ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Top Ten Blog Posts of 2016 – “A couple of years ago, I reorganized my blogging schedule to be more intentional about how, when, and why I publish articles on my blog. As a pastor, I want to use this blog to benefit to the church I serve, and I want to use the blog to address issues within the evangelical church as a whole. As the year comes to a close, I enjoy looking back at the last 12-months to see what articles were the most read and perhaps why they were the most read articles of the year. In some cases, it’s obvious. In other cases, it reveals problems or praises or patterns that may be present within the church culture today.”
Borrowed Conviction – “It has happened a few times before. It happened again recently. Someone without a good church gets in touch, referred by a mutual friend. Or someone drops an email asking for advice. Or there is a conversation at a conference with someone who has come looking for help, counsel, refuge. Somewhere along the way, I ask about their convictions. I ask about their home church, if they have one. It helps me. It helps them. If I am to walk carefully, act wisely, tread on no toes, be of any assistance, it is useful to know what they actually believe and where they belong. And so I ask.”
Pro-lifers look forward to 2017 – “Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, didn’t think things could get worse in 2016. First came the landmark 5-3 decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, where the U.S. Supreme Court struck down safety measures adopted by Texas state lawmakers to regulate abortion centers. The decision in late June represented a major blow to pro-lifers who hoped a different outcome would have ramped up safety standards nationwide and reduced the number of abortions.”
A Pediatrician Just Laid Out How to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse—And She’s Begging You to Listen – “Recently, a good friend of mine shared a Facebook post by one of her friends, who happens to be a pediatrician. The post was on something that should be of interest to ALL parents: child sexual abuse; specifically, when it happens, where it happens, and WHO victimizes our kids and how to talk to your kids about it and PREVENT it.”
It’s Not about Reading to Read – “Reading through your Bible has become a year-end advertisement, resolution, and chore list. I would like to encourage you not to not do it. This may seem like an odd request, but I want to drive past the activity and look at the heart. I don’t want you to grab a plan, make plans, and follow through with those plans so you can say you read through your Bible.”
Jeff Pollard – Are Gospel Tracts Relevant?
Charles Spurgeon made a fortune. Where did the money go?
How Do I Reach My Mormon Friends?
“All death can do to the believer is deliver him to Jesus. It brings us into the eternal presence of our Savior.” – John MacArthur