Link Roundup (May 2, 2016)



Here are some recent articles and links I found helpful and/or interesting (in no particular order). Emphasis in quotes is typically mine.

Parchments (Mike Wittmer, Don’t Stop Believing)

Each copy of Romans would have taken 2-3 days to write out, and scholars estimate this epistle would have cost Paul at least US$2,275 in today’s dollars. Books such as Luke and Acts are twice as long, and would have cost at least US$7,000 each, not counting Luke’s research expenses. Perhaps Luke dedicated his books to Theophilus because he was the patron who covered his costs (Luke 1:1-4; Acts 1:1-3).

How Do You Explain the Trinity to Children? (Russell Moore)

Sometimes we seek a quick analogy [for the Trinity] for children because we want to put our kids out of their mystery. If the Trinity is an easy explanation (it’s like a shamrock; it’s like water, ice, and steam), we can “move on.” We’re afraid if we say that the Trinity is in some ways beyond comprehension that our kids won’t trust us to tell them with confidence about the truth of the gospel.

Is it Biblical for Churches to Require a Tithe? (Jonathan Leeman, For the Church)

We should instruct the congregation as a whole to give (see 2 Cor. 8-9; 1 Cor. 9:14), but we cannot require it of any individual, say, by threatening them with excommunication. After all, people should give “not reluctantly or under compulsion,” but cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7). We cannot compel them.

The Biggest Issue Evangelicals Will Face For the Next 50 Years (Josh Daffern, New Wineskins)

As important is issues of religious liberty, sanctity of life and biblical standards of personhood and sexuality are, they are all symptoms of a much bigger narrative. The biggest issue American Evangelicals will face for the next 50 years is how we handle our transition from a moral majority to a prophetic minority. We are living in a post-Christian nation. The golden years of Christian influence on government and culture are behind us.

Bill Mounce: Can We Trust Bible Translations? (Seedbed)


Link Roundup (April 28, 2016)



Here are some recent articles and links I found helpful and/or interesting (in no particular order).

Death to the Vague Facebook Status (Your Mom Has A Blog)

Why do we tell somebody off in the most passive-aggressive way, making everyone read what is intended for one person (someone we blocked who will never see the status)? Why do we try to pull all of the world, former school teachers, pastors, teenagers, acquaintances, into our very awkward drama? And, how can we claim to be Christians, people who are living by the light of the gospel, who have been forgiven so much, when we can’t even let some little offense pass by without posting a vague, leading, gossip-feeding status update about it?

Together for the Gospel 2016 conference videos

T4G has posted the sessions from their 2016 conference “We Are Protestant” including presentations by Matt Chandler, David Platt, Kevin DeYoung, and many others.

3 Reasons You Should See Going to Church as a Privilege, Not a Chore (Trevin Wax)

One of the dads in my small group said that he corrects his kids if they ever ask about having to go to church on a weekend. “We never have to,” he says, “we get to go.” I like that. He’s policing the language of the house because he knows that the way he talks about church will send a signal to the rest of the family about how to view Sundays – as chore or as privilege.

Pioneering Neuroscientist Wilder Penfield: Why Don’t We Have Intellectual Seizures? (Evolution News)

Fascinating article about neuroscientist Wilder Penfield.  Observations Penfield made while performing brain surgery led him to convert from materialism (the mind is a product of the brain) to dualism (the mind is separate from the brain).

The Importance of “Accuracy” for Every Christian Believer