Sometimes there is almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the articles that different Christian writers share through their blogs. Today is one of those days. I trust you’ll enjoy some of the ones I’ve linked to below.
Today’s Kindle deals include some newer and older books.
(Yesterday on the blog: A Concise Guide to the Greatest Letter Ever Written)
Michael Haykin recommended this article and I’m glad he did. “This trend toward presentism is not confined to historians of the recent past; the entire discipline is lurching in this direction, including a shrinking minority working in premodern fields. If we don’t read the past through the prism of contemporary social justice issues—race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, capitalism—are we doing history that matters?”
Speaking of history, I’m thankful David Mathis wrote about this little bit of history. “Ever heard of Elmer Gantry? If not — or if the name only vaguely rings a bell — then you might, like many today, lack an important bit of context for understanding the origins of the so-called ‘Billy Graham Rule.’”
And sticking with the historical theme, Kim Riddelbarger shares Charles Hodge’s response to an invitation from Pope Pius IX to attend the First Vatican Council.
Moving to the present day, Stephen McAlpine says “here’s what really ticks off Christians seeking to live faithful lives in workplaces that are aggressively pushing the Sexular Age onto their employees.”
“I’ve seen it happen many times. A new believer is sharing their testimony and when speaking of a moment of breakthrough gospel understanding, they say things like, ‘I had never heard that before.’ ‘That was the first time I heard the gospel.’ ‘No one had previously explained Jesus to me in that way.’ Meanwhile, their longtime believing friend is sitting nearby, with an incredulous look on their face or perhaps a perplexed smile, knowing that that moment was definitely not the first time they had had the gospel presented to them clearly.”
Sinclair Ferguson offers a helpful answer to those who may question why they are struggling to trust the Lord.
…many people—even Christians—offer reasons to divorce that are not sanctioned by God. Jim Newheiser helpfully outlines a number of these in his book Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers. Here are 10 common but illegitimate reasons to divorce.
Endurance in suffering doesn’t grab our attention, but it is a response so important that it will have value that lasts beyond death.—Ed Welch