have Evolved Multicellular Systems?

“Regardless of what historical reconstructions and circumstantial evidence is put forward, without a plausible genetic mechanism any evolutionary scenario has little credibility. They are literally just a story.”

Oldies but Goodies

Charles Spurgeon – Grace Abounding Over Abounding Sin

“Broken in pieces, all asunder, ground between the millstones, reduced to nothing, yet believe this Revelation of God, “that where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” Notice that “much more”—“much more abound.” If you can grip it and know it to be of a certainty the great principle upon which God acts — that grace shall outstrip sin — then there is hope of you. No, more than hope — there is salvation for you on the spot. If you believe in Jesus, whom God has set forth to be a propitiation for sin, you are forgiven. ”

William Plumer – What is the Difference between Justification and Sanctification?

“In justification God imputes to us the righteousness of Christ; in sanctification he infuses grace, and enables us to exercise it. Justification always precedes sanctification. Sanctification always comes after justification.”

Thomas Boston – The Crook in the Lot

This is a free .pdf version of his classic work by Thomas Boston.