Rejected Weekly Links (1/8/2016)

Call it the first fail of 2016 for me…

Didn’t think I’d want this post I made go to waste. As I wrote what you find below, I was unaware that I wasn’t scheduled to post this on my church’s blog. Well, to those few who still subscribe to this blog, here’s a bonus!

“Most churchgoers assume that the sermon starts when the pastor opens his mouth on Sunday.  However, listening to a sermon actually starts the week before.  It starts when we pray for the minister, asking God to bless the time he spends studying the Bible as he prepares to preach.  In addition to helping the preacher, our prayers help create in us a sense of expectancy for the ministry of God’s Word.  This is one of the reasons that when it comes to preaching, congregations generally get what they pray for.” (Philip Ryken, quoted by Ken Ramey, Expository Listening: A Handbook for Hearing and Doing God’s Word)

by Cesar Vigil-Ruiz

Feliz Friday! Praise God for another year to bring Him glory on this earth in our daily lives! May we continue to seek His face every day, in every area! I hope these links will push you in the right direction, so here goes!

  • Denny Burk brings to our attention the hurt that transgenderism causes children when the culture seeks to change their bodies instead of their minds. In contrast, Ray Ortlund writes to encourage fathers to view their relationship with their children as a high calling from God and to excel in their role to His glory.
  • With the recent end of InterVarsity’s Urbana conference, some questions were raised as to what went on, specifically with the embrace of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and the denigration of the pro-life movement. The article is aptly titled, ‘Dorothy, This Is Not Your Parents’ InterVarsity Anymore.
  • Have you ever heard someone tell you, “God spoke to me” in reference to some belief/teaching they adhere to? Professor Michael Kruger gives an example from church history to demonstrate the danger of that uttering that kind of statement.
  • Have you made any resolutions for the new year? How are you doing with that? If you already find yourself struggling with keeping your resolutions, here’s some wise advice from Jonathan Edwards, the one who wrote those famous 70 resolutions, and yet struggled to keep them himself! For the marrieds, be aware of what can hurt your marriage this year, and for everyone, be prepared when disappointed with our relationships.
  • CCEF published their (every so often) magazine, CCEFNow, which gives an update of their current ministry work, along with articles related to biblical counseling. Articles cover the theological nature of counseling, the person-specific process of sanctification, ministering to youth, and more! This is definitely a resource you do not want to pass up!
  • How would you respond if someone objects to the truth of Christianity by bringing up the problem of evil, especially if that person is an atheist? Dan DeWitt responds. In responding to how to follow Christ in an ever-increasing secular culture, Tim Keller, Russell Moore, and Collin Hansen explain some ways to build bridges to the gospel using the cultural narrative of the day.
  • In succinct fashion, biblical counselor Robert Kellemen asks a simple, profound question: ‘Where do you fit into God’s mission?‘ Your role may be more valuable than you think.

That’s all for this week! Pray for College Life and Lumos, as they will be meeting tonight. Looking to seeing everyone back at church this Sunday!

Soli Deo Gloria