Grab bag

Click here for more "Grab bag" entriesSome helpful articles from the last week:

  • The Telegraph provide a lengthy obituary of John Stott:  “He turned his own church, located just a few yards from the headquarters of the BBC, into a showplace for a renewed form of evangelicalism. Strong lay leadership at All Souls set him free to become the trainer of others — in particular a new breed of young clergymen who had been influenced by the Christian Unions in their universities and by the Billy Graham Crusades in the 1960s. In the end, Stott viewed the world as his parish.… while he was a man of the firmest convictions, he was imbued with deep humility and a strong pastoral sensitivity. Known to his flock as “Uncle John”, he adopted a simple lifestyle: the Pembrokeshire cottage in which he did most of his writing had, until 2001, no electricity, only oil lamps.”
  • A concubine by any other name is still a concubine.
  • 10 Distinctives of Biblical Counseling:  “1. The Bible is the all-sufficient source of Truth.”
  • “Are you prepared to help victims of sexual assault?” Justin and Lindsey Holcomb have written a book that appears to give good gospel counsel that is helpful to those victims:  “Victims want and need a clear explanation of how the gospel applies to their experience of sexual assault and its effects in their lives. Many parents, spouses, ministers, and friends are looking for solid, gospel-based information that would be helpful in serving victims. Informed supporters are needed for the healing process.…It is important to address the effects of sexual assault with the biblical message of grace and redemption. Jesus responds to victims’ pain and past. The message of the gospel redeems what has been destroyed and applies grace to disgrace.”
  • Carl Trueman reflects on “Judges: Surprisingly Encouraging:”  “There one sees the corruption of family, of the priesthood, of a tribe and finally of the whole nation.  In the process, one woman is raped and murdered, a tribe is all but wiped out, and then a further six hundred women are raped – the last two hundred of them more than likely with their own fathers’ connivance — a true `Romans 1′ moment for the people of God.   Grim reading.  In reflecting on Judges, however, one thing stood out to me as I brought the series to a close: the importance of the immutability, the unchanging nature, of God.…If God were anything like us, he would cast Israel off and start afresh; but he is not like us.  Throughout it all, God remains true to his promise that Israel would be his people.  Israel plays the whore time and again, and she steadily gets worse and worse; but God remains immutably faithful to his covenant.   Surely the immutability of God in this instance is no abstract philosophical construct which makes him seem distant and impersonal; it is the foundation of his grace and the reason why we can joyfully  trust him.”  I am struck by the similarity of his conclusions to what I have been reading this week in Thomas Watson’s A Body of Divinity.

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