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Alister McGrath on Doubt and Unbelief

Doubt is natural within faith. It comes because of our human weakness and frailty…. Unbelief is the decision to live you life as if there is no God. It is a deliberate decision to reject Jesus Christ and all that he stands for. But doubt is something quite different. Doubt arises within the context of faith. It is wistful longing to be sure of the things in which we trust. But it is not and need not be a problem.

Alistar McGrath as quoted in Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes

Boring and Unglamorous, but Effective Ways to Help the Truly Poor

Dr. Jay Richards shares 10 hard, boring, unglamorous ways to really help the poor. If you have a child who wants to help the poor and is entranced with sugar-coated, large government liberalism, this video is required. It is rather long but worth the watch. (HT:BTW – which does a better job of expanding on the points below.)

The introduction itself is quite helpful.

His ten points are:
1. You must have the rule of law.
2. Limit the jurisdiction of government.
3. Implement good systems of property.
4. Encourage economic freedom.
5. Encourage strong mediating institutions between government and the individual.
6. Encourage belief in a purposeful universe.
7. Encourage the right cultural beliefs – like a willingness to save and delay gratification.
8. Make sure there is a proper understanding of wealth- for […]

Harming Themselves to Their Own Shame

Are they not harming themselves, to their own shame? Jeremiah 7:19

Are unbelievers victims of sin and satan? Or are they rebels following their own selfish way? The Bible teaches both.  Jeremiah 7:19 says they harm themselves, but that harm comes from their own shameful activities and attitudes. How eloquently stated!

On the one hand, unbelievers who sin do harm themselves. Ideas have consequences. And bad ideas have bad consequences. By believing untruths about God and the way the world works. many unbelievers have brought harm upon themselves. God is not mocked, a man reaps what he sows (Galatians 6:7). Men and women have an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Jesus offers rest to any who are weary of satan’s buffetings.

On the […]

Losing is Good for You (and Your Child)

Ashley Merryman in The NY Times has some advice on the cultural drugs we are fed. (HT David Murray)

The author argues that we are teaching our children something wrong when everyone wins. In fact, she argues, we need to teach them how to lose:

In life, “you’re going to lose more often than you win, even if you’re good at something,” Ms. Twenge told me. “You’ve got to get used to that to keep going.”

When children make mistakes, our job should not be to spin those losses into decorated victories. Instead, our job is to help kids overcome setbacks, to help them see that progress over time is more important than a particular win or loss, and to help them graciously congratulate the child who succeeded […]

Learned and Become Convinced of – Episode 1

This will be an occasional series in which I report on informal conversations I have had with older young people (teens, 20s, 30s) and record their self-reported spiritual walk. These are different from longer, more formal interviews.  But this will have to suffice for now. Names have been withheld and some details have been blurred to protect privacy.

Time and time again, I hear the echo of 2 Timothy 3;14-15.

A report on a recent conversation:
So tell me some of the ups and downs of your spiritual life.

A: Probably two years ago I just got off the phone with a nonChristian sports friend that had survived a horrible car accident. He said he should have been killed but he wasn’t and I realized that you can go […]

The 3Rs for Digging a Little Deeper in Your Devotional Time

Kevin DeYoung gives 3Rs to help dig a little deeper in your devotional time. Find something in each Scripture to

Rejoice
Repent
Request

So for this morning one verse I read was Psalm 25:1-15. For verse 4. Show me the right path, O Lord. Point out the road for me to follow.

1. Lord, I am so thankful that you are a God who guides, who points out the path, who hears prayers for guidance.

2. Please forgive me for the times that I have not requested aid. I have gone headstrong in my own way.

3. Specifically, show me the right path in ______________ . What would you have me to do?

 

Try it. Teach it to your children. Use it for family devotions.

For Our Young Men: A Teachable Moment in the News

Unfortunately, in our national scandal of General Petraeus, we have a teachable moment for our young men.

Solomon specifically warned his sons about this situation and the consequences:

Now, then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say.
Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.
Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.
Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.
(Proverbs 7:24-27)

Time to lead our young men in prayer for themselves, for ourselves, for our church leaders, and for our nation’s leaders. (And for General Petraeus’ family). And run the other way.

By the grace of God, let us pray that we will stay true to the end.

Teach Your Child That True Love Doesn’t Wait

Excellent post here about why true love does not wait.

The author remarks that the subtle message she received was something like this, “Stay pure and God will provide a husband.” But when he doesn’t provide a husband, the young women are confused and may walk away from the Lord. Rather than seeking the Lord during that time and being all that God wants them to be, they are waiting.

I have argued here that we ought to give all of our children a high view of singleness. Traditionally, more women follow the Lord than men. If I want to prepare my daughters to follow the Lord to the fullest, I need to prepare them for the possibility of life-long singleness. Besides, unless we marry them off at […]

Why I Don’t Believe in The Apostles’ Creed

UPDATE: Please read the article all the way through. I am not saying that I don’t believe the Apostles’ Creed. Far from it. I do! Our church recites it at times. What I am saying is that it cannot be used to define the gospel of Jesus Christ. So please read the article carefully.- Chap

Ok, it is time to come out of the closet.

I don’t believe in The Apostles’ Creed.

The Apostles’ Creed dates from very early times in the church, perhaps a half-century or so from the last book of the New Testament.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty.
Maker of heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord.
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius […]

Finding a College Fellowship

I entered my college, 1200 miles away from home, naive about finding Christian fellowship. I felt relief flood my heart as I saw a big banner on the activities night festival displaying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life – Jesus.” That campus group played a huge role in answering my questions and helping me grow.

How can we help our children find group? I just ran across Campus Crusade’s (Cru as it is now called) geographical index. I thought it might be helpful to others. It is not that easy to find. The link is here.

In addition, have you thought with them about where they will go to church? It might be good to settle on two or three choices before the year […]