Good afternoon friends!
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Links From Around the Web
1. Dr. Jackson Lashier shares ‘Why Church History Matters for Discipleship‘ in a new ‘Seven Minute Seminary’ from SeedBed. This is a much-needed aspect of discipleship that I address briefly in my book, ‘A Disciple’s Manifesto’ (You can pick up a free copy by subscribing to Thoughts from Canaan below). The Church is not reborn with every new generation. We are in a long, continuous, line of believers that stretches back to the first century. If we’re going to understand where we are, we need to know where we’ve come from.
2. ‘Prevenient Grace: An Introduction’ from the Society of Evangelical Arminians. In the minds of too many Christians, grace is simply forgiveness. But grace is much bigger than that. It includes a number of different facets. One of the most powerful aspects of God’s grace is his prevenient grace. If this is a term you’ve never heard, I’d encourage you to give this article a read and learn more!
3. Over on the Jesus Creed blog, there’s an article entitled ‘After the Elections: Imagining Heaven?’ It notes that according to recent research, church-goers are among the happiest and healthiest people in the country.
4. Though it’s an older article, ‘Why WOULD Anyone Sing in Church These Days?‘ is a powerful piece about the way worship has changed over the past several decades. I might not agree with everything in it, but it definitely gives all of us some food for thought. Especially Christian leaders.
5. Dr. Michael Heiser has really captured my attention recently. His whole site is worth perusing but I can’t recommend his podcast enough. Though he has some unconventional beliefs, his honesty and willingness to go where the text of scripture points is incredibly refreshing. You’ll probably be seeing some
6. If you’re on Twitter – and a nerd – follow @yodaarminius for quotes from the New Yoda Version of the Bible.
What have I been reading?
I’ve recently been in the middle of an in-depth study on the book of Revelation. One of the most powerful books that I’ve found on the subject is Richard Bauckham’s little book, ‘The Theology of the Book of Revelation.’ It focuses on the actual theology being taught in the book rather than trying to create timelines and parse out dates. If you’re interested in the book of Revelation but have been scared off by some of the symbolism, this book would be a great place to start your study.
Hopefully this will keep you filled up until tomorrow. And remember, if you’ve seen an article, video, or podcast – or if you’ve been reading a really good book – that you think we ought to add to the menu, comment below and we’ll see about putting it on.
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