This and That – 10-26-13

5 Tips For Effective Public Scripture Reading – Understand the text. You can’t serve it well until you understand it through the mind of Christ. Pray for the Spirit’s illumination on the passage you’re presenting. – Bobby Gilles

Why You Should Criticize Your Pastor – As in, they actually don’t preach Christ’s finished work. Not that they don’t emphasize the points you would or they don’t present the gospel the way you prefer or they don’t give an altar call or they miss this angle of the good news or that one or they don’t preach like Carson or Keller or Piper or Chandler — but that they actually don’t preach the gospel. – Jared C. Wilson

Excesses of the Wahoo Brethren – We therefore need a category for the Spirit’s active interactions with us in the world, one that fully acknowledges His presence while robustly denying that He is inspiring anybody the way He did Isaiah. – Doug Wilson

Should We Pull Back from Politics? – I don’t think we need a pullback from politics. I think we need a reenergizing of politics. This means we must do more than simply live off the fumes of the last generation’s activism. Millennial and post-Millennial Christians are walking away from the political process, and this is what alarms and motivates me. They’ve grown cynical at movements that are willing to adopt allies that are gospel heretics as long as they are politically correct (see “Beck, Glenn” or “Trump, Donald”). They are disenchanted with movements that seem more content to vaporize opponents with talk-radio sound-bytes rather than to engage in a long-term strategy of providing a theology of gospel-focused action in the public square. – Russell Moore

Urban Legends: The Preacher’s Edition – 2. The high priest tied a rope around his ankle so that others could drag him out of the Holy of Holies in case God struck him dead.  Various versions of this claim have been repeated by pastors, but it is a legend. It started in the Middle Ages and keeps getting repeated. There is no evidence for the claim in the Bible, the Apocrypha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, the Pseudepigrapha, the Talmud, Mishna or any other source. Furthermore, the thickness of the veil (three feet) would have precluded the possibility of a priest being dragged out anyway. – Trevin Wax

A Clear and Present Danger: Religious Liberty, Marriage, and the Family in the Late Modern Age — An Address at Brigham Young University – I do not believe that we are going to heaven together, but I do believe we may go to jail together. – Al Mohler

Should we separate over eschatology? – Holding to differing eschatological systems should not deter or inhibit friendships. Eschatology should not be a point of separation. The gospel does not require a black-and-white, cut-and-dry, “I’ll take the bullet to my head” commitment to a specific eschatological view. Where the Bible is not clear, there is liberty for difference. – Brian Hanson

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