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)