Some helpful articles from the last couple of weeks:
- A long time ago I began recognizing a changing trend in counseling. Women were battling with lust and pornography too, as Carolyn McCulley affirms in her recent post, “Lust: Not for men only.” She writes: “We have a message of hope and redemption in the morass of sexual confusion. But first we need to help the women who are confused and in our churches right now. Here are four points on how to do that: [keep reading…]”
- The Briefing, a very helpful publication published by Matthias Media is now available for free online. You can also still subscribe and receive a printed copy. I have repeatedly found the articles in this journal to be very helpful. In fact, I quoted from one of its articles in last Sunday’s sermon.
- Cripplegate asks, “Can We Trust the New Testament?” It’s a very helpful and brief overview of the science of canonicity. John MacArthur addressed the same topic in a slightly different way in his last sermon on the book of Mark, which was also the sermon in which he completed preaching through the entire New Testament — “The Fitting End to Mark’s Gospel.”
- J. C. Ryle asks “Do we know and use the Bible as we really should?” The expanded (non-updated language) sermon is here. A sample: “Arm yourself with a thorough knowledge of the written word of God. Read your Bible regularly. Become familiar with your Bible. . . . Neglect your Bible and nothing that I know of can prevent you from error if a plausible advocate of false teaching shall happen to meet you. Make it a rule to believe nothing except it can be proved from Scripture. The Bible alone is infallible. . . . Do you really use your Bible as much as you ought?”
- The Ordinary Pastor talks about what to do “When the Chariot of Guilt Rolls into Town…” His summarizes the problem this way, before offering some biblical counsel: “Guilt roles in because we are sinners. We become aware of our sin. We realize our lack of conformity to God’s Word. We know of our spiritual laziness. We know of our failure to do what God requires. And so we feel the guilt.”
- Two items by J. I. Packer — his sermon at John Stott’s funeral, and “The History and Theology of the Puritans.” [In fact, there are several other entire seminary courses from Westminster Seminary online. Several of them look particularly helpful.]