The Singing God: “The one thing that gives us hope, the one thing that conquers despair and brings strength for the struggle is the assurance that no matter how bad the problem may be, God loves us. Pain becomes bearable and tomorrow no longer terrifies when your soul is touched with the reality of God’s delight in you.”
Common Misconceptions About the Crusades: I have been enjoying this series on the truth about the crusades. I have found it helpful in learning what actually happened in the crusades. I am sure it will help equip me to speak intelligently on the matter with many people in the future. There are four installments: one, two, three & still awaiting the fourth.
I Will Not Let You Go: Don’t miss this. “I got into a fistfight last week. Well, I suppose you could call it a fistfight. I got hit about 10-12 times without landing a single punch myself. It’s been a while since I have been in a fight. As a police officer, I probably get into more fights than the average middle-aged man. But at 46, my reflexes are not what they used to be—so I got a little beat up.”
Gospel-Centeredness Requires a High View of the Law: “If your desire is to be a part of a church that is saturated with gospel-loving, Jesus-treasuring, cross-exulting Christians, then it is incumbent that there be a high view of the law. A low view of the law leads to gospel substitutes. A high view of the law leads to gospel enjoyment and celebration. Don’t miss the relationship of law and gospel!”
Evangelism as a Mom: “As parents of school-aged children, I’ve come to realize we inadvertently share our lives with fellow mums whilst dropping the children off, at the school gate, over coffee, and so on. Let’s not miss this opportunity to get alongside them, build relationships, and tell them the great news of Jesus.”
How Do We Cherish Virginity Without Moralistic Fearmongering? “The promise of purity, “Is kept most tenaciously by teenagers who have moved beyond moralistic therapeutic deism and who adore the King of Kings with awe and intimacy. They know their Lord and Savior said, ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments.’ Their walk in purity is a way to express deep love for him and to respond to his supremacy.”
Top 10 Reasons Why Youth Leave the Church: Justin Taylor summarizes some great points from another blogger. “Our kids are smart. They picked up on the message we unwittingly taught. If church is simply a place to learn life-application principals to achieve a better life in community . . . you don’t need a crucified Jesus for that. Why would they get up early on a Sunday and watch a cheap knockoff of the entertainment venue they went to the night before?”
How Can God Command Genocide? One of Atheists’ most common objections against Christianity is the moral legitimacy when God commands Israel to slaughter the Canaanites in order to occupy the Promised Land. Justin Taylor offers seven helpful thoughts in order to think it through biblically.
What Happens to Our Faith When Adam is Thought to be Unhistorical? A short, helpful post about the importance of believing in the historical Adam.
Head Over Heels: “The 2013 Academy Award nominated Animated Short Film directed by Timothy Reckart and produced by Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly. A husband and wife have grown apart over the years. He lives on the floor, she lives on the ceiling, and their marriage hangs in the balance.”
“The saints are God’s jewels, highly esteemed by and dear to him; they are a royal diadem in his hand.” Matthew Henry