Friday, June 23, 2017

Silence U

How serious is the threat to free speech and human decency on many college campuses? Consider the following two short documentaries which argue that victimization have been weaponized.

All Around the Web - June 23, 2017

Foreign Affairs - Do Copts Have a Future in Egypt?

Justin Taylor - Danny Akin on the SBC and Race: Past, Present, and Future

Rabbit Room - To a Schoolgirl in America: Writing Advice from C. S. Lewis

Thom Rainer - Four Common Gifts Churches Give to First-Time Guests

Chuck Lawless - 8 Reasons the Pastor Matters Most in a Church’s Evangelistic Efforts

Steve Lawson - Preacher’s Toolkit: Should I Always Call for Repentance and Faith?

LifeWay Pastors - How Vulnerable Should a Pastor be When Preaching?

Babylon Bee - Trump Signs Executive Order Banning Church Greeting Times

Thursday, June 22, 2017

10 Books Every Christian Teenager Should Read

Some time ago, Tim Challies offered his list of ten books he believes every Christian student should read. After reading it, I thought I would compile my own list acknowledging some overlap and credit to him.

1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.

This is one of the most important works of fiction in English and should be devoured by every Christian. It is simple enough that it can be understood by new and young believers. I regret I did not read it at a younger age.

2. Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert

Pornography is a serious problem in our age. It has become a ubiquitous reality especially among younger generations. Lambert offers one of the best pastoral volumes on breaking free from pornography addiction. In this regard, I would also recommend Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle by John Michael Cusick.

3. Mere Christianity/Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

Every student should read CS Lewis. I would recommend starting with the Narnia Chronicles. Afterward, these two volumes should be devoured and returned to for the rest of their lives.

4. Reasons for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

This book was helpful for me to understand Christian apologetics and how to handle common objections to Christianity. Keller is an excellent and piercing writer.

5. Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung

Everyone has asked what God's will for their life is. Young people especially ask this question as they are pressured to make important decisions that will shape the rest of their lives: relationships, marriage, careers, education, family, etc. How do we know what the will of God is? DeYoung offers a short, simple, and biblical approach to the issue.

6. Every Young Man's Battle by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker

It should go without saying that sexual temptation continues to remain a tremendous challenge for students. This is nothing new. As long as there has been youth, there has been youthful passions. The Battle books have been helpful over the years in guiding young people in warring against temptation and lust. Although I don't agree with everything in these books, there is much to like.

7. How to Give Away Your Faith by Paul Little

Every believer is an ambassador, yet it is an area we must grow in. One of the best introductions to evangelism is Little's volume.

8. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

You have only one life to live. Don't waste it. Live a radical faith.

9. Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris

This volume is unique in that it calls on students to raise above low expectations and change the world. I am often frustrated by our society's contentment with expecting little out of students. The Harris brothers calls the reader to higher standards.

10. Life's Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says about the Things That Matter Most by Erick Thoennes

It is imperative that young believers understand the Christian faith. Thoennes offers one of the best introductions to systematic theology that does not read like one.

All Around the Web - June 22, 2017

Trevin Wax - I Don’t Want to Die Until I Look More Like Jesus

Justin Taylor - Taking a Stand for Restorative Justice

Daily Signal - New Paper Says Puberty Blockers Aren’t the Answer to Gender Confusion

Andrew Walker - 6 books I recommend for studying Christian ethics

Thom Rainer - Five Overcorrection Mistakes Churches Make

Jared Wilson - I Am the Center of the Universe

Gospel Coalition - Why Biblical Archaeology Matters

Chuck Lawless - 9 Reasons Rural Churches Still Matter

Tim Challies - How To Distinguish True Zeal from False Zeal

Mental Floss - This Is What Anne Frank's Arrest Looked Like

Babylon Bee - Lakewood Church Staffer Updates ‘Days Without Reference To Jesus’ Sign

Some very vulgar and vile language in the video below. I post it because it shows the reality of the direction we're going as a society as demonstrated by lunacy on college campuses.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

From Screwtape's Pen: Noise!

From Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis:
Music and silence – how I detest them both! How thankful we should be that ever since Our Father entered Hell – though longer ago than humans, reckoning in light years, could express – no square inch of infernal space and no moment of infernal time has been surrendered to either of those abominable forces, but all has been occupied by Noise – Noise, the grand dynamism, the audible expression of all that is exultant, ruthless, and virile – Noise which alone defends us from silly qualms, despairing scruples and impossible desires. We will make the whole universe a noise in the end. We have already made great strides in this direction as regards the Earth. The melodies and silences of Heaven will be shouted down in the end. But I admit we are not yet loud enough, or anything like it. Research is in progress.” (119-120)

All Around the Web - June 21, 2017

Ross Douthat - Notes on a Political Shooting

Russell Moore - The Reformation at 500

Gentle Reformation - Fearing Christianity?

Denny Burk - Mainstreaming fornication (a.k.a. “ethical non-monogamy”)

Sam Storms - 10 Things You Should Know about the Demise of Expository Preaching

SBC Voices - Southern Baptists and the Alt-Right: On Being in the Room Where it Happened

Justin Taylor - 6 Things to Do with Your Anxiety

Chuck Lawless - 9 Reasons to Connect Our Churches With Cities

Bill Mounce - Is the ESV Literal and the NIV Gender Neutral?

Tim Challies - Redeem Your Time

Babylon Bee - Jesus Knocks Down Door Of Man’s Heart With Battering Ram