This and That – 08-10-13

Are You a Part-Time Churchgoer? You May Be Surprised – It’s not the content you receive every week that is so formative; it’s the act of being together and making the Lord’s family your priority. It’s similar to a family that gathers every evening for a meal. The value is not in the specifics of your conversation, but the very act of demonstrating your love for each other. – Trevin Wax

10 Random Things to Know about Pastors – Even though I’m teaching it…I may not yet have mastered it…but I’m working on it… – Rod Edmonson

Why I Am A Calvinist – You may object to the moniker often used; the dread word Calvinism. But Calvin thought of himself as a Augustinian. And Augustine considered himself a Pauline. And Paul simply said it was the gospel. –  Jerry Johnson

The Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy of the Pro-Abortion Movement – In the wake of a rising tide of pro-life sentiments and sensibilities in America, the utter bankruptcy of the pro-abortion position is being revealed, especially in its more militant forms. – Michael Brown

The Book Glutton – It is not sinful to throw away a book, but it may be sinful to keep one. Gluttony can manifest itself in books as much as in donuts. Loan your books freely and expect to experience some attrition. If someone else will get more benefit from the book than you will, give it to them as a gift. Practice generosity rather than gluttony by holding to your books with open hands rather than closed hands. – Tim Challies

12 Myths about Calvinism – 12. Calvinists do not necessarily believe that God predestines (wills) everything, including the color of socks I chose this morning.  There is a spectrum to belief about God’s sovereignty in Calvinism. The one thing that unites all Calvinists is their belief in God’s sovereign choice to elect some people to salvation and not others. However, Calvinists differ concerning God’s involvement in other areas (for more on this, see here). Some Calvinists believe in what might be called “meticulous sovereignty”, where God has not only predestined people to salvation, but also he has predestined everything that occurs. As the old saying goes: “There is not a maverick molecule in the universe.” However, most Calvinists believe in what might be called “providential sovereignty.” Here, Calvinists would distinguish between God’s permissive will and his sovereign will. In his permissive will, many things happen that he permits, but is not necessarily bringing about as the first cause. In his sovereign will, many things happen because of his direct intervention (for more on this, see here). – C Michael Patton

3 Phrases Christians Should Quit Relying On – It doesn’t take the place of action: Someone diagnosed with cancer needs your prayers, but they may also need meals, childcare, or financial help. To promise to pray for someone while neglecting the tangible ways you can show you God’s love is heartbreaking. By all means pray, but invest some time and effort too (it might actually be someone else’s answer to prayer). –  Jayson Bradley

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