Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – March 17

The Shack – The Missing Art Of Evangelical Discernment

Albert Mohler provides a compelling critique of the popular book recently made into a movie. His analysis unearth’s the shoddiness of “The Shack” as a source for anything that is Orthodox, Biblical or Christian. And, it challenges us to sharpen our hearts and minds with Biblical truth so as to be a discerning people.

“The answer is not to ban The Shack or yank it out of the hands of readers. We need not fear books — we must be ready to answer them. We desperately need a theological recovery that can only come from practicing biblical discernment. This will require us to identify the doctrinal dangers of The Shack, to be sure. But our real task is to reacquaint evangelicals with the Bible’s teachings on these very questions and to foster a doctrinal rearmament of Christian believers….”

Making Real Friendships In The Church

Genuine friendship within the body is vital to our joy in Christ and witness to the world. This is a good and hopeful reminder! How might we strive for this?

“Church friendships can, unfortunately, become as segregated as high school clicks. If we are not extremely careful to emphasize community, spiritual gifts, and the truth that we are a very real family, we can miss the beautiful dimensions of Christ’s church. And the dimensions are staggeringly beautiful. I am a thirty-something that attends a 170-year-old church. We are a church full of Millenials, baby-boomers, intellectuals and free spirits. We have men and women that still love the feel of a hymnal in their hands, while others would rather reach their palms to the sky and sway to modern music. We have an organ and a drum. We are the most unlikely group of individuals to be friends – real friends – and yet, it is what we are called to strive for…”

The Insanity Of Leaning On Our Own Understanding

This is a good reflection on Proverbs 3:5-6. A passage we would all do well to memorize, meditate upon and call to mind when temptation approaches and flesh rises up.

“It is insane to trust such pitifully limited understanding when one can trust the unlimited understanding of God. So many of the things that cause us the most difficulty and heartache in life, the source of so much of our anxiety, fear, doubt, and anger with others and with God, is the result of leaning on our own understanding…”

Why Do The Footnotes In My Bible Say, “Some Manuscripts Say…?”

This is a short (5 minute) video answering the question in the title. It is important for us to know this about our Bible’s and the history and tradition of Bible translation. Skeptics will often point to textual variants to prove that there is error in the Bible and therefore the Bible can’t be trusted. We need to be equipped to answer that charge.

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