Friday, May 30, 2014

All Around the Web - May 30, 2014

Albert Mohler - Ten Books for Eager Reading — The 2014 Summer Reading List
1. Tim Townsend, Mission at Nuremberg: An American Army Chaplain and the Trial of the Nazis (Morrow, 2014).
2. Steven Parissien, The Life of the Automobile: The Complete History of the Motor Car (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2013).
3. Steven Pressfield, The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War (Sentinel, Penguin Group, 2014).
4. Winston Groom, The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight  (National Geographic, 2013).
5. Michael Korda, Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee (HarperCollins, 2014).
6. Phillip Jenkins, The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade (HarperOne, 2014).
7. Kai Bird, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames (Crown Publishers, 2014).
8. John C. McManus, The Dead and Those About to Die — D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach (NAL Caliber, Penguin Group, 2014).
9. James Webb, I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, 2014).
10. Charles Marsh, Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Knopf, 2014).

Matt Capps - 27 Blog Posts on The Atonement
With the release of The Gospel Project’s study on the atonement titled “Atonement Thread“, I organized a series of blog posts centered around the same theme theme. In total, 27 blog posts on the importance of the atonement.

The atonement, as taught in the Bible, calls to mind the unfathomable love of God to send His Son to take away our sins. The atonement proclaims the amazing grace of God to cover over our sins with the precious and perfect blood sacrifice of the Lamb of God. Whether you realize it or not, the doctrine of the atonement has very practical implications for your day to day Christian life.

The Atonement and the Christian Life

John Stonestreet - Proving the Obvious 
It seems like a no-brainer that porn use is bad for marriages, and a study just published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture removes any doubt.

Married adults who said they’d viewed pornography in the last year were much more open to the idea of an affair than those who hadn’t viewed it. And while this is just a correlation, it does show that different types of unfaithfulness go hand-in-hand.

The Huffington Post, not known for family values, reports this research as if it’s only actual cheating that’s the problem. But Jesus taught a moral equivalence between thoughts and deeds. Lusts entertained in the heart lead us toward lusts lived out, and it’s still spiritually deadly, even if no one else knows or sees.

Thom Rainer - Five Fascinating Facts about Single Parent Families for Church Leaders
  1. Nearly three out of ten families with children today are headed by a single parent. That makes this group one of the largest population segments in the nation.
  2. Four out of ten children in American are born to single women. That rate is six times its level since 1960. And the pace continues even though teen pregnancy has been declining.
  3. Hispanics and whites have the largest percentage increase in single parent births. African Americans still have the highest absolute percentage, but the faster growth is taking place among Hispanics and whites.
  4. Males are the fastest growing category of single parents. I think most of us are surprised at this development. The implications for churches are staggering.
  5. The vast majority of single parents are gainfully employed. Eight out of ten single moms are employed. Nine out of ten single dads are employed. The vast majority of these parents receive no government assistance.

Tim Challies - Tricky Texts: He Wasn't Being Humble
When I come across this text in books or blogs, I often find authors suggesting that in the first statement Paul is drawing upon a statement that is binding on all Christians while in the second he is either expressing humility or a kind of personal opinion. In either case, they highlight the full authority of the first statement and then diminish the authority of the second statement, saying something like, “Paul was humble enough to say that this was simply his understanding of the situation” or “In the second statement Paul was expressing his personal opinion.”

However, the contrast here is not between divine revelation and personal opinion. Rather, the contrast is between two different kinds of authority, each of which is from God and each of which is fully authoritative and fully binding.

In the New Testament we find the new Christians drawing upon three different sources of authority: The Old Testament scriptures; the teachings of Jesus; and new revelation given to the Apostles. Each of these was considered authoritative revelation from God. So sometimes we see New Testament Christians drawing from the Old Testament, sometimes from words Jesus spoke while he was on earth, and sometimes from new teachings given under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Never do we find these sources of authority ranked or contrasted as if one is more important or authoritative than the others.

Makes me laugh every time.

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