Good afternoon friends!
The TfC Daily Buffet serves up some of the best articles, videos, and podcasts of the day so you don’t have to spend hours scouring through the garbage to get to the good stuff. Have something you’d like to see on a future menu? Send us a link and we’ll consider it!
1. ‘Conscientious Objectors Come in All Shapes and Sizes‘ – Matthew Kacsmaryk uses Mel Gibson’s latest film, Hacksaw Ridge, as a jumping off point to remind people that the principle of religious liberty exemplified by conscientious objectors is important and must be protected. This shouldn’t just apply to men unwilling to bear arms, it should also apply to men unwilling to perform abortions, dispense abortifacients, etc. Religious liberty is much more than simply where we worship on a Sunday (or Friday or Saturday).
2. Follow the Leader – Over on the Jesus Creed blog, Michelle Van Loom guest-posts about Evangelicalism’s tendency to raise up celebrity pastors/teachers that people can be ‘discipled’ by without every having a relationship with them. I can think of different people in my life who have been ‘discipled’ by John Piper or Steven Furtick or Beth Moore. And all of these people have something to offer. But nothing can replace a true, pastoral mentor.
3. The Gospel Coalition has an excellent post on ‘The Only Four Things You Need to Read In Response to the Hatmakers .’ The articles it links to are worth your time as well.
4. ‘Courage, St Crispin’s Day, and the 2016 Election‘ – Though the author lets his political-leanings show (he’s not a fan of Donald Trump), this article from Mere Orthodoxy is an excellent reminder to take courage no matter what may happen in the coming weeks and to be willing to die, if need be. Christianity has never been a religion for the faint of heart.
5. ‘Digging Up Jesus’ Tomb‘ – This is pretty cool.
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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