This and That 01-04-13

Calvin on “Not Having a Righteousness of My Own” – When, therefore, he declares that the righteousness of faith is from God, it is not simply because faith is the gift of God, but because God justifies us by his goodness, or because we receive by faith the righteousness which he has conferred upon us. – John Calvin

Apologetics: Why Some Books Made It Into the New Testament and Others Didn’t – So, from the first century onward, Christians viewed testimony that could be connected to eyewitnesses of Jesus as uniquely authoritative. The logic of this standard was simple: The people most likely to know the truth about Jesus were either eyewitnesses who had encountered Jesus personally or close associates of these witnesses. So, although Christians wrangled for some time about the authority of certain writings, it was something far greater than political machinations that drove these decisions. Their goal was to determine which books could be clearly connected to eyewitnesses of Jesus. – Timothy Paul Jones

How Not to Read Your Bible in 2013 – 5. Don’t Turn a Means of Grace into a Means of Merit.  Your Father’s love for you doesn’t rise and fall with your quiet times. If you are united to Jesus by faith, the verdict is out, and the court is dismissed. You’re as accepted and embraced as the Son himself. Period. – Matt Smethurst

‘Left Behind’ starring Nicolas Cage set to film in Baton Rouge in March – Filmmaker and owner of Cloud Ten Pictures Paul Lalonde tweeted on Friday, Nov. 30, that “Left Behind” is set to begin filming in Baton Rouge on March 18, 2013. The movie will star Nicolas Cage and is a remake of the 2001 movie of the same name — an action flick of the Rapture, in which all Christ-believers are saved and a journalist is left to await the Anti-Christ. – Chelsea Brasted

Questioning Evangelism – I was just about to respond to this one when I realized what I should have recognized from the beginning. This guy wasn’t looking for details or a debate. He was kicking up dust. He didn’t need my answers. He needed someone to listen, to probe, to care. As I thought about the conversation later that night, I wondered if I would have gotten a bit further had I responded to his initial assertion about the Gospels this way:  “You know, that’s a possible way to explain the Gospels. A lot of people find it plausible. Why do you find it so compelling?”  Asking a question rather than playing a pre-recorded answer would have forced him to open up a bit more and would have let me in, perhaps, on what was behind the question. Instead of simply assuming that he needed more facts, I should have explored a bit further to make sure. – Jared Compton

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