Favorite Finds Friday: 04-06-18
Friday Favorite Finds

Favorite Finds Friday: 04-06-18

Favorite Finds Friday:

04-06-18

The following are a collection of articles, sites, podcasts, and other finds I have found this week that I thought I would recommend. I hope you find these especially encouraging and edifying in your walk with Christ.

Apologetics

The Problem of Religious Language
“Christians have a tendency to use certain ‘religious’ terms that are either directly from Scripture, or which are used as shorthand to describe a biblical principle (such as the ‘Trinity’). There is nothing wrong with this. However, it can be a problem in communicating with unbelievers. Christians tend to assume that unbelievers understand such terms, but that is often not the case. Even Christians sometimes misunderstand certain biblical terms. We here examine, define, and explain some of the more important biblical terms that are helpful in understanding the Gospel.”

How to Talk to Atheists and Skeptics About Jesus
“Chances are, at least one of your friends or family members doesn’t believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. Here are some suggestions for communicating the most central Christian claim to others—and not only at Easter dinner!”

Bible

What Do You Do When Scripture Feels Dry or Lifeless?
“The psalmist wants to be satisfied in the Lord, and remembers the time when the Lord was close, but now life is misery and that former experience feels far from him. It turns out that the person who feels so parched and far away has been unintentionally plagiarizing the experience of the psalmist.”

Is the Bible Enough for Us? – Sufficiency
“Scripture outfits humanity with everything they need to know and please God. Nothing is lacking from Scripture which man needs to know and do God’s will in life. Whether through explicit commands or implicit principles, the Bible contains everything we need for any component of human life. We do not need additional revelation from God.”

The Ascension of Jesus
“If the resurrection is the main event of history and the climax of the Christian story, the ascension is the crowning of our King as He sits upon His throne in glory. From there, He bestows many fine gifts upon us, the chief of which is union with Him through the Holy Spirit. In Christ, we find life and fitness for service to the King of kings and Lord of lords who is our divine Rescuer and the Lover of our souls.”

Can You Pass This Quiz on Jesus’ Resurrection?
“…take time to evaluate yourself and to see if you can pass this simple quiz on the resurrection of Jesus.”

The Inspiration of Scripture
“It would not be an overstatement to say that God’s revealed word has been a source of controversy from nearly the beginning of time. The serpent of old asked Eve, “Did God actually say…” (Gen. 3:1), and that question has been an incessant refrain ever since.”

To Arrive at Truth, Start with the Bible
“If our destination is a God-pleasing, Christ-honoring, Scripture-shaped mind and worldview, we can’t arrive there by starting with ourselves, our biases, and our sin, trying to make God fit what we want to believe.”

Christian Living

Favorite Finds Friday: 04-06-18

7 Ways Grief Becomes Sinful
“Let us grieve, since the emotion of sorrow is a gift from God. But let us not grieve like people who have no hope (1 Thess. 4:13), for we, of all people on the earth, to fuel our minds and hearts with hope.”

Are You Prepared to Suffer?
“May God spare us all from too many harsh and painful experiences. More importantly, however, may He help us to be sober-minded about what to expect in this fallen world, and may He grant us grace to trust Him in the midst of our stormy days.
“For we know that He who reigns supreme will gloriously strengthen all who lean upon Him, and we know that God Himself will exalt those who cast their anxieties on Him.”

You Can’t Love Jesus with a Heart Full of Hate: 7 Reasons to Love and Forgive Your Enemies
“It is spiritually dishonest to claim to be a follower of Christ while nourishing and cherishing hatred in your heart against an enemy. Here are just a few of the reasons God gives us in His Word:”

When You Feel Lonely and Misunderstood
“Friend, in the midst of your lonely pain, you don’t need someone to understand you perfectly because you already have a perfect God who does. When you feel lonely and misunderstood and isolated by your pain, turn to God and find hope knowing He truly does understand and can provide the best comfort.”

Three Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life
“This is where we live – knowing that in one sense, we are more than conquerors, yet through daily life, understanding from our experience that this truth doesn’t mean we are impervious to pain. Paul himself would attest, having been beaten, shipwrecked, plagued with disease, bitten by snakes, that the victorious Christian life doesn’t mean a life that’s healthy, wealthy, and wise. The truly victorious Christian life must then be characterized by other things. What might they be?”

Watchfulness: Recovering a Lost Spiritual Discipline
“Watching involves staying awake both morally and spiritually; paying attention to God’s word, to our own souls, and especially to Christ Himself; maintaining vigilance against our mortal enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil; and hoping in the Lord—in His promises and His return.”

How To Grow in Self-Confidence
“Make God’s wisdom your wisdom, shape your words by his words, let his confidence be your confidence.”

What’s Baptism All About?

Church

Your Church Music Might Be Incomplete
“The problem is that no matter how you answer all of these questions, whether your church only sings Psalms or modern top-40 Christian radio hits, your worship might be incomplete.”

Let’s Rethink Our Language of ‘Calling’
“But in my view, the calling language—at least how I usually hear it applied—creates an unhealthy expectation. The language itself moves us away from clear revelation to some other necessary experience.”

The Three Stages Of Error In The Church
“When error is admitted into the Church, it will be found that the stages of its progress are always three. It begins by asking toleration.”

How to preach difficult doctrines without splitting your church
“The history of Christianity and of virtually every denomination is a narrative of spats, splits, and schisms. Many churches and denominations were born not of an intentional tactic to reach more people, but in response to personal or doctrinal conflict.”

Culture

Is civil disobedience biblical?

Discernment

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
“The surest way, then, to prevent and stop the spread of false teaching is for Christian leaders and laypeople, pastors and parishioners, teachers and learners, to be committed to the sound preaching of God’s Word and to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. ”

Three Steps to Better Doctrinal Disagreements
“While I don’t claim to be an expert at it, here are three tips that have helped me have more productive discussions in the face of doctrinal disagreements.”

Resources

Introducing ‘ESV Scripture Journals’
“ESV Scripture Journals pair the entirety of individual books of the New Testament with lightly lined blank pages opposite each page of the biblical text, allowing readers to take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside corresponding passages of Scripture. Individual volumes feature one book of Scripture in a thin and portable format—great for personal Bible reading and reflection, small-group study, or taking notes through a sermon series.”

Reformation Study Bible: New Gift Edition Now Available
“Last year, we released the Condensed Edition (ESV) of the Reformation Study Bible, providing concise, trustworthy commentary in a portable study Bible for travel, worship, and life on the go. Now this study Bible is available in a beautiful new gift edition.”

Theology

Obscene, yet Beautiful
“If any event that has transpired on this planet is too high and too holy for us to comprehend, it is the passion of Christ—His death, His atonement, and His forsakenness by the Father. We would be totally intimidated to speak of it at all were it not for the fact that God in His Word has set before us the revelation of its meaning.”

4 Benefits Jesus Gives You at the Cross
“Every Christian receives the following four benefits of the cross:”

God’s Sovereignty and Our Responsibility
“God Himself cannot do evil and cannot be blamed for evil even though it is part of His sovereign decree.”

And God Cursed Him

Podcasts

Favorite Finds Friday: 04-06-18Renewing Your Mind Minute: Predestination and Foreordination (01:00)

Renewing Your Mind Minute: Dead in Sin (01:00)

Renewing Your Mind Minute: Bad Things Happen to Good People? (01:00)

5 Minutes in Church History: Bonhoeffer in London (05:00)

Open Book: R.C. Sproul and Calvin’s Galatians and Ephesians Sermons (08:23)

Truth in Love: Counseling Adults Abused as Children (09:35)

Truth in Love: Giving Thanks When Life Is Hard (08:17)

Truth in Love: Is It A Sin To Be Sad? (feat. Dr. Charlie Hodges) (12:32)

Truth in Love: How Should Christians Think About Demonic Activity? (11:23)

For the Church: Your Church Hospitality Checklist (16:27)

The Briefing: Friday, Mar. 30, 2018 (21:28)

  • Elites who call for the end of Christianity might not like what comes next
  • Why the Christian worldview never settles for mere happiness
  • What is good about Good Friday? Reflections on the substitutionary death and bodily resurrection of Christ

The Briefing: Monday, Apr. 2, 2018 (22:43)

  • On Good Friday, NPR report distorts definition of Easter, revealing extent of secularization
  • Although the cultural conception of Christ may fascinate, only the biblical conception of Christ saves
  • Can the Bible be meaningful, even if one doesn’t believe it to be true?
  • Why abandoning a Scriptural understanding of ministry will inevitably lead to a very different rendering of God

The Briefing: Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018 (24:33)

  • A love story that ends in suicide: New rituals around dying raise huge moral questions about the sanctity and dignity of human life
  • How a reordering of the theological landscape has led to a redefinition of life and death
  • Abuse of junk science leads California judge to order cancer warnings on coffee: What this reveals about Americans’ chemophobia
  • Stephen Reinhardt, the liberal lion of California, dies at 87, but there are many cubs following close behind

The Briefing: Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018 (22:22)

  • 50 years ago today, history turned on a mere moment as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN
  • Theology and the racial crisis, then and now
  • Why it’s significant that the BBC religion editor recognizes there is more to Easter than chocolate

The Briefing: Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 (25:04)

  • Did the Pope deny the existence of hell? Why much modern theology targets hell for disappearance.
  • The crisis of Catholic doctrine under Pope Francis and the lessons for evangelicals.
  • The collision of biblical Christianity and the spirit of the modern age over the doctrine of hell
  • Vatican attempts to bolster Pope’s conservative credibility by doctoring photo of letter from Benedict

Thankful Homemaker: The Family Dinner Table (24:40)

Renewing Your Mind: Open Book (26:25)

Renewing Your Mind: Wesley and Whitefield (26:25)

Renewing Your Mind: The Doubter (26:25)

Renewing Your Mind: Capital Punishment (26:25)

Renewing Your Mind: The Sanctity of Life (26:25)

Renewing Your Mind: The Sanctity of Labor (26:25)

Renewing Your Mind: The Sanctity of Truth (26:25)

Women’s Hope: Restoring Others With Gentleness | Galatians Bible Study Series No. 9 (27:13)

15:14: Rachelle Starr (33:36)

She Proves Faithful: Q&A: What is Family Worship? (40:50)