25 March 2008

Abouts:
Sorry this was late and it will be short due to finals week

Random:
Do you know was Facsimile is/short-for? Don’t know, Fax! I just learned that this week…

Articles:
His Last Friday Was His Best (Blazing Center)

The Reformation and Mysticism, you think after reading the title, mysticism?! that is not relevant for me, think again, read the article

Pride in Preachers (Desiring God)

Gospel and Ministry (New Attitude) “How do I lead people into a robust understanding of gospel-centered living? How can I make sure they don’t dismiss the gospel off to the side of life for a litany of good things?”

Resources:
Remember Sinim Books, if you thought that was sweet I found this site recently, China Christian Books, it has some of the same resources, different books, and other reformed literature, but what the kicker is, is that it is all online to read for free. So if cost was an issue all you need is the internet (or a friend with the internet and printer…)

Messages:
Explosive Fellowship (Desiring God)

Verses:
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Pierced By the Word of God (Desiring God)

What then is the point saying that the “word of God” pierces to the “division of soul and spirit”? The point is that it’s the word of God that reveals to us our true selves. Are we spiritual or are we natural? Are we born of God and spiritually alive, or are we deceiving ourselves and spiritually dead? Are the “thoughts and intentions of our heart” spiritual thoughts and intentions or only natural thoughts and intentions. Only the “word of God” can “judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” as Hebrews 4:12 says.

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25 February 2008

Abouts:
Added a new section “Resources”

Articles:
The Bondage of “Guidance” (Together for the Gospel)

A subjective sense of leading–when we’ve asked for it (as in James 1:5 we ask for wisdom) and when God freely gives it–is wonderful. The desire for such a subjective sense of leading, however, is too often, in contemporary evangelical piety, binding our brothers and sisters in Christ, paralyzing them from enjoying the good choices that God may provide, and causing them to wait wrongly before acting.

Beware of the bondage of “guidance.”

Randoms:
Table Manner Tips Every Guy Should Know (Ploomy)

Readings:

Formal religion pleases the natural indolence of man. It attaches an excessive importance to that which is the easiest part of Christianity, – the shell and the form. Man likes this. He hates trouble in religion. He wants something which will not meddle with his conscience and inner life. Only leave conscience alone, and, like Herod, he will “do many things.” Formalism seems to open a wider gate, and a more easy way to heaven. (Mark 6:20)

– J.C. Ryle, Practical Religion

Thinking about Seminary? (Between Two Worlds), Justin Taylor directs us to some resources that can be beneficial to someone thinking of going to seminary. Included is an intimate look at one’s personal experience going through seminary documenting his entrance, stay, and exit from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, interesting tangent is his inclusion of the aspect of being single in every entry (I thought that was kind of funny). Some great articles and then finally a recommended book list from Reformed Theological Seminary for pre-seminary, the first “short” list consisted only of 3 books, which caught me by surprise, so when I saw the “extended” version I was expecting around 20 books, but in the “Essential Reading” section alone there were 60 books and that is not including the “Further Reading,” and “Advanced/Comparison Reading” sections

Believing-the-Bible Book List (Desiring God), a nice general overview of books on the canon, reliability, and responses to critics of the Bible

Resources:
If you liked Sinim Books, then here is another resource you’ll love, Gospel Translations is a project to make biblical books and articles freely accessible in as many languages as possible. We accomplish this by partnering with Christian publishers to build our own free resource library, and then recruiting and equipping volunteer translators to convert those resources into a variety of other languages. Currently they have only six languages Español, Français, Bahasa Indonesia, Português, Русский, and 中文.

Videos:

Best part is from 1:17-1:24, although the whole thing is funny (them Koreans…)

Verses:
3 John 1:8
Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

A Must Read (9 Marks), Jonathan Leeman points us to a great article of a fellow 9 Marks brother’s reflection on 3 John 1:8

John knows that one of the most reliable indicators of our love for Jesus is the degree to which we will work for the advancement of his truth when there is nothing directly in it for us.

Our love for the gospel is most clear when we delight to see it prosper—and to help it prosper—when other people will be viewed as the human agents of its success.