This and That 05-03-14

Sarah Palin’s sacrilegious remarks to the NRA – Indeed, there is no defending Palin’s statement. The fact that she doubled-down on the error makes it that much worse. It dishonors God’s word by speaking profanely about baptism. It dishonors God’s image-bearers by treating waterboarding with moral indifference. – Denny Burk

“Where there is no vision, the people perish”: One of the most misapplied verses in the Bible – While it is good for leaders to communicate vision, Proverbs 29:18Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) is not talking about a leader’s vision. Rather, “vision” here refers to special revelation and the principle is that that apart from God’s Word, society quickly spins into moral chaos. – Chris Brauns

Building An Preacher’s Library – There are certain basics that stock every preacher’s library. No two libraries are alike. But every library should have the basics that will help you rightly handle the word of truth. These are the standard equipment a preacher needs to get his work done. You need several Bible translations. Start with the major, committee translations. Then add other versions that you find helpful or enjoy reading. You should also have a Bible dictionary, atlas, and concordance. Get word study aids for the Hebrew and Greek. Make sure you have books that introduce you to Bible books. Select a good systematic theology and church history text. It is also good to have one full commentary set. – H.B. Charles, Jr.

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