What Are You Reading? 12-02-2018

Every week we give out recommendations of some great articles you can read. Here is the list for 12-02-2018

  • When Not to Believe an Angel:The truth that underlies Galatians 1:6–10 is that there is only one gospel. Growing up out of this truth are three statements which are very crucial for us to hear and believe, because nothing has happened to change them between Paul’s day and ours…
  • The Rise of a Parallel, Post-Biblical Christianity: I had the pleasure of sitting under the headship of Grant Retief for a few years. He is faithful minister of the gospel and passionate teaching the next generation of Bible teachers. In this article he gives an analysis of Christianity in South Africa. I think a lot of parallels can be made with Ghana. He says this about what churches are beginning to look like: “In short … these churches offer motivational talks, not biblical sermons; proof-texts, not biblical theology; applications of the gospel, not the gospel; moral improvement, not conversion; calls to social justice and giving, not evangelism; status in the community, not accountability-affording membership; flattery, not discipline; lessons in getting busy, not discipleship; professionalism, not leadership. All this produces nice people instead of godly people. They don’t come to read, mark, and learn the Scriptures, they come to learn self-help. They don’t encounter God in his Word, they encounter themselves. The Bible is seldom more than a stage prop, and atmosphere takes the place of a real redeemed community, grappling with the loving and wounding word of God.
  • Avoiding Pride in a World of Selfie Sticks and Social Media Platforms: “God gave us a self, not so that we would have something to exalt in, but something to exalt with. He gave us a self, not to be the object of our joy, but the subject of joy. That is, not to be the focus of happiness in front of the mirror or the selfie, but the furnace of happiness in front of Jesus…”
  • You are the Salt of the Earth: “We affect the world just as salt affects whatever it’s put into. If the world is too tasteless then it is because too many of us have lost our saltiness”

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