The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake; and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
- Deuteronomy 28:7&8
Isa 5:21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight!
22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,
and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe,
and deprive the innocent of his right!
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So, the early verdict is in. The storm that erupted recently on the greatly anticipated book by Rob Bell seems to be justified. Tim Challies reviewed an advance copy of the book which I gladly reference here.
Now, some might ask why I have not taken the time to read the book myself and/or go on someone elses word. The answer is quite simple. Firstly I am a busy father of 4 who needs to be very selective in how I spend my time. And secondly, Rom 16:19 says: “For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil” (ESV). A lot of information (such as that learned in school) is based on the work done by other people. Just take the accounts of history or even biology.
You were not there to witness the events of the 2nd World War, nor have many of us had the opportunity the dissect and study the brain. So how are we able to know what happened during the war or how our brain works. By relying on the work of trustworthy people. I have therefore chosen to rely on the review by Tim (and Aaron) as trustworthy servants of God to help me manage my time and to be innocent of evil. And yes, I do consider a book that strays this far from the Word of God to be evil. Even Zondervan questioned the value of this book.
This is just a quick post on two really great articles that have been used by God to bless me this week. For more great resources like these go the Tim Challies’ blog. Tim also made me aware of the great opportunity to download a good audio book from ChristianAudio.com. I’ve now signed up for an account to receive notifications of similar opportunities. Lastly, you have an opportunity to pre-order an e-book and get a discount.
5 Things I’m Surprised I Can’t Find in the Bible – God is all and only wisdom, the very font of all truth. The Bible is His Word, and is true in all that it teaches, as well as sufficient to guide us into every good work. His Word is perspicuous, that is clear, and understandable. Not all of the Bible, however, is as clear as all the rest. These ground rules inform us, broadly speaking, that the Bible tells us everything we need to know, but that it might not all be right out there in the open. He has not only not left us orphans, He has not left us blind. That said, here are five things that are less clear in the Bible than I might, in the abstract, expect them to be.
8 Tips for Talking to Kids about the Sermon – They sit there next to you and their feet don’t even hit the floor. You’re thinking, “What, if anything of this guy’s sermon is sinking into my kid’s head?” And with that little thought you’ve already decided not to engage your child about the sermon. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Let me introduce you to the most important rule when talking to your kids about the sermon: They retain more than you think they do. The second most important rule is like it: They understand more than you think they do.
The article below touches on a very important topic. The world is seeking gender equality rather than the Biblical distinction between the sexes. The Bible has never sought to make/present woman as inferior to man. It does however seek to show woman as distinct with a unique place and function. I find the world’s version of gender equality repulsive. We were always intended to be unique. Losing gender distinctiveness makes us loose our uniqueness, which removes part of what should be celebrated in life rather than lamented.
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