Friday, September 12, 2014

All Around the Web - September 12, 2014

Ordinary Pastor - What is the most crucial thing in the life of the church?

Inerrant Word - Is the Bible Really Inerrant?
The question before us is not only of crucial importance but difficult to address fully in a brief article. There are so many facets to it that have to be reflected upon carefully in order to give an adequate answer. So the approach I will take is first to address four preliminary questions before I turn briefly to the issue at hand.

Why should we affirm biblical inerrancy?

Simply stated, we affirm biblical inerrancy because of Scripture’s own self-testimony. As one evaluates any particular worldview, it is important first to begin with the specific claims of that worldview. Christianity is a worldview and if we are to evaluate and understand its claims, particularly the claim of Scripture, we must begin with its own self-testimony. When we do so, we discover that Scripture makes the astounding claim that it is nothing less than God’s Word written. For example, one can think of 2 Tim 3:16, where the OT Scriptures are described as “God breathed” and thus authoritative in every area of our life. In the expression, “God breathed” Paul picks up the imagery of creation where God spoke and the universe came into existence (Gen 1:1-2). So, in relation to his Word, the sovereign-personal God of the universe has spoke again and given us his Word through the agency of human authors (2 Pet 1:20-21). And it is precisely because he stands behind his Word as the Creator and Lord—the God who knows and plans all things (Eph 1:11), who cannot lie (Num 23:19), and who cannot change his mind (1 Sam 15:29; Heb 6:18) that we have a text, Scripture, that is completely reliable and true.

The Gospel Coalition - Advice to Young Pastors from Sam Storms, Wayne Grudem, David Wells
We’re excited to launch a new series in which we publish brief answers from experienced church leaders to the following question:

In addition to knowing Scripture and sound doctrine, what should young pastors today be studying? Is your answer any different from what you would’ve recommended 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago?

Kevin DeYoung - Three Questions to Help Diagnose Possible Football Idolatry
I don’t think being a huge football fan is automatically, or even normally, idolatrous. I’ve loved watching football as long as I can remember. It’s one of the many habits of sports fandom I picked up from my dad. Each year when I start to get sad about the inevitable ending of summer, I am cheered to think that with everything we start to lose in the month of September–daylight, heat, leaves, pool time, vacations, sleeping in–at least we gain football.

Americans love football like the rest of the world loves. . . .football. Except in our football the actions takes place six seconds at a time and the players pretend they are NOT hurt.

Wherever there is a consuming passion for anything that is not God there is the danger of idolatry. And football is certainly a consuming passion for many in this country. So what are some of the signs that football has grown to idolatrous proportions in the heart of the Christian?

Here are three questions to help in your self-diagnosis

Tim Challies - 5 Things You Must Do To Protect Yourself Online
A couple of years ago an unknown person hacked my GMail account. I had been lazy, I had used a low-quality, low-security password, and I paid the price. Within seconds the person had changed my password, locked me out, and deleted all my archived email. I tried everything I could to attract the attention of Google’s support team, but to no avail. It was only when I asked for help from my Twitter followers that I regained access to the account. In other words, if I didn’t have so many Twitter followers, I would have permanently lost my account.

This event and a hundred headlines convinced me of the need for better security. Recent news stories have once again shown the importance of properly securing accounts, apps and services behind best practices. Here are 5 steps you need to take to protect yourself online.

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