Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:
1. Lost Letter to the Corinthians: By Stephen Nichols – If you like interesting facts about Church history then this a must read for you! Nichols notes: “If Calvin is known for anything, it’s reminding the church of a bedrock faith, God is sovereign over his universe. God is even sovereign over so-called lost manuscripts.”
2. The Sheer Weightlessness of So Many Sermons – Why Expository Preaching Matters: By Albert Mohler – Mohler points out that: “Authentic Christian preaching carries a note of authority and a demand for decisions not found elsewhere in society. The solid truth of Christianity stands in stark contrast to the flimsy pretensions of postmodernity. Unfortunately, the appetite for serious preaching has virtually disappeared among many Christians who are content to have their fascinations with themselves encouraged from the pulpit.”
3. Making Faces: By Scott Oliphint – Oliphint rightly notes: “Until the church, en masse, recognizes this disfigured and maladroit face, and tears it off in repentance, turning to Christ and His Word, Satan’s craftiness will be ever-marching forward, pretending, as he convinces us, that the real battle is right before our very eyes.”
4. Five Reasons We Don’t Evangelize: By Michael McKinley – McKinley points out that: “Many Christians do not live like fishers of men. Not many people ask us about the hope that we have in Christ, and when they do we’re not really ready to give an answer. Evangelical churches talk a lot about evangelism, but according to popular surveys and anecdotal impressions most church members don’t share their faith very often.”
5. Not Many Were Wise: By James N. Anderson – Dr. Anderson analyzes a recent study that claims that the smarter you are, the less likely you are to be religious. Anderson rightly points out that: “In sum, one of the great virtues of Christianity is that it especially welcomes those who are looked down on by the world’s intelligentsia. So it’s no surprise, and no discredit, that the more simple-minded are well represented within its ranks.”
Matt Manry is the Director of Discipleship at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary. He blogs regularly at gospelglory.net.