We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, May 18, 2015

Some Edifying Things of Interest

Some people think the only thing I read are items about bad stuff in the church, books on cults, and just general “heresy hunting.”   Well, in actuality, that sort of stuff accounts for only about 20% of what I study.  I do have to study it and keep up with the latest news on false teaching because, after all, I’m a sheepdog!  What I really enjoy reading, though, are things which deepen my understanding of the faith and the Christian walk.  Sometimes I like to share the more interesting things I come across, and this is another episode of such sharing.

The Gospel Coalition had a good article about principles for husbands and fathers.

Randy Alcorn had an excellent article about dating guidelines.  I think he should have included modesty in attire, but the guidelines he gives are quite good.

Now that we’ve addressed dating, engagement is the next step.  Tim Challies has an excellent article about what an engagement to be married is really about.  If only more people understood this.

A frequent progression from engagement, and sometimes in lieu of engagement, is cohabitation.  Lyndon Unger has an excellent two-part series about the problems of “shacking up.”  Part one here and part two here.   I do want to make a point about what marriage is.  A couple may be married in the Biblical sense and yet have never secured a marriage license (tax) from the state or have had someone declare them as married.  In fact, this is only a fairly recent invention - especially the marriage tax license.  Marriage is nothing more than the commitment between a man and a woman to share their lives with each other in a permanent and exclusive relationship, with consummation of such relationship signified by sexual relations.  This is how it was done for centuries.  Sometimes there were ceremonies, but that was only cultural.  This is why this nation used to recognize a couple living together as being in a “common law” marriage (perhaps there are states which still recognize non-ceremonial, unlicensed marriages).  The main issue with Christians is that we have to obey the laws of the land, which means we must be licensed (taxed) and have the union certified by someone.  But this governmental law/recognition will most likely disappear in this nation, as it has been disappearing in other nations as same-sex fake marriages become normal.  We will no longer be licensed nor need to be certified.  Yet our marriages will still be marriages because those signs are not what makes a marriage.

Lindsay had a very interesting article about a missionary I’d never heard of; C.T. Studd,  a missionary to China.

Here’s a good resource for free, downloadable tracts.

I’ve often been asked for recommendations for women’s studies, but I’ve never studied the issue and don’t really know the field.  Tim Challies helps out with a recommended list.  I have found Challies to be usually quite trustworthy with his book recommendations.

Lastly, Hip and Thigh has an interesting post about a lectures regarding the Charismatic Renewal movement.  This post has links to various lectures by Lyndon Unger.  If you happen to catch the error in the third lecture about Jesus and Luke, Lyndon posted a note correcting his error here.


Tim Maguire said...


Hey Glenn
I've been meaning to write for some time to thank you for your blog which I read avidly. Your comment about not knowing CT Studd has spured me in to action. I hope you don't mind but I've put a link to the biography of C T Studd in this comment. I would definitely recommend it even suggest it should be essential reading for every christian. See also "Chocolate Soldier". His most famous quote is "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him. "

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Thanks for the info, Tim.